Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

By Jonathan Spira on 25 March 2021
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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

First of a Two-Part Series Looks at the Vehicle’s Significant Place in History

Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would have a long hood and short rear deck and, most important, have visceral appeal and tug at the buyer’s emotions.

Of course, back in 1964, when the Mustang made its debut, vehicle manufacturers didn’t speak of instant torque, long range (to combat range anxiety), high-tech features such as a tablet-like central display screen, and convenient home charging.

Fifty-seven years after Lee Iaccoca introduced the original Ford Mustang, the fastest-selling new car to date, so popular that dealerships had to lock car doors to prevent a crush of customers invading the vehicles. One million were sold in just twenty-three months, Ford has created an electric Mustang.

“I used to have a Mustang, back when cars made sounds,” a member of the Griswold family says in a Christmas-time commercial, featuring Chevy Chase, made in the manner of the movie, “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation,” one introducing the Mustang Mach-E.

The Griswolds had an easier time getting into the driver’s seat than I did.  I was scheduled to go to a Ford press drive that took place in Detroit in December of last year.  It was scheduled to take place shortly after the coronavirus case figures in Michigan went haywire, and our corporate parent froze all business travel, not that I would have gone given the circumstances. Meanwhile, the first time that the Mustang Mach-E was scheduled to enter our short-term review fleet was stymied due to the Blizzard of 2021.

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