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2018 Ford Mustang KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2018 Ford Mustang remains true to the original formula that has made the Mustang so successful for over 50 years: Make it sexy, fast, fun and affordable. Now a sophisticated modern muscle car, the new Mustang delivers power, style and performance at a price almost anybody can afford. Three trim levels are offered: base, the V8-powered GT with the legendary 5.0-liter V8, and the tire-smoking, fire-breathing Shelby GT350 that’s armed with 526 horsepower. All Mustangs are rear-wheel drive, and the standard turbocharged engine packs 310 horsepower, but it’s capable of 30 mpg on the highway. Updates for 2018 include a new look and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rivals include the Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and BMW 4 Series.

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There isn’t a person on Earth who needs a Mustang. There never has been. For over 50 years the Mustang has been about desire. It’s for people who want to see it and be seen in it. Passionate people who want to feel its power and bathe in its beauty.

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If you’re looking for the most horsepower available, you’re barking up the wrong horse. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is packing 707 horsepower while the Chevy Camaro ZL1 has 650 horsepower under its bulging hood. Also, the Mustang does not offer all-wheel drive. It is available on the Dodge Challenger.

What's New for 2018

Improvements for 2018 include a lower, more aggressive grille, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a retuned suspension. The V6 engine is no longer available, and there’s a new customizable 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Ford has also increased the 5.0-liter V8’s output to 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Drive a 2018 Mustang with the new 10-speed automatic transmission back-to-back with the older car's 6-speed auto, and the differences couldn't be more stark. With the revised V8's higher redline, the 10-speed keeps the peaky engine singing, with revs dropping ever so slightly, reminding one more of a motorcycle than muscle car. The same holds true for the standard EcoBoost 2.3-liter 4-cylinder: Not only does it produce a satisfying growl from underhood, but its 310 horsepower gives it a 0-60 mph time of less than 5 seconds -- performance that rivals many of the V8 engines from the Mustang’s past. That’s quick enough to leave Mr. McQueen and his Highland Green fastback in your dust. The GT is even quicker with its 5.0-liter V8, which now makes 460 horsepower. Ford claims it sprints to 60 mph in less than four seconds. That was exotic supercar speed just a few years ago, and the V8’s rumble and roar are pure Americana. The retuned suspension, especially with MagnaRide adjustable shocks, produce a no-compromises combination of comfortable ride and nimble handling. 

Favorite Features

Premium, GT and Shelby models are equipped with the latest version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system. It’s easier to operate than past systems, has a large 8.0-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and the FordPass app allows you to start, lock and locate your Mustang with your smartphone.

There’s no denying the power and efficiency of the standard 310-horsepower EcoBoost 4-cylinder. But the Mustang GT’s 460-horsepower 5.0-liter is one of the greatest V8 engines of all time. If you want your Mustang to sound and act like Steve McQueen’s in Bullitt, it’s the only engine to consider.

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