2017 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: The 2017 Ford Mustang is essentially unchanged. The Track Package, which includes MagneRide suspension, is now standard on Shelby GT350 models. 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. Topping the range is the Shelby GT350, a racetrack-ready machine that packs a 526-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 that gets an estimated 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. 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: $24,645
V6 convertible: $30,145
EcoBoost coupe: $25,645
EcoBoost Premium coupe: $29,645
EcoBoost Premium convertible: $35,145
GT coupe: $32,645
GT Premium coupe: $36,645
GT Premium convertible: $42,145
Shelby GT350 coupe: $55,595
Shelby GT350R coupe: $63,095

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