Second Drive: 2010 Ford Mustang V-6 Page 2

September 4, 2009

The base suspension and tire combination in the 2010 Ford Mustang also does really well in soaking up minor bumps and road coarseness, and the cabin is remarkably free of the road noise that plagues some sporty coupes.

There are still some ergonomic hurdles in the Mustang’s cabin that some drivers will have trouble getting past. The shifter doesn’t feel as close at hand as it should be, and although the linkage is precise, throws are long. As a coupe or a convertible, the Mustang is strictly a 2+2, meaning that there’s a small backseat, never suitable for adults but okay for little ones if you don’t plan to slide the front seats back all the way. For this tall driver, another inch or two of legroom in front would have been appreciated; and shifting from third to fourth repeatedly brought my elbow against the edge of the rearward center-console bin, while getting in and out of the Mustang was made tougher by the narrow gap between the steering wheel rim and parking brake handle. On the other hand, the redone center stack, where audio and climate controls are, is much improved and trunk space is surprisingly abundant and useful.

With the V-6 and five-speed, the Mustang’s EPA ratings are 18 mpg city, 26 highway. But we did much better; in just over a hundred miles of driving, mostly around town, we averaged an impressive 22 mpg in the V-6 ‘Stang. That includes plenty of aggressive starts and the run up the ridge.

Our Premium test coupe included all sorts of features that are usually reserved for top trims, such as leather seats, leather trim, and a bassy Shaker 500 audio system. A full range of airbags, and other essentials like air conditioning and Ford’s Sync interface are also included. With just heated seats and the destination fee, our Mustang stickered at $25,440.

Right now the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 has a huge competitive advantage over the Mustang, as the Chevy has 304 horsepower. Although Ford hasn’t made anything official yet, the automaker is, according to the rumor mill, going to up the ante next year, with a new 315-horsepower, 3.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8 making around 400 hp.

2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Ford Mustang

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Even if you do wait for next year’s model, it’s likely that prices will go up. But based on our experience with the 2010 Ford Mustang—visit our full review and Bottom Line for more on this and the GT—we’d recommend you decide based on a test drive, not strictly by the numbers.

The manufacturer provided this vehicle to High Gear Media for the purposes of evaluation.

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