Ford Mustang

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Base MSRP price range:
$23,800 - $41,800
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Ratings Category: Sporty cars
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CR Model Summary
Ford's redesigned Mustang pays homage to its roots in a modern package with an independent rear suspension. Base models use a 300-hp, 3.7-liter V6, but the big news is the 310-hp, 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder that delivers some punch but sounds raspy. And the GT returns with a 5.0-liter V8. We found the slick six-speed manual particularly satisfying, and the automatic works well. Fastback and convertible body styles are available. Handling is agile and balanced, and the ride is firm yet tied down. New features include keyless entry, push-button start, and the Sync infotainment system. In addition to fun, technology brings blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert.
General Model Specs
Body styles
2-door hatchback, convertible
Drive wheels
2 front, 2 rear
Engines available
2.3-liter 4 turbo (310 hp)
3.7-liter V6 (300 hp)
5.0-liter V8 (435 hp)
Transmissions available
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Basic: 3/36
Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 mile
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First Drive - Ford Mustang GT
The arrival of a new version of an iconic automobile is greeted with equal measures of glee and dread. Will it be better, enthusiasts wonder, or has it been ruined?

The previous Mustang ranks as our favorite in the basic muscle car ... More
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Reliability History - Ford Mustang (V8)
Trouble spots by year 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Engine Major
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Engine Minor
Electrical System
Safety Specs
Safety belts
Pretensioners, front/rear Yes/no
Air bags
Side air bags, front/rear Standard/no
Side curtain air bags Standard
Active safety features
Antilock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Daytime running lights Not available
Crash and rollover tests
IIHS front moderate overlap Good
IIHS front small overlap NA
IIHS side crash NA
IIHS rear crash NA
IIHS roof crush NA
NHTSA overall crash score 5
NHTSA overall frontal-crash score 5
NHTSA front-crash, driver/front passenger 5 / 5
NHTSA overall side-crash score 5
NHTSA side-crash, driver/rear passenger 5 / 4
NHTSA side pole-crash 5
NHTSA rollover, 2WD/4WD 5 / NA
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