Consumer Reports The Tesla Model 3 replaces the Ford Mustang Mach-E as the best new electric car of 2022. The appointment is sure to give Ford a boost as it seeks to outpace Tesla in the race to become the number one electric vehicle manufacturer in the United States.
Tesla dominated for a long time Commercial RecordEV ratings, with the Model 3 holding the position for the past two years. But the publication says a variety of factors, including ride quality, reliability and in-car user experiences, led it to crown a new Mustang Mach-E winner.
“Make no mistake, the Model 3 is still a great choice, and Consumer Reports recommends it,” Commercial RecordDeputy Editor-in-Chief Jeff Bartlett writes today. But the Mustang Mach-E is also sportier, plus it’s more practical and easier to live with. The Ford is also quieter and rides better. Both cars have large infotainment center screens, but the Mach-E is much easier to operate and doesn’t require multiple steps to activate routine features. , such as using a defroster or adjusting mirrors, as with Tesla.”
Consumer Reports It sends out to its members an annual survey to collect information on reliability and driving quality, as well as a host of other factors. This year, members of the publication reported “very few problems with the Mustang Mach-E so far, giving it a significant advantage over the Model Y and even the Model 3.” (Commercial Record He notes that the Mach-E is more similar to the Tesla Model Y than the Model 3, but the Model Y’s reliability issues made it far from his top pick.)
Notably, the post applauds Ford’s decision to include a driver monitoring system in the Mustang Mach-E, earning the car an additional two points in its score. Tesla has long resisted efforts to include DMS in its vehicles, despite pushing more software updates for advanced driver assistance systems that will take advantage of a more powerful driver monitoring system.
Ford recently introduced its hands-free driver assistance system, called BlueCruise, via an over-the-air software update for 2021 Mustang Mach-E vehicles. (Owners pay $600 for a three-year subscription to BlueCruise.) An infrared sensor monitors eye movements the driver, and the car will sound a series of alerts if the driver’s attention begins to wander. In contrast, Tesla’s system requires only a hand on the steering wheel and does not have a system for monitoring the driver’s visual gaze.
This is not the first time Commercial Record Soured on Model 3. In May 2018, the organization said it could not recommend the electric car due to the shockingly long stopping distance during emergency braking tests. Elon Musk attacked Tesla CEO Commercial Recordknock, but later, Tesla shipped an over-the-air update that improved the car’s braking distance by about 20 feet. Update calmed down Commercial Recordwhich goes back to the recommendation for Model 3.
Tesla-Consumer Reports A relationship is a real roller coaster ride. Back in 2015, the publication broke its own rating system in its excessive praise of the Model S P85D. But that love affair began to go south almost immediately when it surveyed nearly 1,400 Tesla owners and used that data to project a “worse-than-average overall problem rate” for new buyers over the life of the car. As a result, it has withdrawn its “recommended” rating for the Model S.
Tesla looms large over the vintage auto industry, with the electric car maker accounting for nearly three-quarters of all electric vehicle sales in the United States. The company’s stock price, which values Tesla more than nearly all US automakers, is the envy of its competitors.
Ford, in particular, has its sights set on Elon Musk’s company. In a recent earnings call, company CEO Jim Farley claimed that the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck has the potential to sell the Tesla Model Y, the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States.
“The F-150 Lightning, if we had full production today to meet our current demand, we would rival the Model Y as the flagship [battery-electric vehicle] Farley said.
Of course, the reason the F-150 Lightning doesn’t outperform the Model Y is that Ford, like most automakers, was late in realizing the need to switch from internal combustion engines to electric motors. Tesla was on top, and since then its dividend has come from its early bet. But the rest of the industry has finally caught up, and now the race has really started.
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