The Mustang's reputation for no-frills fun still rings true in some basic and racing models, but shoppers of today's 'Stang might be surprised at some of the tech gadgets and infotainment gear offered in the current car.
Most Mustangs come with Ford's SYNC system, which uses Bluetooth-driven voice commands to control phones and media players. Bundled with steering-wheel controls, SYNC also is paired with turn-by-turn navigation (route maps are delivered over the airwaves) and real-time traffic information. It's standard on all but the base Mustang V-6--where it's not even offered.
All versions do get Ford's MyKey system, a programmable set of functions that let parents set up speed limits, volume limits and other warnings. Other standard equipment includes power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control; and an AM/FM/CD player.
Major options on the Mustang include ambient lighting; leather upholstery; a Shaker 500-watt audio system; satellite radio; aluminum interior trim; and an optional electronics package that bundles real-time traffic and HD radio, and dual-zone climate control. Ford also offers a panoramic glass roof; HID headlamps; a rearview camera and blind-spot monitors; and a host of appearance options, from hood scoops and spoilers to side scoops and louvers.
For performance, a range of larger wheels and summer tires can be had. There's also a Brembo brake package with recalibrated stability control and a sport-tuned suspension.
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.New features for 2012 include a universal garage door opener and an option for reverse parking sensors.