Blue Ford Mustang Mach-E

Douglas Sonders / @douglassonders

Meet the Electric Ford SUV That Fits a City Lifestyle

Sponsored by What's this?

I’ve owned a wide-variety of classic and iconic Ford vehicles over the years, from a 50’s Thunderbird with my dad to 60’s Mustangs and even an awesome off-road Bronco. I’ve also been incredibly curious about what’s possible with the current generation of electric vehicles on the market, but have had limited experiences with them. So you can imagine that I jumped at the opportunity to borrow a new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition electric SUV for a weekend.

A Ford representative pulled up to the courtyard of my building to drop the vehicle off, but by the time I had come downstairs to meet him, there was a small crowd around this bright Grabber Blue Ford Mustang Mach-E. My neighbors were inquiring what it was, how fast it went, what it looked like inside and if it was a concept car!

Pull Quote

Suffice it to say, this wouldn’t be the last time it turned heads and collected crowds where I parked it.

This particular version was a special First Edition model with the extended range battery and all-wheel-drive, capable of an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles on a full charge and 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Inside it was packed with technology and comforts. It had Ford SYNC® 4A tech tucked into a gigantic and beautiful 15.5 inch touchscreen, in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging pad and a crisp-sounding B&O® Sound System by Bang & Olufsen®. Worth noting, and in my opinion, the fit and finish of the body and interior is top notch. This SUV felt carefully crafted and designed for comfort and ergonomics.

Ford Mustang Mach-E in Grabber Blue
Ford Mustang Mach-E in Grabber Blue.

Douglas Sonders / @douglassonders

My friendly Ford representative guided me to download and set up the FordPass app on my iPhone (available on Android as well). The FordPass Power My Trip feature helps with trip planning by considering your all-electric vehicle’s current state of charge, live traffic and identifying charging points along your route. The app can also remotely lock, unlock and start the vehicle. You can even set up your smartphone to serve as an alternative to traditional keys. Pretty cool!

I had to get on a conference call so I hopped in the Mustang Mach-E and pushed the start button. Everything in the car seemed as if it was whooshing to life around me, with a slick startup animation appearing on the dash. It felt like I was powering up a star cruiser. I proceeded to my nearby parking garage, which also happened to have EV charge stations, so I plugged in the Mustang Mach-E while I ran back to work. I’ve learned that many of New York’s garages now have or will have electric vehicle charger stations, which is something I hadn’t realized before. Evidently the city’s parking garages see the future in electric vehicles and want to accommodate the growing EV-owning customer base.

After a busy week, I woke up early Saturday morning to run errands and drive from my place in midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn. I connected Apple CarPlay to my iPhone and blasted some Motown as I cruised down the highway. I enjoyed the chance to play with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver-assist in light traffic. It has features like available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition. It allows the driver to operate their vehicle hands-free while being monitored by a driver-facing camera to make sure you’re keeping your eyes on the road. This feature is compatible on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones that make up over 130,000 miles of North American roads. This tech made traffic on the West Side Highway more palatable, which made me wish I had it on my cars.

The Mustang Mach-E frunk (front trunk) is perfect for extra storage space.
The Mustang Mach-E frunk (front trunk) is perfect for extra storage space.

Ford

Later in the day, I was headed to a friend’s birthday in Brooklyn and wanted to pick up a few things for a BBQ. I figured I'd try out the SUV’s waterproof “frunk” (front trunk). You see, since it doesn’t have a combustion engine like a traditional vehicle, they’re able to create additional storage where a gas engine would normally go. In this case, I was able to fill the frunk, which is lined with a hard plastic and has a drain hole on the bottom, with ice and refreshments for the birthday. Everyone was very entertained when I pulled up to the party and popped the frunk to reveal my futuristic beverage cart.

Blue Ford Mustang Mach-E

Douglas Sonders / @douglassonders

On Sunday, I took some time to drive north of the city to take this car on twisty roads for more spirited driving. Before pulling onto a fun country road, I opened up the “Drive Mode” menu on the 15.5 inch SYNC® 4A touchscreen. When the vehicle is set to “Whisper mode”, which keeps the steering and throttle response light and easy in city traffic, but I wanted more acceleration. I tapped the “Unbridled” mode to see what this Mustang Mach-E could do. Right away I could feel the steering tighten and sharpen like a scalpel and the throttle became excitingly responsive. With one touch of a menu button, this car had switched from a quiet comfortable space cruiser to a rocket ship. It felt very planted on tight corners. The placement of the vehicle’s batteries in the lower part of the chassis create a lower center of gravity, helping the car feel more connected to the road. This Mustang Mach-E was ready to play.

People who don’t live in the city say it doesn’t make sense to own a car, but as someone who often goes to job sites on the other end of town, hauls camera gear or often leaves the city for meetings, a vehicle like this comes in handy. From its comfortable space-age technology and interior, hands-free driving system, ability to charge in and around the city, fun dynamic driving performance and ample storage in its frunk and trunk, this Ford Mustang Mach-E is the perfect vehicle companion for your city lifestyle.

Disclaimers: Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Requires phone with active data service and compatible software. SYNC 4 does not control 3rd party products while in use. 3rd Parties are solely responsible for their respective functionality. See Owner's Manual for detail and limitations. EPA-estimated targeted range of 270 miles. Based on full charge]. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. Range and charge time based on manufacturer computer engineering simulations and EPA-estimated range calculation methodology. The charging rate decreases as battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times and battery state of charge. Actual vehicle range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.