By KBB.com Editors
Last year, Americans made the Ford Mustang the best selling convertible in the country, overtaking the long-time leader, the Chrysler Sebring. That was no small feat, considering the Sebring offers a bigger back seat, more trunk space and better fuel economy. But the iconic Mustang offers something even the most tricked-out Sebring can'tinstant cool. That's because the Mustang convertible has somehow avoided the genderization we Americans seem to assign such cars. It is seen as neither too masculine nor too feminine, an attribute that allows for a healthy cross-section of shoppers for the V6 and GT trims. Of course, a price tag below $25,000 doesn't hurt, either. In the end, it's a sure bet that even a more expensive price wouldn't deter people from making this convertible number one.You'll Like This Car If...
You'll like this car if you're looking for a sporty, four-passenger convertible that's a thoroughly modern take on a classic model. In the GT trim, the Mustang offers more bang-for-the-buck than pricier models from BMW, Nissan and Audi, all wrapped in a package that smacks of the red, white and blue.You May Not Like This Car If...
Though better than the previous model, the Mustang's rear seat is still not as welcoming as the Chrysler Sebring's or Toyota Solara's. The lack of an independent rear suspension may offend some enthusiasts, as will the abundance of hard plastic surfaces inside the cockpit.What's Significant About This Car?
Two new packages, the California Special and GT Appearance Package, make the options list. All radios now feature an auxiliary input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, while heated front seats and DVD navigation become welcome optionsDriving It Driving Impressions
Compared to the previous Mustang convertible, this new model is superior in every way. The rigid body results in far less cowl shake (the vibration seen in the dash and windshield pillar when the wheels encounter a rough patch of pavement), giving the new Mustang a real sense of solidity. With the top down, there is moderate wind buffeting at highway speeds and, with the top in place, the Mustang's interior is surprisingly devoid of wind and road noise. The 4.0-liter V6 packs an impressive punch, even with the five-speed automatic. More importantly, the V6 returns a 28-mile per gallon highway fuel economy rating, though heavy-footed drivers may never see such a rosy figure. The GT's 300-horsepower V8 isn't very frugal with fuel, but it is the engine of choice for the boy-racer, providing blisteringly quick acceleration and a deep, burbling exhaust note that tells everyone exactly what's under the hood.Favorite Features
Spinner Alloy Wheels
Opt for the spinner alloy wheels on the V6 modelthey look great and add a real touch of nostalgia.
The optional Shaker 1000 six-disc MP3 player sounds amazing, though the trunk-mounted subwoofer does eat up most of the usable cargo space.