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An icon of Ford's lineup since the mid-'60s, the rakish Mustang gets a comprehensive makeover that elevates its sporty character, chassis dynamics and interior design. Both Coupe and Convertible offer the choice of base and premium trims, V6 or V8 (GT) engines backed by manual or automatic transmissions and match a formidable roster of standards with some slick new options that should help the original pony car gallop on at an even faster pace as it vies for buyers who might also be considering the likes of the Dodge Challenger, new Hyundai Genesis Coupe and its most storied foe of all, the resurrected and all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that also arrives at dealerships in the spring. Completing the Mustang range is the equally new, 540-horsepower supercharged Shelby GT500, reviewed separately.
While its strongest appeal will be to Mustang faithful, the latest iteration of this American icon now has the look, feel and features that should make it worthy of consideration by anyone shopping for a sporty, rear-drive two-door.
Those who demand the biggest horsepower numbers without stepping into far-pricier Shelby GT500 territory will find both the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro pack more in their underhood corrals. As in the past, limited head/leg room relegate Mustang's aft quarters to a de facto kids-only zone.
The 2010 Ford Mustang's maxi makeover brings more aggressive looks, improved dynamics, greater comfort and higher quality – real and perceived – all of which are impressively reinforced by a host of enhanced features and options. For the first time ever, AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control is available – and standard – on all models.
Driving Impressions Ford did an impressive job of remaking the Mustang's dynamic character for 2010 with a series of well-measured tweaks to the existing suspension setups and tuning elements culled from the...existing Bullitt model. Recalibration of the springs, shocks and anti-roll bars plus larger wheels/tires (now 17-inch on the V6s and 18-inch on V8s) interact to create a package that's more comfortable in cruise and more capable in the corners, with better steering feel, quicker overall responses and greater predictability. Complementing this re-mix is a properly restrained and driver-selectable AdvanceTrac stability system that offers a less-restrictive Sport mode on GTs and confidence-inspiring four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. While enthusiasts can bask in the Bullitt-based extra quickness and performance of the GT, even the V6s are decently responsive; and all benefit from new sound-attenuation materials that more effectively isolate the cabin from wind and road noise.
Bullitt-Spec V8 Engine
Delivering more power and more usable torque, the Mustang's 4.6-liter V8 is the first to offer functional ram-air induction in a base GT model. To emphasize its character, Ford engineers added a new "sound induction tube" that selectively ports some of the engine's throaty resonances back into the cabin under hard acceleration.
Comprehensive Interior Upgrades
Better quality and enhanced features make it a much-nicer world inside every 2010 Mustang. Highlighting the mix are a new one-piece soft-touch dash and more finger-friendly controls that are further complemented by variable interior ambient lighting and selectable MyColor illumination for the instrument cluster on Premium models.
Big changes have been made to the Mustang's passenger compartment, which is both more sophisticated and quieter than ever before. Classic design themes are interwoven with new upscale details that start with a one-piece soft-touch dash set off by brushed aluminum and bright-chrome accents. The redone center stack has a more logical and usable layout for the audio, heat/air-conditioning controls and standard displays – or the eight-inch color touch screen that's included with the optional navigation system. Re-contoured front buckets offer better comfort and support while the rear bench – a 60/40 fold-down in the Coupe but fixed in the Convertible – is scaled for small to mid-size kids.Exterior
A complete re-skin – the sole carryover panel is the roof on the Coupe – puts a finer edge on the 2010 Ford Mustang's classically proportioned design while resurrecting several historical elements. The more aggressive bodywork includes a power-bulged hood and cleaner, crisper individualized fascia treatments highlighted by an integrated headlamp/turn-indicator unit that revisits the 1970 Mustang and mid-'60s-era sequential taillamps updated with LED bulbs. A revised grille insert serves as a backdrop for a more stylized galloping pony emblem as well as prominent fog lamps in GT models, which also boast a subtle rear spoiler. The V6s come with 215/60 all-season tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels while the V8 GTs get 235/50 rubber on 18-inch alloys.
All 2010 Ford Mustang variants are impressively packaged. Even the base V6 comes with air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, keyless remote entry, AM/FM/CD stereo with AUX input, and cruise control plus anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), front/front-side airbags, and Ford's SOS Post-Crash Alert system. The Premium versions add leather upholstery, trim enhancements, an upgraded instrument cluster with MyColor variable lighting, Shaker 500 audio system with SYNC/SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power driver's seat and a split/folding rear seat on Coupes. The GTs bring a 4.6-liter V8 engine, automatic headlamps, rear spoiler, fog lamps, a black-chrome pony grille badge, and cloth instead of synthetic material on the Convertible's power top.
Key extras for the base V6 are a five-speed automatic transmission, Security Package (Active Anti-theft System and wheel locks) and a convertible soft boot while base GTs offers those plus a spoiler delete, 3.55 econo axle ratio for the manual transmission, performance-enhancing 3.73 Rear Axle Package and ultra-handling Track Packages. The V6 Premium offers the base-level upgrades plus a Pony Package (most of the GT's appearance elements), while HID bi-xenon headlamps, a glass roof (Coupe), back-up camera and several packages – including the Electronic (Navigation with SIRIUS and dual-zone auto climate control) and Comfort (heated front seats, power passenger seat and auto-dimming mirrors) – are available on both Premium variants.
Two engines anchor the non-Shelby portion of Team Mustang, a carryover 4.0-liter SOHC V6 and the 4.6-liter three-valve SOHC V8 that was culled from the 2009 Bullitt model. The former turns out a modest 210 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque whether backed by the standard five-speed manual gearbox or optional five-speed automatic. Stepping up to the V8, which also retains its Bullitt-specific cold-air induction system, cranks those stats up to a more engaging 315 horses and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, again with either five-speed gearbox and on regular unleaded. That extra muscle drops 0-60 mph times from the V6's 6.5-7.5 seconds down to the 5.0-5.5 range, while sleeker bodywork plus several efficiency-boosting mechanical modifications boost EPA city fuel economy on V6/manual models and both city and highway mileage on all V8 variants.
210 horsepower @ 5300 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 18/26 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)
4.6-liter SOHC V8
315 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 16/24 (manual), 17/23 (automatic)
By bobebgtime on Friday, October 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"By Bobebgtime 10/10/2014 Vehicle 2008 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (8cyl 300 HP) Review I've always liked the look of most Mustangs. This being number 12 I have a fair amount of knowledge, I did a lot of research prior to my purchase. The 300 horsepower engine moves it along fairly quick (0 to 60 mph in 5.7 sec)' isn't much in today's standards but don't let that number fool you. The car does still pack a punch. Gas mileage isn't so good but I knew that prior to buying, a small price to pay for the performance. Looks good and handles well. I did put a few mod's i.e.Bolo exhaust, a cold air induction. I'll do more later. The shaker stereo is the best"
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Awesome Car on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, Power and fun to drive"
Cons: "Cup holders in console are not in a great spot."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car... great power. Lots of options and holds value over the long haul. I like the looks of this car and have been pleased with both purchases I have made. Hope the 2014 is nearly as good as my 2010! So far, so good."
5 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By CobraDragon on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, King of the Road, a lot of looks and convers"
Cons: "Too many haters"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car nothing bad to say about it. I get nothing but love from so many Shelby fans and anyone who sees my car! Any car with 662 hp for less than 60 k is a real performance bargain, even if all it could do was drive in a straight line. The Shelby GT 500, however, not only accelerates with alarming brute force, but it turns and stops very well too, making it a force at the track. GT 500 is as bad as anything on the road. You can control steering feel and how you feel bumps of the road with a click of a button. I love it for the price!!"
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Frankie on Monday, September 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great styling, dependable, high residual value"
Cons: "Dated automatic"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"For the money it is a real value. For everyday driving the V6 has enough power. Overall quality of the car is very good. The fun part is dropping the top and cruising. The back seat is tight but useable and the trunk is surprising big. Ford should look into a more progressive dual clutch eight speed automatic. That would be a real improvement as the six speed automatic is dated. Don't get me wrong the automatic works fine, its just dated."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By koopa33 on Saturday, September 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great retro look with todays technology."
Cons: "Not very practical interior."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have had this V6 3.7 Liter mustang for 4 months now and I literally take this car out to have fun. The drive factor on this car is amazing and even though it does not have V8 5.0 liter engine, it still packs quite a wallop when that gas pedal is pressed down. Overall a great muscle car with amazing gas mileage. Customization is another huge plus in this vehicle. You can give it that personal touch to make this car truly yours. Grille, side scoop and even the 3.7L logo on the side fender for the v6 model can be bought off ford website. Interior design is great, but unfortunately this is where it falls shory. Storage in door compartment is non-existant, tiny almost unusuable glove compartment. No USB port on base model V6. Exterior design in my opinion is where it excels, even before I added all the exterior cosmetics this thing is a aggresive looking car. But at the end of the day this is muscle car that is meant for 2 things, having fun on the road and turning heads and this definetly does both."
13 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By doctor bass on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, performance, transmission and engine"
Cons: "Solid rear, clutch"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Feels heavy on road; handles better than it should. Convertible a bit wonky. Hate the clutch but love the tranny. Huge trunk for a ragtop."
4 people out of 11 found this review helpful