The Ford Mustang has long been an icon in the pony car car segment to which it lends its name. Unlike the Camaro and Challenger, the 'Stang never took a break from production. And when Ford unveiled a redesigned coupe and convertible last year, its sales took off.

Pricing and Equipment

The Ford Mustang retails at a relatively low price, considering the performance it packs. Its base V6 trim starts from $23,895 and comes with a decent supply of standard features, including:

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Intelligent Access with keyless start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and parking brake handle
  • HID headlights
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels

Lots of other trim levels pack more features and even more power with a variety of four- and eight-cylinder engines. These include: EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT350R. Every Mustang, except for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, is available as a convertible.

Performance Pros

Ford Mustang

We find it hard not to fall in love with the Mustang’s entire lineup of powertrains. Its base V6 is plenty powerful, the optional turbocharged four-pot delivers spot-on performance and outstanding fuel economy, the GT's 5.2-liter V8 is potent and throaty, and the GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 is simply scary.

  • Base V6 is plenty capable at 300 horsepower
  • The four-cylinder delivers a sub-six-second 0-to-60 sprint and 31 mpg highway
  • Shelby GT350's 5.2-liter V8 will take your face off

Performance Cons

We can’t find much to complain about when it comes to the performance of the Mustang. However, we do think the V6 is a little out of place in this lineup, and don't love the uninspired engine note of the EcoBoost four.

Interior Pros

Ford Mustang Interior

The design of the cabin makes significant improvements on the last Mustang's interior. We particularly like its aviation-themed elements, nice-feeling knobs and switches, and active noise cancellation that allows only the rumble of the exhaust to enter the cabin.

Interior Cons

Again, we have difficulty finding anything wrong with the Mustang’s interior, but it is not without a few flaws here and there. Some shoppers, for instance, may think the interior's design is too modern.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We’d have to say the Mustang's comfort was its biggest surprise. Most performance cars have a rough and unforgiving ride, but the Mustang’s suspension is firm when you need it and forgiving when you don’t. It’s really a great combination.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The only thing that surprised us in a negative way was just how out of place the 3.7-liter V6 felt in the lineup.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Ford Mustang is one of the best sport coupes/muscle cars you can buy today. It has the performance to satisfy any gearhead, seating for four, and it’s comfortable enough for long drives. What’s more, it is relatively inexpensive.