The Tesla Model 3 has enjoyed the top spot for years, but there is a challenger in town as Consumer Reports have replaced it with the Ford Mustang Mach-E as its top EV for 2022.
Tesla might remain at the top in the EV industry, but the competition is heating up. If the Texas-based EV company had been unaware of this, Consumer Reports’ latest update would be a wake-up call. The publication has announced the Mustang Mach-E as its top recommended electric car for 2022. Previously, the coveted title was owned by the Model 3, the best-selling electric vehicle of all time.
To reach the decision, Consumer Reports considered ride quality, car reliability, in-car use experience, etc. It sends out surveys annually to its members who comment on the product, which in this case is an electric car. It said this year, members “reported very few problems with the Mustang Mach-E so far, giving it an important advantage over the Model Y and even the Model 3.”
As noted by Consumer Reports, the Mustang Mach-E is closer to the Model Y. Still, the Tesla EV is plagued with reliability issues, taking it out of the running for the top spot, even though it managed to outscore the Mustang Mach-E in road tests. Some of the problems reported concerning the Model Y include paint, body integrity, body hardware, power equipment, and the climate control system.
However, that doesn’t mean the Model 3 is no longer a great choice, as the publication admitted. “Make no mistake, the Model 3 is still a great choice, and Consumer Reports recommends it. But the Mustang Mach-E is also very sporty, 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’s is far easier to operate and doesn’t require multiple steps to activate routine features, such as using the defroster or adjusting the mirrors, as with the Tesla. Also, the Mach-E has an edge when it comes to reliability, according to first-year results in our Annual Auto Surveys of CR members.”
Something else gave the Mustang Mach-E the edge over the Model Y. According to Consumer Reports, “New this year, we are adding 2 points to a vehicle’s Overall Score if it has an active driving assistance system with an adequate driver monitoring system. The Ford Mustang Mach-E gains those points because its BlueCruise active driving assistance system has an effective driver monitoring system that gives appropriate warnings when the driver’s attention wanders. On the other hand, Tesla’s Autopilot system can still be used if the driver is looking away or using a phone, as long as there is at least one hand resting on the steering wheel.”
The Mustang Mach-E is made by Ford, based on the popular ICE Ford Mustang. It is one of the company’s earliest efforts to transition to EVs and leave its decades of ICE legacy behind. The car has received high praises and is even being trialed by different law enforcement departments as an operations car. Other EVs in the pipeline from Ford include the F-150 Lightning, a pickup truck based on the ICE version. This year, the company plans to start production and has more than 200,000 orders to fulfill.
Tesla and Consumer Reports have had a tumultuous history. The publish had once removed the Model 3 from the top spot due to the long stopping distance it got during emergency braking tests. However, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, kicked back against the method used by the influential publication, although his company would later release an over-the-air update that cut down the braking distance by about 20 feet.
Before that, Consumer Report also knocked the Model S after giving it extraordinary praise, citing a survey of Model S owners that revealed a “worse-than-average overall problem rate” in the car’s lifetime.
Tesla remains the EV company to beat, selling about 75 percent of all EVs in the US. It also has a market capitalization that is more than all traditional automakers in the US combined.