By KBB.com Editors
The Mustang shows not only Ford's commitment to keeping alive a legendary name, but the public's underestimated love of the traditional American muscle car. Shortly after its introduction, rivals Chevrolet and Dodge were sent scrambling, spending much of 2006 showing off revitalization plans for their own muscle car greats, the Camaro and Challenger. But show cars are no cars when it comes to sales and, for the time being, the Mustang is the only game in town. Unlike the terminated Pontiac GTO, the Mustang is blessed with iconic good looks, a choice of V6 or V8 engines and, most importantly, a really affordable sticker price. Make no mistake, serious competition is on the way but, for now, look for Ford to make the most of the Mustang's solo success.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're a fan of the affordable, powerful, rear-wheel-drive vehicles that have defined the American muscle car, you'll find this properly refined version thoroughly satisfying.You May Not Like This Car If...
Although the new Mustang is noticeably larger than the model it replaces, it still lacks much of the practicalitylike a roomy rear seatsome people may need.What's Significant About This Car?
Two new packages, the California Special and GT Appearance Package, make the options list. All radios now feature auxiliary input jacks and SIRIUS Satellite Radio while heated front seats and a DVD navigation become welcome options.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Mustang fires up with the satisfying snarl every red-blooded American expects from one of the country's most identifiable vehicles (although the growl is more pronounced with the V8). On the road, the Mustang's chassis and suspension deliver both a more insulated ride and more controlled handling than the model it replaces. Road irregularities are less jarring, and the car corners more confidently. While increased power from the V6 and V8 engines is part of the new model's appeal, the refined suspension is the car's most valuable improvement. It's the first completely new Mustang in well over a decade, and the enormous improvements are nowhere more obvious than from behind the wheel.Favorite Features
With or without the GT's two additional grille-mounted headlamps, the new Mustang's front end defines it as both a modern muscle car and a tribute to the car's celebrated heritage.
The Mustang's suspension includes a newly designed solid rear axle that delivers improved ride and handling while still allowing for impressive smoky burnouts.