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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
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.
The Ford Mustang hasn't changed much in size, over decades, and it remains essentially a compact car with an interior that can feel sub-compact at times. Don't count on a lot of back-seat space—it's just a little larger than a 2+2. Yet with some good seats and decent interior design, Ford has made the most of it.
As long as you're in front, the Mustang feels quite comfortable, and its design up front nods to the past while marrying the nostalgia with some surprisingly modern details and plenty of soft-touch materials, at least for the upper dash. Harder plastics are kept for the door panels.
Simply put, the Mustang's interior puts the Camaro's cockpit to shame in terms of sheer usability. You'll likely never forget you're in a sport coupe, in layout, comfort, and trims, but it doesn't fall for the gimmicky, unnecessarily tight feel of the Camaro (which is too tight for some taller drivers).
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. But even the base seats are reasonably supportive.
Move to the back, and it's not anything to beam about. Even for small adults will find it tight, mostly for its lean leg room. There's a little less shoulder room, too, so you'll need some cooperation back there.
In general, Convertibles offer a nice, tight-fitting soft top; although they don't get as large of a trunk. 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. The power top is easy to operate, but it still does require two latches at opposite ends of the windshield to be fastened.Expect Convertibles to be a bit louder, although they have a tight-fitting soft-top. Wind buffeting isn't so great—especially for those in back—but it's one of the better ways to pack in some friends and go for a cruise. In coupes, expect a little more vibration and harshness than in a typical sedan, but most unwanted noise is filtered out—so you can simply crack the windows if you want to enjoy the V-8 sounds a little more.
Ford has made the most of a small sports-coupe cabin in the 2014 Mustang.