Coupe and convertible versions are available for this iconic car. We tested two coupes -- a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an automatic and a GT V8 with a six-speed manual. The turbo is a stylish, mildly sporty boulevardier; the GT is a tire-smoking brute that will summon your inner teenager. With a snappy 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.4 seconds, the turbo version lives up to the image of its sheet metal.
Ford Mustang Road Test

Coupe and convertible versions are available for this iconic car. We tested two coupes -- a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an automatic and a GT V8 with a six-speed manual. The turbo is a stylish, mildly sporty boulevardier; the GT is a tire-smoking brute that will summon your inner teenager.

With a snappy 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.4 seconds, the turbo version lives up to the image of its sheet metal. Power comes on quickly, but the engine sound is raspy and gritty. Fuel economy of 25 mpg overall is more akin to a midsized sedan than a performance car. As for handling, the turbo Mustang has an appropriately sporty demeanor while leaving your molars intact on bumpier roads.

With its throaty 5.0-liter V8, the GT is more of a high-strung thoroughbred than an easy-going mare. Our GT roared from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, just a half-second slower than a Chevrolet Corvette or Porsche 911. Since then, power increased from 435 hp to 460 hp for 2018. The six-speed manual has smooth, low-effort action, and the clutch is light enough to avoid left-leg fatigue in traffic. That's a rare feat in a car with this much torque.

Best Version to Get
The 2.3-liter turbo four could suffice for those drawn to the Mustang looks. But it lacks the GT's V8's brawn and sound. Note that if opting for the Performance package, which comes with summer performance tires, grip is iffy below 50 degrees. For most drivers, especially those who never see a tr...
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