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2023 Ford Mustang

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Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

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2023 EcoBoost 2dr Fastback
most popular
Price:   -  From $27,770
2023 EcoBoost Premium 2dr Fastback Price:   -  From $32,795
2023 EcoBoost 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $33,270
2023 EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $38,295
2023 GT 2dr Fastback Price:   -  From $38,345
2023 GT Premium 2dr Fastback Price:   -  From $43,365
2023 GT Premium 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $48,865
2023 Mach 1 2dr Fastback Price:   -  From $55,570

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Ford Mustang is essentially a carryover model but loses the GT 500, the base V8 convertible trim, and blue and orange exterior colors. The next generation Mustang begins as a 2024 model and is expected to be available later this year.

Choosing Your Ford Mustang

The Mustang is available in six trim levels, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium, Mach 1, and Mach 1 Premium, and base prices range from $30,740 to $60,060. The EcoBoost and GT are available as convertibles for an extra $5,500. The insanely powerful GT 500 bows out for this generation’s final year.

Engine Choices

The two powertrain options remain unchanged. There is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is standard and it generates 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque which is routed through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. A 10-speed automatic is available for $1,595. On the naughty end, a limited-slip rear differential, electric line lock, and launch control (on the six-speed) are included.

The 5.0-liter atmospherically aspirated V8 puts out 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque in the GT model and 470 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque in the Mach 1 which gains a strengthened six-speed manual. A 10-speed automatic is also offered.

The four-cylinder Mustang earns EPA estimates of 24 miles per gallon combined while the V8 returns 18 MPG with the manual and 19 MPG with the automatic. Mach 1’s additional track-ready hardware lowers the V8’s efficiency rating by one MPG point and is hit with a gas-guzzler tax when equipped with the manual.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Mustang stretches 189 inches in length and sits 81.9 inches wide which makes it over a foot longer than a Nissan Z and about five inches wider than a Porsche 718.

The Mustang is relatively practical with 13.5 cubic feet of truck space (or 11.4 cubic feet with the convertible) and while the back seat is tiny, at least the Mustang is capable of four passengers.

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Safety Features

The Mustang is decently equipped in terms of active safety technology. All trims include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams while the EcoBoost Premium and GT trims gain standard rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control becomes available through the Safe and Smart Package for $725 although it may require additional package selections.

Connectivity

A 4.2-inch touchscreen is standard on the Mustang as is a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, six speakers, and two USB charging ports, while the two Premium trims include an eight-inch touchscreen that incorporates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM and three additional speakers. The Mach 1 can be fitted with a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system through its optional Elite Package for $1,550.

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2023 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - MSRP From $30,740

The base Mustang is equipped with 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels, an independent rear suspension, LED headlights with signature lighting and triple LED brake light bars with sequential turn signals, dual exhaust, body-color mirrors, hood vents, and a remote engine start system. Proximity entry, cloth seats with a four-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and split-folding rear seats are also included.

The Ecoboost High (101A) Equipment Group is $2,600 and includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, and selectable drive modes.

The 2.3L High Performance Package is another stand-alone package that adds increased performance engine tune, a larger radiator, a lower-geared rear end, wider 19-inch wheels with painted pockets, larger brakes, a stiffer front suspension, a strut tower brace, a front splitter, an active exhaust, a larger rear spoiler, aluminum dash trim with an engine-spun finish, additional gauges for oil pressure and boost, and paddle shifters on the automatics.

With both large and expensive packages selected, the EcoBoost Handling Package gains unique and wider wheels, summer-only tires, adaptive dampers, an upgraded limited-slip rear differential, and upgraded Brembo front brakes with black-painted calipers clamping on larger rotors.

A $1,195 Black Appearance Package is available and adds black-painted 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler, grille, mirror caps, roof panel, and badges.

2023 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium - MSRP From $35,765

The upgraded trim level 18-inch wheels with black painted pockets, a body-color rear spoiler, heated mirrors with a pony puddle light image, a 4.2-inch driver information display, six-way power driver and four-way power passenger’s synthetic leather seats with heating and ventilation, aluminum pedals, updated door trim, dual-zone air-conditioning, and ambient lighting.

The EcoBoost Premium High Package is $2,700 and it includes additional safety hardware, mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather seats with memory, a heated steering wheel, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, premium interior trim with stitching accents throughout, and an aluminum dash panel.

The High Performance and Handling Packages are also available and there are several styling trims offered for $1,995 such as the Coastal trim which features 19-inch wheels, a unique body-color grille, side scoops, and a unique vinyl stripe, the Stealth Package which wears black 19-inch wheels, grille, mirror caps, and badges, a more prominent rear wing, and clear LED tail lights, and the Ice White Appearance returns with unique white exterior and interior trim.

2023 Ford Mustang GT – MSRP From $41,315

The GT model features standard dual 3.5-inch inch exhaust with quad exhaust outlets, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler, a high-gloss front grille, a unique rear lower facia, 18-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver’s seat, and an aluminum trim instrument panel.

The GT Performance Package can be added for $6,700 and includes many of the updates noted in the EcoBoost Performance Package while adaptive dampers are offered for $1,695 when the High trim package is selected for $2,500 which adds upgraded audio, ambient lighting, and dual-zone climate control.

Active exhaust is offered for $1,225.

2023 Ford Mustang GT Premium – MSRP From $46,335

The up-level trim gains heated and cooled leather-trimmed front seats, premium door trim, aluminum pedals, and dual-zone climate control.

The 401A Package is offered for $2,600 and it adds a memory driver’s positioning, a heated steering wheel, a 12-inch gauge cluster, and accent stitching along the center console, shifter boot, wrapped knee bolsters, seats (leather), floor mats, and door trim.

The California Special is another $1,995 styling package and wears 19-inch gray-painted wheels, special badging, a front splitter, a rear wing, and a unique grille, while inside there are suede door and seat inserts with red contrast stitching and CS logo, and a unique dash trim.

The GT Performance Package is also offered.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – MSRP From $58,540

Mach 1 is more track-focused than the other Mustang trims. It is fitted with upgraded performance hardware that includes an active exhaust with larger diameter pipes, Brembo front brakes with larger rotors, upgraded cooling, adaptive dampers, revised spoilers for increased downforce, and additional chassis bracing. The Mach 1 also packs software upgrades such as a revised engine calibration and track-specific chassis programs and unique styling touches with 19-inch low-gloss black wheels, hood and side accent stripes, unique upper and lower grilles openings, and special badging inside and out. Recaro sport seats are available for $1,650.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Premium – MSRP From $60,060

The Premium trim of the Mach 1 gains aluminum pedals, heated and ventilated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and upgraded interior trim with contrast stitching and opens up the availability of additional option packages such as the Elite Package ($1,550) which adds the upgraded sound system and the Mach 1 Appearance Package ($1,250) that is only offered in Fighter Jet Gray and features orange interior and exterior accents and brake calipers.

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The GT trim packs a legendary V8 while the Performance Package should be a serious consideration for those looking to take it to the track.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Storming performance
  • Excellent gearboxes
  • Iconic retro styling
  • Decent safety
Cons
  • Base models are unpleasant inside
  • Costs a lot to configure properly
  • Cramped in the rear and trunk
  • An all-new Mustang is waiting in the wings
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The end of an era (again). This is the final year of the sixth-generation Mustang, and age has done nothing to dampen the visual drama of this iconic Michigan-built model. Whether you choose a fastback or a convertible, there’s no mistaking the exterior styling. The long snout, pert rump, and poised stance still retain presence, and the fastback model looks particularly appealing. One or two of the more garish paint colors have been dropped for 2023, but you can still choose some bold hues to make your ‘stang your own – after all, customization is very much part of the buying experience.

A world of options. Providing a range-wide summary of the Mustang is difficult because there are numerous options and packages which affect (and in some cases transform) the car’s behavior. Let’s start with the easy stuff – there are two body styles, two engines, four trims, and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Then there are the packages; the GT Performance pack increases power from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo engine, for instance. You can raid the options list for features like a surround-view camera and parking sensors, or improve roadholding with the Handling Pack’s Brembo brakes, magnetic dampers, and limited-slip diff. The options list is extensive, varying by model, and it’s worth dedicating time to researching them all before placing your order.

There are a few universal truths – base EcoBoost models are too plain inside, with their manually-adjusting cloth seats and 4.2-inch audio display. The convertible commands a $5,000 premium, despite reducing the fastback’s 13.5 cu ft trunk down to 11.4 cubes. While the ten-speed automatic transmission is smooth and effective, the stubby, spherical six-speed manual lever is a delight to use. It’s good enough to persuade even automatic loyalists to drive stick.

Putting the fast in fastback. Power is one thing the Mustang has in abundance in any configuration. Even the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine can reach 60 in less than six seconds when mated to the auto box. Its 310 hp output can also be boosted to 330 with – yes, you guessed it – a package. Drivers looking for additional grunt should consider the 460 hp five-liter V8 powered GT and Mach 1 models, with the 0-60 time now starting in a three. We’d caveat those figures by saying the Performance package is an advisable upgrade to improve stability, which could otherwise be lacking.

Any Mustang is fun to drive, but if roadholding is a priority, Mach 1 modes use magnetic dampers to blend superior roadholding with decent ride quality, despite their stiffened springs. If you opt for the manual transmission, you can also enjoy active rev matching and no-lift shifts, recalling the character of the much-missed GT350 model. And should things get a bit sideways, you can take solace in a five-star NHTSA crash-test rating, while automatic emergency braking and active lane control are standard across the range.

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Necessary compromises. By now, you might be thinking that a Mustang sounds like just the ticket. However, significant compromises are required if you want to park a pony on your drive. Even assuming dismal fuel economy isn’t a concern, you’re buying a car at the end of its production run. This shows in many respects, from the pitiful infotainment screen fitted to base models through to the hard, scratchy plastics dominating the cabin. You could mitigate this by investing in a higher trim level, but by then prices are spiraling. The Mach 1’s starting price is almost $60,000; for that money, you could buy a Porsche 718, which is in a different league in many respects.

EcoBoost’s manually adjustable cloth seats feel miserly, yet the heavily bolstered Recaro seats available in higher trims aren’t comfortable for larger occupants. Comfort is also a word rarely applied to the cramped and inaccessible rear bench, whose figure-hugging seats combine with a low roofline and tiny side windows to engender a sense of claustrophobia. You’re also more aware of the cheapness of certain finishings back here, while the awkwardly shaped trunk aperture means larger objects will often end up occupying a rear seat. Convertibles help to alleviate the cramped rear quarters while allowing the V8’s sonorous soundtrack to take center stage.

Final thoughts. Being mean about the Mustang feels like criticizing a much-loved family dog, yet there’s no getting away from the fact this is a deeply compromised car. It’s old, and it shows in many respects. To enjoy reasonable comfort, look beyond the temptingly low $29,165 starting price for the EcoBoost fastback, with its 17-inch wheels and four-inch audio screen. EcoBoost Premium doubles the on-screen real estate and introduces smartphone mirroring, alongside heated/ventilated synthetic leather front seats with power adjustment.

The V8’s mellifluous soundtrack enhances the driving pleasure of higher Mustang models, especially with the convertible’s roof folded down. Again, though, multiple raids on the options list are necessary to optimize handling and performance. All roads lead to spending more money than you’d originally bargained for, and we question whether the cheap, cramped cabin and limited equipment justify that kind of outlay on a car that will be replaced imminently.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.3L I-4 / 310 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.3L I-4 / 330 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 10-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.3L I-4 / 310 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.3L I-4 / 330 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Rockwell 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
84 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
188.3 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
54.4 "
Front Headroom
37.6 "
Rear Headroom
34.8 "
Front Legroom
44.5 "
Rear Legroom
30.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,532 Lbs. / 3,556 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Forged Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Metallic Monotone / Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip / Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way / 8-way (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 9
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis (blind Spot Information System) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Alert Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Ford Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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