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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.
Over decades, the Ford Mustang hasn't grown much. Don't count on a lot of back-seat space—the cabin remains just a bit larger than a 2+2—but thanks to good seats and some impressive interior design, the Ford has made the most of it.
Provided you're in those front seats, the Mustang’s cabin remains surprisingly comfortable, with a design that nods to the past yet includes surprisingly modern materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces on the dash. Only the door panels remain a harder plastic.
You'll likely never forget you're in a sport coupe, but the Mustang has an interior that puts the Camaro's to shame, in terms of layout, comfort, and trims (the Camaro simply won't fit taller drivers, and some will find the Chevy's driving position odd). Even the base seats on the Mustang are a step up from the seats you'll find in most small cars or sedans. And we appreciate how the most supportive Recaro seats are no longer the exclusive domain of the Boss 302; those snug perches are now available throughout the lineup, as an option, and upholstered in leather or cloth. The Recaros' even back support and deceptively robust side support help hold hips in place when the road turns twisty.
The back seat remains tight even for small adults, mostly for its lean leg room. Convertibles have less shoulder room, too, so wedging in two adults will take compromise and permission.
Especially as a coupe, the Mustang remains a reasonably practical vehicle, given its performance. There's good trunk space, and the opening is wide enough for large suitcases.
In general, Convertibles offer a nice, tight-fitting soft top. However, Convertibles don't get as large of a trunk.
Noise and vibrations of the unwanted type are largely filtered out, but the sonorous engine note in Mustang GTs makes itself known all the time--thank goodness. Convertibles are a bit louder than Coupes with the tight-fitting soft-top up, and although wind buffeting isn't the greatest, it's one of the best ways to pack in a couple of extra adult passengers and (slowly) cruise the boulevard.
The 2013 Mustang has a small sports-coupe cabin, but Ford has made the most of it.