The clash between the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y unfolds as a riveting spectacle. These electric powerhouses have rapidly ascended to prominence, captivating enthusiasts with a harmonious fusion of performance prowess, convenience, and cutting-edge technology. Redefining the essence of electric vehicle ownership, both models embody the allure of a midsize crossover. They stand as formidable contenders, boasting sleek aesthetics, advanced safety features, and an extensive range.

Yet as we unravel the comparison, it becomes evident that the Ford Mustang Mach-E elevates the stakes in critical aspects, establishing its superiority over its Tesla counterpart. This article serves to expound on the differences between these two vehicles. At Jim Burke Ford in Bakersfield, California, we encourage those interested in either one to go through our breakdown so they can determine which one is the right vehicle for them.

Designs and Style

white 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-e parked on a cement driveway

The Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y present a compelling visual narrative. Initially, both vehicles emanate a contemporary, futuristic aura characterized by sleek curves and aerodynamic profiles. A closer examination, however, unveils the distinctive approach each takes.

The Mustang Mach-E, drawing inspiration from its iconic muscle car lineage, forges a unique path. Its exterior exudes the spirit of the classic Mustang, featuring a daring front grille, robust haunches, and a rear taillight assembly that pays homage to the legendary three-bar Mustang taillights. On the other hand, the Model Y embraces a sleek, minimalist design.

While both vehicles boast visual appeal, the Mustang Mach-E’s homage to its heritage injects an extra layer of character, setting it apart. Additionally, the Mach-E offers a broader spectrum for personalization, providing a rich array of exterior colors and double the trim levels compared to the Model Y. This not only distinguishes the vehicle but also allows personalization without the hefty price tag associated with Tesla options.

Trim Levels and Prices

The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E comes in a diverse range of trim levels that cater to varied preferences and driving styles. There’s no official information on the trim options and their MSRPs, so we encourage those interested in this vehicle to contact us for updates. Nonetheless, here’s what we anticipate they’ll be:

In comparison, the 2024 Tesla Model Y presents a compelling selection of trims. Its rear-wheel-drive model is estimated to have an MSRP of $46,000. On the other hand, its all-wheel-drive variant is expected to start at $51,000, with the Long Range and Performance models estimated at $55,000. Both the Mustang Mach-E and Model Y offer enticing options for discerning consumers, allowing them to tailor their electric driving experience according to their preferences and budget. However, the Ford Mach-E is better in this area because it comes in more trim levels.


The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E boasts an advanced technological suite led by the next-generation SYNC infotainment system. This innovative system employs machine learning to tailor the driving experience for each user, accommodating up to three driver profiles and one guest. Accessed through a user-friendly 15.5-inch touch screen, the system provides seamless navigation through a diverse array of apps and features.

A standout advantage is the capability for over-the-air updates. This ensures continuous improvement and the addition of new content. Key features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an available premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.

In contrast, the Tesla Model Y’s tech-centric approach centralizes control through a prominent, slender infotainment display at the dashboard’s core. This display governs almost every aspect, from climate controls to the speedometer. Mirroring the entertainment offerings of the Model 3, the Model Y includes embedded Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube apps, along with video games — an ideal companion during charging sessions. Tesla prioritizes safety by restricting access to these entertainment features while the vehicle is in motion.

Internal and External Features

Both the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y have a modern profile. However, the Mach-E takes on the classic Mustang design, while the Model Y has a more futuristic appearance. Drivers who crave the look of a muscle car will likely gravitate toward the 2024 Ford Mach-E, while those who prefer a minimalist design will find the latest Tesla appealing.

When it comes to fuel efficiency and range, the Tesla Model Y has the upper hand if the most recent ratings are considered. The Model Y’s 123 MPGe EPA rating is higher than the Mustang Mach-E’s 103 MPGe. Its 330-mile range is also better than Ford Mach-E’s 312 miles.

Internally, these 2024 models can seat five and have similar dimensions. However, the Mach-E is superior in critical areas. With a front shoulder room of 57.6 inches (compared to the Model Y’s 56.4 inches) and a front hip room measuring 55.4 inches (versus the Model Y’s 53.8 inches), the Mach-E offers a noticeably roomier front cabin. This trend extends to the second row, where the Mach-E provides a shoulder room of 55.9 inches, surpassing the Model Y’s 54.0 inches. In this regard, the Ford Mach-E is also the clear winner.

Safety Features

The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y emphasize safety with advanced driver-assistance systems. The Mach-E features the BlueCruise hands-free driving system, while the Model Y includes a standard Tesla Autopilot. The 2024 Mach-E received the highest marks for crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Its 2023 model also earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2023. The 2024 Model Y is unrated, but its 2023 counterpart also received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. While both prioritize safety, the choice between the two depends on individual preferences.

Test-Drive the 2024 Ford Mach-E at Jim Burke Ford

The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E for sale is a triumph in innovation and performance, outshining the competition with its new features. It clearly beats the Tesla Model Y in several areas, including trim options, external dimensions, and efficiency. We invite those interested in the upcoming Mustang Mach-E to contact us or head to our dealership in Bakersfield, California, to schedule a test drive, explore our inventory of new vehicles, and learn more about our financing options that can make it easier to own this latest Ford vehicle.