2013 Ford Mustang Video Road Test

November 13, 2012

The Ford Mustang is one of the classic muscle cars, and it's the longest-running one, too. It seems like there's a Mustang for everyone, from a fuel-efficient V-6 version, to the V-8 GT and track-ready Boss 302--all the way up to the beastly Shelby GT500. In our video road test we show you one of our favorite Mustangs: the GT.

The Mustang's still retro in some ways, from the fastback stance to the taillamps, and totally up to date in other ways, like new LED tail lamps. GT models feature LED fog lights in the grille and functional heat extractors on the hood, not to mention the big 5.0 badges let everyone know you're rolling a V-8.

The Mustang's cockpit has a few nods to the past, but otherwise it's a modern workplace. The gauges are dished deep and the squared-off dash is well organized. There's metallic trim to break up the monotony of plastic--lots of it soft-touch, some of it not so soft.

The base Mustang has a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. Fine for you--we'll take a V-8. The Mustang GT we're driving digs out 420 horsepower from its 5.0-liter V-8. If you step up to the race-ready Boss 302, you'll get a prepped 5.0 with 444 horsepower--and if you go all out, you'll blast off with the Shelby GT500's 662-horsepower V-8.

The Mustang's a rear-driver of course, and the GT gives you a choice of six-speed automatic or manual. We've liked the manual's shift quality; this time we're tuned in with the automatic and its real manual mode.

The Mustang takes to corners eagerly, and it deals more swiftly with choppy pavement. It's still a live-axle design in the rear, and when the road gets choppy in a corner, well, you've been warned. The electric power steering is one of the better efforts out there--and it can change up its ratio and weight, depending on which mode you're using.

The V-6 gets up to 31 mpg highway; V-8s get up to 26 mpg on the highway. Even the GT500 earns EPA ratings of 24 miles per gallon highway.

Now, for interior space, the Mustang put the Chevrolet Camaro to shame. The front seats are comfortable for a wide range of people, and tall drivers will have no issues with headroom, even with a helmet. 

The IIHS gave the Mustang Convertible its top score while the coupe earn an acceptable rating, and the Mustang earned a four-star rating in the new federal NCAP tests. The usual stability control, front and side airbags, and traction control are all standard. Unfortunately Bluetooth isn't a standard feature on the base car, and we feel that's a safety feature at this point.

A base Mustang with a V-6 engine will cost about $23,000, but you can quickly inflate that price with a laundry list of options. Most models come with Ford's SYNC system with Bluetooth-driven voice commands.  The V-8 starts at about $30,000, and for a nearly fully loaded GT like this one you'll pay about $41,000. For that price you'll find a 4.2-inch touch-screen navigation system that works well. You'll note that MyFord Touch hasn't made it to the Mustang, yet. A Boss 302 model will set you back about $$42,000.  Double-check If you want to go all out and get a GT500 you'll be looking at a price of about $54,000.

So what's the bottom line with the 2013 Ford Mustang? it offers some of the best muscle-car bang for your buck, with some refinement you might not expect. There's a new one coming in 2015, but for fans of classic muscle-car performance, there's no need to wait.

For more information be sure to read our full review of the 2013 Ford Mustang here.

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