With 11 models ranging from 305 hp and about $23k to 650 hp and $60k, if you like Mustangs at all, there's one for you. The entry level Mustang V6 Coupe with a manual 6-speed transmission is a big winner for the price, and with a few options it can be made better than any muscle car of old. The Mustang GT with its 5.0-liter V8 is the rumbling Mustang we all know and love. The Boss 302 and Shelby GT 500 are 21st century muscle cars, both offering tremendous performance for the price.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drives of the Mustang models along the Oregon coast.
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head-protection curtains, post-crash alert system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Flat Rock, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Mustang V6 Coupe Premium ($26,200)
cloth bucket seats, manual air conditioning, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with controls, 50/50 rear folding seats, ambient lighting, LED foglamps, decklid spoiler lip, Shaker sound system, electronic power steering, stainless steel dual exhaust, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, capless fuel filler, 18-inch aluminum wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Pony Package ($995) includes special trim, auto headlights, fog lights, rear decklid spoiler, special floor mats, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels; Reverse Sensing System/Security Package ($695); Comfort Package ($650) includes six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, heated mirrors with Pony projection lights
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
305 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
280 @ 4250
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
13.4 cu. ft.
independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar and manually adjustable damping
solid axle with coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar and manually adjustable shock absorbers
P235/50R18 all season
vented discs, ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 25, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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