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- Nov 18, 2019
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- New Jersey
- Mach-E 4X-Space White, 1 Ford Flex, 2 Ford Escapes
I think I am coming to that conclusion. My commute RT, while not short, is 60 miles. So, range really not an issue for that. Was hoping to be able to use it for trips to sons college, which is 180 miles one way, recharge there and return. Gets a little tight with 210 miles total range. Probably wouldn't work in cold weather. But for daily commute, yes, range would work and as you say, AWD would provide a margin of safety. And the cost savings between not paying the $5,000 for ER batteries and the $12,500 rebates, is pretty sweet.Ain't that the truth! I've been driving myself crazy, too, trying to figure out what the actual costs will be without adequate information. I have never had an AWD as my daily driver and most of the time that has been good enough - my '87 and 2000 mustangs had no ABS, traction control, or weight over the drive wheels and I muddled through the snow and ice when necessary. Lately my wife has had AWD/4WD SUVs so I have had that option in really bad weather (she works 2 miles from home), but not always (some of the time she has had FWD minivans). What I do have is the option of working from home in bad weather, which is the MUCH better way to go if your job permits it. So, I keep coming back to the RWD Standard range Select edition as the best compromise of cost and capability. The 230 mile range is sufficient for my current and future worst-case commutes (I'll move if my commute is over 100 miles), and we only get 5 to 10 really bad weather days so the RWD is "good enough". I'll be 55 next year, so as my wife points out we need to keep costs down. In my field my earning potential is likely on a downward trajectory AND we need to put more away for retirement rather than buying a sexier car.
In your case you'll have to skip the ER or AWD, and I would suggest that the ER is less useful than the AWD unless you have a long commute. The ER makes long trips more convenient if you don't have a second car, but having an AWD could actually prevent an accident.