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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Seat time in the Mustang did reconfirm, though, that the Mustang is the most comfortable and natural of the muscle car trio, with unparalleled visibility and a sporty feeling of compactness.
Well-made consoles and seats attest to great craftsmanship, but a cramped backseat makes it tough to share the comfort.
Changes you can't see include a whole host of NVH improvements, namely rear wheel liners, eight sound absorbers and hood liner insulation that all add up to a surprisingly quiet vehicle.
Things happen a lot faster and a lot louder, yet the ride and handling are just as well balanced.
Our remaining gripe centers on the non-telescoping steering wheel.
Very little has changed about the Mustang’s overall package. Through the years, it’s stayed about the same size; however, Ford has managed to squeeze a little more interior comfort out of the Mustang’s cabin, as well as quell some of the interior noise and vibration.
It’s all relative; while the 2011 Mustang is roomier and more comfortable than the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro (which lacks enough headroom for anyone much over six feet tall and can feel like a bathtub for smaller occupants), it’s still a sport coupe. It’s a boulevard cruiser at heart; seating is low and snug, and if you like to drive with in a proper forward-perched driving position you might find yourself a little too close to the windshield header. To complicate matters, the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, and we find pedal placement on automatic-transmission models odd, with the brake pedal several inches higher than the gas.
That said, the Mustang remains a reasonably practical vehicle, especially as a Coupe. Trunk space is quite good, with a decent opening and plenty of space to fit a large suitcase and a few other bags. In convertible form, the trunk space isn’t appreciably different. The Mustang Convertible’s seating in back isn’t bad; it’s one of the few vehicles with a backseat that’s large enough for smaller adults—once you get them wedged in. The Convertible’s power top is easy to operate, but it still does require two latches at opposite ends of the windshield to be fastened.
Considering the Mustang’s status as a performance coupe, it rides surprisingly well on all but the roughest stretches of pavement. While Ford has surely let a lot of the sonorous engine note—in the GT especially—enter the cabin, there’s relatively little road and engine noise.
For a rough-and-tumble pony car, the 2011 Ford Mustang has good seating for two, along with decent trunk space, but make no mistake, those backseats are sport-coupe backseats.