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

"The Mustang GT Convertible has made it to the top of my list for acceleration and handling curves with ease."

Penney S., MD (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Very good acceleration, super great handling and cornering!"

Gary C., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Excellent acceleration. Makes passing slower vehicles on country roads within limited passing area lengths much safer. Even though the vehicle has over 100K miles, engine runs like new."

Edward R., TX (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This is the Shelby GT500 version of the Mustang and although it has been eclipsed by the newer models it is still extremely agile and fast, as the supercharger builds pressure you will be pushed back into the seat and the whine from the supercharger to me is exquisite. It can be handful to drive and the traction control will kick in if throttle is improperly managed but this is by far the fastest, best handling car I have ever owned and stick like crazy in the corners but the backend will come a..."

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"We purchased it for a sporty car. It has excellent acceleration and handling."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Mustang)

"It's a GT500 & it is supercharged & fast"

Wanda J., OK (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Styling ... very clean lines and significant brand recognition"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Time to 60 mph"

Lee L., VA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Driving a GT500 is something all car guys should experience in their lifetime. It's fun to the max"

Randy P., FL (2008 Ford Mustang)


LES R., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This car handles great. Acceleration is excellent, considering it is only a 6cy, but acts like an 8! Cornering and comfort are very good and it is a Fun Car to drive."

LORRAINE B., SC (2008 Ford Mustang)

"My Mustang is a GT500. After some modifications, it very fast. That's why I bought it, and it is extremely fun to drive."

JOAN J., UT (2008 Ford Mustang)


Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Drives and handles great. One of the best cars I've owned. Very comfortable."

JOHN M., NY (2008 Ford Mustang)

"EXCELLENT acceleration. Standard Transmission...5 speed, V-8 engine. Best performing vehicle for acceleration I have ever owned"

EDWARD R., TX (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This Mustang replaces a beautiful 2006 Mustang convertible which was in an accident. This machine is owned by the gentleman of the house and he is reliving his teenage years with this. He loves the car and sees nothing wrong with it other than he would like to have navigation Heated seats and a back up camera that had been installed during the build of this car. On this mustang these items should have been standard considering the original sticker price of the vehicle. The acceleration is a"

PENNEY S., MD (2008 Ford Mustang)

"It's fun to drive. Great acceleration and handles well."

MARC E., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"My Mustang is a 5 speed manual with the Pony Package, it is fun to accelerate along an onramp onto a freeway."

JOHN S., MI (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The most fun to drive as the handling and acceleration is terrific. On curves and hills is down right exciting."

MICHAEL P., TX (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Its a Mustang, its all about acceleration. And it accelerates very nicely. Handles OK."

JON H., CO (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The exhaust sounds awesome when you rev it up like a car from the Daytona Raceway."

DANIEL S., NY (2008 Ford Mustang)

"I love how the throaty exhaust while accelerating sounds. How the vehicle grabs and hugs the road on turns makes it a joy to drive."

WILLIAM A., MN (2008 Ford Mustang)


Lee L., VA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"It’s a beauty."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This is the nicest ,fastest car I have ever owned. The supercharged 5.4L V8 provides more power than even the high performance Michelin tire's can handle and is a serious blast to drive. The 6 speed transmission shifts well but gear selection is important as the motor loves higher RPM's and if you keep from spooling up the supercharger and drive gently you I have gotten up to 24.5 MPG with cruise control @ 65 MPH. Car has 20" wheels and sticks to the road well but care must be taken to keep the back in line so keep the traction control on unless you want to smoke the tires. The GT500 brakes stop very effectively and so far have not faded even when I have been on race tracks and road courses. I love this car and friends with similar cars love there's too. Only mechanical problem has been the clutch (failed at 17000) and Ford has service advisory/redesign clutch now."

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The car handles curves nicely. The acceleration in the lower gears (1-3) is good for the base V6. I'm happy with it's overall drivability."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"My 2008 Mustang had great acceleration! 95% of my driving is highway driving, and I never worry when merging of getting out of the way of a bad (texting) driver. I replaced the tires, shocks, and struts recently and it drives like new again. I live in a mountainous area (7500') and my route to town is very twisty (yay!). Love this car! For the winter, I have a '83 F-250, since a Mustang is not a diving-in-the-snow car."

Liz J., NM (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Acceleration is excellent. I can pass vehicles in a short space of time. Downshifting from 5th gear to fourth provides instant acceleration."

Edward R., TX (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Good acceleration and very competent handling; however ride is sometimes hard when driving on hard road surfaces"

Robert V., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Great acceleration, handles/steers great. Both what I was looking for when I got the car."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"I love how it can pass people quickly on a two lane country road"

Diane K., MI (2008 Ford Mustang)

"It is a BLAST ! I am very impressed with the acceleration and handling of my Bullitt"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"I have never owned a car that handles so well in terms of acceleration, handling on curves, traction, smoothness of manual transmission, etc. I was surprised at how well it handled on paved yet rough mountain roads! I use this car mostly for road trips excluding winter snow!"

Richard L., OR (2008 Ford Mustang)

"It has 500 hp so it’ll get up & go! The handling is awesome."

Wanda J., OK (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The sound when accelerationg and speed"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"responds as requested on acceleration. terrible GPS system. Does not work and dealer cannot not repair it. waste of money"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This car handles very well. It hugs the road and with a 5-speed manual transmission, it is very responsive in acceleration."

Lorraine B., SC (2008 Ford Mustang)

"acceleration and handling very responsive to driver conmands"

Wayne E., NV (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Clutch stiff."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Retro style but modern comforts/handling"

Al H., IA (2008 Ford Mustang)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The cabin is somewhat noisy, and the seats don't have good adjustment controls; you have to manually tilt the seat back with a release lever, and it's hard to get it back where you had it."

Gary C., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The seats are very supportive and comfortable for long trips and running hard on a road course keeping me in place and secure. Very little outside noise with windows closed but some buffeting with windows open at high speed. I have upgraded 20" wheels/tires which are great for handling but lacking in comfort especially rough roads."

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This is a Shelby GT500, it does not ride smoothly or have much comfort, but is exciting and cool to experience. I wouldn't trade it for all the luxury cars made - if I had to keep them instead of it."

Randy P., FL (2008 Ford Mustang)

"This car has been trouble free, only needed to change oil & filters"

ROBERT S., LA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"The Cloth seats wore out and damaged my dress pants. Now I need to recover the seats."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford Mustang)

"I am very short and reaching the pedals without hugging the steering wheel is a challenge."

ROCCO G., OH (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Since this is a GT500 I expected ride to be worse but it’s extremely comfortable."

Wanda J., OK (2008 Ford Mustang)

"drivers seat does not slide back enough and the streering wheel does not adjust to my satisfaction"

Arnold R., FL (2008 Ford Mustang)


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

What Owners Say

"At the time of purchase I felt it was a very good value for the money all things considered for an iconic car. The deals today are not as good a value. That's why I haven't traded this car in for a newer model."

Kathleen M., NY (2008 Ford Mustang)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"love the looks"

RICHARD G., IA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Beautiful color, sleek understated body style, comfortable leather seats"

TYLER C., FL (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Have Pony Package"

ROBERT S., LA (2008 Ford Mustang)

"Very fast and fun to drive"

LES R., CA (2008 Ford Mustang)
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