America's only continuously produced muscle car since the genre was invented, the Ford Mustang line bounces back for 2014 with one exception: the Boss 302 model. Ford has kept its promise that the revived Boss would only be around for two years, just like the original in 1969 and 1970. Now collectors have yet another Mustang to cherish.
The V6 and GT coupes and convertibles carry on with revised appearance packages and colors. It's not a year of banner changes since an all-new Mustang is due for 2015—the 50th anniversary of the first full model year. Admirers of the current generation's retro styling take note: the 2015 is expected to wear thoroughly modern sheetmetal. It's your last chance to get a spanking new Mustang that reminds you of a different era.
As in recent years, the Mustang is highly customizable, boasting a dizzying array of wheels, graphics, color schemes and aerodynamic add-ons. A slate of dealer-installed accessories pushes the possible combinations even further. For example, adventurous buyers have a choice of 11 different spoilers.
With 305 horsepower on tap from its 3.7-liter V6, the base car is impressively quick, but not thunderous, by today's standards. For that kind of speed, you'll need to move into the GT and its 5-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. Any model is a tick faster with the standard six-speed manual transmission, and the ball shifter poking out of the floor looks right at home. The automatic is just as good as any other, but takes some of the fun out of the macho Mustang.
Manual GT coupes can be ordered with the Track Pack, featuring high-performance Brembo brakes, unique differential and axle ratio, engine oil cooler, high-capacity radiator, and summer performance tires mounted on 19-inch wheels with stainless finish. The V6 coupe offers a performance package of its own with tauter suspension components, beefier brakes, and upgraded tires and wheels.
Value has always been integral to the Mustang formula. The base versions of the V6 and GT continue the bang-for-the-buck tradition, starting at $22,200 and $30,750, respectively. Opting for the convertible body adds about $5,000 to each. The Premium models carry a higher level equipment, including leather seats with driver power, Shaker Audio sound system, and color LCD information display. The expanded option list includes some interesting choices like an all-glass roof and rearview camera.
The most compelling reason for choosing the GT is its 420-horsepower 5-liter V8. The engine alone transforms the Mustang into an undisputed performance car. To complement the extra power, you get a firmed up suspension, more aggressive axle ratio, and 18-inch wheels. The standard Track Apps system displays a range of performance data, including acceleration and lap times, lateral and longitudinal g-forces, and braking measurements.
The available Track Pack kicks performance up a notch with Brembo front brake calipers and rotors, a Torsen rear differential with revised axle ratio, a heavy-duty radiator, 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, and specific electronic stability control settings. A serious bundle, it's available on manual-shift coupes only.
The GT's body features a powerdome hood with heat extractors, a unique grille with dark chrome pony emblem, LED fog lamps, dual bright rolled exhaust tips, and a decklid spoiler. For a more intimidating look, Ford offers a GT Appearance Package with body-color quarter window louvers, 19-inch black aluminum wheels, and black outside mirror caps and rear spoiler.
The Premium model offers all the muscle and attitude of the base GT, along with interior features that add up to a more pleasant driving experience. Leather seats are standard, and you can order them with heat and genuine suede inserts. The expanded instrument cluster has four gauges and a 4.2-inch LCD message center. The Mustang's youngish demographics will appreciate the Shaker Audio sound system with SiriusXM radio.
Other touches include bright pedal covers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, adjustable ambient lighting, and Ford's Sync hands-free electronics interface. Aluminum trim rounds out the interior.
On the option list are dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system with real-time traffic and travel data, and a fixed glass roof for the coupe.
The V6 yields performance similar to that the GT offered a decade ago, so don't let its displacement put you off automatically. The 3.7-liter engine makes 305 horsepower, enough to bring the Mustang to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The V6 Performance Package, available on coupes, adds upgraded suspension and braking components, 19-inch wheels with performance tires, and gloss black mirror caps.
The V6 offers a clean, uncluttered look. Some might consider it plain, while others will appreciate how the basic body sculpture is allowed to shine through. You can't get leather seats and certain interior conveniences, but if that's not important to you, the V6's ample power and affordable price are probably all you need.
Except for the performance parts, the V6 Premium gets the same level of equipment as its GT counterpart. That means greater comfort and convenience than the base V6, and a more tempting roster of options. The most noticeable difference is the leather interior with generous aluminum trim. Beyond that, there are some Premium-only options that some buyers consider must-haves, like automatic climate control and navigation. It's also the only way to go if you can't live without the striking glass roof.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Ford Mustang$19,398 | 32,835 mi
2013 Ford Mustang$25,495 | 9,883 mi
2013 FORD MUSTANG$31,995 | 1,714 mi
2013 Ford Mustang$57,900 | 1,237 mi
2012 FORD MUSTANG$17,250 | 30,598 mi
2012 FORD MUSTANG$18,888 | 16,957 mi
2011 Ford Mustang$13,985 | 49,204 mi
2011 FORD MUSTANG$14,998 | 54,458 mi
2011 Ford Mustang$23,450 | 13,989 mi
2010 Ford Mustang$23,973 | 40,900 mi
2009 Ford Mustang$21,957 | 40,006 mi
2008 FORD MUSTANG$14,982 | 34,395 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$19,998 | 24,698 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$22,967 | 14,938 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$29,900 | 54,772 mi
2008 Ford Mustang$33,800 | 21,175 mi
2007 Ford Mustang$11,990 | 46,009 mi
2007 Ford Mustang$21,981 | 41,229 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$8,837 | 90,112 mi
2006 FORD MUSTANG$9,898 | 93,823 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$14,995 | 103,000 mi
2006 Ford Mustang$16,995 | 73,895 mi
2006 FORD MUSTANG$17,995 | 14,961 mi
2005 Ford Mustang$8,615 | 96,022 mi
2005 Ford Mustang$12,995 | 68,685 mi
2004 Ford Mustang$9,995 | 72,492 mi
2001 Ford Mustang$6,976 | 95,385 mi
1965 Ford Mustang$29,997 | 44,226 mi
Traditional muscle car virtues, aggressive styling isn't for everyone
Larger inside and out, affordable V8, heavy for this class
Tight construction, eight-speed auto, soft on power
Refined two-seater, V6 only, a tad pricey