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Ford Mustang vs. Tesla Model 3

When we compare the Ford Mustang to the Tesla Model 3, the Ford Mustang has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars and base engine power. The Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Ford Mustang versus the Tesla Model 3, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Ford Mustang versus Tesla Model 3 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Mustang ranges from $26,996 to $93,983 while a used Tesla Model 3 from the same model year range is priced between $41,999 to $61,797.

Ford Mustang versus Tesla Model 3 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Mustang is 8.4 out of 10 while the Tesla Model 3's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Ford Mustang being ranked 1 out of 14 Best Sports Cars and the Tesla Model 3 being ranked 1 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Mustang’s base engine makes 310 horsepower, and the Tesla Model 3 base engine makes 201 horsepower. The Mustang is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 450 miles. The Model 3 is rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 267 miles. The Mustang uses regular unleaded, and the Model 3 uses electricity.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tesla Model 3, a electric compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Ford Mustang, a sports car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room. The Ford Mustang and Tesla Model 3 are comparable in regards to front shoulder room.

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2022 Ford Mustang

2022 Tesla Model 3

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,374 - $96,922

Used Asking Price:

$26,996 - $93,983

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

21%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$41,999 - $61,797

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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Summary Review

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Summary Review

The Tesla Model 3 is widely regarded as the best electric sedan in the world. The Model 3 is also the top-selling EV in the US market by a wide margin. This compact/midsize sedan offers a thrilling driving experience and advanced technology.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Excellent range
  • AWD available
  • Attractive styling
  • Amazing performance with Performance trim

  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Pricier than its reputation (mid-$50Ks is the typical price point)
  • No spare tire on any trim
  • Interior design and materials don’t match premium pricing

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

EcoBoost, GT Premium, EcoBoost Premium

Trim Levels

Long Range, Base, Performance

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

8 years / 120000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

350 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.088 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp

Torque:

258 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 29 / 24

MPGe:

Not applicable

Range (city/hwy):

326 / 450 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity :

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

Not Applicable

Engine Configuration:

Not Applicable

Number of Cylinders:

Not Applicable

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not applicable

MPGe:

127 / 126 / 127

Range (city/hwy):

267 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

60 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

10 hours (240V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

N/A

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

45.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

34.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

29 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.2 inches

Cargo Space:

13.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

82.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

22.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

97.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3515 lbs

Width:

81.9 inches

Height:

54.3 inches

Length:

188.5 inches

Wheelbase:

107.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3880 lbs

Width:

82.2 inches

Height:

56.8 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

113.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P235/55R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum

Tire Size:

235/45R18