2016 Ford Mustang coupe

Pros: Sporty handling; good interior quality, especially in higher-end models; invigorating performance of V8 models; surprisingly robust 4-cylinder engine option

Cons: Cramped, difficult-to-access back seat; some complicated controls; a bit heavy compared to some sporty/performance rivals; topline models get pricey

CG Says: After its ground-up redesign for 2015, Ford’s celebrated “pony car” gets minor updates and a new super-performance model for 2016. Ford’s new Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system replaces the sometimes-finicky MyFord Touch unit, and GT models get supplemental turn-signal indicators integrated into their hood vents. Meanwhile, the Shelby name returns to the Mustang lineup with the new-for-2016 Shelby GT350, a racetrack-ready machine that packs a 526-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8. Mustang’s redesign last year brought some key improvements—such as an independent rear suspension and a peppy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine option—that brought it up to date with most other sporty/performance 2-doors. The 2016 Mustang offers an excellent lineup of powertrain choices and optional performance, technology, and convenience equipment, so it can be tailored to a broad range of tastes and budgets. And, in whatever form it takes, the Mustang makes a fine case for itself against a wide variety of competitive vehicles.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices V6 coupe: $24,145
V6 convertible: $29,645
EcoBoost coupe: $25,645
EcoBoost Premium coupe: $29,645
EcoBoost Premium convertible: $35,145
GT coupe: $32,395
GT Premium coupe: $36,395
GT Premium convertible: $41,895
Shelby GT350 coupe: $47,795

Base Engine
3.7-liter V6
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-32

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8
Horsepower
435
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
2016 Ford Mustang convertible
2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang
2016 Ford Shelby GT350