2018 Ford Mustang GT

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: The Ford Mustang is refreshed for 2018 with revised styling front and rear. The base V6 engine has been dropped. The EcoBoost turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine continues and has more torque. Horsepower of the 5.0-liter V8 rises from 435 to 460. The Shelby GT350 5.2-liter V8 has a slight horsepower increase from 526 to 529. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with all engines and a new 10-speed automatic that replaces the previous 6-speed auto is optional with 2.3-liter and 5.0-liter engines. The Mustang is a sporty/performance car that is available in coupe and convertible bodystyles. Available features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, Wi-Fi hotspot, limited-slip differential, electronic line-lock, and an exhaust system with controllable volume. Mustang’s 2015 redesign 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. 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. 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 EcoBoost coupe: $26,485
EcoBoost convertible: $31,985
EcoBoost Premium coupe: $31,500
EcoBoost Premium convertible: $37,000
GT coupe: $35,995
GT Premium coupe: $39,995
GT Premium convertible: $45,495
Shelby 350GT coupe: $58,045
Shelby 350GTR coupe: $65,545

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder (EcoBoost)
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
10-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-32

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8 (GT)
Horsepower
460
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
10-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
5.2-liter V8 (Shelby 350 GT, Shelby 350 GTR)
Horsepower
529
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21