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2014 Ford Mustang

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2014 Ford Mustang Review

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One more model year before a complete makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary: That’s the story for the 2014 Ford Mustang. Almost nothing changes this year for the original ponycar, that iconic symbol of affordable performance that blends modern efficiency with a strong 1960s-America vibe. New technology that includes track-specific software and mobile apps helps keep this muscle car modern, while four seats and a tolerable ride make it worthy of being a daily driver. The 2014 Mustang coupe and convertible are available in a wide range of forms, from a low-$20,000 V6 rear-drive sporty-car bargain to the $55,000-plus Shelby GT500 that packs a 662-horsepower monster motor. What a country.

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 deliver. Power-mongers who seek bragging rights to the world’s most powerful production V8 engine can opt for 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 prefer a European or Asian contender. And if you regularly need to transport occupants in the back seat, there are many more accommodating alternatives.

What's New for 2014

In anticipation of a major redesign next year, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic model, the 2014 Ford Mustang gets only some different paint colors and package contents. The Boss 302 model is dropped and the Shelby GT500’s horsepower rating climbs to 662 (previously the temporary “over-rev” spec).

Driving the Mustang
Driving Impressions

Though it still uses an old-fashioned solid rear axle, the 2014 Mustang performs well on twisty roads and on open highways. As always, you don’t have to spend a bundle...

... on a Mustang to have fun. Even a base coupe with the 3.7-liter V6 gives you 305 horsepower to play with. The standard 6-speed manual transmission feels satisfying, and the 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 fire-breathing Shelby GT500. Road noise is plenty apparent on rougher roads. Steering effort and 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 tachometer. The screen works in tandem with the Track Apps software to measure performance, and displays useful information including fuel economy.

5.8-LITER SUPERCHARGED V8
The Shelby GT500’s engine is a monster, the most powerful production V8 in the world, Ford says. Its 662 horsepower gives the car massive acceleration, of course, but also a menacing attitude even when flowing smoothly with traffic.

2014 Ford Mustang Details
Interior

The 2014 Ford Mustang’s cabin is cozy and comfortable for a performance car. Soft-touch surfaces lend a more premium feel, offsetting the impression of swaths of flat surfaces and plastic panels. Recaro racing-style seats are available, but even the standard front seats are nicely supportive. The two rear seats look appealing with their deep sculpting, but legroom and headroom are very tight for normal-size adults. Think of the back seats as handy stowage space. Controls are logically arrayed and easy to use. In the Premium and GT500 models, the Electronics Package 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 keep the Ford Mustang iconic. For 2014, the Mustang gets some new paint colors. The front and rear treatments introduced last year, including high-intensity-discharge headlight and LED taillights, carry on. Along the sides, body-color rocker panels make the car look more cohesive. For those who like to let the outside in, base V6 and GT V8 models can be had as convertibles, and the coupe offers an optional glass roof. GT500 models have quad tailpipes and an aerodynamic front end.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Mustang comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows and 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

Most extras for the 2014 Mustang are bundled in packages specific to trim. Among the options available 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 crank up the Mustang’s capability with Brembo brakes, stiffer suspension, leather Recaro seats, and bigger wheels with extra-grippy tires.

Under the Hood

Modern technology makes power and fuel efficiency less mutually exclusive than they used to be. Mustangs with V6 engines put out 305 horsepower yet they’re rated at 31 mpg highway. The 5.0-liter V8 in GT models makes 420 horsepower and has a 26 mpg highway rating. The King of the Hill Shelby GT500 with its supercharged 5.8-liter V8 makes an unbelievable 662 horsepower, yet still gets a pretty thrifty 15/24 EPA rating. The standard transmission for V6 and GT is a 6-speed manual, with a 6-speed automatic option. The Shelby GT500 uses a heavy-duty 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
EPA city/highway fuel economy 15/26 mpg (manual), 18/25 mpg (automatic)

5.8-liter supercharged V8
662 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
631 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 mpg

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2014 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1702 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

Wicked fast, reliable, built ford tough, mods? yes

By on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fantastic pricing for a powerful car."

Cons: "One year newer same model is much faster."

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

"If you never take the time to sit down in and enjoy the experience of a mustang, you'll never really understand why this car is so popular and loved by so many. With the aftermarket support for mods, the Mustang can reach unbelievable power and experience with low cost. The ultimate bang for buck."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A nearly perfect economy/budget sports car

By on Thursday, June 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,580

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: "price, fun, longevity, gas mileage"

Cons: "tight in the backseat for kids"

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

"I bought my mustang with 2 miles on it on my birthday in 2004. Nearly 60k miles and 12 years later, I'm finally sitting down to write a review. I'm doing this to help any potential buyers for this year of stallion (2005). I put some performance upgrades into mine over the years like CAI and race tune to make it a little more fun. Before the additions, it performed just fine. I was amazed at how easy upgrades would be for a non-mechanic like me, thus I did them (also added premium wheels and exhaust). Black rides so smooth and has had no mechanical issues. In fact, my biggest issue has been the battery because I refuse to drive it in the rain! It sits in the garage much of its life now because of the Oregon rain. To sum it up, have fun and get one of these stallions. Look at the owner ratings and read the testimonials."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One off.

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,585

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: "One of a kind."

Cons: "None"

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

with the top down and rear set covered. Drive as 2 seater or 4 seater with stock boot.

"Customized. Stored in heated garage winter months, Oct.- May eye catcher needs to be seen. Purchased for wife who is disabled and was not thrilled after first year. To much to list."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

with the top down and rear set covered. Drive as 2 seater or 4 seater with stock boot.

2014 Shelby GT500 Mustang Convertible - fantastic!

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

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

Pros: "Performance - stops, goes like a dream!"

Cons: "None!!!"

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

"Incredible car! - gratuitous power, stopping ability, options, and accessories - had it 3 years, 7200 miles, and I bought ultra high performance all-season Michelin tires - which improved the handling tremendously - lots more grip, lots more stability - with the original Goodyears, the back end would break loose if I gave it even a little too much gas - even at highway speeds - now it's a grown-up car! - I love the performance! - and, better yet, it's totally reliable - NO problems at the 3-year point! - thanks, Ford!!!"

We love this car!!

By on Friday, June 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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: "Beautiful, and fun"

Cons: "A little hard on "bumps", but good on handleingd."

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

"This is the second Mustang Convertable we have owned, both the 2001 and our 2014 were Ruby red. People regurlarly tell us how beautiful our car is. We do wash it and spray wax it every day. The 2001 we bought used with about 100K miles, we loved this car, and when we decided to up-grade, we found our 2014 for sale as a used car with 4400 miles.We could not resist. We go the car at a great and affordable price. We hope to keep this car untill we have at least 1,000,000 miles on it!"

Girls love it

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice body style. Excellent stereo.Fun to drive."

Cons: "Too much plastic inside."

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

"The gears went bad in 2012 at 72,000 mi.Under warranty for 100,000 mi. Would have cost me $2300. Plastic writting fading on stereo. Has the Shaker 500 upgraded 6 disc. CD player.Sounds Fantastic. I only wish it had an I-Pod jack. Has a 16 gal. fuel tank. Only problem is. Seat gets soar after long trip. PS- You should get out and streach every 200 mi."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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