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2012 Ford Mustang

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2012 Ford Mustang Review

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Ford's iconic pony car, the 2012 Mustang, keeps going strong. Although some may argue the 2012 Mustang's styling isn't as eye-popping as the Camaro, its performance easily matches its long-time Chevy rival and others, including the Dodge Challenger and Hyundai Genesis. With the base car's V6 engine producing 305 horsepower – more than some V8s of just a few years back – the Mustang is not only fast, it's affordable. The GT model is a V8-powered dynamo with a snarling exhaust note, available 6-speed manual transmission and ripping performance. More than just a flashback, the newest Mustang also attracts younger buyers who want the experience of a torque-heavy V8. Available in Coupe or Convertible, V6, V8, high-performance V8 (Boss 302) and screamingly fast V8 (Shelby GT500), the 2012 Ford Mustang isn't all things to all people, but it comes close.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're looking for a fun and affordable sports car to relive your youth, or a fast and furious street rod to keep you from growing old, there's a 2012 Mustang with your name on it. With 31-mpg for the V6 car and the SYNC voice-activated communications system as key selling points, the Mustang is as modern as it is retro.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who seek an independent rear suspension, a muted purr from the engine and styling more at home at the Opera than a NASCAR event might prefer a more subdued (and probably pricier) European sports car. While the 2012 Ford Mustang is fun for two, its rear seat is best suited to children or very limber adults.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Mustang receives a new selectable steering setup that includes Sport, Comfort and Standard modes, and the Mustang Boss 302 limited-run model debuts touting 444 horsepower. New features available on the 2012 Ford Mustang include dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, a remote garage door opener, the Reverse Sensing System and HID headlamps.

Driving the Mustang
Driving Impressions

Refusing to give up its solid rear axle design, Ford has created for the 2012 Mustang an inexpensive rear suspension that performs quite well and is as comfortable in cruise...

... as it is quick in the corners. The driver selectable steering enhances feel, response and predictability. Add in the AdvanceTrac stability control system and powerful anti-lock disc brakes, and the 2012 Ford Mustang maintains its composure quite well in the turns, although the back end can be made to step out when too much throttle is applied – which immediately activates the stability control. The GT has a driver selectable AdvanceTrac system that includes a less restrictive Sport mode. In V6 form, the 2012 Mustang delivers up 305 horsepower and packs a punch, yet still tops the 30-mpg mark in highway driving. The heart and soul of the Mustang, however, is the 5.0-liter V8, with 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque and matched with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

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 2012 Mustang. Highlighting the mix are a one-piece soft-touch dash and more finger-friendly controls that are further complemented by variable interior ambient lighting and, on Premium models, selectable MyColor illumination.

2012 Ford Mustang Details
Interior

The 2012 Ford Mustang's interior is a great place to spend time. Traditional design elements from the first Mustang include a soft-touch one-piece dash pad, bright chrome accents and brushed aluminum trim. Highlights include a 160-mph speedometer, Ford's MyColor configurable dash that allows the driver to choose from 125 color combinations, and an 8-inch color touch-screen for the optional navigation system. Thanks to an extensive use of sound deadening material, the 2012 Mustang's interior is exceedingly quiet even with the roaring V8 engine. We like the Mustang's front seats very much, finding them both supportive yet snug enough to hold one in place during aggressive driving.

Exterior

The 2012 Ford Mustang shows originality and retro. Historical elements that made the first car such a hit include the galloping pony in the grille and the staggered sequential LED rear turn indicators. But the 2012 Mustang's power-bulged hood, big wheels and steeply-raked windshield never appeared on the original model. The integrated headlamp/turn-indicator unit pays homage to the 1970 Mustang, while the big 5.0-liter badges on the GT's front fenders play up on the 1980s Mustang. A wide and deep grille insert serves as the backdrop for a more stylized galloping pony emblem as well as prominent fog lamps on GT models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2012 Ford Mustangs 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, Selectable Electronic Power Steering Assist (EPAS), cruise control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC; includes anti-lock brakes), front and 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 GT has 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 2012 Mustang are a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Reverse Sensing System and Security Package, and a Convertible soft boot. The V6 Premium offers the base-level upgrades plus the V6 Performance Package (strut tower brace, larger anti-roll bars, 19-inch black painted wheels, recalibrated electronic stability control, performance brake pads and a 3.31:1 rear axle ratio). The GT Premium offers the California Special package (chrome billet grille, side scoops and 19-inch wheels). The GT trim offers the Brembo Brake Package, recalibrated stability program and 19-inch wheels with P255/40R19 tires. HID bi-xenon headlamps, a glass roof, 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 Premium versions.

Under the Hood

The base 2012 Ford Mustang 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 305 horsepower with fuel economy comparable to some four-cylinder cars. Ford's 6-speed automatic features a "Hill Mode" function that extends gear operation on uphill climbs and provides additional engine braking upon descent; Ford does not offer a manually-selectable shift program with this transmission. Stepping up to the 5.0-liter V8 (also equipped with Ti-VCT technology) brings 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque; the Boss 302 has 444 horsepower and 380 lb-ft Our time in the Mustang GT produced zero-to-60-mph runs under five seconds.


3.7-liter DOHC V6
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy 19/29 (manual), 19/31 (automatic)

5.0-liter DOHC V8
412 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
390 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
444 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm (Boss 302)
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm (Boss 302)
EPA city/highway fuel economy 17/26 (manual), 18/25 (automatic)

5.4-liter supercharged V8
550 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
510 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23

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2012 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1694 Ratings for the 2005 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • 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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