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2013 Ford Mustang

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2013 Ford Mustang Review

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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 1630 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

I own this car. My approximate mileage is 37000

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Always fun to drive."

Cons: "None"

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

"This shows as new. always fun to drive. Maintained and garaged. Everything is as delivered from the factory."

Best bang for the buck!

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,750

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, low cost, great quality, super fun"

Cons: "too small for a family"

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

"I have owned mustangs for 30 years and this 2009 GT continues to carry the torch as the best value fun/fast good looking car you can buy. After 69K miles I have had only 1 repair issue (power driver seat). The only aftermarket upgrades I felt were necessary for my driving style was the brakes and tires. While I am planning to sell my Mustang and move up to a high perfomance sedan, I would recommend this Mustang as one of the best cars I have owned.....and I am 50!"

Best value for a sleek, sporty, fun to drive car

By on Wednesday, May 20, 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
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Best car for the money and very reliable."

Cons: "Electric mirror adjustment is in a weird place."

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

"This Stang is a great reliable car, I have 140K and has never been in for repairs. I have the 4.0 which has the take-off power of a strong running 302 of yesteryear, and I get 25 MPG doing it. I just replaced the second set of tires at 120K with new Uniroyal Tiger-Paws, which greatly improved ride & road noise. I love this car and would highly recommend it to anyone. Its not bad in the snow, had no problems this winter. Best of all-Women love it !"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My dream car

By on Friday, May 15, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

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

"The only problem I have had with this car came in the first week. Because of some wiring problem it left me stranded 75 miles from home. It was a nightmare to begin with but all was made right and I have love the car ever since then."

Dreamcar...lives up to expectations and then some!

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, power, sound, blast to drive!"

Cons: "6MT; Hard Plastic on door (where u rest ur arm)"

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

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"I own a '14 GT Convertible with 6MT. Race Red with tan top/interior. I added the Ford Racing Power Pack (GT500 axlebacks, K&N HP airfilter, and Ford Racing Tune - added ~16HP and 7 - lb/ft - best part is the shelby sound!). I get tons of compliments on the looks. Looks great, sounds great, and runs like the wind (when I want too!). The power is just so sweet, and when combined with this classic look (reminds me of the late '60 'stangs), it makes me want to drive all day! The only downside to me is the 6MT can be a bit sloppy."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Side view

Best vehicle ever

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Insurance too expensive

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, Fun to drive for a decent price, very strong"

Cons: "RWD in the snow, Insurance is $$$"

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

"I had a 2013 V6 coup mustang premium with black leather heated seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, pony package all wrapped up in grabber blue paint. Being that it was rear wheel drive it was not the best in the snow. I live in New England and drove this vehicle through three winters with no problem. I added about 300 lbs of sand in the trunk, this can be bought at a local Lowe's, which helped me get better traction on slippery roads. I reluctantly traded it in because my insurance was too expensive and I couldn't afford it because I am going to school. Besides my regular oil changes it only needed a new set of tires at about 36000 miles. I absolutely loved this car it was very reliable, strong, fast, and sexy. I would recommend this car to anyone interested in mustangs!!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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