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2009 Ford Mustang

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2009 Ford Mustang Review

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Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the 2009 Ford Mustang shows not only Ford's commitment to keeping alive a legendary name, but the public's love of the traditional American muscle car. The Mustang's unchallenged reign is about to come to an end, however, with the rebirth of the Dodge Challenger and next year's Chevrolet Camaro. To its credit, 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 continue to build on the Mustang's success as one of America's most loved performance coupes.

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 the 2009 Ford Mustang a properly refined version and thoroughly satisfying.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the 2009 Ford Mustang is noticeably larger than the previous models, it still lacks much of the practicality – like a roomy rear seat – some people may need. The lack of an independent rear suspension may also turn off some enthusiasts.

What's New for 2009

The Premium package on both the base car and GT receives more equipment. A panoramic fixed glass roof is a new option for 2009.

Driving the Mustang

Driving Impressions The 2009 Ford 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 an insulated ride and controlled handling. Road irregularities are less jarring than in previous generations, and the car corners more confidently, although the solid rear axle can still break away when pushed too hard. While a set of powerful V6 and V8 engines is part of the Mustang's appeal, the refined suspension and livable daily-driver aspect is the car's real charm.

Panoramic Glass Roof
This new option allows the Mustang's cave-like interior to fill with natural light. The fixed glass panel is tinted to reduce excessive heat build up and features a layer of sound-absorbing clear vinyl sandwiched within the glass panel.

Shelby GT500 Cobra Edition
The ultimate Mustang comes equipped with a 500-horsepower, supercharged 5.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission.

2009 Ford Mustang Details
2009 Ford Mustang photo Interior

If the 2009 Ford Mustang's exterior puts you in a retro state of mind, the interior will transport you like a time machine. A steering wheel with three metal-look spokes teams up with a speedometer and tachometer that rest deep in their own chrome-ringed wells to deliver a driver's-seat view as retro as any. On the flip side, this throwback's instrument panel features a modern illumination system, color-configurable with 125 different lighting combinations. Seating is comfortable and the new car's added exterior dimensions allow for a noticeable increase in headroom and legroom. A few less hard-edge plastic surfaces would go a long way to turning a good interior into one that's great.

Exterior

By borrowing liberally from the Mustang's past, the new car's designers have created a vehicle that wholly captures the essence of the original. The long hood and short rear deck that have defined the Mustang from day one are joined by the return of round headlamps and vertical "tri-bar" taillamps especially reminiscent of the 1967 model. The Mustang V6 features nifty multi-spoke wheels with real three-point spinners and both the V6 and GT offer plenty of room for aftermarket customization.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Mustang V6 Deluxe includes a 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, cloth sport bucket seats, 16-inch painted cast aluminum wheels, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, manual air conditioning, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, rear-window defroster, tilt steering wheel, front side airbags and cruise control. The GT Deluxe adds a 4.6-liter V8 engine, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, fog lamps, rear spoiler and 17-inch cast aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the Pony Package (V6 only), the GT Appearance Package and Bullitt Package (GT only), five-speed automatic transmission, 500- or 1000-watt audio system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer, leather seating, navigation, sport bucket seats, heated seats, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with traction control, HID headlamps, ambient interior lighting, rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum or premium wheels, panoramic glass roof, a 125-color instrument panel and the Warriors in Pink package, with proceeds going to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Under the Hood

For those not bothered by the lack of V8 growl, the V6's output is more than sufficient to get your blood flowing. Originally designed for use in the Ford Explorer SUV and Ranger pickup truck, the Mustang's V6 demonstrates a noticeable amount of vibration and harshness, and the single exhaust note just doesn't quite cut it – but the performance is surprisingly peppy. The GT is clearly faster and more refined, and its V8 is one feature many male buyers wouldn't dream of sacrificing. Ford's three-valve-per-cylinder technology allows the big V8 to breathe easier, producing better low-end power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The true powerhouse, however, is the limited-production Shelby model, which features a 500-horsepower supercharged V8.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5300 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (manual), 15/22 (automatic)

5.4-liter V8 supercharged
500 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
480 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

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2009 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1655 Ratings for the 2005 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

great handling sport type car for the money.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "can not beat the mustang for price for a sporty ca"

Cons: "lacks some of the amenities in pricier cars"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Like the driving, sound and performance. back seat is not very usable for real people, maybe kids. trunk is small, but performance makes up for all deficiencies"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Nice designed mustang but not the best

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful and quick for the price"

Cons: "design flaws have been addressed in later models"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Ford did a good job of uping the power and torque from the 2010. The 2011 and 12' design does have some flaws. The appearance to me is the best it's been since the 70s. Sleek powerful lines and an aggressive front end. The spoiler would be its only downfall along with the plastic unpainted rear diffuser and rocker panels. The spoiler is so small don't know why the even bothered putting it on there. The solid rear axle has that mustang of old feel but it definitely makes for a bumpy ride. The m82 transmission is an upgrade from previous models in my opinion. The clutch is comfy and the gear ratio is awesome. The hood needs to be vented like the 13' and 14 models the motor has trouble with heat exchange. Definitely power loss when it's warm outside. I love the way engine looks though with the hood up. Very quick car and very upgradeable. Best in power for around 30k and they seem to be holding their value. Do not use any other motor oil besides 5w20 though or you will experience can timing issues. The variable cam timing is very sensitive, and adhere to all maintenance if you expect to use your power train warranty from ford."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Easily the best car i've EVER bought.

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Cup holder in line with shifter. kinda annoying."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is car is the most fun you can buy, Its incredibly comfortable, and reliable. I haven't had any problems with it, and its rides a smooth as a dream. has tons of power, yet still gets around 23-24 mpg highway. with a simple exhaust mod it sounds amazing, yet doesn't bother you on the highway, this is the most bang for your buck you will get on a muscle/ sports car. I recommend."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Got it Right!

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Excellent combination of speed & handling"

Cons: "Stiff suspension, little room in back seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The car is built for the track, yet doesn't jar your teeth on the #2 setting on the struts when driving on country roads. Engine smooth as silk in all types of driving and revs quickly to its 7,400 rpm redline. The so called "drone" isn't noticeable especially if you listen to the radio. If you like the sound of American Muscle cars you'll be hard pressed to find another that has the menacing rumble / roar this car produces. Car handles extremely well, better than what most amateur drivers can handle. I'm 6' tall and have no problem positioning the seat for comfort and access to the clutch and accelerator. I find I can fix my right heel and easily rotate between the brake and accelerator without lifting my foot off the floorpan. Negatives? I have to nit pick, one is the design of the steering wheel. I love the feel, but would prefer if the two spokes were at the 4 and 8 position instead of 3 & 9. The Mustang in the center of the wheels should all face forward as opposed to 2 on the opposite side of the car facing backward. The shifter should have come with a fixed billet mount under the car instead of the soft rubber. Also, should have provided a one piece aluminum driveshaft instead of a 43 lb two piece, that's just lame for a $45k car. Are there other cars faster, that handle better? Sure if you are willing to pay. However, it comes down to why you want to own the car, is it just about speed and/or handling, or do you also want to be part of the Heritage this car represents. You can buy a Mustang GT or Camaro and make it fast or faster and possibly even handle better for less, but even if you make it look exactly alike, it will NEVER be a BOSS 302 and only 3,250 were built."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A Great Car

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought the car used when it was 8 years old for 8500 and have now owned it for over 2 years. It was in very good condition and has remained that way. The car is exactly what it's suppose to be, a sporty eye catcher with a bit of power. Pros: It does have power, even a now 10 year old Auto V6 still has some pop to it, I once drove a Prius while my car was in the shop...let's just say there is a difference. The design is sweet, it so far has had great performance from the engine and transmission after 140k miles (I have drove 50k of them). Cons:The car drives poorly in the snow. Put some weight in the back, it's a rear wheel drive Mustang... this should be a given. There is a common problem I have found of the instrument cluster becoming dysfunctional, and there is really no way to find a better product to resolve the issue. If you buy one and it hasn't happened yet be prepared to spend 300-1000 for a new or used one. The regular maintenance seems to come on quick (ball joints, tie rod ends, AC has been serviced twice, Radio, Iv'e had to have 2 alignments)...but I guess a lot of that is expected. Over all it has been a great buy! I am looking forward to driving this guy for many more miles."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Bang for the buck

By on Saturday, July 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Power, fun to drive. Looks and sounds awesome."

Cons: "Cheap interior."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"If you want an affordable muscle car. This is the car. 0-60 under 5 seconds, sounds spectacular under acceleration. Smooth manual transmission. Seats are comfortable. Handling is muscle car good but not sports car good. The interior is somewhat cheap, but that's not why you buy this car. Average gas mileage 18mpg. This is not a car to take on long trips, the power translates through the cab and gear box I ended up with serious fatigue after only a few hours on the road. Plus the range is only around 300miles per tank. I drive to and from work daily and use it for a weekend drive. The modification are endless and affordable. For about 10k you can increase HP to over 600 and for another 1k improve on the handling significantly. There are better handling stock cars out there but expect to pay an extra 15k for those cars with less power. I recommend lowering the car first and foremost 1.5in at each corner. And dump the back seat it's worthless."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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