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Ford Mustang

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The Ford Mustang, especially in its V8-powered, GT form, delivers a thrilling driving experience yet can also serve as a reasonable daily driver. And that V8 delivers throaty and satisfying burble. 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 include revised front and rear styling, updated interior, revised powertrains, and new high-tech options. A suite of advanced safety features are offered, including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
All Ratings & Reliability
2015 Redesign Year
Ford Mustang 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 N/A N/A
2017 $19,800 - $31,925 $15,955 - $27,280
2016 $18,600 - $47,200 $14,505 - $41,005
2015 $17,150 - $33,125 $13,160 - $28,335
2011 Redesign Year
Ford Mustang 2014
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $14,400 - $45,100 $10,600 - $39,300
2013 $12,650 - $39,600 $8,985 - $34,410
2012 $11,175 - $31,575 $7,650 - $26,950
2011 $10,275 - $28,800 $6,825 - $23,850
2005 Redesign Year
Ford Mustang 2010
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $9,075 - $27,250 $5,750 - $22,430
2009 $6,825 - $25,725 $3,740 - $20,965
2008 $6,425 - $23,925 $3,395 - $19,315
2007 $6,025 - $22,875 $3,050 - $18,365
2006 $5,675 - $8,225 $2,730 - $5,015
2005 $5,475 - $7,675 $2,525 - $4,520
Ford Mustang 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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $3,925 - $16,500 $1,300 - $12,425
2003 $3,975 - $14,200 $1,305 - $10,400
2002 $3,575 - $5,400 $1,265 - $2,750
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A