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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 1694 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

My Mustang

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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

Pros: "fast, comfortable and affordable"

Cons: "None I really enjoy this car"

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

New wheels and tires in 2014.

"I have never owned a car more than 18 months. I bought this car new in June of 2011. I ordered it from the factory took almost 6 months. Right out of the box it was a great car, handled decent even with the solid axle rear end. Plenty of power with 412 hp. I did feel a need for speed and added Roush mufflers, x mid pipe, airaid cold air intake and a spacer at the intake itself. I also put a bama race tune on it. Now it screams plenty of torque, plenty of acceleration. I figure it now has 450 to 460 hp. The only thing that would make me think of selling it would be a 2014 GT 500 same candy apple red with black stripes though"

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

New wheels and tires in 2014.

has Super Snake conversion from Shelby in Las Vega

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

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

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

"Black on black gt500 Super Snake,,,shop kept covered,,,6000 original miles,,,THIS MUSCLE CAR IS CHERRY!!!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love my Mustang GT. Fun to drive.

By on Thursday, May 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, good gas mileage, and it looks good."

Cons: "Hard to get into for us older folks."

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

"I love my Mustang GT Premium. I love to drive it. It is comfortable on long trips, rides well on both interstates and back roads and is fun to drive, especially on crooked roads. The 4.6 V8 gets really good fuel mileage, 22 mpg since I bought it. I have gotten as much as 27+ on interstate. Excellent reliability. On board computer went out at 33,000 miles and of course it was past the 36 month warranty period. That is the only issue I have had. The Sunset Gold color turns heads. I get multiple compliments each week on this vehicle. Checked out the Camaro at the same time and this vehicle is much nicer. Get one."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Awesome Mustang GT Premuim 5.0

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,650

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

Pros: "Beautiful car! Hot car! FUN to drive."

Cons: "None to me!"

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

"This car rolled out of the dealership showroom to me March 2014. I drove it gently first 500 miles; this car has never had rubber laid off it's Perrelli tires. I receive compliments every time I drive it. It is medium/light gray with silver striping on each door bottom with the word Mustang at end. It has the Mustang pony light that reflects on floor when either door is open. That is always a rush to see when I open door/s. There are two hood vents that run the length of hood from windshield forward. I was not able to get a picture of this beauty to load on this website. I can e-mail pic for you. This is the last year the Mustang has the classic side vents in the back side windows. The new ones have no window there; side windows are all one, called fastback. The rumble from the exhaust when engine starts is another RUSH - I never tire of that! Interior lighting is colorful; small interior lights are in cupholder, shining behind seats, in doors. At night there are several options to choose for dash lighting as well. Why am I selling? I love it , but cannot do it justice. I don't need the 5.0 V-8 engine for the driving I do. Would like to see it driven on highways, etc, more than I can. I fell for that Rumble that only a V-8 can give. It is highly rated by Consumer Reports for reliability and safety and being an overall great buy."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Can I say "I love this car?" Yes I said it.

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

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

Pros: "Great price and fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

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

"This car I tell you is the BEST... I can't count the compliments I have received from bystanders... The paint job is class A. When asked what year it is and I respond with 2012 it just floors them. I love the hidden power that it displays. The interior (silver and black) is awesome. I love the ambient lighting. If I had to do it all over again I would make the same choice. Ford Mustang... You have done a great job. I love this car... I think I said that earlier."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

i own this car for two years

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "little problems, cheap to fix , great price"

Cons: "small backseat"

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

"have only replace little things with this car. it runs great it only cost 25-30 bucks to fill up. very good car. it is small in the backseat and not a family car but it is great for a every day driver"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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