The all-American muscle car.
The Ford Mustang is the purest distillation of the American muscle car on the U.S. market. The Mustang was completely redesigned a little more than two years ago, but Ford never wants the Mustang to get old, so the 2013 model has seen some visual updates, with a new front grille and fascia and narrower, HID headlights. As for powertrains, the base Stang gets a 3.7-liter V-6 that pumps out 305 hp and is touted as the first 300-plus-hp engine to return 30 mpg. The GT marks the return of the 5.0-liter V-8, which has been bumped up to an impressive 420 hp. At the top of the lineup is the Shelby GT500. Its supercharged V-8 has been upgraded from 5.4 to 5.8 liters and now offers a mind-blowing 662 hp. For even sharper performance, an SVT package with special tires, lighter wheels, a higher axle ratio, and stiffer springs is available for the GT500. The 444-hp Boss 302 offers exceptional performance at a price that undercuts the Shelby by some $10,000. The base and GT models can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic; the Boss 302 and the GT500 come with the manual only. Available as a coupe and a convertible, this pony is a solid competitor that won’t back down from its Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger competitors.
new for 2013
Styling updates for 2013 include new front and rear fascias, an enhanced grille, standard HID headlights, and LED taillights. The 5.0-liter V-8 in the GT has been bumped up to 420 hp, and a new GT Track Package is available. The six-speed automatic can now be shifted manually. The available Track Apps allows the driver to monitor performance measures such as 0-to-60-mph acceleration, braking, and g-force.
Front and side air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitors; integrated blind-spot mirrors; and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System are standard.
From mild to wild
Exhilarating Boss 302
Mind-blowing Shelby GT500
Interior could be more refined
Base Price Range: $22,995–$59,995
TRIM LEVELS: V6, V6 Premium, GT, GT Premium, Boss 302, Shelby GT500
BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 2+2-passenger
ENGINES: 3.7L V-6, 305 hp, 280 lb-ft
5.0L V-8, 420/444 hp, 390/380 lb-ft
5.8L supercharged V-8, 662 hp, 631 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: (coupe/convertible) 83.3/81.0 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (coupe/convertible) 13.4/9.6 cu ft