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The new all-electric midsize crossover is attractive, fast, practical and affordable.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior lines of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E evoke the iconic Ford Pony Car, while the midsize crossover design offers more comfort and practicality. And the all-electric powertrain delivers stunning performance.When Ford announced the 2021 Mustang Mach-E would be an all-electric SUV, purist fans of the legendary Mustang sports car groaned. But Mustangs have always represented affordable performance, and that's exactly what you get with the Mach-E.

Consider this: the Mach-E is quicker than the V8-powered Mustang GT, and only the top-level supercharged Mustang GT500 is faster. As Shakespeare might say, that which we call a Mustang, by any other name would be as sweet. If you don't want to call this EV a Mustang, just call it a Mach-E and be impressed with its performance.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is clean and simple, with most of the tech delivered through a massive tablet mounted on the dash.

There's a lot to love in this sporty coupe-style SUV. There's the 0-60 performance, sure, but that's just the start of what the Mach-E has to offer. It's also a great-looking vehicle, with plenty of Mustang DNA in the styling. When you get inside, it's both spacious and comfortable because there's no transmission or driveshaft, and the batteries are located in the floor. The tech story is told through a giant center-mounted tablet that allows you to conveniently control everything about the Mach-E.

As a family car, the Mach-E offers seating for five adults, or 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. There's also a 4.7 cubic foot "frunk" under the hood where the engine would normally be. This piece of genius is plastic-lined and has a drain, so you can fill it with ice and keep your picnic cold, or just use it as more storage.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The front bucket seats in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E are built for performance driving.

The reason to buy a Mach-E, though, is the electric drivetrain. This is pretty straightforward. You can have a motor at the back for rear-wheel-drive, or at both ends for all-wheel-drive. There is no transmission to speak of, and each motor drives its own wheels. The bigger choice is whether to get the standard battery or the extended range battery. We highly recommend spending the money on the extended range battery, as it's the difference between 211 miles of range and 300-305 miles, depending on the trim level you choose.

To own a Mach-E conveniently, you'll want to install a 240-Volt Level-2 charger at your home, if at all possible. This will allow most people to completely charge their Mach-E overnight in most circumstances. However, Ford has said that the Mach-E can go from 10% to 80% charge in 38 minutes, using a DC Fast Charger, which are becoming more common around the Portland area.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The rear seats of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E are large enough for three adults and fold down for additional cargo space.

On the road, the driving experience of the Mach-E is exemplary. It's fast but not jumpy, well-planted on the road, quick-steering and smooth riding. If you like a quiet ride, you simply can't do better than the Mach-E unless you spend the money on a Rolls-Royce.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E qualifies for the $7,500 Federal income tax rebate, and also for the $2,500 Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate program. Also, be aware that many utilities also offer rebates towards the installation of a Level 2 charger, and some offer discounts when you buy an EV. Check https://goelectric.oregon.gov for more information.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The fastback styling suggests the sportiness of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.

The bottom line on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is that if you've been making excuses about why an electric vehicle wouldn't work for your family, this EV might just change your mind. The Mach-E is available at area Ford dealers, and is worth your consideration for a test drive.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The display tablet in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E offers multiple screens that manages everything from the stereo to the drive modes.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD

Base price: $47,000 (before rebates)

Price as tested: $55,100 (before rebates)

Type: Midsize SUV

Drivetrain: Twin Electric Traction Motors (346 hp, 428 lbs-ft)

Transmission: Single speed direct drive

EPA estimated range: 230-300 miles

Overall length: 185.6 inches

Curb weight: 4,394 pounds

Final assembly: Cuautitlan, Mexico

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - There is a tremendous amount of cargo space available in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.


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