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Ford is sticking to its proven formula with the redesigned 2024 Mustang. Changes center around freshening the appearance, boosting the convenience technology, and edging up horsepower.
There are three core versions: The EcoBoost with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine; GT with a 5.0-liter V8 that produces about 480 hp; and an all-new Dark Horse, a higher-performance V8 model with over 500 hp. The EcoBoost and GT are available as both coupes and convertibles, with a Premium trim and Performance Package option to add upgrades. The cabin centers around a digital instrument panel and infotainment screen, available with a single pane of glass connecting the two. There is much customization available via the screens, allowing the driver to impact appearance and performance. Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 includes FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, and LKA/LDW.
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2023
The Ford Mustang, especially in its V8-powered GT form, combines a thrilling driving experience with everyday livability. And that V8 delivers a throaty and satisfying engine and exhaust sound.
The available turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder is less fun, with an unexciting power delivery. Handling is balanced and controlled, and the ride is taut. The front seats are superbly supportive, but they lack a power-recline feature. As for the rear seats, there's room for groceries but little else. Recent updates included revised powertrains and additional high-tech options. High-performance options include the Mach-1 and Shelby GT500. Active safety systems, such as FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW, are standard on all but the Shelby GT500.
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2015-2021
2015 Redesign Year
The biggest news for the 2015 version of the Mustang is the adoption of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, marking only the second time in the history of the car a four-cylinder engine can be found under the hood. Styling, while redolent of the Mustang's past, is fresh and quite handsome.
Soft-touch materials and retro cues improve interior quality considerably and an independent rear suspension system is finally applied to the original Pony Car. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available, as are forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control. New equipment for the 2020 model year includes a 2.3-liter High Performance package for the entry-level four-cylinder model, (basically the Focus RS engine, making 330 horsepower). Upgraded brakes and suspension components are also part of the package, and will be offered on both the coupe and convertible body styles. Other 2020 updates include a new Shelby GT500, which produces 760 hp from its supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine. The 2021 model year brings the return of the performance-oriented Mach 1. Also, the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced safety systems is standard on all but the Shelby models, and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance.
$29,375 - $77,975
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$25,975 - $72,050
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$24,275 - $55,925
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$21,725 - $49,100
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$18,425 - $41,825
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$16,775 - $36,200
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$15,150 - $27,750
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2011-2014
2011 Redesign Year
This freshening includes more refined handling, upgraded interior materials and standard electronic stability control. Traction control and ABS are also standard.
Interior fit and finish are greatly improved, as is ride quality. The adoption of Ford's Sync system introduces voice control for cell phones and music players. Parabolic spotter inserts on the exterior rearview mirrors offer coverage for the Mustang's blind spots and interior comfort is commendable. As always, the big draw is the Ford's prodigious horsepower.
$13,600 - $34,375
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$12,200 - $32,125
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$10,900 - $29,025
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$9,825 - $27,150
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2005-2010
2005 Redesign Year
A major upgrade over the previous model in terms of style, comfort, and performance, the Mustang's 2005 redesign takes retro styling cues from past iterations of the car, while bringing its driving dynamics into the modern era. Handling is nimble and forgiving, but the ride is still stiff, which is not unusual for a sporty car.
Fit and finish of the interior remain unimpressive. While the interior has a heavy dose of chrome and retro styling, with a dash and gauges evocative of earlier models, the materials look and feel low-grade. Hard and thin plastics dominate throughout. Among the pros are acceleration, handling and the V8's engine note. On the con side of the equation are a rough ride, poor interior quality and limited trunk space.
$8,775 - $24,550
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$7,525 - $23,000
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$6,800 - $21,500
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$6,700 - $19,975
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$6,525 - $9,375
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$5,025 - $7,175
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1994-2004
Ford's popular "pony car," the Mustang, was redesigned for 1994 with a more rigid construction and new exterior and interior styling. Available as a coupe or convertible, this rear-wheel-drive car handles steadily on smooth roads, but bounces and steps to the side on bumpy ones.
The V6 model feels sluggish; the V8 has more punch. The car's nose dives severely during hard braking. The Mustang was updated for 1999 with fresh styling, more power for both the V6 and V8, and a stiffer structure for the convertible. The Cobra model also got an upgraded independent rear suspension.
$3,775 - $14,975
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$3,600 - $12,900
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$3,475 - $5,225
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$3,325 - $7,475
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$3,200 - $4,750
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