There’s no denying that the Ford Mustang has had one of the most interesting evolutions of any automobile in the industry. Debuting in the 1960s as the first incarnation of the pony car, the Mustang quickly began tearing up blacktops all across the country; this ushered in the Golden Age of the muscle car, a period of history that many look upon with adulation and reverence. And while many of the competition’s comparable offerings didn’t survive the energy crisis and the subsequent consumer demand for more economical vehicles, the Mustang was able to adapt with great success.
Still in production after all these years, the Mustang has been reformulated to cater to performance-hungry drivers and the casual consumer without compromising the attributes that first earned it its respect and acclaim. This methodology is exemplified in one of the newest offerings to wear the coveted Mustang badge, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
While several incarnations of Ford’s flagship product have emerged over the years, the Mach-E stands the furthest from its predecessors—and in the best way possible. For the first time in its storied existence, the Ford Mustang has gone electric; what’s more, it takes the form of a stylish crossover that caters to the modern sensibilities of today’s drivers. In short, this isn’t your dad’s Mustang, but one that’s properly equipped to serve the needs of a new generation of Americans.
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MSRP: $42,995 [a]
Horsepower (hp): 266-480
Torque (lb-ft): 317-634
Electric Range (mi): 224-312
Performance and the Ford Mustang have always gone together like moms and apple pie—that is to say, it’s a combination deeply rooted in Americana. While some believe an all-electric powertrain to be less potent than its gas-fueled counterpart, Ford has already proven this to be a misconception. After all, they’ve already harnessed the power of electricity for the Ford F-150 Lightning, and if they can do that for the most popular pickup on the market, imagine what they can do for the Mustang.
The Mach-E comes in five distinctive trims, each one with its own advantageous attributes. The first two trims, known as the Select and Premium, can be outfitted with either all-wheel drive (AWD) or the traditional drivetrain of the Mustang, rear-wheel drive (RWD). The Select trim contains a standard range battery that allows for a maximum range of 247 miles and propels the vehicle forward with the benefit of 266 hp. The Premium, which can have an “extended range” setup for a total distance of 306 miles, is only beaten out by the California Route 1 edition of the Mach-E, which pushes its available range to an impressive 312 miles. Both the Premium and California Route 1 versions also have the added benefit of 346 hp.
We know that you’re thinking: what about those who live for the experience of putting the pedal to the metal? Not to worry, Ford has not forgotten about you. Sitting on top of the food chain are the GT and the GT Performance Edition. These are both AWD-exclusive and have a heightened focus on impressive speed. With 480 hp and the ability to travel from zero to sixty in a mere 3.5 to 3.8 seconds, this is the type of performance the Mustang has always been known for.
While the driving force behind both of these models is the need for speed, there’s still plenty of capability to go the distance between charges. With ranges of 260 and 270 miles, Ford manages to combine the aspects of practicality and performance in a convenient and accessible package. Although it’s not the most efficient of Ford’s electric vehicles, it is more efficient than its gas-powered predecessors; the Mach-E prioritizes performance over efficiency, and all those interested in this model would see fit to agree that the sacrifice is worthwhile.
Outside of the number of horses under its hood, the Ford Mustang has always been known for two features: a sharp exterior design that commands attention wherever it goes and an interior that matches its predilection for high performance, exhibiting the same attributes of a sports car. This is certainly the case with the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The exterior of the Mach-E might have more in common with a crossover SUV, but it’s definitely a Mustang through and through. Its elevated rear end molds it into a hatchback with authority—and one that won’t have any difficulty making a great first impression.
While the exterior is impressive, sitting behind the wheel of the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E reinforces the legacy and pedigree of the world’s first pony car. If you have any lingering doubts that this was merely an SUV with the Mustang name and nothing further, those doubts will be immediately silenced upon you taking the driver’s seat.
As a testament to Ford’s keen eye for technological innovation, the interior of the Mustang Mach-E is anchored by a vertical infotainment touchscreen that stretches out past 15 inches. Acting as the centerpiece for a most remarkable presentation, this eye-catching device allows for complete customization of the vehicle thanks to three available driver profiles and the latest Sync software update from Ford. The system itself will receive periodic over-the-air updates and ensure that you always stay connected, no matter where your travels take you.
Of course, you’ll also be able to link your Android and Apple device through their affiliated services, and—linked to a phone or otherwise—you’ll be able to use some of your favorite apps through the infotainment interface while driving. A high-end stereo system from Bang & Olufsen can accommodate audiophiles and fans of podcasts and audiobooks, granting the clearest and most textured sound quality on the auto market. Of course, Mach-E’s interior also possesses a fair amount of attributes that provide practicality, as well, such as the available in-dash navigation and nearly 60 cu.ft. of cargo space when the back seat is folded down.
As one of the most revered automakers, Ford has continually demonstrated a propensity for safety that matches its addiction to performance and style. For the modern driver of the Mustang, there’s an incredible amount of assurance and peace of mind in the knowledge that they have a wealth of driving assistance features at their fingertips.
The technological prowess of the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E extends far beyond its electric powertrain and intuitive infotainment system. Ford has rolled out the big guns in terms of this vehicle’s standard and available features, many of which enhance reaction time and provide oversight while you’re on the road. These belong to the Ford Co-Pilot360 and Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 driver assistance suites.
In the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, you get tools like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking as well as Post-Collision Braking; here, your vehicle will warn you if it’s predicting a collision, will automatically apply the brakes to spare you reaction time, and will bring your vehicle to a stop if the collision was unable to be avoided. The Rear View Camera, Reverse Brake Assist, and Rear Parking Sensors work in concert to give you eyes, feelers, and boosted reaction time while you’re in reverse—likely while parking.
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert works alongside the Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist and Road Edge Detection to create a “guardian angel” of ever-watchful eyes and gentle cues to keep you aware of everything that’s moving around you and to keep you in your lane if you get distracted. The Auto High Beams are an unsung hero that automatically turn on in remote, dark conditions and will likewise dim when they detect oncoming traffic so as not to blind other drivers.
The Lane Centering Assist, Speed Sign Recognition, Evasive Steering Assist, and Intersection Assist of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 suite enhance your standard sensor suite with refined guidance adjustments and improved environmental awareness. Meanwhile, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go is a future-forward driving mode that will adapt your traveling speed should the vehicle ahead of it slow down; it will even come to a stop—if need be—and speed up again to your preferred pace.
Perhaps the most impressive driver assistance feature available on the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is Blue Cruise, which has generated great enthusiasm and excitement since its debut. It is a semi-autonomous, hands-free driving mode employable on over 130,000 miles of pre-programmed roads across the United States and Canada. Your journeys can now take you far into the future, where semi-autonomous driving is the star attraction.
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The original purveyors of the Ford Mustang might have been skeptical if they were told their prize-winning pony car would one day be propelled by electricity instead of fossil fuels. Nevertheless, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is the new pinnacle of automotive engineering and something to be excited about.
When it comes to experiencing its excellence and efficiency, only one location can provide you with everything you’re looking for. At Future Ford of Sacramento, we live up to not only our name—as we represent Ford and its many accomplishments—but we adhere to the same values that Ford has exemplified since its inception. If you’re in the market for a new Ford, exploring what the Blue Oval brand can do for you, or simply need routine service to keep your current one on the road, we’re here to help. We here at Future Ford of Sacramento can help you build a future you can always rely on.