You likely already know what the 2014 Mustang provides: tire-scorching performance, the classic pony-car look, and a lot of customization potential if you want it. So it's likely no big surprise that equipping the Mustang is kind of an adventure in itself, with lots of choices and plenty of option packages, whether you want a car that's flamboyant or understated, a comfort cruiser or a track-day special.
At the same time, you don't need to spring for all the extras. Go for a base model—with the V-6 or the V-8—and you'll find a refreshingly no-frills equipment list with a price that's astonishingly low. Simply put, there's a lot of bang for the buck.
All versions of the 2014 Mustang get Other standard equipment includes power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control; and an AM/FM/CD player. Also included is Ford's MyKey system, a programmable set of functions that let parents set up speed limits, volume limits and other warnings.
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.
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. The V-6 Performance Package, we think, is a must for anyone who appreciates good handling but is sticking with the V-6. And finally, those who really do want to take the Mustang out on the track, there’s a GT Track Package, 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.
Several other special appearance packages include a Mustang Club of America Package, V-6 Pony Package, FP6 Package, and California Special Package. Here, you're simply best looking at each one, as they each appeal to a specific pony-car taste.