The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E blends popular elements of the past and present in a highly desirable package that bodes well for the future of electric vehicles, which is why we gave it an Editors’ Choice award. While it seems sacrilegious that Ford would call a crossover EV a Mustang, pairing the iconic nameplate with an in-demand body style is smart marketing. Along with its attention-getting appearance, the Mach-E has a handsomely appointed interior that’s brimming with the latest tech. It also has nifty storage solutions, a spacious back seat, and lots of cargo space. Get behind the wheel and the electrified Mustang feels agile and quick. The sportiest version hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (quicker than a Mustang Mach 1) and the rangiest versions are estimated to travel more than 300 miles per charge. All that and more makes the 2022 Mustang Mach-E a transcendent EV.
What’s New for 2022?
Entering its second model year, the 2022 Mustang Mach-E, which won our inaugural EV of the Year award, enjoys slightly more useable battery capacity that should increase its real-world range. The California 1 is now offered with all-wheel drive and comes standard with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Likewise, the GT model now comes standard with a black-painted roof. As with the Mustang pony car, the Mach-E is now available as an all-white special edition called–go figure–the Ice White Edition. This new appearance package is only offered on the Premium trim level and includes tri-coat Star White metallic paint and Oxford White details such as the 19-inch wheels and exterior badges. The bright Grabber Blue and Cyber Orange paint colors are also now available on models other than just the GT.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range 70.0-kWh battery or an extended-range 91.0-kWh pack. These feed an electric motor mounted on the rear or both axles. That latter combination creates all-wheel drive, and on the sporty GT and GT Performance models, the motors combine to make 480 horsepower and up to 634 pound-feet of torque. The GT Performance model we tested hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, but it didn’t fully live up to our expectations. Less powerful models make between 266 and 346 horses and between 317 and 428 pound-feet. The Mach-E rides on wheels that range in size from 18 to 20 inches, and it can be had with adaptive dampers for adjustable ride firmness. The version we drove was an extended-range, all-wheel-drive model that was quick and better to drive than most ordinary crossovers. However, drivers shouldn’t expect the Mach-E to be nearly as engaging as the traditional Mustang. Its quiet operation and super-smooth ride were most impressive.