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2011 Ford Mustang

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2011 Ford Mustang Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

An icon of Ford's lineup since the mid-'60s, the rakish Mustang receives the second half of a comprehensive two-year makeover that elevates its horsepower, chassis dynamics and overall bad boy attitude. Feeling the heat from Chevrolet's recently resurrected Camaro, both Coupe and Convertible Mustangs have been substantially beefed up this year, offering the choice of base and premium trims, all-new V6 or V8 (GT) engines and a choice between a new six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. A formidable roster of standard and available equipment, and some slick new options 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, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Chevrolet Camaro. Completing the Mustang range is the 540-horsepower supercharged Shelby GT500, reviewed separately.

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While its strongest appeal will be to the 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. The SYNC audio system and the V6's impressive fuel economy are two huge selling points unmatched by the Mustang's competitors.

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Those who demand the biggest horsepower numbers without stepping into far-pricier Shelby GT500 territory will find the Chevrolet Camaro SS packs a bit more punch under its hood than the Mustang GT. As in the past, limited head/leg room relegate Mustang's aft quarters to a de facto kids-only zone.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Mustang receives two new engine choices: an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6, and a 5.0-liter V8. Both engines can be fitted with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the V6 models receive as standard a limited-slip differential. The 2011 Mustang receive a new electrically assisted power steering unit and improvements to its suspension, frame stiffness and interior NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels.

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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...

Bullitt model. For 2011, Ford finishes the job with two-new engines and transmissions. The new 3.7-liter V6 develops an impressive 305 horsepower, yet somehow manages to earn an EPA highway rating of 31 mpg when equipped with the six-speed automatic. The V6 is refined, quiet and more than capable of making the Mustang's performance match its looks. Those requiring the loud growl and neck-snapping punch of a V8, however, will be satisfied with nothing less than the new 412-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8. And, Ford's new six-speed manual no longer feels like something pulled from an old Ranger pickup truck, providing smooth gear transitions and an easily engaged clutch. Recalibration of the springs, shocks and anti-roll bars 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.

3.7-liter V6
Unless you absolutely revel in the idea of having a V8, the new 3.7-liter V6 is more than enough engine, producing horsepower and torque figures that surpass the output of many previous generation Mustang GTs!

Comprehensive Interior Upgrades
Better quality and enhanced features make it a much nicer world inside every 2011 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.

2011 Ford Mustang Details
Interior

If the Mustang holds a superior advantage over its arch-rival, the Chevrolet Camaro, it's inside the cockpit. Classic design themes are interwoven with upscale details such as a one-piece soft-touch dash set off by brushed aluminum and bright-chrome accents. A new instrument cluster includes a 160-mph speedometer and the 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. New features include the addition of a driver's message center and the availability of Ford's MyKey programmable vehicle key. Additional attention has been paid to sound proofing, including new door seals and thicker glass. The Mustang's front buckets offer better comfort and support than the Camaro, 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

Last year's redesign saw a two-year Mustang makeover that began with the car's exterior. A complete re-skin put a finer edge on the 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 tail lamps updated with LED bulbs; 2011 also sees the return of the fabled 5.0-liter badge boldly attached to the GT's front fenders. 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. New safety features include integrated blind spot mirrors in the side-view mirror housings. 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2011 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 (ABS), 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 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power driver's seat and a split/folding rear seat on Coupes. The GTs bring a 412-horsepower, 5.0-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.

Optional Equipment

Key extras for the base V6 are a six-speed automatic transmission, Security Package (Active Anti-theft System and wheel locks) and a convertible soft boot, while the GT Premium offers the California Package that adds a chrome billet grille, side scoops and 19-inch wheels. The V6 Premium offers the base-level upgrades plus the V6 Performance Package, which brings a strut tower brace, larger anti-roll bars, 19-inch black painted wheels, recalibrated electronic stability control, performance brake pads and a 3.31 rear axle ratio. The GT trim offers the Brembo Brake Package that adds Brembo front brakes, recalibrated stability program and 19-inch wheels surrounded by P255/40R19 summer tires. HID bi-xenon headlamps, a glass roof (Coupe), a back-up camera and several packages – including the Electronic (Navigation with SIRIUS, HD Radio and dual-zone auto climate control) and Comfort (leather-trimmed heated front seats and a six-way power passenger seat) – are available on both Premium variants.

Under the Hood

Two new engines anchor the non-Shelby portion of Team Mustang. The base trim is powered by an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 engine featuring dual overhead cams (DOHC) and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT). The result is a V6 that produces 305 horsepower, yet delivers fuel economy comparable to some four-cylinder cars. The new six-speed automatic features a 'Hill Mode" function that extends longer gear operation on uphill climbs and provides additional engine braking upon decent. Ironically, Ford does not offer a manually selectable shift program on this transmission, and odd omission in this category. Stepping up to the new 5.0-liter V8 (also equipped with Ti-VCT technology) brings a big boost in both horsepower and torque, pumping out 412 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Our time in the Mustang GT produced zero-to-60 runs under five-seconds, which is about a second better than the 2010 model.


3.7-liter DOHC V6
305 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 19/29 (manual), 19/31 (automatic)

5.0-liter DOHC V8
412 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
390 lb-ft of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 17/26 (manual), 18/25 (automatic)

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2011 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 8 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 9 found this review helpful

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