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1996 Ford Mustang

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1996 Base 2dr Coupe
most popular
Price:   -  From $15,180
1996 GT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $17,610
1996 Base 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $21,060
1996 GT 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $23,495
1996 Cobra 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $24,810
1996 Cobra 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $27,580


Ford's Mustang was the first of a new breed of factory hot rod--the "pony car"--when it was launched back in 1964, and during the decades that followed it's stuck largely to the same genetic coding: High performance, low tech and low cost. With a simple rear-drive chassis borrowed from a sedan and lots of components borrowed from other Ford vehicle lines, the Mustang has always been relatively cheap to produce, delivering lots of performance at bargain prices. However, in terms of maximum performance, the Mustang's formula has, in recent years, fallen behind the pace set by GM's Camaro-Firebird twins. Ford's durable old 5.0-liter V8 simply didn't match the muscle of GM's 5.7-liter V8, which bristles with torque and horsepower. So for 1996, Ford answers the challenge with a new engine. The overhead valve 5.0-liter has been replaced with Ford's much more sophisticated 4.6-liter V8, an engine with better volumetric efficiency as well as better emissions performance. The Mustang GT receives the single overhead cam version, similar to the engine used in the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car. With 215 hp and 285 lb.-ft. of torque, it delivers roughly the same performance as the old 5.0-liter. But if sizzling go-power is the objective, Ford now has an answer for the Camaro Z28 and Firebird Trans Am. The new Mustang Cobra has the dual overhead cam, 32-valve version of the 4.6-liter V8, and in Cobra tune it throbs with 305 hp and 300 lb.-ft. or torque. With lots of V8 power driving the rear wheels and a number of suspension revisions, the Mustang Cobra can gallop stride for stride with its GM rivals, whether the road ahead is straight or twisty. Since the Cobra represents the best of what's new about the Mustang, it was our choice for this test.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 150 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Not Available
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 150 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 30 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
15.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
181.5 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
53.2 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,065 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
50-50 Bucket / 50-50 Sport
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(2-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
(2-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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