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2011 Ford Mustang

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2011 Ford Mustang Review

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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.

Driving the Mustang

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 1650 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

For the money no better performance car

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "420 horsepower, 24.7 MPG avg, 13.0 quarter miles."

Cons: "Forget the back seat fold it down. No snow or ice."

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

Color is Arseswatter Red

"This new Coyote 5.0 motor is phenomenal. This car will run with motors in the 6.0 liter range. I have an automatic car, and it will out run or run with cars sporting 6 liter motors. It will lay stripes down any factory stock automatic Camaro. The Camaro's run a 6.2 liter motor!!! And will walk any stock automatic 5.7 Hemi. This car is a performance bargain. If you are considering a V8 muscle car, do yourself a favor and drive one. DO NOT write off the automatic, they are as fast (and sometimes faster) as the manual."

Color is Arseswatter Red

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."

Great car for perfomance minded person

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Well designed and put together. No problems at time of delivery. Dealer support great. Fit and finish very good. Performance better than expected, gas mileage good for car of this type. Wheel hop is only negative."

Best Car I've Ever Owned

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,460

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great design, slick looking, great performance."

Cons: "Rattles from the air-conditioner vents"

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

"Purchased the 2009 Mustang used in 2013 and have to say that it's the best car I've ever owned. I've previously owned a 1986 Mustang GT, a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, a few Camry's and 1500 Ram trucks in between. Sure it's a Mustang so it's got the typical rattles from the air conditiong vents but the Shaker 500 stereo takes care of that. Overall, the car handles beautiful, very strong and commanding. The car has run like a trooper with no service necessary other than typical oil change and fluid flushing. I have the silver with black stripes 45th anniversary model, leather interior and as of now, I'm preserving it, garage kept, low miles and not used as a daily driver (got a minivan for that). This car is sure to be a collector classic down the road. In fact, the day after I bought it, the dealer asked if I was interested in another buyer making an offer. The guy offered me $4k more than I paid for it but I love the car. Since then, I've had two more offers. The only modifications I've made were adding dual exhaust and a new performance cold air intake system to increase the horsepower. I was going to buy a Dodge Charger and found this at the Dodge dealer and never regret buying this awesome car !!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fun Fast coupe

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Bought new in 2015 so got used car price"

Cons: "Has louvers on side window which blocks outward vi"

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

"Wanted 6 spd manual but ended getting automatic and glad i did since this is my daily driver and traffic can be a PIA at times and the auto is perfect.Don't know why everyone complains about the interior or solid Axel on this gen Mustang I think its fine and i haven't noticed any hopping on the rear end over bumps."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My car is a champ!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, decent mileage (tank lasts a week)"

Cons: "Not a long distance commuter car. big tires."

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

"I purchased this car in 2012 as a used fleet vehicle. She has a shaker sound system and usb port for plugging in your smartphone or mp3 player. She can be upgraded to add a visual system in the car for video and her engine is in fabulous condition with regular oil changes performed, she has not needed any major maintenance in the 3 years I have owned her. The top is pristine with no rips or runs in it and the tops mechanism works great. Latches are clean with no breaks or warping. She had a fender bender shortly after purchase, which was immediately repaired by a reputable body shop and she looks gorgeous. I get compliments on this baby all the time. All original carpets, keys and upholstery. She needs a detail to make her A+++, right now she is an A+."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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