What do you give the iconic Ford Mustang for its 50th birthday redesign? Lots and lots of presents. Ford provided its quinquagenarian pony car with the equivalent of a heart transplant and a hip replacement. It added a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the lineup and replaced its creaky solid-axle rear suspension with an independent multilink design. What does that mean?
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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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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.
NA
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

What do you give the iconic Ford Mustang for its 50th birthday redesign? Lots and lots of presents.

Ford provided its quinquagenarian pony car with the equivalent of a heart transplant and a hip replacement. It added a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the lineup and replaced its creaky solid-axle rear suspension with an independent multilink design. What does that mean? Strong power with decent fuel efficiency, and a chassis that's more planted than skittish.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (310 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (300 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (435 hp)
  • 5.2-liter V8 (526 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped working, TSB on file to fix problem. All handled under warranty."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"4 ACs. Working for now."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"AC Compressor quit working after about 70,000 miles. AC has never worked well in this car."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Stopped cooling. Dealer repaired three days later while we waited."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Needed a new compressor."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.2-L V8)

"A/C stopped working. Replaced compressor, took 3 days to get parts"

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"This is my 2nd Mustang. I had a 2015 GT that had the exact same failure just after warranty expired. This vehicle had the same failure just out of original warranty. I had purchased an extended warranty due to the previous vehicles problem. Good investment in this case."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"AC -----not cooling."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Did not blow consistent speed. 2 attempts to repair, both unsuccessful"

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)
Condenser

"air stopped working because condenser was leaking."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"It stopped cooling on one hot afternoon. Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"developed a leak and lost refrigerant and required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Bad fit of rear quarter panels. Plastic wants to pull from the body."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)

"Loose is an incorrect description. The body trim on both sides of the car was poorly installed. The panels were shift as much as 1/4 off of the correct position. Clearly, poor workmanship by Ford."

T N., OH (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front air dam separated from the bumper and was dragging on the road."

Carlton S., GA (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"One of the plastic tabs that attach the front facia to the car body broke. This caused me to replace the front facia at a cost of approximately $1,000."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bolts holding the Front air dam broke causing it to separate from the body and drag on the road. Car had to be towed to the dealership."

Carlton S., GA (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Small blemish"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Last fall, the backup camera just stopped working. Took it to the dealer and they determined it was loose wires in a connector. They ordered a new connector and fixed it as the next appointment. It has worked fine ever since."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"No sound or beeps have to re enter software"

D B., ON (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"My phone would pair with the car, but then would disconnect. I had no issues with this phone in the 2012 Ford Explorer. Also, I am able to use a different phone with the car, so it is some combination unique to just this car and particular phone"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"This applies only when listening to Sirius satelite. The antenna wire on the trunk bends when opening and closing the trunk lid, and the wire now seems to have an intermittent short. Most of the time it works, but sometimes the radio screen displays satelite antenna short."

J M., CA (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"I am unable to use my voice to enter many addresses into the navigation system. These same addresses can be entered by voice into my 2012 Ford Explorer"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Doesn’t work"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-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

Body control module

"Had to replace after two trips to the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.2-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"This year is the second time the Heated and Cooled seats have become unoperable."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The driver seat heater stopped working, they fixed it for nothing"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Remote engine starter

"car / ignition will not work when the weather is cold. After a month at the dealer, the problem still occurs occasionallyu"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-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

Alignment

"I disagree with you trying to limit what I talk about on this problem as they are directly interrelated. I just found out within the last 10 days that the alignment was causing the tires to wear excessively on the inside treads. The perpendicular/inside groove measurements are 2/32 tread depth on ALL (4) four original equipment Goodyear Eagles with the remaining circumference tread grooves on all tires, all grooves at 6/32 to 7/32. Basically, it is like you took a belt sander to the inside 1 1/2 part of the inside/perpendicular treads. Because they have been rotated regularly, the tread wear is the same on all 4. It should be noted that the current generation 2015 to present Mustangs (known as S550's) do NOT have ANY caster or camber adjustments, only toe directly from the factory. I have been told by Ford that the only way to completely fix the problem for sure is to have new caster/camber plates installed on top of the struts at a cost of almost $1,000 for parts and labor. Literally they have to remove the front wheels, disconnect the wheel hubs with brakes, remove the struts and then attach the plates to the top of the struts before reinstalling the struts. VERY labor intensive thus the high price. After that they have to then re-align your front end for another $149. I didn't mention that I have to now get a new set of tires as ANY tread depth of less than or equal to 2/32 is illegal REGARDLESS of the rest of the wear. This worn area on the tire is where the inside radial tire steel belts will start to show if I keep driving it much more. FYI: The 2016 Mustang GT convertible I previously reviewed for you was subsequently taken to Shelby American in Las Vegas to be converted into a Shelby GTE Premium Convertible. The first thing the Shelby Rep told me they strongly recommended was to have the caster/camber plates added on when they upgraded from the stock struts (they only charge you for the parts price of $499 to do this since they will be taking out the original equipment struts as part of their Shelby upgrade package)."

Bill D., CA (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"There was an issue in the rear differential that was covered by Ford's warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"An intermittent thud / clunk turned out to be the steering gear was not properly bolted to the frame"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"See previous explained the tire wear issue"

Bill D., CA (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

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

"I had a slight water leak at the top of the driver's side window. It was fixed by adjusting the window position."

Barry K., FL (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattling from the dash and steering column on occasion."

Thomas C., CO (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Dash rattle"

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"There was a blemish on the edge of the trunk from the factory. It was repaired at the dealer satisfactorily without issue. I didn’t notice it when originally delivered."

David P., NJ (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Windows

"Passenger side rear window would not close completely and left a 1.5 inch gap with front side window. Took it to the dealer to repair under warranty which they did. It works fine now."

Warren P., GA (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear window stucked and didn't go up completely"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Internal defect, possibly cylinder number 4. Noise at 1250 rpm most noticeable. First heard at 3500 miles, now 8500."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)

"2 replacement motor. One by ford. One by me. Very unreliable. 1st. Over heated and died. 2nd motor hole in #8."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"2 motors by ford. 3 motors paid for by me."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-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

Driveline vibration

"The car had a vibration and droning sound between 50 and 60 mph. After many trips to the dealer and many conversations with Ford's technical support hotline, it was fixed by replacing the driveshaft."

Barry K., FL (2017 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"5 times at dealer, tires out of bal, Drive shaft out of tol, new drive shaft, rear end spline, and finally the real fix new REAR End"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Mustang Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car had driveline vibration driving off of the lot. I was told that the tires needed to break in. The following items were done in trying to remedy the issue; Vibration harness testing Replaced tires at my expense Replaced all four wheels and tires at dealer expense Replaced driveshaft and connections Replaced entire rear axle and differential Never resolved issue to my satisfaction. My 2015 Mustang did not have these issues."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Mechanic advised that rear right and possibly rear left rotors were being gouged. You could feel ridges on the rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Squeaking

"2017 Mustang GT with Performance Package and upgraded front Brembo 15 brake kit was making a horrible squeaking noise when barely feathering the brakes at slow speeds. Was mostly embarrassing and did not affect the performance of the brakes but I upgraded the front and rear rotors and brake pads to ensure it would never come back."

Richard C., NC (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-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

"fuel pump and connector failed"

Donald M., FL (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"purge valve failed"

Donald M., FL (2017 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to revisit deal multiple times before they could properly diagnos the issue. They did not appear to reall care"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Minor

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

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

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