The All-new Ford Mustang
Ford has been leading the way for high-performance muscle cars for over 50 years. They have been tirelessly striving to make improvements along the way and have consistently delivered. The 2018 Ford Mustang is the culmination of all those decades of hard work, and it does not disappoint. If you are in the market for a sports car, you must consider the Mustang. It is available in a variety of models with various engine sizes so you can get exactly what you want. All you have to do is ask the right questions so you can get the Mustang that is right for you.
There are actually 10 different Mustang models available for 2017. The V6 Fastback, EcoBoost Fastback, V6 Convertible, EcoBoost Premium Fastback, GT Fastback, EcoBoost Premium Convertible, GT Premium Fastback, GT Premium Convertible, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.
Ford focused on improving the suspension. The new Mustangs have an integral-link independent rear suspension. This new suspension helps to reduce body roll and mitigate rough roads. The result – better response and precision handling. The Mustang has two times the anti-squat and ten times the anti-lift. This results in improved pitch control on hard acceleration and braking.
Yes. There are four different engines from which to choose. Each one puts a minimum of 300 horses under the hood. The 3.7L V6 provides 300 hp with 280 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the standard engine in the V6 Fastback Mustang. The 2.3L EcoBoost engines provide 310 hp with 320 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes standard in the EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium Mustangs. Want more power? Hang on to your hat. A 5.0L V8 provides 435 hp with 400 lb.-ft. of torque in the Mustang GT and GT Premium. If that’s not enough, take a look at the new Shelby GT 350. It comes with a 5.2L V8 which provides 526 hp with 429 lb.-ft. of torque.
They are actually not that expensive, especially when you consider you are getting what is arguably one of the best high-performance vehicles on the market. You can get a Mustang V6 Fastback for just over $25,000. If you want one of the more powerful, souped up models, you could spend right around $65,000. That’s for the Shelby GT350R, which is the most high-end, powerful Mustang. You could dial it back a little and go for the Shelby GT350 for just over $56,000. The more middle-of-the-road, eco-friendly EcoBoost Premium Convertible can be had for just over $35,700.
Yes, the new Mustangs have plenty of technology and a great audio system to boot. They have Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, BLIS or Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rain-Sensing Wipers. They also offer SYNC 3 with a capacitive touchscreen, enhanced voice recognition and Siri seamless integration for your iPhone. The stereo system is also impressive. You get a Shaker Pro Audio system with HD Radio Technology and 12 speakers so you can truly enjoy your music while driving your new Mustang.
Experts have tested the Ford Mustang and given great reviews. U.S. News & World Report gave it an overall score of 8.7 out of 10 and put it in 2nd place in their sports car rankings. The Mazda MX-5 Miata made it to #1. They liked the engine selection, handling, ride, high-end cabin and excellent crash-test scores. The one thing they didn’t like is the back seat. They think it is too small.
Edmunds gave it an excellent review. They say, “… the Mustang is civilized and packed with modern tech, but it still holds on to all the trademark swagger and performance that has defined it for more than five decades.”
Motor Trend gave the 2018 Mustang 4 out of 5 stars and an average to excellent rating on its 5 Year Cost of Ownership for most models. The EcoBoost Premium Convertible was the only model that got a Below Average rating in this area.
Mustangs with the less powerful engines get pretty good mileage. The V6 Fastback and V6 Convertible get 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Pretty respectable mileage for a sports car. The EcoBoost Fastback and Premium Fastback get 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost Premium Convertible gets 21 mpg in the city but only 27 mpg on the highway. GT Fastbacks and GT Premium Fastbacks get 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The GT Premium Convertible gets only 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The Shelby GT’s get only 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
Yes. It did quite well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) both gave it excellent scores. The NHTSA gave the Mustang a 5-star overall safety rating, which is as good as it gets.
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