The Ford Mustang has always been a leader in the sports car segment, especially for those buyers who want a great deal. It was the first car in the mid-1960s that offered a powerful V-8 engine that handled well, and was affordable to the masses. Starting 2005, the latest generation shares more than just these attributes with its predecessors.
Like the Volkswagen Beetle, and now the Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang has retro styling, as well as stunning horsepower numbers not seen since the 1960s. One other holdover that separates the Ford Mustang from many other sports cars is the fact that it has a live rear axle. This is an old suspension technology, and it keeps die hard Mustang fans happy.Read more »
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 isn’t all bark and no bite, but prospective buyers should know that the power is only bumped 24 horsepower from the GT. On the other hand, the adjustable suspension, both shocks and struts, will help with track days on the weekend, as will the assymetrical springs front and back. Keeping the car from going off the road are massive Brembo brakes. On the inside, racing bucket seats are installed, with manual adjustment to save weight. Since its made for driving, the steering wheel still matches that of the GT Premium, but the Boss 302’s is wrapped in suede. It has a harsher ride due to the modifications, but is not unbearable for short trips.
Which leads many to the Ford Mustang GT. It adds nearly 50 percent more horsepower, up to 420 from the V6. It also has wheel-mounted cruise control and fog lamps so that you can keep your eyes on the road and see what’s out there. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped so it’s easier to hold onto as well. Of note to drivers is the limited-slip rear differential and other features that will enable it to keep the power down on the road, and not grinding up the drive train. To that end, it also has hood vents to help keep the ponies from getting into a lather.
The GT Premium upgrades the convertible cover to cloth from the vinyl on the GT. As in the V6 Premium, the majority of additional features focus on the inside. They include the Ford SYNC infotainment system mated to an eight-speaker system with two sub-woofers. In addition, drivers can take advantage of a powered six-direction seat, as well as audio controls on the steering wheel. For driving and parking ease, the Ford Mustang GT Premium also comes with a universal garage door opener, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for when drivers behind the Mustang don’t turn off their high beams.
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|Build & Price|
2014 FORD MUSTANG$19,981 | 5,918 mi
2014 Ford Mustang$28,243 | 5,147 mi
2013 Ford Mustang$19,398 | 32,835 mi
2013 Ford Mustang$20,481 | 16,562 mi
2013 Ford Mustang$20,993 | 33,619 mi
2012 Ford Mustang$25,994 | 28,103 mi
2011 Ford Mustang$24,292 | 35,406 mi
2010 Ford Mustang$12,988 | 71,612 mi
2010 FORD MUSTANG$21,892 | 27,919 mi
2009 Ford Mustang$19,985 | 36,248 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$10,991 | 95,769 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$11,994 | 70,305 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$21,674 | 50,269 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$33,994 | 21,179 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$35,995 | 20,467 mi
2007 Ford Mustang$10,899 | 67,948 mi
2007 Ford Mustang$20,880 | 36,614 mi
2007 Ford Mustang$24,999 | 41,229 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$10,480 | 67,554 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$13,775 | 72,144 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$15,998 | 59,540 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$15,998 | 70,910 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$18,777 | 19,335 mi
2005 Ford Mustang$9,415 | 96,022 mi
2005 Ford Mustang$11,000 | 84,671 mi
2003 Ford Mustang$18,421 | 71,587 mi
2000 Ford Mustang$8,997 | 82,519 mi
1965 Ford Mustang$29,997 | 44,226 mi
Strong engine and improved interior; always ends up chasing Ford in innovation
More powerful and handles well but cramped for those in the back and less impressive interior
More space, but expensive and neither should be used as a family's daily driver
More powerful, modern look, modern price to go with it