High-performance cars and value-for-dollar typically go together like oil and water. Fortunately, the Ford Mustang GT proves that driving excitement and financial pragmatism need not be mutually exclusive. Holding down a near-$1,200 advantage over the Camaro SS when it comes to 5-year ownership costs, the 2016 Mustang GT is among the rare breed of performance cars that lets you burn rubber without burning down your life savings.
At the heart of the Mustang GT is a 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 paired with either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Complementing this potent powertrain are standard and available performance add-ons like a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension. There are also three distinct design packages to choose from, each offering a unique spin on the classic Mustang aesthetic.
While muscle cars are rarely known for their technological talents, the 2016 Mustang can be equipped with Ford's new SYNC 3 infotainment system, a quick-witted 8-inch touchscreen console featuring 911 assist, connected services like Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio, automatic updates via Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (mid-2016 availability).
There was a time, not long ago, when 400-plus-horsepower performance cars were priced out of reach for all but the well-to-do. Today, you can pick up a 435-horsepower 2016 Mustang GT for right around $33,000. That enticing upfront cost is offset further by the Mustang GT's above-average residual values. What a time to be alive.