2009 Ford Mustang Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

7.4
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
8.0
Expert Rating
Performance
8.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
6.0
Expert Rating
Safety
7.0
Expert Rating
Features
8.0
Expert Rating
Consumer Reviews
0 Reviews
2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Ford Mustang is a sport coupe that won’t appeal to everyone, but some will appreciate its retro style and power-over-poise attitude.

To write this comprehensive review, TheCarConnection.com read the latest reviews on the new 2009 Ford Mustang. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove several Ford Mustang editions, including the limited edition Bullitt, and added driving impressions and details about this American pony car.

Ford marketing types have used the phrase "a steed for every need" when referring to the Mustang lineup. 2009 Mustang body styles include a 2+2 coupe and convertible. Both body styles seat two comfortably, and the rear seats are more than adequate for kids. Adults won't mind short trips stuck in back, but the operative word is "stuck."

Three main powertrains are available for the 2009 Ford Mustang: a base 4.0-liter V-6, a 4.6-liter V-8, and a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. Automatic and manual gearboxes are available, depending on the model. And depending on which model you choose, the amount of power on tap varies tremendously. The Mustang V-6 rings in with 210 horsepower (coupe and convertible); the V-8-powered Mustang GT with 300 hp (coupe and convertible); the Bullitt V-8 coupe with 319 hp; the Shelby GT500 with 500 hp (coupe and convertible); and the limited edition Shelby GT500KR coupe with 540 hp.

If you can afford a V-8, get one. The V-6 nets you only a 1-mpg increase in the city and highway, so it's hardly worth dealing with the engine's coarseness and lack of power compared to the step-up 4.6-liter (with 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the five-speed manual transmission).

On the road, the 2009 Ford Mustang GT is the model for enthusiasts. Despite the aged solid-axle layout, the suspension does well in soaking up imperfections while keeping the tires in contact with the pavement. The Mustang GT is an easy car to drive quickly on the track because it responds to the helm and throttle with equal aplomb. The car possesses very good balance.

The interior is fun, with sporty styling cues, though the quality of materials ranks far behind that of some modern sportscar rivals. The exhaust rumble from the V-8 is pleasant. There is a fair amount of road and tire noise, but this isn't a luxury car. First made standard in ’08, side airbags remain in place on all 2009 Ford Mustang models.

At the top of the Mustang lineup is the top-performance Shelby GT500. Powered by the iron-block 5.4-liter Triton V-8 with a supercharger, it churns out 500 hp through a six-speed manual gearbox. Its suspension features plenty of unique performance pieces, and the brakes are massive 14-inch, four-piston Brembos. Both front and rear brake discs are vented. The GT500 offers a completely different driving performance that lacks finesse but has more than enough power to, at least in some cases, make up for it.

Continue Reading

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
April 1, 2017
2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback

Incredible comfort

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
This new mustang is sporty and so much fun to drive. I have had several but this new style and suspension takes the prize. There are more creature comforts than I can list, and the performance is outstanding.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
January 9, 2017
2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback

its a great sports car ever

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
i wanna get one soon so i can take it to work and college
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
October 14, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350

A lethal durable track weapon!

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I purchased this Shelby based solely on the reviews. I've owned many Shelby's and Mustangs before. When describing the performance handling, I would sometimes make excuses for the car. Saying "well for the... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
October 9, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350

It's my dream Mustang!

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I have driven it on the highway and on the track. The car is very well balanced, and comfortable. I have the Technology Package.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
July 13, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT Premium

The best thoroughbred in the stables

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I've ownec seven mustangs from a 4cyl to the 5.0. I've had a 77,78,87,95,99,2007 and 2016. This newest incarnation is the best built and most refined. I don't race it but I make sure it performs like it's... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
June 24, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350

Fun to Drive Car plus very Professional Car

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
The Latest 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is a fun to drive car with lot more new features installed in it, Specially Bird eye view cam, parking assistance, active cruise control, active launch control system... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
June 5, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost

Great to drive, fantastic technology.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I love all the features, the mustang lights on the ground when you open the doors, etc.. The eco boost engine is plenty powerful. The gear shift is short and precise. My Tripple yellow car gets lots of... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
March 16, 2016
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350

Love in this car

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
the best muscle, awesome exterior and interior as well, vast features, performance and the most loving sound.......boom boom
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
November 26, 2015
2016 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost Premium

Surprisingly great choice for winter driving

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I should preface this review by saying that I am not an aggressive driver. My daily commute is in excess of 50 kilometres to and from work -- most of it on open highways which can be treacherous in the winter... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
October 21, 2015
For 2016 Ford Mustang

the 2012 Mustang GT/CS convertible is a good FAST FUN Car

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Great car for weekend cruises in the summer,but it not great in the snow
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Looking for a different year of the Ford Mustang?
Read reviews & get prices
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used