2010 Ford Mustang V-6: An Everyday Car?

May 13, 2009

So what's it like to live with a 2010 Ford Mustang for a week? Well, since we're driving a V-6 model, we didn't bother heading to the drag strip. We also skipped the local street racing scene. So how did we spend our time behind the wheel? Probably a lot like any regular Joe or Jane.

We drove to work. We drove to the hardware store. We drove to buy groceries. We drove our kid to school (10 round trips). We drove to church (using all four seats). So how'd the Mustang work as a real car? Just fine, thank you.

The reality of testing cars for a living is that prolonged exposure to a car reveals different aspects of a vehicle's character and capabilities. Often, during the course of a few days, you'll notice and love or hate things you missed during a brief introductory drive.

For example, when presented with back-to-back drives in a Mustang GT and a base Mustang with a V-6 (as often happens at press-only events), the V-6 doesn't come out on the winning side of that equation. However, when driven alone, not back-to-back with anything, the V-6 powered Mustang has a chance to stand on its own merits, as opposed to having to live up to the merits of its more powerful sibling.

The reality is that the V-6 is plenty powerful. Most people won't ever feel like they need more power than the 210 horsepower from the 4.0-liter V-6. Both transmissions are capable; manual or automatic.

More important than the engine to most buyers will be in the interior and how well it works or doesn't. For our dollar, this interior rocks. The Premium edition Mustangs get much nicer appointments that feel rich and substantial. Combined with the improved chassis for 2010, and the Mustang rides smoothly.

2010 Ford Mustang V6

2010 Ford Mustang V6

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Regarding every-day practicality, the 2010 Ford Mustang delivers that as well. Certainly, the front seats are roomy enough for the average American. The two rear seats are tight, but they worked just fine for my nearly adult size teen children. Granted, the kids are built like teens, but they are 5'4" and 5'7", and neither complained on the two 40-minute trips where they were stashed in the back.

With four on board, the interior was so quiet at highway speeds that it was exceptionally easy to converse front-row to back.

The Mustang did hardware store duty the Saturday it was here. This particular trip required picking up a new storm window and screen measuring approximately 3' x 4'6". Not a small parcel.  The Mustang's rear seats fold (a 50/50 arrangements with releases on the interior, not in the trunk), opening up a sizable passage way between the trunk and the cabin. The window and screen easily fit in the space, along with various other purchases.

Anybody who tells you that you can't fit anything in a pony car hasn't lived with one.

Perhaps the best lesson we learned from a week with a 2010 Mustang is that if you want to drive a car like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or Dodge Challenger, do it. They work fine as everyday cars.

If you missed yesterday's post on the Mustang, in it we covered more of the mechanical bits plus driving impressions. Check it out here.

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