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    5.0 (Excellent)
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    18 City / 28 Highway

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    2016 Ford Mustang OVERVIEW

    Last year, Ford’s iconic sports car got a full makeover for the first time in a decade. In addition to acquiring a sleeker profile, the popular rear-drive ponycar gained two new engines, along with a host of engineering and cosmetic alterations. As usual, Ford offers the Mustang in a broad selection of configurations at a variety of prices, cementing its reputation as an affordable four-seater.

    What's New for 2016

    Only minor updates are evident. In a nod to Mustang heritage, GT models add secondary turn signals integrated into the hood vents. New color choices include racing stripes and a black roof panel. All-new SYNC 3 has conversational voice recognition, a smartphone-like touchscreen, and intuitive graphical interface. New option groups include Black Accent, California Special, and Pony packages.

    Choosing Your Ford Mustang

    Selecting the most suitable Mustang has never been an easy task, and begins with a choice between a hardtop coupe and a fabric-roof convertible. Next comes a selection from three engine possibilities:

    • The base 3.7-liter V6 produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, with estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (17/28 mpg with manual shift).
    • The mid-level engine is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage is estimated at 22/31 mpg with manual and 21/32 mpg with automatic.
    • Engine number three, for GT editions, is the 5-liter V8, redesigned last year and generating 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. As expected, the V8 is less thrifty at 15/26 mpg (city/highway) with manual, or 16/25 mpg with automatic.

    A six-speed manual transmission is standard with any engine, while a six-speed automatic is optional.

    The six-cylinder comes with a single trim level, but the four-cylinder and eight-cylinder also offer Premium variants:

    Base V6

    Largely back-to-basics, starting at $24,795 (including destination charge), the V6 fastback includes the 3.7-liter V6, manual transmission, air conditioning, driver’s knee airbag, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, a rearview camera, SYNC, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with cruise/audio controls, automatic headlights, dual exhausts, HID headlights, and LED sequential taillamps. Also standard are cloth upholstery, a 50/50 split folding rear seat, auto-dimming mirror, a driver footrest, and 17-inch wheels. The AM/FM stereo has six speakers, a CD player, audio input jack, and two USB ports. An automatic transmission adds $1,195.

    EcoBoost

    For $1,500 more than a comparable V6, you get the turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Standard equipment includes six-way power front seats, active noise cancellation, LED foglamps, a blade decklid spoiler, and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels. A Performance Package is optional.

    EcoBoost Premium

    Premium trim adds such extras as heated mirrors, heated/cooled leather-trimmed front seats, satellite and HD radio, Pony projection headlights, nine-speaker audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC 3, and aluminum pedals. A Pony package and 19-inch wheels are optional.

    GT

    Starting at $33,295 and equipped with the V8 engine, the basic GT mirrors the base V6 in terms of standard equipment. Also included are an engine oil cooler, air extractor hood vents, upgraded brakes, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. A Black Accent package is available.

    GT Premium

    The Premium V8 model essentially duplicates the Eco Premium, except for the V8 engine. Options include a California Special package.

    CarsDirect Tip

    With prices starting above $24,000, it’s not quite true that “everyone” can afford a Mustang. Unless you’re wedded to the “classic” configuration of a V8 Mustang, either the V6 or the more modern EcoBoost four might be a more prudent choice. The four-cylinder has become quite a popular item lately, in performance-oriented cars as well as family sedans. Gas mileage is better, while acceleration is nearly comparable to recent V8s.

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