Particularly in the automotive arena, the decision to recall the styling of an icon is a tricky proposition. With the current Ford Mustang, Ford scores a bull's-eye on the high-reward target and does an enviable job of blending 1960s Mustang design with modern-day themes.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com all agree that the styling on the 2009 Ford Mustang is a huge success, and Ford's sales numbers support that sentiment. ForbesAutos declares that “thanks to retro design cues and gutsy engines, the current version, which debuted in 2005, successfully captures the brawny coolness of the groundbreaking 1967 original.” Regarding the exterior, Edmunds feels that the Mustang's 2009 incarnation "stands out thanks to its big grille, round headlights, side sculpting, tri-bar taillights and, on the coupe, triangular quarter windows."
Other styling packages receive enthusiastic thumbs-up from reviewers, especially the 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt edition, which Road & Track says "just exudes 'cool.'" Styling on the Mustang 2009 is particularly aggressive on the Shelby versions, with Cars.com finding that "the headlight enclosures angle in more sharply" and "the hood is fitted with two openings designed to vent heat" on the GT500KR. ConsumerGuide lists the numerous other styling options as including "coupes and convertibles" offered in both "Deluxe and Premium trims," along with the Shelby GT500 and the Shelby GT500KR, a "limited-edition coupe that is only available through select Ford dealers." While both convertible and coupe versions of the Ford Mustang 2009 feature retro styling, Kelley Blue Book reports that, on the convertible, "Styling details from the original and second-generation Mustang convertibles are strongly evident, especially in the grille, rear deck and side scoops."
The interior styling of the 2009 Ford Mustang doesn't quite live up to the ultra-exciting exterior, though it doesn't have any serious flaws. Edmunds finds the interior styling to be "eye-catching," though they disapprove of the "hard, monotone plastics" that abound in the base models. ConsumerGuide summarizes the interior as "disappointing," although they give credit for the cabin's "eye appeal." Of the Ford Mustang Bullitt edition, Cars.com reports that the "interior is simple and clean," with a "hand-machined aluminum dash" and "charcoal black leather seats" that bring "sophistication without being flashy."