By KBB.com Editors
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.You'll Like This Car If...
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.You May Not Like This Car If...
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.What's New for 2010
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.