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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 1682 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

Very Fast and Very Very fun!

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, Sound, Driving, everything!"

Cons: "not enough room in back seats for the kids!"

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

"I love,love, love this car, but I can no longer drive, so it must go. It is very fast and very fun, It has race stripes and matted black paint on the roof and spoiler, a never change air filter, Custom exhaust system with super 44 Flow master Mufflers. Handles like a champion! 0-60 mph in ? less than 5 seconds uuuummm ok!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Fun Car

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful looking car"

Cons: "Not enough room in back seats"

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

"I enjoy driving my Mustang. So far she has been faithful and true. The only thing I don't like sometimes is when you punch it, she kinda chugs and chokes. Doesn't pick up as quick as I though she should."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

It won me over.

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fast w good highway mileage. super fun to drive"

Cons: "visibility lacks. cupholders in the way of shiftin"

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

"I thought a six cyl small ford was just not gonna cut it. for a six it will move and Ive owned muscle cars. someone put a beefier sway bar on it and I love the handling. shifting is great. its just a real fun car to drive, now im considering get a newer GT. vroom."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent running condition

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice car,real eye catcher"

Cons: "None that I can think of"

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

"Excellent condition inside &out. Custom hood with air induction,stainless steel flow master exhaust,grey with black striping with matching chrome & black wheels,grey leather interior with no tears and some minor cracking on drivers seat,rest of interior is immaculate. honestly car runs and sounds terrific."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Big improvement

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Big improvement over the 4.0 V6 / 4 speed auto"

Cons: "Still hoping for the 1969 style dash!"

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

Sun is up, top is down!

"The 2013 premium convertible was a big improvement over the 2007 convertible. Less cowl shake on the highway, better ride, and the new 3.7 V6 / 6 speed auto gets the window sticker fuel mileage if you are nice to it. The convertible top is stable in Kansas winds when up, reasonably quiet, and does OK in the car wash. The real treat is when the top is down, very stable airflow around the windshield with very little of the annoying side-to-side buffeting below 70 MPH. Only real wish is the interior design, sure wish the 2010 / 2013 re-style had changed the interior from the 1967 style dash to the 1969 style dash!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Sun is up, top is down!

Overall a great car, fun to drive.

By on Sunday, December 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice leather interior, custom cherry bomb muffler"

Cons: "5 speed is tiring in city driving."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This has been a great first car for me, fun to drive, great handling. Custom cherry bomb muffler, tires only 4-6 months old. There have been some minor issues lately that I cannot deal with on top of car payments."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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