The Ford Mustang Mach-E has earned its fair share of accolades in recent months, including grabbing a spot on Consumer Reports‘ recommended cars list, being named one of the most satisfying electric SUVs to own, and ranking second in J.D. Power’s EV Satisfaction Study, while 87 percent of owners said they would buy the Mach-E again, if given the chance. Now, the Ford Mustang Mach-E can add yet another distinction to its drawer full of them, as the EV crossover has been named Consumer Reports‘ top EV pick of 2022.
Each year, CR hands out its Top Picks across 10 automotive categories, including electric vehicles. That particular category has been dominated by Tesla for some time now, as the Model 3 has held down the top spot for the last two years. However, this year the Mach-E has supplanted it by achieving a higher overall score from the consumer organization, which is determined using a variety of factors including safety, owner satisfaction, predicted reliability, and road tests.
While CR still recommends the Model 3, it notes that the Mach-E offers superior ride quality, a more intuitive and easier to operate infotainment system, and better reliability thus far. Meanwhile, the Model Y – the Mach-E’s direct rival – has exhibited far worse reliability among CR members, with a number of issues popping up pertaining to paint quality, the climate control system, hardware, and body integrity. The Mach-E also received an additional two points because its BlueCruise driver-assist software has an effective driver monitoring system – which neither Tesla provides, as Autopilot doesn’t keep tabs on a driver’s eyes when it’s engaged.
The Mach-E also garnered praise from Consumer Reports for the fact that it’s fun to drive, with “quick acceleration, agile handling, and a well-mannered ride. This well-executed new model catapults Ford into the burgeoning market with its first purpose-built EV that blends being green with character and driving fun,” CR concluded.