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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Rear-seat room is marginal
Seating is comfortable and the new car's added exterior dimensions allow for a noticeable increase in headroom and legroom.”
Kelley Blue Book
Most switchgear feels cut-rate
Despite continuous improvement, the 2009 Ford Mustang is still a brawling muscle car that suffers from some predictable flaws.
For the Mustang, 2009 models offer interior space that is decent and comfort. ConsumerGuide finds "good headroom and legroom, but the cabin feels cozy due to low seats, a high dashtop, and tall windowsills." Autoblog appreciates the front seats' "power fore-aft and bottom cushion angle adjustment along with inflatable lumbar support" that help improve driver comfort and "keeps you planted in the appropriate position relative to the steering wheel." Cars.com adds that the Ford Mustang "has two front seats and two rear buckets that might qualify as seats but are not for most adult passengers."
As is the case with most pony and muscle cars, cargo room isn't by any means ample in the 2009 Ford Mustang, and the Mustang 2009 has one or two other flaws. Several reviews read by TheCarConnection.com critique the poor placement of the two cup holders, with Autoblog saying that tall items "can interfere with your forearm when shifting." Regarding storage space, ConsumerGuide reports that "the size and shape of the opening" for the trunk "makes loading even moderately sized cargo a challenge," and inside the cabin, "storage is sparse, with the door map pockets being almost useless."
Other aspects of the interior of the 2009 Ford Mustang are lacking, if not in styling, then certainly in quality. ConsumerGuide thinks that "most switchgear feels cut-rate, and padded surfaces are almost non-existent." Kelley Blue Book finds that "some of the plastics around the console, door panels and speaker grilles feel flimsy and hard to the touch," and Edmunds feels that the base Ford Mustang 2008's "hard, monotone plastics" are "disappointing at any price point," but upgrading the interior "helps somewhat." Kelley Blue Book summarizes reviewer sentiment by saying that "a few less hard-edge plastic surfaces would go a long way to turning a good interior into one that's great."
On the convertible version of the 2009 Ford Mustang, reviewers determine that road noise is uncharacteristically minimal with the top down, and when the top comes up, extra shakes are not intrusive. ConsumerGuide is quick to criticize the Ford Mustang 2009's sound characteristics, finding "marked engine noise and coarse-surface tire thrum," and the "V6 growls and booms unpleasantly as revs rise."
The 2009 Ford Mustang shows its muscle-car roots in less flattering ways when it comes to room, comfort, and materials.