|250||Starting Range (mi)||230|
|4||Level 1 Charging Per Hour (mi)||3|
|200,000||Hands Free Roads (mi)||100,000|
When you look at the selection of vehicles that are going to be available over the next few years, there is no denying that the age of the Electric Vehicle (EV) is just getting started. Manufacturers like Chevrolet and Ford are not content to sit back and let other brands dominate the EV market, and so they are joining in with new and exciting models of their own. Looking at the most impressive Electric Utility Vehicles (EUVs) coming soon to dealerships, comparing the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV vs 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E really showcases everything both models have to offer.
Although there is no denying that the new Mustang Mach-E is impressive, it is hard not to notice that a lot of its flash is aimed at getting attention but not necessarily providing the best value for drivers. Yes, it is available with all-wheel drive, powerful motors, and an extended-range battery, but all of that means it ends up costing a lot of money. Looking at the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV by comparison, for example, not only does the Chevy model start at a lower price, but it offers a greater range on a full charge than the baseline Mach-E. You pay a lot more for the Ford model, and then you have to pay even more if you want it to compete with the Bolt EUV’s range.
A lot of the differences between these models, and the advantages that the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV has, really come down to the fact that the Chevy model is built on a tested and proven platform. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is an all-new EUV that has a lot to prove and could experience some major growing pains. You can see this when you look at how GM’s Super Cruise is further along in development and has more mileage available for it compared to the future release of Ford’s Co-Pilot360 hands-free driving functionality. For your next EUV, you deserve a model that you know you can rely on and that will go easier on your budget; come visit us at DePaula Chevrolet to learn more about the Chevy Bolt EUV today.
In a perfect world, you could choose a manufacturer you liked, pick a vehicle that met your needs, and know that you had gotten the best value for your money. In reality, however, it is very important that you look at all of your options when shopping for a vehicle to ensure you get the best deal for what you are spending. That does not only mean paying the lowest price possible, though sticking to a budget is important, but also getting a great product for your money. While the Mustang Mach-E certainly has a lot to offer, the simple truth is that the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is a better value overall.
It begins, simply enough, with the starting price for these two models because there is no better way to start looking at value than to see the actual cost of a product. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895 for the baseline trim, without any upgrades for greater range or faster performance. With the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV, on the other hand, you are looking at a starting price of $33,995 to get fantastic features and performance. We think it is safe to call that a massive difference in price that can be a huge issue if you are on a fairly tight budget or if you simply want to keep all of your costs under control.
Beyond this starting price, however, even though you are paying so much less for the Bolt EUV, you still get a terrific vehicle. In fact, the Chevy Bolt EUV has a standard power system that will get an estimated 250 miles of range from a full charge. By comparison, if you look at the starting model of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, then it will only get an estimated 230 miles of range from a full charge. You can upgrade to a Mach-E model with an extended range battery, which will increase its range beyond the Chevy Bolt EUV, but at that point, you are looking at a starting price of nearly $50,000!
Sometimes, when you look at two different vehicles to compare them, it makes sense to go strictly off the numbers to see how their specs stack up. When comparing two trucks, for example, you should directly compare their towing capacities to ensure you choose a model that can meet your needs. But other times, it makes more sense to consider elements that go beyond simple numbers and look at the bigger picture of what two different models have to offer.
In considering the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, it is important to look at what kind of track record they have. The Mustang Mach-E is an entirely new vehicle built on a new platform at Ford, which has little in the way of real-world testing. Even if Ford’s engineers and designers have clocked thousands of hours testing the Mach-E on tracks and public roads, that still does not begin to compare to the kind of testing a vehicle will undergo in the first year of its release to the public. And this is something that has us concerned; we do not doubt the Mach-E will be good, but we would not want to try it in its first model year.
In contrast to that, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is built on the platform that the hatchback Chevy Bolt EV has been since 2017. That means the battery and motor systems have been rigorously tested not only by Chevy but by hundreds of thousands of drivers clocking millions of hours and miles with it on the road. So even though the Bolt EUV is an all-new model with amazing features to offer, we know that the underlying systems have a proven track record of success and reliability.
With great new models like the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, you often get new and exciting technology. There is no shortage of such advancements with these two models, but the one we are probably most excited about is the new driver-assistance safety systems they will both have. While there are some similarities between the two systems that are coming with these models, there are also some key differences. Both Super Cruise for the Chevy Bolt EUV and Active Drive Assist for the Ford Mustang Mach-E will feature hands-free driving functionality to deliver semi-autonomous driving in certain conditions.
The Super Cruise system has been in real-world testing on Cadillac models for several years now and has racked up over 7 million miles of hands-free driving on public roads. That means we already know how well it works, and it has been improved upon over the last few years. At this point, more than 200,000 miles of roads are compatible with the Super Cruise technology, with more being added, and it will be available to you on the Bolt EUV at release.
With the Ford Active Drive Assist system, however, there are a few issues. For starters, only about 100,000 miles of roads so far are compatible with this system, so it is still much more limited than GM’s technology. Second, it is not actually available yet and has 0 miles outside of testing by Ford engineers. To get this system on the Mustang Mach-E, a customer has to pay for a Prep Package when ordering the Mach-E, which only gives them the hardware needed for it. Then, when it becomes available later, they have to pay again for a software update to actually be able to use the hardware they paid for earlier.
It is a flawed roll-out, to say the least. We would much rather simply get the Super Cruise system on the Bolt EUV and start enjoying it right away. This might be less of an issue in the future, but it is hard to see this as a strong launch for Ford’s new technology.