Summary, Prices, Specs

By July 12, 2012


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 report after his test drives of the Mustang models along the Oregon coast.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Ford Mustang V6 ($22,200), V6 Premium ($26,200), V6 Convertible ($27,200), V6 Premium Convertible ($31,200), GT ($30,300), GT Premium ($34,995), GT Convertible ($35,500), GT Premium Convertible ($39,300), Boss 302 ($42,200), Shelby GT500 ($54,200), Shelby GT500 Convertible ($59,200)
Engines:305-hp 3.7-liter V6; 420-hp 5.0-liter V8; 444-hp 5.0-liter V8; 650-hp 5.4-liter supercharged V8
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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):reverse-sensing system
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Flat Rock, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Ford Mustang V6 Coupe Premium ($26,200)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$29335
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):305 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):280 @ 4250
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/29 mpg
Wheelbase:107.1 in.
Length/width/height:188.5/73.9/55.8 in.
Track, f/r:62.3/62.9 in.
Turning circle:39.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.5/53.4/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:34.7/46.8/29.8 in.
Cargo volume:13.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar and manually adjustable damping
Suspension, r:solid axle with coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar and manually adjustable shock absorbers
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3523 lbs.
Tires:P235/50R18 all season
Brakes, f/r:vented discs, ABS
Fuel capacity:16.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of July 12, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-392-3673 -