Ford improved this version of the Mustang with more refined handling, communicative steering, upgraded interior materials, and standard electronic stability control. While the ride is decent, it doesn't feel quite as tied down and composed as it should. The transmission shifts very smoothly and the engine delivers a throaty V8 note. Plus, 20 mpg is quite good for this level of power.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

Ford improved this version of the Mustang with more refined handling, communicative steering, upgraded interior materials, and standard electronic stability control. While the ride is decent, it doesn't feel quite as tied down and composed as it should. The transmission shifts very smoothly and the engine delivers a throaty V8 note. Plus, 20 mpg is quite good for this level of power. The rear seat remains cramped, but the upright styling helps visibility and cabin access, making the Mustang a livable daily driver as well.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (540 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front Drivers fender has popped loose from the front bumper."

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.6-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sliding sunshade got pinched and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Panel on driver door came loose. Had to have re-glued."

Steven H., FL (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling (oxidizing) on front edge of aluminium hood. Ford refuses to do anything about it. My son has a 2013 Mustang that the same thing is happening. I have seen other people on the internet having the same problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Paint bubbling along front edge of hood"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Oxidation on the front right side of aluminum hood. Over the years, seems to be a common problem with the hoods on Mustangs. Good luck to the new F150 owners"

Sean Z., NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"One inch lip where hood dips down - paint bubbled and fell off in 1 1/2 circle. Ford would not fix even under extended warranty. Car garaged"

Barbara T., OH (2010 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)

"Paint bubbling on leading edge of hood. I understand that Ford has been aware of this issue (contamination on aluminum hoods) for 10 years or more yet treat each case as an isolated instance despite internal TM's about them"

Edward F., OH (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"You can see the base paint on the bumpers in the areas of the that experience the highest wind friction. On all other surfaces the paint looks like new"

Toby W., FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"front of hood paint began to peel because of rusting of the hood itself underneath the paint. Hood had to be replaced and repainted."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"The vinyl stripe partially came off of the trunk lid. The vinyl stripe as a whole is faded and discolored."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Rust

"Trunk lid rusting at seams inside of lip"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"This is a very common problem with 2010-2014 Mustangs. The aluminum hoods are contaminated prior to painting and the contamination causes rust on the hood. My Mustang is covered through the winter and often during the other seasons. It is rarely driven in the rain and never in the snow and cleaned/detailed often. Yet, it still has rust. The rust hasn't broken through the paint yet but it is only a matter of time."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Aluminum hood paint blister"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan failed. CPU replaced very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"the controller doors are giving me a snapping sound and not controlling the air flow"

Judy S., FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Blower motor on A/C performed intermittently. Ford Motor Company repaired at no cost to me as I have extended warranty with $0 deductible"

John S., NY (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Went bad same time as evaporator"

Don M., FL (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Condenser went out. Labor was very expensive because they had to go in through the dash"

Brad A., MO (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Condenser failed during the summer of 2019. Too expensive to repair (1700.00). Luckily it is a convertible and don't need the air as much."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"had to replace both the evaporator core..1200 dollar repair and now have to replace the vent control motors 176 dollar repair"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Both leaked after 29000 miles and 5 yrs old. Cost over $1200 to repair"

Don M., FL (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Heater system

"Clicking noise made when put into one of the air conditioning modes."

L R., BC (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"The actuators for the vent dampers have been replaced twice"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"A valve in the refrigerant line failed and began to leak. The repair took 20 minutes and cost $125"

Toby W., FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS Module failed and needed replacing. It failed on the coldest day in February."

Lucie J., MD (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"needed to replace computer module."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"The mounts for the caliper on one wheel failed (rusted and broke) because I do not drive the vehicle enough. Or at least that is what I was told."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads were worn down and rotors needed to be replaced as well. Had both pads and rotors replaced on both front and rear brakes"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"After 85,000 miles replaced rear brake rotors and pads."

Lucie J., MD (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors needed to be resurfaced, but it cost just as much to replace them. So I had them replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"all convertibles squeak and rattle as they age. This one is no different"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Car has musty smell from water leak in passenger door."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"thermostat housing cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"A pounding noise when starting the auto. Caused by the air conditioning system"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)

"There is a leak that they're having difficulty finding, when it rains water gets into the vehicle and is soaked up by the padding of the backseat. The backseat is then saturated and has to be removed and dried out"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Ford Mustang GT)

"had to replace wind shield wiper motor twice because of water build up in cowl which than leaked into passenger side flooring."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"it's a convertible. rear window leaked"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"See previous statement about fender in survey"

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.6-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"In September 2015(47,615 miles), while having new disc brake pads installed, the mechanic observed a leaking power steering box. We had him replace the unit. No problems since"

John B., IN (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"broken right rear sway bar link"

R S., NJ (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"The strut bearing on front passenger side started to malfunction causing the coil spring to twist and then let go and cause a weird noise. You could feel the coil spring sponging back if you held on to it and had someone turn the wheel. Had to purchase two new ones ( not cheap ) as I felt if one's gone no use chancing he other one. Had to get a wheel alignment after I installed them. Car has never been driven in the rain. It's a show car., 2010 Mustang Shelby GT 500. With only 11,300 klm. . Very disappointed for such an expensive vehicle !!"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Springs or torsion bars

"Replaced sway bars"

Barbara T., OH (2010 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Known factory defect, repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Tie rods

"car vibrated, host of possible reasons was tie rods"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Still being evaluated for repair of intermittent problem"

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"it shifts rough after being stuck and repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Rough shifting

"When temperature goes under 60 f. Granting gears is very hard. Once the tranny warms up it becomes easier to shift. Apparantlly the remedy is to replace the oil in the tranny with a thinner viscosity oil"

Paul D., ON (2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"Transmission is a POS for a 50K car. grinds in the 1-2 shift and does not shift smooth. Muncie 4 speeds form the 60"s shift slicker than this POS"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"transmission locked up and could shift in 2015, then again last year but still doesn't work right"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"The automatic transmission would hesitate to quickly and seemlessly shift up or down especially when going up hill."

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Mustang Unsure 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Just started making a loud clicking noise; just like it did four years ago. The repair costs about $300"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"When car jump started due to dead battery the entire instrument cluster failed - $800.00"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS was not working. Entire system replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairing was dropped"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Software update fixes

"SYNC software in the 2010 cars is a technology in progress"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Speedometer was incorrect"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Passenger seat electric lifting device does not work"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure sensor fault message on dash but the tire pressures are confirmed correct"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washers and wipers started automatically and would not stop until I pilled the fuse."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Washers/wiper start and stop automatically. Replaced wiper motor"

Joseph D., NY (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust clamps get loose and entire exhaust system moves around and makes noise. Ford dealer useless - went to muffler specialist"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Included in the massive airbag recall affecting millions of Ford products"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Airbag recall for both driver and passenger sides"

Max G., FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Sync system stopped connecting to my phone. Eventually got a new phone, but still wouldn't star connected after the phone was paired to the system"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"Hydraulic pump to open/close top had to be replaced because it was leaking"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"I cannot just pick one topic. They all have driven me to the point of wanting to get rid of vehicle since its purchase"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Trunk latch would not always catch. Replacement latch repair cost was $400"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Seat controls - power

"The power seat on the drive side started to fail when the car was 9 years old with only 25,000 miles. It work intermittently. Now it doesn't work at all. My Ford dealership wanted $1,500 to fix it. Since the seat is stuck in my driving position, it will stay there until I sell it."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Crack in water pump housing (second occurance) from when it was replaced year earlier."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking"

Walter H., NC (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The computer had to be reprogrammed by a software company the mechanic sent it to. The time and the cost to repair were steep"‿not pleasant to experience."

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Mustang Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"No gear oil in rear differential led to bad axle bearings."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"The fuel pump failed due to age (10 years)."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"catylitic convertor was replaced due to after market exhaust"

Archie G., NY (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"I bought the car used, obviously, and did not have any problem with it until I got home. I noticed a screeching noise coming from the rear end when the car had travelled a few miles. I took it to the local Ford dealership for repairs. There was a problem with the rear differential and this was fixed. The repair was paid for by my 90 day drive train warranty less $200."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"I bought the car used from a Toyota dealership and within 100 miles had a whine in the rear of the car. Both axles had bad bearings due to low oil in the differential. Luckily the 90 day drive train warranty paid for repairs."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"has to have transmission rebuilt after only 3K. Got tired of grinding and missed shifts. Still hard to shift and still grinds every so often = JUNK!"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Mass air filter was clogged causing the engine to run rough"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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