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Here’s Why The Ford Mustang Mach-E Does Not Offer Ventilated Seats

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has made a significant impact when it comes to being a satisfying and well-liked vehicle, drawing in more and more early adopters each month. Gen X in particular is fond of the Mach-E, and it accrued yet another accolade when it was named one of the most satisfying vehicles the western U.S. and again last month as being one of the most satisfying vehicles overall. Ford CEO Jim Farley has taken notice of the Mach-E’s appeal, stating that the electric vehicle is “much better” than the ICE-powered Edge. However, despite all of this praise, the Mustang Mach-E lacks a significant feature: ventilated seats.

Ford Authority recently spoke with Darren Palmer, vice president of electric vehicle programs at Ford, to find out why this feature was omitted from the Mustang Mach-E. “So you have to make some choices,” he said. “The car is reasonably priced and the leather is aerated, and the car will be preconditioned so you don’t get in hot and have to cool. We just didn’t engineer vented seats in that car but if there’s enough demand we might do it,” Palmer explained at the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning drive event.

In other words, The Blue Oval just didn’t see a need to engineer ventilated seats into the Ford Mustang Mach-E, especially since the EV’s interior can be sufficiently cooled before occupants get in. However, this doesn’t take into account situations in which the vehicle may not be able to be preconditioned, especially if it is parked in a hot environment outside. The Mach-E also has a glass  roof, which can potentially compound the problem.

It’s worth noting that the Mustang Mach-E does offer heated seats as an option the Select trim level, and equips them as standard on California Route 1, Premium and GT trim levels.

Introducing ventilated seats may prove difficult for Ford now, considering that the Mustang Mach-E is no longer considered a profitable vehicle, thanks to the rising costs of materials. However, as production of the Mach-E ramps up by 2023, sufficient demand for the feature could prompt The Blue Oval to make it a reality, especially if they’ve received feedback about the feature’s exclusion from owners or potential customers.

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

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Will

    The Edge has more feature, sells better, has more passenger room, rides better,can tow, more cargo space, large power moon roof, heated and ventilated seats, and costs less.

    1. JME80

      @ Will, and yet is going out of production after 2023, along with the Nautlius….

  2. Dennis

    If the Mach-E is not considered profitable, that is on Ford management. Increase the price to make the Mach-E profitable. No profit for Ford eventually means no Ford Motor Company.

    1. Erin

      I’m sure they will for next year’s model. They can’t just arbitrarily raise the price on their existing pre-order contracts though.

  3. Ken Koch

    What is the problem that the 2021 Corsair and Escape makes vibration noises at low speeds when the engine is hot.

  4. Gary

    Its been very disappointing that when Ford comes out with a new vehicle or redesign as they have done with the Explorer in 2020 and they do not finish the job. Then they seem to ignore it. It is frustrating how KIA and Hyundai has flown right passed Ford in design and quality. Every article gives the new KIA EV6 superior ratings over the Mach e. I have been a loyal Ford customer for since 1989 but they are going to lose me unless they improve their quality and drastically update interiors in the Ford vehicles. Stick on screens on the dash of the Explorer! and the vertical one is the worst. Signed a very disappointed Ford customer.

  5. LesterM

    No one cares about these EVs. Farley is running Ford into the ground at record pace. Lifelong Ford owners are abandoning Ford in droves because of him.

    1. Boh Dole

      Facts. Already got me a Honda as a daily driver last year.

      Haven’t looked at Lincoln’s since they killed sedans.

      And my Taurus will likely get replaced with a Lexus

    2. Bill

      If we’re going to engage in the name calling game, let’s try this for you: Marxist oppressor. Just stop.

  6. Jason

    Darren Palmer what are you thinking! This is what has been holding me up all this time I want the ventilated seats. It’s the only vehicle on the market that cost this much where you don’t put it on?? That’s got to be the stupidest idea of this expensive of a vehicle to not have VENTILATED SEATS when you even put it on an escape…DO NOT GET RID OF THE EDGE… Everything is fantastic about this car just make it a little more fancy and aerodynamic. This Marquee can be the Nautilus version of the edge. And no don’t raise the price of electric cars lowered if you want people to buy or you’re not going to get the volume

    1. BFPE

      I added ventilated seat feature to my Mach E for under $100, it did not seem to affect my range a noticeable amount. Very nice on hot days. And, the roof reflects heat from the sun – amazing tech.

      1. Jason

        How did u do that and where can I get that done? I was contemplating getting rid of the seats all together and putting them in from A supplier that puts brand new ventilated seats in but it was $1,200..

  7. Helen Horton

    We have a Mach E California car. The child locks for back doors are on and we cannot find the way to unlock them. HELP!

    1. Gregory Smith

      Page 38 in the Owner’s Manual. It’s a button on the Driver’s window control:

      “The control is on the driver door.
      Press the control to switch the child safety locks on. Press the control again to switch them off. A light on the control illuminates when you switch them on.
      The child lock setting remains on when you switch off your vehicle.”

  8. Randy Doncheski

    Why does my 2021 Ford Bronco Sport make a whiny almost siren noise when I backup? This happens 97% of the time!! Talked to my Ford Dealer about it . Nothing!!!

  9. Jim Glass

    What a bunch of whiners! I’ve had ventilated seats on Mercedes, Audi, et al. Not worth much in my book. I live in the hot, humid southeast and do not miss them at all. Sure that would be a battery drain without question but likely not a lot. And I’m tired of hearing concerns about the panoramic roof. It just does not heat up my car. When I go to the golf course down here, leave the car in a hot open parking lot for 3 hours, sure it gets hot inside and out. But I always turn the car on remotely while I have a beer with the guys and by the time I get to it, it’s nice and cool inside. Aside from the charging routine, I just drive it like a normal car and have zero issues. I’ve owned it since March 2021 and really enjoy the 45th car/truck I owned in my life.

    1. rmkilc

      Cool story. I use them every day even in the winter and I live up north. Some people are warm blooded and need to stay cool to be comfortable.

  10. Rranman

    Mustang Mach -E minus ventilated seats electric telescoping adjustable steering. Well what do you expect when you spend $70k.
    Any other brand would have it at that price point

  11. Joseph Kosteczko

    I am a GEN-x that is mustang. Sorry it has neat technology but it lacks key features of a mustang. One is the 2+2 seating and the short back deck. As a purist, a mustang also needs a lot more. I own a real mustang… 2010 GT convertible with a manual 5 speed.

  12. rmkilc

    No cooled or ventilated seats is an instant no go for me. Even though Ford was early to the game in offering this feature (2000 in the Navigator and even my 2005 Monterey minivan of all things had them), they still omit it from too many vehicles. This takes the Maverick, Ranger, Escape, Mach-E, and any others completely out of my consideration.

    1. Reid Hill

      Too bad. I have a ‘22 Mach e and have never had cooled seats in any car I owned. What did you do before they came into existence? I wouldn’t trade my Mach for any other EV currently on the market especially for cooled seats.

      1. Jason

        I’m feeling that way too I am pissed that they don’t have ventilated seats. I live in Las Vegas and it’s a welcome comfort to have I’ve had it on every Ford that I’ve owned in the last 8 years. I can’t believe they don’t have fog lights, ventilated seats or the lift gate with the foot and it’s crazy the edge sport has more features than mach and I have one on order a performance gt… Wondering if it’s even worth it but I love it still. I have to turn around and go add things like new seats in the front with the a/c in the seats… Now that I’ve had that feature I never want to go without it… What would you change on it now that you own one?

  13. Drew Ford Retiree

    I will not buy any leather or vinyl seat (leatherette, MB Tex, Soft Touch, ActiveX, vehicle without the ventilating feature. If the OEM felt the need to offer heated seats, then ventilating seats are also justified. Sorry Mr. Palmer, your logic doesn’t hold water.

    Ideally, just give me a durable, breathable cloth seat!

  14. Jason

    You are exactly right. I live in Las Vegas and it’s a must to have that in the seats and all of my Fords do but this new one on order. They don’t even offer fog lights or a cover over the sunroof above or glass cover to keep heat out… They take away too many features when this could be so much more

  15. Mike

    Same goes for the full size Bronco. I’d be driving one right now if they had ventilated seats. That, and adaptive cruise are my current deal breakers on any new car.

  16. Bob Dole

    That is such a stupid reason not to have vented seats, and an even worse reason to maybe have them in the future. Unless you live and die Ford, IF you want vented seats and the Mustand Mach-E doesn’t have them… you’re just going to go buy something that does. Foolish engineering by these guys.
    I’d love a Mustang… but I’m not waiting for them to “maybe” get these when 95% of competitors make it standard.


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