2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: What's It Like to Live With?
We're spending more than 20,000 miles with Ford's all-electric SUV
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Real-World Fuel Economy
How's the fuel economy been relative to expectations?
Average lifetime consumption (kWh/100 miles): 31.6
EPA rating (kWh 100 miles): 35 combined ( 32 City / 37 Highway )
Best consumption (kWh/100 miles): 31.6
Best range (miles): 327.0
Current odometer: 3,027
EVs and One-Pedal Driving
The one-pedal braking in the Mach-E is just about right, though it's a shame you can't dial it in the way you can on the Kia EV6. It's still a mile better than our long-term Volkswagen ID.4, which won't even bring you to a complete stop when activated. It takes some getting used to, like with all one-pedal driving, but the battery saving is worth it and it can help bring you to a smooth stop. — Jake Sundstrom, editorial assistant
Our Mach-E's cargo area is roomy and provides decent space for luggage. It has 29 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, so even with a cabin full of people, you have a decent amount of space for cargo. There is also a flexible cargo cover that attaches to the rear hatch and swings up out of the way or can be removed completely. Adding to the Mach-E's cargo capacity are the split rear seats that fold. The front trunk is a bit small but has a drain hole, allowing you to use it as an ice-filled cooler that can be drained later.
What the frunk?!
OK. I must start with what baffled me: You cannot access the Mach-E’s front trunk (frunk) from the key fob or the display screen?! There is a lever on the left side of the foot pedals (similar to the hood opener on a fuel-powered vehicle), but I wouldn’t define that as easy access. You can also access the "Drainable Frunk" from the FordPass app. But you need to install that on your smartphone, and users in Ford online forums have claimed it works inconsistently. Maybe Ford thought adding a drain hole to this small front area (think enough space for a gym bag) so it could be used as a cooler would make up for the difficult accessibility? Now that that is out of the way, the interior storage space leans toward the ample side. The two-tiered center console definitely gives you plenty of options to store personal items under and inside the center cargo area; the console cupholders are ideal for a 20-ounce bottle as well. Rear trunk space is bigger than average. You can easily fit two large suitcases with enough room for other accessories. A removable cargo cover that attaches to the rear hatch and folding split back seats help expand the space the cargo area. Also, you do not get a spare tire with the Mach-E. Instead you can find a tire kit under the back cargo area. The kit consists of a 12-volt air compressor with an attached hose and an integrated bottle of a thick sealant.
We Love That New Car Smell
"I was really excited when I heard we were buying a Mach-E. I'd spent a lot of time in the car so far, and although I'm not super fond of the GT, I think the other models are some of the best EVs in the class. The Mach-E is comfortable on the road and has exceeded its EPA estimates in Edmunds' real-world range testing, so I'm really looking forward to really putting some miles on one. I want to take it on a road trip just to see how easy it is to navigate and travel using public charging networks. Hell, my apartment doesn't have charging, so I'm going to be forced to charge at the office or on a public charger in my neighborhood. Plus, I think it looks pretty cool." — Reese Counts, vehicle test editor