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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan & Overall

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $49,700
Price as Tested: $56,200

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 3.5 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 25.2 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 10% to 80% in 45 minutes
EPA City MPGe96
EPA Highway MPGe84
EPA Combined MPGe90
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 270
with specific headlights

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Mustang Mach-E isn’t just a car, it’s a phenomenon: America’s oldest car company has put the moniker of the original pony car—introduced in 1964—on a dedicated electric crossover. The Mach-E is a great-looking car—unmistakably a Mustang, but new from the ground up. Our Premium AWD test vehicle had 2 motors (346 hp) and the larger 88-kWh battery, which provides plenty of power and range (an EPA-estimated 270 miles). It’s powerful, quick, and fun to drive. The roomy cabin is quiet; Ford’s full suite of advanced safety features, Co-Pilot360, is standard. Still, Ford has a few wrinkles to iron out. The ride is fine on smooth pavement but can be jarring on uneven or potholed streets. The braking and acceleration could be smoother at low speeds and in stop-and-go traffic. The tablet on the center console is huge (nearly 16 inches), but some menus are unintuitive and require multiple steps for simple tasks. Finally, the plain interior styling, absent any Mustang cues, doesn’t match the flair of the Mach-E’s sheet metal.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Sharp exterior styling
  • Good range
  • LED headlights

Weak Points

  • Throttle and braking lacksmoothness
  • Bouncy ride
  • Long charging time
  • Plain-looking interior

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4840.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 185.6 / 74.1 / 64.0
Wheelbase (in): 117.5
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental PremiumContact 6
Front and rear tire size: 225/55 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: AC perm-magnet synchronous
Electric motor horsepower: 346

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

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Handling: 8.08
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