The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, the performance version of the Mach-E delivers on all fronts with this exciting electric vehicle. The all electric Mach-E has the looks and performance attributes at a price that makes this a must to consider if shopping for an EV. My week with the Mach-E GT left me wanting more and it was a thrilling experience to drive with a glimpse into the future of electric vehicles.
The sloping fastback and sequential tri‑bar turn signals give the Mach-E that recognizable look that is classic Mustang, especially when looking at the front end. My test vehicle exterior color was Star White MET Tri Coat which is great for the hot Arizona sun. The 20 inch wheels with 245/45R20 A/S BSW TIRES look great on the Mach-E. There are no door handles, The Mach-E has what it calls E-LATCH PUSH BUTTON Doors. It adds to the overall futuristic appeal of the vehicle. The Mustang logo in the grill lights up at night.
The driver experience is exhilarating. A gas engine cannot match the on demand and quick reaction of an electric engine. The GT has 480-horses and an impressive 634-pound feet of torque. It has one electric engine in the front, and another one in the rear, making it all-wheel drive but rear wheel biased. 0-to-60 time is 3.5 seconds. The Engine has different modes and when you put it in Unbridled mode you can really feel the acceleration.
The Mach-E comes in four different trim levels. The Select is the base model, then Premium, the California Route 1 edition, and ultimately the GT.
The GT has attractive simulated leather seating, my test vehicle came with Black Active X with Copper Stitch. The 15.5 “ Touchscreen is enormous and is the command center as well as the screen for the 360-degree camera. The interior is extremely nice with a clean design and overall extremely comfortable for the driver as well as passengers.
The screen operates the sound system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Waze app, and the owner’s manual can be read digitally.
Touch the Mach-E logo at the top left of the screen and you’ll find all the Mach-E’s settings including the drive modes of Engage, Whisper, (which preserves the battery), and then there is Unbridled, the performance setting. There are options to turn on simulated engine sounds called Propulsion and more. There is also one-pedal driving mode, which is something I believe will appeal to a lot of drivers. You only use the accelerator pedal, and when you let off the gas, it immediately starts to brake. There is a short learning curve but once you get it is a great way to drive.
The screen will also allow you to set driver profiles for up to three people, find the nearest charging station to you through the navigation system, and you can operate Alexa through voice commands.
I found it intuitive and the Ford App also makes it easy to find a place to charge. There has been a lot of effort and thought into the Mach-E and all the resources. Ultimately if you are going to own a Mach-E it would be worth the investment for the home charging station.
You can also sync your smart phone to use it to lock and unlock the SUV, remotely start it, open the trunk, roll the windows up and down and more.
From behind the wheel you see a 10” screen that gives you basic information like your speed and battery range, This is a huge advantage of some competitors that only have the central console as a source for that information.
There is a good amount of storage in the cargo area, especially with the rear seats folded down, which do fold flat. There is also a trunk in the front where the engine would normally sit in a gas vehicle. It even has a drain plug if you want to use it as a cooler for your beverages.
You may not want to solely rely on the charger that comes with the Mach-E GT, especially plugging it into a 110 outlet. You get about 3 miles of range per hour charged and it takes 95 hours to go from 0 to 100% charged.
If you have a 240-volt you can plug into, you can get 20 miles of range per hour, which is much better, and 0 range to 100% takes 15 hours.
In my opinion, the way to go is to buy the optimized charger from the Ford website, for $799 plus installation. This will give you 28 miles of range per hour and will typically give you a full charge overnight.
Charging in the wild typically gave me a 60% charge in about an hour. With the 300 mile range and Ford’s extensive network of chargers, you could road trip with this vehicle with some planning. The app already has that accounted for and does the work for you. You are usually aware if a charging station is down or full with vehicles charging. No system is perfect but when I did have to call the 800 number to have a charging station rebooted, the person answered right away and he rebooted the station in less than 5 minutes.
The MSRP on my test vehicle was $62,785 and this is before the $7500 federal tax credit is applied, plus some states have an additional $2500 tax credit. Arizona has lots of benefits like riding alone in the HOV lane. You can visit this link for more info on Arizona benefits and other states are viewable as well.
I enjoyed my time with The 2021 Ford Mach-E GT and highly recommend it for anyone looking at Electric Vehicles. A good friend loved mine so much he ordered one from the Ford Website. He said it was super easy and the $500 deposit is refundable. He did have a 20 week wait at the time he ordered.
You can visit this link for all the official info from Ford and more information on the Mach-E as follows: