Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electric crossover awards could help it take on Tesla

Ford’s first real attempt at an electric vehicle was a hit with critics.

The Mustang Mach-E replaced the Tesla Model 3 as Consumer Reports’ Top Pick in February 2022. It was named Top Car in the Automobile Association of America’s (AAA) Car Guide in May. Car and Driver awarded it the magazine’s first EV of the Year award in June 2021.

It was named Utility of the Year at the 2021 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards – one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards.

All the praise helps Ford take on Tesla, the biggest electric vehicle brand in the United States by sales.

Ford’s decision to call its first electric vehicle a Mustang has drawn criticism from purists, with some claiming the vehicle is not a true Mustang. But Ford wanted to position its first electric vehicle as a brash, fun car that taps into its heritage.

The highest-end Mach-E is the GT, which can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Tesla’s Model Y Performance, which costs about $7,000 more than the GT, claims the same acceleration time and has a longer range.

But reviewers said the Mach-E had some features in its favor, besides its lower price, such an easier-to-use in-car entertainment system, superior driver-assist features and better reliability.

Watch the video to see CNBC’s Rob Ferris take the car out for a test drive.

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