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2013 Ford Mustang

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2013 Ford Mustang Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

Ford's iconic pony car is still bucking as hard as ever, but these days it's not just a war of horsepower against rivals like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Yes, power continues to soar to almost unimaginable levels for this everyman of sports cars, but not at the expense of fuel economy. New technology that includes track-specific software and mobile apps help keep this muscle car modern, while four seats and a tolerable ride make it worthy of being a daily driver. The 2013 Mustang coupe and convertible are available in a wide range of forms, from a low-$20,000 rear-wheel-drive sports-car bargain to the new king of the hill: The $55,000-plus Shelby GT500 that packs a 650-horsepower engine and an appetite for Camaro ZL1s.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you want to relive your youth or are just looking for an affordable and livable sports car, the Mustang can grant your wish. Power-mongers who seek bragging rights to the world's most powerful production V8 engine can pony up to the Shelby GT500.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want your sports car to have a more sophisticated nature – or an independent rear suspension – you might want to steer toward a European contender. If you regularly need to carry more than just one passenger, you'll want to consider a coupe or sports sedan with a larger rear seat.

What's New for 2013

2013 Ford Mustangs receive minor tweaks to their exteriors, front and rear, plus added technology like the Track Apps software to measure performance, upgraded audio systems, and more power from the 5.0-liter V8 engine. A new supercharger gives the Shelby GT500 a monstrous upgrade in power, with its V8 churning out 650 horsepower.

Driving the Mustang

Driving Impressions Though it still uses an old-fashioned solid rear axle, the 2013 Mustang performs well on twisty roads as well as open highways. What's wonderful about the Mustang is you don't...

have to spend a bundle to have fun. Even a base coupe with the 3.7-liter V6 and 6-speed manual transmission is a kick. And keep in mind, "base" here means you get an engine sending 305 horsepower to the rear wheels. The transmission feels satisfying, and the new hill-start control works well in preventing the car from rolling backward when you let off the brake and engage the clutch. A 6-speed automatic is optional except in the Boss 302 and the fire-breathing Shelby GT500. Road noise is apparent on rougher roads. Steering feel can be set to sport, comfort, and standard modes, a nifty trick. Rear visibility in coupe models isn't great, but it's better than that of the Chevy Camaro.

LCD PRODUCTIVITY SCREEN
This 4.2-inch color screen in premium models sits directly in front of the driver, between the retro-style circular speedometer and tach. The screen works in tandem with the new Track Apps software to measure performance, and displays other information like fuel economy.

5.8-LITER SUPERCHARGED V8
The Shelby GT500's new engine is a monster – and the most powerful production V8 in the world, Ford says. If its 650-horsepower still aren't enough, there is an "over-rev" feature that temporarily boosts output to 662 tire-smoking horsepower.

2013 Ford Mustang Details
Interior

The 2013 Ford Mustang's cabin is cozy and comfortable for a performance car. Soft-touch surfaces lend a more premium feel and work to overcome swaths of flat surfaces and plastic panels. Recaro racing-style seats are available, but even the standard front seats are supportive. The two rear seats look appealing with their deep sculpting, but legroom and headroom are very tight for adults. We treated them as cargo holders. Controls are relatively easy to use, even with the Electronics Package that adds an 8-inch color touch screen and navigation system.

Exterior

Not looking a whole lot different from prior years is one of the things that makes the Ford Mustang iconic. For 2013, the Mustang sports new front and rear treatments, including high-intensity-discharge headlight and LED taillights. Along the sides, body-color rocker panels make the car look more cohesive. For those who want to let the outside in, but don't want a convertible, the Mustang coupe can be had with a glass roof. 2013 Mustang Boss 302 models are inspired by the 1970 version with a "hockey stick graphics" package. GT500 models have quad tailpipes and an aerodynamic front end that keep the car stable at 200 mph.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2013 Mustang comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows/doors, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary inputs, selectable steering feel, 50/50 folding rear seats in coupes, and remote keyless entry. Higher-trim models add a 4.2-inch color information screen, ambient lighting, Recaro cloth seats, a Shaker audio system and universal garage door opener. Convertible models feature a power-operated cloth roof.

Optional Equipment

Many extras for the 2013 Mustang are bundled in packages specific to trim. Among the extras included in the packages are heated front seats, leather trim, voice-activated navigation, side scoops, and nifty side mirrors that project the image of a pony on the ground below. Performance packages can further up the Mustang's ante with add-ons like Brembo brakes, stiffer suspension, Recaro leather seats, and bigger wheels with extra-grippy tires.

Under the Hood

Power and good fuel economy are no longer mutually exclusive, and that is perhaps best seen in base Mustangs with V6 engines that make 305 horsepower and are rated up to 31 mpg. For those who thirst solely for power, the 2013 Shelby GT500 is the king of the hill with a supercharged V8 that makes an unbelievable 650 horsepower, yet attains better fuel economy than the previous model. In between are GT models with a 5.0-liter V8 and the Boss 302, with a higher-power version of the same engine. The standard transmission for V6, GT and Boss 302 models is a 6-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic is optional on V6 and GT models. The Shelby GT500 uses a Tremec 6-speed manual. All Mustangs are rear-wheel drive and have a traction-control system.

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

5.0-liter V8
420 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
390 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
444 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm (Boss 302)
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm (Boss 302)
EPA city/highway fuel economy 15/26 mpg (manual), 18/25 mpg (automatic)

5.4-liter supercharged V8
650 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
600 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 mpg

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2013 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1655 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

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 7 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."

3 people out of 6 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 25 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 7 found this review helpful

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