The Ford Mustang has continued to evolve over the past 55 years, becoming more sophisticated with each iteration. The latest model comes standard with a 310-hp turbocharged inline-four EcoBoost engine and a six-speed manual transmission. While it is possible to get a wilder version of the pony car – such as the 760-hp Shelby GT500 – the more conventional choice is the Mustang GT with its 450-hp V8 engine.
You can get a four-cylinder or V-8 engine in your Mustang, and both come with the option of a manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. You could go for the hardshell coupe version, or maybe you prefer the convertible? Every Mustang has rear wheel drive. The 330hp EcoBoost is available as an upgrade for the four-cylinder, but in our opinion it's definitely worth going for the V-8 if you can. It sounds amazing! rival CheThe Camaro might have niceties like slightly better seating and interior design - but outward visibility is much better in the larger Mustang, which also boasts a bigger back seat making it more practical as a daily driver.
Though it has fewer cylinders than some of its predecessors, the standard 310-hp turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder still packs a punch and can outperform older V-8 Mustangs. Likewise, the optional 330-hp High Performance package features an improved EcoBoost engine that provides more power and responsiveness than ever before.
The four-cylinder coupe can be upgraded with the optional EcoBoost Handling package for racetrack readiness. The GT models feature a 450-hp V-8 with an optional active exhaust that produces a thunderous roar. Both of these engines can be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic that makes the Mustang quicker than before.
With the track-focused Performance Pack Level 2 (PPL2) and the Bullitt model both discontinued, the only Mustang left with good performance is the Mach 1. Even though it has an enhanced 470-hp V8 and Shelby Mustang-shared chassis components, we found that it tramlines on highways.
Even though the Mustang's engines aren't as powerful as some of its competitors, the chassis offers a comfortable and controlled driving experience. In Comfort mode, the electrically assisted steering is appropriately light, while in the other two modes it is nicely weighted. The brake pedal has a firm feel that can be touchy in stop-and-go traffic but is easier to apply smoothly at higher speeds.
The most fuel-efficient Mustang is the one powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder with the 10-speed automatic, which earned EPA ratings of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The V-8–powered Mustang'sEPA rating was 15 mpg city and 24 mgp highway. In our testing, though,the four bangerwith the manual transmission returned 24mpg—7 fewer than its EPA rating. The V-8 withthe automatic saw matching numbersinour hands at24mgp too — whatits number according to the EPA's website says.
The Mustang's interior design is a change from the older models while still appearing luxurious. Although features such as heated and cooled front seats are available, there are some downfalls like cheap-looking plastic and very limited space in the back seats.
Not only does the Mustang have a stellar performance, but it also has impressive cargo space. In our testing, we found that it could hold the second-most carry-on bags and had more interior storage space than any of its rivals. The back seat stows away easily with just a single pull on a strap, and can be folded by hand without difficulty. If you need to transport up to 12 carry-on bags at once, the Mustang can handle it no problem. With the largest center console bin out of all its competitors that we tested, the Ford is truly in a class of its own.
What can we expect from the 2023 Ford Mustang? Unfortunately, not much. The car will remain largely unchanged as we wait for the next generation to be released. However, in anticipation of the new Pony Car, there have been some improvements made to bookend the fifth-generation S550 chassis—namely new looks and more power under the hood. We can expect this all-new S650 Mustang to go on sale sometime in summer 2023.
Ford has revealed the seventh generation of the Mustang. It will be sold with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine and a 5.0-litre Coyote V8. The 2023 Mustang retains its iconic design. It will be offered in two engine options.
If you stay away from the mistakes of the second generation (1974-1978 Ford Mustang II), a car that is coveted by collectors and gearheads alike is always going to be a great investment. Restoring a used Mustang can net you a return of up to 3.5 million dollars.