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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 1690 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

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."

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."

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"

seven year owner

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,000

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: "easy to fix, reliable, sturdy"

Cons: "Aux requiers a seperate easy install"

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

"I own a 2005 ford mustang Deluxe burgundy v6 automatic 178000 miles. Bought it back in 2009 and I can say that this car has never let me down. I've been through many road hardships and not once have I asked for more than what this pony offers. I bought her with 69000 miles, and I am the only owner that drivers her, I don't think of selling her too, I might leave it for my first kid. If you want to connect through aux, you need to do some work on the shaker 500, I've done it before and it's an easy installment. Besides the aux, this car offers good AC, a strong body, and loud engine, this car is not for your average eco friendly individual, but it is fine as long as you maintain and upkeep the engine for optimum gas usage. If you buy this car, invest in good tires, buy all 4 at a time and don't be fooled with full synthetic oil changes, when she gets to high mileage, just put in high mileage oil. Maintenance is very important to keep her running smoothly! Her blinkers will go off from time to time, but the fix is very easy just follow the manual, and don't eat in the car, keep her classy:)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

WOW!!! MUSTANG HEAVEN

By on Thursday, April 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "so many features it requires two books to learn th"

Cons: "22mph average but i gotta admit not for eco....."

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

"I've owned this car for about 3 weeks now. Wife and I both love love love it!! So many features that we learn something new everyday. 305hp is plenty enough for this pony car's V6. Shaker sound system is super dynamic and pound pound pound the neighborhood. You gotta get you some of that!!!!!"

A solid car from Ford

By on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid dependable car, slightly fast."

Cons: "Needs more quailty interior and more speed."

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

"I bought my V6 Mustang new and have been happy with it. Nothing to complain about. The paint seems nice and thick. the engine is fairly strong but you have to get on the throttle to wake up the 4 valve per cylinder heads and then it is pretty strong. Mileage is good and the handling is pretty good with traction control on. I would recommend this car but not if you have kids, back seat is too small, although trunk is pretty good. Enjoy!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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