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Design Battle: Mach-E vs. Model Y

Welcome to Drivable Designs 50th article! Drivable Designs has been around for only 3 months and 3 weeks, and we are already at our 50th article! That is pretty special. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed making it. Let the Design Battle begin!

In this design battle, we are comparing the all-new 2021 Ford Mach E to the relatively new 2021 Tesla Model Y. Both vehicles are all-electric crossovers. The pricing and specs are so similar it’s hard not to compare the two. The design battle will have 3 topics. Those topics will be specs and pricing, exterior design, and interior design. Each topic I cover will have a rating from 1-10 for each vehicle. Whichever vehicle has the most points wins each topic . At the end of the battle, we will add up the points and see who wins overall.

Specs and Pricing:

The Mach-E and Model Y both have different trim levels. The Mach-E has 5 trim levels and the Model Y has 3. The lowest trim of the Mach-E starts at $43,895. The lowest trim of the Model Y starts at $48,000. The Ford has a range of 210-230 miles while the Tesla has a range of 300 miles. But if you go up a trim on the Mach-E for $50,600, 300 miles is available. The highest trim on the Model Y is the Performance trim, starting at $61,000. It has a range of 280 miles and can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. The highest trim on the Mach-E is the GT trim, starting at $60,500. It has a range of 250 miles and can go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Both vehicles specs and prices are so similar, it’s hard to pick which one wins. But the Tesla edges out the Ford with slightly better range and performance. For more information on pricing and specs of these vehicles see the links below.



Topic Scores: Ford: 8 Tesla: 9

Exterior Design:

Both the Model Y and Mach-E are 4-door fastback SUVs. They both have long sloping rooflines. But the Mach-E just looks better to me. The Mach-E is aggressive and sporty while the Model Y is just… a big Model 3. I think the Model Y looks a little weird due to the low angled hood. This low angled hood looks much less irregular on the Tesla Model 3 because it is a smaller vehicle. The GT trim on the Mach-E is visually different than the lower trims. It has a silver grille and an aggressive lower front fascia. If you didn’t know a Model Y Performance was Model Y Performance, you would not be able to tell because it looks exactly the same as lower trims. The Mach-E and Model Y both look great, but the Mach-E looks more attractive.

Topic Scores: Ford: 9 Tesla: 7

FINAL TOPIC: Interior Design:

The interiors of these vehicles are amazing in their own way, even though the Mach-E’s interior seems influenced by Tesla vehicles. The Mach-E has a large center screen that is vertical. It also has a small screen behind the steering wheel displaying driving speed and other vital driving information. The Tesla has one large horizontal screen in the center of the dashboard. It has no other screens in the vehicle. I think the Ford Mach-E’s interior layout is better, but the Model Y has a trick up its sleeve. The Model Y is available with a third row, taking the seating capacity from 5 to 7. The Mach-E only seats 5. That makes the Model Y a better family vehicle. Both vehicles have “frunks” ( front trunk) with storage space where an engine would be in a conventionally powered vehicle. Both vehicles come available with panoramic glass roofs. I would love to show images of the Model Y in detail, but sadly, they don’t have many interior photos.

Topic Scores: Ford: 10 Tesla: 10

Time to add up the points!

FINAL SCORE: Ford: 27 Tesla: 26

The Ford barely won this one! I picked the Ford because of its more agressive, characteristic design. The Model Y may have more space, but the Mach-E looks better. But I still love both vehicles. I think that both of these would make great police cruisers, especially the Model Y because it is larger. Do you disagree with these results? Vote below!

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