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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$21,078
BASE MSRP
$22,145
Quick Take
The 2011 Ford Mustang lives up to all those juvenile, tire-smoking pony-car expectations; at the same time, it’s an unexpectedly capable, sophisticated coupe. Read more »
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Every line has purpose and every detail seems to fit.

The Detroit News »

It's going to take a well trained eye to spot any visual differences between the 2010 and 2011 models, but there are differences.

Autoblog »

…the few subtle changes for 2011 (a brighter pony emblem on the GT, for example) are trivial and difficult to spot.

Automobile Magazine »

…the 2011 model gets by on its looks and on its personality.

Popular Mechanics »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$22,145 $53,645
2-Door Coupe V6
Gas Mileage 19 mpg City/29 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.7L
EPA Class Compact
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
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The Basics:

The 2011 Ford Mustang looks virtually the same as last year’s model, but new engines and other improvements make it a better drive—and better equipped—in just about every way. With either the all-new 412-hp V-8 in the GT or the new 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 in the base models, it’s both faster and more fuel-efficient. Highway fuel economy rates as high as 31 mpg with the V-6, or 31 mpg for the GT.

V-8 pony-car aficionados will be thrilled to hear that the "5.0" is back. With lots of torque, good throttle response, and a rev-happy, rorty attitude, the new engine feels just right and enables the sort of performance that only exclusive tuner versions could provide a few years ago.

To match the new powertrains, the 2011 Mustang models get upgraded brakes, as well as body and suspension enhancements; they all get electric power steering. The Mustang received a complete refresh last year, for 2010, with reshaped sheetmetal on the outside, along with an updated center stack and audio controls; those changes carry through to 2011.

Just as before, the Mustang is available either as a Coupe or Convertible, both in GT or V-6 form, and the Convertible comes with a reasonably tight, well-designed soft top. Ford is finally catching on to both the Mustang’s personalization potential and its appeal with tuners; both models can be equipped with special paint schemes, hood scoops, and such, and new to the V-6 is a performance package—aimed at weekend racers—that adds most of the GT’s goodies for an affordable price.

Likes:

  • The 5.0 is back
  • Good ride quality
  • Retro-modern details
  • Refined, much-improved V-6
  • Bang for the buck

Dislikes:

  • Steering doesn’t telescope
  • No manumatic mode for V-6
  • Plastics could be upgraded
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