By KBB.com Editors
Last year, Americans once again made the Ford Mustang the best-selling convertible in the country, no small feat when you consider the Mustang's main rival, the Chrysler 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't -- instant cool. That's because the 2008 Ford 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 just 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 the 2008 Ford Mustang Convertible 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 New for 2008
All Ford Mustang Convertibles now feature front side-impact airbags. High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and an ambient interior light package are new options, as are two new Shelby Mustangs, the GT and GT500KR.Driving It Driving Impressions
Compared to the previous-generation Mustang Convertible, the 2008 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 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 remains somewhat noisy. The 4.0-liter V6 packs an impressive punch, even with the five-speed automatic. More importantly, the V6 returns good highway fuel economy, though heavy-footed drivers may never see such rosy results. 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 Premium model -- they look great and add a real touch of nostalgia.
Shaker 1000 Audio System
The optional Shaker 1000 six-disc MP3 player sounds amazing, though the trunk-mounted subwoofer does eat up most of the usable cargo space.