The Ford Mustang is significantly updated for 2018 with revised front and rear styling, updated interior, revised powertrains, and new high-tech options. The V6 has been retired, leaving the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8, each available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 engine has been reworked to create more power and aid fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 3 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).
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

The Ford Mustang is significantly updated for 2018 with revised front and rear styling, updated interior, revised powertrains, and new high-tech options. The V6 has been retired, leaving the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8, each available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 engine has been reworked to create more power and aid fuel economy. The rear suspension has been revised, and the Mustang will be available with active damping to dynamically adjust body motions.

Combined, these refinements promise more polish to this classic muscle car. 

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
  • 10-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (310 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (460 hp)
  • 5.2-liter V8 (526 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The convertible top failed to operate after I took delivery and it took the dealership almost a month to replace the motors that operate the roof."

Al G., WI (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"The top failed to operate after delivery. It was necessary to replace the drive motors."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Doors or sliding doors

"Seatback release jammed, making back seat access unavailable. Fixed under warranty a few days later."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"passenger seat back latch stuck. took it to dealer & was fixed that day."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Intermittant: Rear window would not close completely with the top up"

M T., FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"right rear window intermittently failed to close fully. Fixed under warranty, but recurs at lengthy intervals so will ask dealer to address at next oil change."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Display screen goes blank

"The dashboard display went blank and was repaired by the dealer in several hours."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sync 3 frequently loses Bluetooth connection, the Ford dealers know about the problem and cannot do anything about it...very frustrating."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"The vehicle came wit a space saver spare tire. When I start the car, there is a dash indication that the spare requires service. I have taken it back to a local Ford dealer, who claimed they had reset the computer. This worked for about two weeks, and the same problem came back."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)
Speakers

"Speaker rattle common mustang problem"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Dealer replaced module under warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"I have an early productionA10 speed unit that required a software update / reflash. Problems solved perfectly. This high performance tranny is unbelievable. The shift speed is amazing."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Downshifts at low speeds occasionally are abrupt,"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)
Transmission computer

"Noticed rough shifting when compared with our other Mustang. A software update fixed it."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The 2018 Ford Mustang started to have problems shifting gears while driving in November 2018 and difficulty shifting into reverse when stopped. The Check Engine light came on and we took it to the local dealer to find out the problem. The mileage on the car was 6735. It did take several day before they were able to inspect the car and several weeks before the actual repair. Here is the diagnostic of the technician. "Inspected car and found DTC code Po771 and P2704. Road test confirmed harsh engagements when up shifting. Inspected fluid and found it contaminated with metal debris. Removed transmission pan and found heavy metal contamination. Removed transmission from car and placed on the bench. Tore down transmission and inspected all components. Found front pump heavily contaminated with metal. Found E clutch to be at fault causing internal damage to transmission. Snap ring bent and piston came out. Valve body heavily contaminated with metal. Flushed converter but unable to completely decontaminate. E clutch hub damaged. CDF hub damaged. Front pump gear heavily contaminated. Performed cost cap and it was determined to replace assembly. Replaced tran assembly. Flushed cooler lines. Topped off fluid. Road test good. Car okay at this time." Vehicle in.... 25Nov19 Vehicle out... 13Nov19"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Third gear needed to be replaced. Was still able to drive it."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"The 10 speed automatic transmission had rough and very abrupt downshifts that kept getting worse and Ford had to replace the entire transmission unit."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light came on, engine ran rough, has happened before, dealer updated the engine computer to fix it, this was the same fix as before."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"We noticed a leak and brought it in promptly. FORD took care of it, and we haven't noticed another leak."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"windshield leak during rain if car is on incline."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Base 5.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car sounds like it's falling apart. Squeaks and rattles in the dash make the car sound cheap and poorly constructed, and get worse with every passing mile."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-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

"Under heavy throttle application, the entire car shakes and vibrates at certain speeds."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

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

"Had to replace complete engine at 1100 Miles"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford Mustang GT 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

Shocks or struts

"Both front struts leaked oil on my driveway at about 7K miles. Both replaced under warranty. Obviously a Q/C issue from their supplier."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-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

Heated or cooled seats

"Seats don't cool sufficiently"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

Climate System

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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