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

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe
Ford Mustang Convertible
2021 Ford Mustang convertible
Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 coupe
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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