2013 Ford Mustang Review

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Don't let the brash sound and classic looks fool you; the Ford Mustang offers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck--delivered with surprising sophistication.

The Ford Mustang sure might look and sound much like the pony cars of the past, but it definitely lives in the present. Just like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the current Mustang isn't just a one-hit wonder, capable of packing huge V-8s for quarter-mile sprints. That's still part of it, for sure, but handling is now also part of their core set--as is the sort of true sports-car finesse that you might have never expected.

While the Mustang still does have a live-axle layout in back, it's surprising that it handles just as well as some other vehicles with more sophisticated origins. And V-6 models are no longer the compromise they once were. Entry-level buyers get a 305-horsepower V-6 that can turn in 0-60 mph times of about 6.0 seconds, plus fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway when teamed with the six-speed automatic--which for 2013 gets SelectShift manual control.

The V-8 catapults the Mustang into a whole other performance category. The 5.0-liter V-8 thumps out 420 horsepower (up from 412), and the exhaust calls it out to the world with a richer, almost exotic note. The Mustang's electric power steering, which gets a multi-mode setting for steering boost for 2013, is precise if not always well-weighted, and overall the Mustang is far more fun to drive on a curvy road than models of the not-so-distant past. The race-ready Boss 302 gives you what you need for the track--including a higher-output, 444-hp V-8. 

The 2013 model year brings some more modern details to the Mustang's classic look. The entire lineup gets projector-beam headlamps, with two strips of LED lighting flanking them, and LED lamps used in back, with a dark-tinted look. The front grille has been amped up a bit, while the lower airdams are neater and thinner. And a clever new night-lighting option, called the pony projection light, beams a pony emblem on the ground next to the doors.

The Mustang's cockpit has the upright dash and big, beautiful gauges with color-shifting lighting and metallic trim, a good blend of Sixties style and today's touchscreen sensibilities. There's no MyFord Touch yet, but new for 2013 is a Track Apps feature that lets you time your own acceleration or quarter-mile times.

Coupe and Convertible editions can be had with either powertrain. Coupes are the way to best enjoy the Mustang's dynamics, with the glass panoramic roof, but the Convertible is still one of the best drop-top picks if you need a back seat.

Parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, and HD Radio are all items that are now offered in the Mustang. But the real allure is in customization and performance options. Of course, you can customize the 'Stang with all the hood scoops, paint schemes and decal packages you need to fondly remember those glory days. And for 2013 we're intrigued by the GT Track Package that’s new and only offered on manual GT Mustangs. It includes a 3.73 axle, an upgraded radiator, performance brake pads, and the Boss 302’s Torsen differential—in addition to the larger front discs, 19-inch alloy wheels, and summer performance tires that are already a part of the Brembo Brake Package.

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March 5, 2016
2013 Ford Mustang 2-Door Coupe Boss 302

Boss 302 is an outstanding performancee car

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I've owned several high performance vehicles over the years but my 2013 Boss 302 is far and above my favorite. The Boss has 444 HP, revs up to 7500 RPM and pulls strong the entire time you push it. Handling is... + More »
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November 1, 2015
2013 Ford Mustang 2-Door Convertible V6

Much better than I thought it would be.

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Car has been reliable from day one. Has never been in shop for a recall or any work other than normal maintenance. Looks good and still get complements from people. Handles well, runs good, gets good gas... + More »
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June 28, 2015
2013 Ford Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500

A fire breathing monster that demands a gentle right foot!

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There is no arguing that this car has balls! The interior is dated, the live rear axle allows the car to steer from the rear in unpredictable way makes this car difficult to tame. Some rear suspension work to... + More »
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