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Ford Mustang Mach-E Is Car And Driver’s 2021 EV Of The Year

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has received quite a bit of attention in recent months, which is not surprising given the fact that it’s Ford’s first mass-market EV crossover. Regardless, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has been quite successful thus far, outselling its ICE-powered Ford Mustang counterpart and exceeding its production numbers as well. Now, the Mach-E can add another trophy to its proverbial case, as Car and Driver has crowned it as the 2021 EV of the Year.

“Mustang Mach-E is the start of what we can do to compete in the EV revolution,” said Darren Palmer, Ford general manager, battery electric vehicles. “Its continued success in the form of happy customers, sales, and awards are all signs of the momentum we are building. Accolades like the Car and Driver Electric Vehicle of the Year are particularly rewarding for the team who designed this performance battery electric vehicle to be truly fun to drive. It can only get better as we continue to learn from and grow with our customers.”

C&D‘s 2021 EV of the Year award marks the very first time the long-running rag has handed out such an honor, which makes the Mach-E’s win a bit more special. The Mach-E also beat out ten other notable competitors to take home the honors – the Audi e-tron, Kia Niro, Nissan Leaf Plus, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan 4S PBP, Tesla Model 3 Performance, Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, Tesla Model Y Performance, Volkswagen ID.4, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Car and Driver subjected each of the 11 contenders to a variety of instrumented testing, side-by-side comparisons, and subjective evaluations, judging each on its fun factor, driver engagement, value, and practicality. Testing took place over a three-week period and included a 1,000-mile road trip to boot.

“We felt that if a carmaker was looking to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, there’s not a better vehicle out there than the Mustang Mach-E,” said Sharon Carty, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. “It’s a familiar shape and size of crossover. It’s in the sweet spot of what Americans love. It’s beautiful. It’s a design that gets noticed. It has a range and charging speed that is very competitive.”

The 2021 EV of the Year award is just the latest accolade bestowed upon the Mach-E, joining others including Car and Driver‘s Editor’s Choice Award, the Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award, AutoGuide‘s Utility of the Year, Green Vehicle of the Year, 2021 North American Utility of the Year, and Autoweek‘s Car Buyer’s Award.

We’ll have more on the Mach-E very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mark B

    Interesting how the Mach-e sales figures are compared to the ICE Mustang when they’re aimed at two totally different market segments. There is nothing remotely the same between these two models except the loosely given Mustang name.

    1. Steve

      You are correct Mark, one has nothing to do with the other, except…. Someone at Ford is hell bent on the destruction of all ICE machines and they started with the Mustang. Why? They are kind of similar from the back from 500 feet away standing on your head, crossed eyed, they look similar. So seriously, anyone out there willing to spend 45 to 65 thousand bucks vs. just buying a REAL authentic Mustang. Oh buy the way, mileage really sucks, 270 miles? What’s the mileage at 75 MPH? Oh wait, they don’t know yet. Hasn’t been tested? Ummmm why?

  2. Steve

    Well some things never change. Car and Driver still a bunch of sell outs with low standards. Really, this ugly thing is EV car of the year? How could anyone look at this thing every day sitting in the driveway? It’s like felling nauseas all the time. I don’t get it but like I said, some people bought the AMC pacer too. Some people bought the Yugo. Some people out there bought a Nissan Juke and think it’s pretty awesome. I guess Ford wanted in on that ugly car game too. I don’t get it.

  3. royl

    Ford is offering DISCOUNTS on the mustang and the ranger!! Those (wokes) that have predicted there will be no more discounts on new vehicles, we obviously smoke toooooo much crack! There will be plenty of new cars in the near future, the “chip shortage” will end. The business of selling cars will tilt back to very familiar ground. The ICE cars and trucks will again emerge as the solid sales leaders. Sorry joe and hunter.


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