2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E deserves its name

How do you combine 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, comfortable seating for five, and room to store everyone’s belongings? With Mach-E, that’s how it is. It’s a family vehicle and a speeding ticket magnet all in one unit. And it deserves the Mustang name.

When the Ford Mustang Mach-E was introduced, there were many complaints and debates about whether Ford tarnished the Mustang’s name by putting it in an electric SUV. However, once pushed, the question was dropped because the answer was obvious: yes, the name should be there. While Ford may be working from a marketing angle to move the “Mustang” from one vehicle to a performance brand, we think that the Mach-E deserves the Mustang name. Ford had never produced a production car at this speed before.

at a glance

  • A bit expensive, especially for the GT model
  • Extreme performance far beyond any other production Ford model
  • Nice interior without the burden of wannabe space-age design elements
  • Good cargo space
True to the Mustang name, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is equipped with three-section taillights that flash towards the turn.

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For the 2022 model year, Ford is adding a little more range to each of the Mustang Mach-E models with some reprogramming for battery controls. The automaker is also dropping the 2021 First Edition package, now that the Mach-E is into its second year of production. A few other minor additions to the packaging were also added this year, but the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E remains as much as its 2021 debut year.

As a starting point, the 2022 Mustang Mach-E is valued as a luxury crossover SUV. The base model starts at $43,895 plus shipping. The Mustang Mach-E GT model we drove was priced at $63,885 after shipping. That’s the price tag of a luxury car. But Mach-E delivers a lot for the money spent.

At its base level, the Mustang Mach-E is rear-wheel drive, features keyless entry and start (including the phone as a key), digital instrument cluster, simulated leather seats, dual zone climate, 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android. Wireless auto, smartphone remote monitoring and control (including charge control), navigation, wireless device charging pad, DC fast charging capability, and charging cable with 120V and 240V plugs.

Ford’s advanced CoPilot360 driver assistance and safety system is also included. Facilities only go up from there. The GT model we drove had red brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport-supported front seats, and more. That’s above the acoustic front windows, heated seating, multi-colored ambient lighting, and a 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system.

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT features a comfortable and well-appointed interior with smart ergonomics up front
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT features a comfortable and well-appointed interior with smart ergonomics up front

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Being this Mustang, of course, performance is what people want to know. The base model of the 2022 Mustang Mach-E will do 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in under 6 seconds. The GT model can do it in 3.5. In our test run with the 2022 Mach-E GT, we hit 0-60 sprints in 3.7 seconds without a rolling start. The standard Mach-E motor produces 266 horsepower (196.6 kW) and 317 pound-feet (429.8 Nm) of torque, although the AWD model (which adds another motor) increases that to 428 lb-ft (580.3 Nm). The GT model produces 480 hp (353 kW) and 600 lb-ft (813.5 Nm) of torque while the GT Performance adds an additional 34 lb-ft (46 Nm) of torque. Shake the stick at the numbers and see what happens.

The standard model has a range of 247 miles (397.5 km), down to 224 miles (360.5 km) with the addition of all-wheel drive. Other models can have a battery range of up to 314 miles (505 km) per charge. Our GT model, which includes AWD by default, has a range of 270 miles (434.5 km). In our own testing using varying freeway speeds (it was highway construction season in the US), we achieved over 240 miles (386 km) of drive on a single charge. Most drivers should look to the EPA’s estimate for their Mustang Mach-E range.

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The front trunk (“frunk”) on the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is often overlooked, but it’s large enough to accommodate a carry-on bag or several grocery bags.

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Carrying out calculations based on our highway driving lap test (approximately 42 miles round trip), the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E achieves an efficiency of approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) per kWh. That’s very close to the EPA’s 33,705 kWh/gallon equivalent of 84 MPG (3.4 l/100km) conversion. There are more efficient electric vehicles of similar size on the market, including the Volkswagen ID.4 we drove recently. However, for performance capabilities, the Mach-E GT is still very economical.

Efficiency aside, the Mach-E is a lot of fun to drive. It feels like a sports coupe in its handling, with great balance and agility. Mach-E acceleration, available at every speed point thanks to the performance of the electric motor, propels passengers into the seats with every step of the pedal. Braking on the GT model is strong, but predictable and not fidgety. Regenerative braking can be set for single-pedal or standard driving.

The interior of the 2022 Mustang Mach-E is stylish and well-crafted, and leaves most of the space-age cues that many EVs say are necessary for “new-tech” vehicles. Beyond the massive touchscreen and digital cluster, most of the interior elements of the Mach-E are straight out of Ford’s high-end playbook. In comparison, the little Ford Maverick is more Buck Rogers than Mach-E. That’s okay with us, as the penchant for iPhone-like interiors in electric vehicles is a distraction that we and many consumers don’t want.

There’s plenty of headroom and shoulder room at the front of the Mustang Mach-E, and plenty of small luggage storage for the driver and front passenger. In the rear seats, the outboards also have plenty of leg, head and shoulder room. The middle passenger will have less legroom. As with most vehicles of this size, getting three in the back should be an occasional thing rather than a full-time thing.

Cargo space on the 2022 Mustang Mach-E is great. Nice open space found with plenty of floor space for things to fit in. Under the floor is convenient storage for the bag containing the Mach-E charging unit, cables, and tire pump kit. There’s a total of 29.7 cubic feet (841 liters) of cargo space in the Mach-E with the rear seats up. They fold almost flat to expand it to 59.7 cf (1,690.5 liters).

Despite its large size, the infotainment screen on the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E has minimal glare and has a lot of use
Despite its large size, the infotainment screen on the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E has minimal glare and plenty of use

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Overall, we really enjoyed the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E in its GT format. The price tag is a little steep, but about what one would pay for a luxury sports crossover in its segment.

Product page: 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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