Ford Mustang Mach-E versus. Tesla Model Y

Auction dilemma stories typically examine 20th century classics (and close classics), but a more contemporary match is worth covering every now and then.

This edition explores two state-of-the-art all-electric crossovers: a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT on Doug DeMuro’s Cars & Bids and a 2021 Tesla Model Y Performance on eBay.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT 2021

Auction dilemma: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs.  Tesla Model Y

We will skip the question “Is this a real Mustang?” A back-and-forth discussion of this crossover in favor of a look at Ford’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) designed from the ground up. In particular, let’s take a look at this Dark Matter Gray Mach-E in top-tier GT form. With just 80 miles on the clock, it’s safe to assume this car is a flip (despite seller’s claims otherwise). So we can convey the usual talk about the condition.

At the heart of this BEV is a pair of electric motors that combine to produce 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive setup is controlled by a single-speed transmission. The EPA says this Mach-E has a range of 270 miles, and Ford promises the car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Auction dilemma: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs.  Tesla Model Y

There is no leather inside; instead, it’s a faux leather and pseudo-suede upholstery Ford calls ActiveX. Other interior features include a fixed-panel panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, navigation system and B&O audio system.

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Performance of the Tesla Model Y 2021

Auction dilemma: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs.  Tesla Model Y

At one point, the Tesla Model Y primarily had the mid-size BEV crossover market. But it’s a segment that’s getting crowded thanks to the Mach-E and many other entrants. This Red Model Y in Performance finish isn’t as new as its Auction Dilemma counterpart, but it comes close with just 5,500 miles of use. The seller reports that the car is being sold to make room for an incoming Plaid Model S, so you decide if this is a rollover situation.

With a two-engine, all-wheel-drive setup, this Model Y is set up similarly to the Mach-E, but there are a few differences with the end results. Tesla says the Model Y Performance takes 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph and has a maximum range of 303 miles. Interestingly, Tesla no longer shares horsepower and torque information. Perhaps this is a nifty way to get buyers to focus on results, not specifications.

Auction dilemma: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs.  Tesla Model Y

The cabin equipment includes a premium black and white interior (Tesla synthetic leather), a glass roof, heated front and rear seats, navigation and version 3.0 of the Full Self Driving system.

Are any of these electric crossovers worthy of a deal?

Auction dilemma: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs.  Tesla Model Y

It’s an upside down EV world when Ford is the upstart and Tesla is the benchmark, but that’s what’s happening here. So where would you store your money? Auctions for the Mustang Mach-E end in two days and have reached (as of this writing) $ 52,222. The Tesla Model Y has an asking price of $ 81,950.

Sources:,, Ford, Tesla

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