Ford Mustang GT
Ford Mustang GT
Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang GT 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 2021 Ford Mustang adds a new limited-edition Mach 1 model and drops Bullitt, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT350R models. The Mach 1 has a 580-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 (20 hp more than GT models) and suspension and aerodynamic upgrades from the Shelby GT models. All models, except the Shelby GT500, have standard Ford CoPilot-360 suite of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. The Mustang is a sporty/performance car that is available in coupe and convertible bodystyles. Mustang’s base engine is a 310-hp EcoBoost turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, the GT is powered by a 460-hp 5.0-liter V8 and previously mentioned Mach 1 has a 480-hp version of the 5.0 V8, while the Shelby GT500 gets a whopping 760-hp from its supercharged 5.2-liter V8. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with all engines (except the Shelby GT500 that has a 7-speed automated-manual) and a 10-speed automatic is optional with 2.3-liter and 5.0-liter engines. 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: $28,350
EcoBoost convertible: $33,850
EcoBoost Premium coupe: $33,370
EcoBoost Premium convertible: $38,870
GT coupe: $37,315
GT Premium coupe: $41,315
GT Premium convertible: $46,815
Mach 1 coupe: $53,915
Mach 1 Premium coupe: $55,510
Shelby GT500 coupe: $74,095

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder (EcoBoost)
Horsepower
310 (330 High Performance)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
10-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-32

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8 (GT, Mach 1)
Horsepower
460 (480 Mach 1)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
10-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-24

Optional Engine
supercharged 5.2-liter V8 (Shelby GT500)
Horsepower
760
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
12
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
18