The Mustang has for decades found strong appeal for its combination of tire-scorching performance, classic pony-car looks, a lot of customization potential if you want it, and—at least in entry models—a refreshing no-frills equipment list that's kept the price astonishingly low. Put simply: It offers a whole lot of bang for the buck.
For 2013, the Mustang starts as low as $22,995 for the V-6 or $31,095 for the GT. For less than $30k for the V-6 or just over $35k for the GT, you can get a very well equipped Coupe.
While those very affordable base models still make it possible to own a new Mustang for well under the average price of a new car, 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.
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. A universal garage door opener, and reverse parking sensors are also on the list of possibilities.
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. And there are a few other new Mustang builds for 2013. For instance, the V-6 Performance Package is offered on automatic models in addition to those with a manual transmission. And finally, those who really do want to take the Mustang out on the track, there’s a new GT Track Package that’s new for 2013, 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.
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.