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1997 Ford Mustang

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1997 Base 2dr Coupe
most popular
Price:   -  From $15,355
1997 GT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $18,000
1997 Base 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $20,755
1997 GT 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $23,985
1997 Cobra 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $25,335
1997 Cobra 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $28,135


If there is one car that could be called America's Sweetheart, it would be the Ford Mustang, now in its 33rd year on the market. Born in the crazy cultural upheaval of the mid-'60s, it has survived Vietnam, two gas crunches, the war on emissions and the safety blitz to carry on as this country's favorite pony car. Extensively redesigned in 1993, the Mustang has only two direct competitors, the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. There simply aren't any other rear-wheel drive V8-powered sporty coupes out there in the same price class as the three Americans that make up the pony car class. Indirectly, of course, it competes with a host of smaller sport coupes. Like the two General Motors entries, the Mustang comes in both V6 and V8 versions, in coupe and convertible body styles, with a super-performance model--in this case, the Cobra--on the top of the heap. The Mustang offers a pretty good 3.8-liter V6 with 150 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque as its basic engine, although the GM V6 engines have more muscle. The GT is equipped with a 4.6-liter single overhead cam V8, rated at 215 hp and 285 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Cobra gets a twin cam 32-valve version of the V8 capable of producing 305 hp. The Cobra is available only with a five-speed manual transmission. The other Mustangs offer the option of a four-speed automatic.

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
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
83 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.5 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
53.2 "
Front Headroom
38.2 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
30.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,065 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
19.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Monotone / Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Premium Am Stereo/fm Stereo / Premium Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
4 / Performance / 4 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
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
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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