An acknowledged icon among American sports cars, the Mustang continues to generate a lot of buzz among the media and enthusiasts. Our tests show this version of the Mustang is a major upgrade over the previous model in terms of style, comfort, and performance. With this redesign, Ford reached into the vehicle's early history for styling influences, as the interior and exterior are reminiscent of early Mustangs.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This car is far better than the 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback I had back in high school. Some things get better with time!"

HARLEY B., OR (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Excellent overall for a 10 yr old car! This is my 3rd Mustang."

Anonymous, VT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Acceleration is awesome and effortless. Handling is nimble and precise and feels light and very tight! It's sure footed in straight lines but the live rear axel messes up handling around corners, uneven pavement, cobblestone and brick roads."

PETE T., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Acceleration is good. Handling is good also"

RANDY C., MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It is very fun to drive. It handles and accelerates very well."

BRUCE E., CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I love this car it's fast it handles great and it is stylish"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"My Mustang GT had good power to begin with, and the only modification I have made is a freer-flowing intake and filter, which adds about 5% to the horsepower figure, and is easy to maintain. My new Goodyear tires replaced the Michelin originals -- ten years old -- and offer a slightly better ride, and better grip."

ARCHIBALD M., RI (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fast still gets decent mpg. Easy to drive feels sporty good road feel."

ROBERT B., GA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fun to drive, great acceleration and handling."

STEVEN H., KS (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It is under powered and the suspension is stiff. Gas mileage is likely poor."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Mustang)

"A slight step on the gas and it moves, no hesitation just torque. Its built for curves so its perfect for the mountain and ocean roads we have here in California!"

TERI R., CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I owned a few high performance cars before, but the handling had greatly improved."

Ron H., MN (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Even though new models, including the 4-cyl ecoboost, have more power than my generation Mustang's V8, I couldn't be happier. It's quick, fun, and handles great, even factoring in the less rigid convertible body style."

Alex N., CT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Power, my GT can drive me out of most traffic situations very easily. It is extremely quick, but it does handle a little like a tank."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Today, 300 HP is on the low end for a muscle car, however, the car accelerates quite fast and sounds heavenly doing it! It handles reasonably well for a heavy car and is a lot of fun to drive."

Lynn S., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"great pick-up when getting on highway"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The car jerks quite a bit on acceleration. It has been an issue since I got the car and hasn't improved with age."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"acceleration and handling are good for an 11year old car. Still doesn't use oil. just runs"

Arlan O., TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"quick, nimble and comfortable to drive"

Sallie C., ME (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Really enjoy acceleration and exhaust sound."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Awesome!!!!"

Kurt D., VA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The excelleration on my Mustang is excellent! A true performance car! It's extremely fast, loud (respectfully,) smooth and efficient! The handling is AWESOME WITH IT'S NEAR 50/50 SLPIT!"

Pete T., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fun to drive because of standard transmission and acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Acceleration and handling are great. Couldn't be better"

J R., OH (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Very solid car on the highway. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Not the best car at any one thing but it is very good at everything."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Even though it is nearly 13 years old, the Mustang GT still accelerates and handles very well."

Chuck W., MT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"My Mustang is the GT version, equipped with a manual five speed transmission. It handles like a sports car, with the only downside being the solid rear axel which can cause back end hop when making a fast, short turn. The engine/transmission combination make for very quick acceleration! :)"

David E., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"A truly fun car to drive"

R P., NJ (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Peppy and sounds strong."

Seth J., DC (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The car accelerates really well and is rock solid on highways. I beefed up the front and rear anti-sway bars so it corners really well."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Acceleration exceptional after changing plugs at 85k miles."

Kenneth D., MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"ACCELERATION IS GREAT (V8)-WOW. THIS CAR CAN SAFETY BE DRIVEN 15 MILES PER HOUR THE SPEED LIMIT ON COUNTY ROADS,IT JUST STICKS TO YOUR LANE-FUN."

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Mustang)

"very powerful and very good handling. turns on a dime and stops quickly."

Teri R., CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fun car to drive...mainly my daughter's"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Both are excellent. Handling on curvy mountain roads is outstanding."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The car has great acceleration and the handling is tight. The car responds so quickly to the steering wheel that it can be over steered."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"6 cylinder engine, although somewhat noisy, has been responsive and trouble free for twelve years. Excellent ride."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It accelerates well And handles nicely."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Sportish handling"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Its a rocket; Handles as good as my sister's BMW convertible 2006 plus faster and $20,000 cheaper."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I’m not a race car driver or anything...But I like the way it handles and accelerates."

Debra D., AZ (2006 Ford Mustang)

"very good"

Merv K., BC (2006 Ford Mustang)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"A very harsh rough ride compared to other sports car and other cars in general, you really feel all the bumps in the road, and not in a good way"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Drivers power seat mechanism (gears) stripped and only one primary driver most of the time"

JEFFREY S., AZ (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Good overall performer and comfortable on long drives."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It's a convertible, 10 years old. So it's not as tight as it used to be, and the ride is not as smooth as I'd like it to be. But it's been a great car."

LESLIE S., MN (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Its a Mustang! Little stiff handling around city. Noisy on highway. Great acceleration, very dependable. Its my wife's car. I prefer sedans."

TOMMY T., TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The comfort in my 06 Mustang GT is decent considering it's a sports car. It needs to be stiff, so it is. I've heard of other sport cars being more stiff then mi e so ultimately I'm happy with that. The car is nearly balanced 53/47 my car is not nose heavy and the handling is almost perfect except for the live rear Axel which adds instability in the rear end at times around corners. The noise level is not bad at all considering it is a sport car. The engine noise is awesome because it sound throa"

PETE T., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"very comfortable and sounds great when accelerating"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The seats are somewhat hard and the ride a little stiff, but it is a GT Convertible so that is too be expected. The car does have some rattles and squeaks. The best attribute of the car is the fabulous exhaust sound from the V-8 engine."

Lynn S., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fits my butt perfectly."

Kurt P., IA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Loud"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Due to convertible top it is very noisy on the highway. Seats are just adequate: Passenger seat is too low."

Steve H., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"comfortable as a convertible with top open or closed"

Sallie C., ME (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It is a bit noisy even with all the windows rolled up."

Charles S., CO (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Very comfy seats! We drove from Toronto, ON to San Diego, CA in this car & loved every second!"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Seat is very comfortable and adjustable. The noise level inside the car is low under normal driving conditions. The ride is smooth."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Ride sucks, very harsh, seats are OK but not the greatest, could be more comfortable and use more adjustments, noisy car with plenty of wind noise and rattles too"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Great seats, ride is not bad for a sporty car."

Ronald M., BC (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Smooth driving."

Seth J., DC (2006 Ford Mustang)

"So noisy hard to talk, hear radio, or hear anything other than noise."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Drivers seat had to re-upholster twice. Ride is firm as when I bought it. Comfortable and fun to drive."

Kenneth D., MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The Mustang GT is a genuine performance car, at a relatively low price. Look for a car that has not been extensively modified, with low miles. The upkeep is not very costly, but power and handling are rewarding."

ARCHIBALD M., RI (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Exceptional value,(bang for your buck). This car has 72,000 miles on it, the only thing I replaced on this car was tires and rear brakes. FORD did it rite. Absolute blast to drive."

R P., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"The Mustang is fun to drive. A lot of acceleration but would buy a V/8 next time. Got long time driving over 2 hours not that comfortable. Gas mileage is good and just needs regular gasoline."

RANDY C., MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Fun to drive. Has been ver reliable"

FRANK C., SC (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I completely love this car, but after about 7 years, the aluminum hood started corroding at the leading edge and the paint started peeling. Ford did not cover it so I had to replace the hood and get the car painted."

Sebastian V., NY (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I got exactly what I wanted when I bought this car. After owning my STANG for over 11 years, I still love driving this high performance car, especially the performance it offers. Outstanding bang for the buck."

Richard P., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Well worth it!!!!!!!"

Kurt D., VA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Retain there value"

Merv K., BC (2006 Ford Mustang)

"A performance car that is fun to drive. Best bang for my bucks."

R P., NJ (2006 Ford Mustang)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Retro styling is dead on compared to the '60's."

R P., FL (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Love the retro interior - allows for very specific direction of vents and is simplistic."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Many people, known and unknown, complement me on the styling. and Mustangs reputation as a fun car overall."

Anonymous, VT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"It's a mustang. It's gorgeous!"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Mustang)

"I like the lines of the car from every angle. It is tastefully done both inside and out. I wish I had heated seats and blluetooth"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Good looks and very fast."

DONALD B., IN (2006 Ford Mustang)

"With the top down the diving experience is amazing. Great handling, lots of power and 25 mpg driving the PCH in California!"

TERI R., CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Mustang retro look more cars should try this."

ROBERT B., GA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"We got the 2006 Pony Package which is a beautiful retro styled body and the inside is nice as well. We feel this year and this model/package should hold its value because all the subsequent Mustangs just don't look anywhere near as classic or good."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Mustang)

"Loved this generations styling, would not buy the new body style but would by a Camaro next time instead."

KATRINA W., CT (2006 Ford Mustang)
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