What car packs more of a cultural punch than the Mustang? Ford's venerable two-door sport coupe is one of those rare automobiles that transcends mere motorized conveyance. It's nowadays a cultural touchstone, as uniquely and proudly American as Old Glory herself. After a rather comprehensive refresh in 2018, this patriotic pony gallops into 2019 no different than last year – and no less iconic, either.
What's New for 2019
The Mustang is largely unchanged for 2019.
Choosing Your Ford Mustang
The current generation Mustang strives to do the same thing its aboriginal ancestor did over 50 years ago – offer sporty style wrapped around a practical commuter car, with genuine performance on tap for those so inclined. This means there's a multitude of options, powertrains, and body styles, letting buyers make the Mustang as tame or as feral as they're willing to deal with on a daily basis.
If you're planning to skew your Mustang toward the tamer side, you'll be looking at the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Dubbed EcoBoost, this spunky four-cylinder puts out an impressive 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It's bolted up to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, though a 10-speed automatic is available for $1,595. If you're trying to wring out a little more verve from your four-cylinder Mustang, there's the $2,495 EcoBoost Performance Package. Among other things, it includes a Torsen limited-slip rear differential with 3.55 rear gears, 19-inch tires shod with summer tires, oil pressure and boost gauges, heavy-duty front springs, heavy-duty brakes, a beefed-up radiator, and unique suspension tuning.
All that is more than enough to make the Eco-powered Mustang an enticing choice. But if the EcoBoost leaves you cold, there's the sonorous 5.0-liter V8 on hand. It makes 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That kind of power is enough to perform heroics which were unthinkable in the V8-powered Mustang even just 10 years ago. With the optional $3,995 GT Performance Package, 10-speed automatic (again $1,595) and the drive-mode selector set to Drag Strip, this newest Mustang GT can bang off zero-to-60 mph times in under four seconds and do a quarter-mile sprint in just 11.8 seconds. The Mustang is no longer a pony; it's a bona-fide racehorse.
Like the EcoBoost Performance Package, that aforementioned GT Performance Package includes a number of speed-junkie goodies. Highlights from the package include chassis stiffening, a 3.55 LSD rear differential, upgraded brakes, oil pressure and vacuum gauges, performance rear wing. A Level 2 package is also available for $6,500, and includes a 3.73 rear end, unique track-inspired tuning and stiffening, exclusive dampers with track-inspired calibration, and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires wrapped around 19-inch wheels.
Whatever Mustang you pick, rest easy knowing that there'll be a number of widely-available packages and options. There's $995 Black Accent Package that blacks out the wheels, spoiler, roof, and spoiler. There's also the $1,000 Ford Safe and Smart Package, which comes with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. An active performance exhaust runs for $845, adaptive cruise is available by itself for $895, and a navigation-equipped infotainment system costs $795.
Also available is a $1,695 MagneRide Damping System. This bit of wizardry is an electronically controlled adaptive suspension system that can adjust and respond to driver inputs and road conditions at up 1,000 times a second. It also works in conjunction with three drive modes, each offering a different base level of stiffness.
The 2019 Ford Mustang is offered in five trims:
No matter what 2019 Ford Mustang you splurge for, get the $1,695 MagneRide damping system. These trick shocks make a world of difference when you're out on the road, and are well worth the investment.
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