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MSRP: $22,510 - $60,110
Invoice: $21,215 - $54,850
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Ford Mustang Review

The 2014 Ford Mustang ranks 3 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Mustang, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Ford Mustang is ranked:

Though some sports cars offer a more refined interior, the 2014 Ford Mustang pleases test drivers with thrilling muscle car performance at a compelling price.

The Ford Mustang offers more horsepower than a number of cars in the class, thanks to engines that range from a base V6 to a supercharged V8. Auto writers say that even V6-powered Mustangs accelerate quickly, though many agree that the V8-powered Mustang GT offers exceptional straight-line performance at an undeniable price. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission, while V6 and GT models are available with a six-speed automatic. Critics particularly appreciate the six-speed manual transmission, which they say is easy to shift and adds to the fun driving experience. The V6-powered Mustang gets up to 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is better than what rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger get. Despite an old-school suspension setup, most test drivers agree that the Ford Mustang feels impressively composed and planted around corners, and some note that an optional GT Track package further enhances the Mustang GT’s abilities with features like more powerful Brembo brakes. While it’s undoubtedly athletic, a few auto writers say that smaller affordable sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Subaru BRZ still outshine the Mustang with better handling.

Reviewers say that while the Mustang offers supportive front seats and good trunk space, its interior styling is starting to show its age. Additionally, some reviewers note that the 2014 Mustang’s interior materials could be nicer and that its optional tech features can be difficult to use. The 2014 Mustang comes standard with a CD player and auxiliary input, as well as Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents limit the Mustang’s top speed and stereo volume to help encourage smart driving habits for younger drivers. Available features include an upgraded stereo system, Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system, Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Recaro sport seats and a backup camera.

  • "This is one of the best bangs for your buck in the car market. It even beats the GT500 and Subaru BRZ in dollars per horse. That coupled with it being the lightest of the reasonably-priced muscle cars, make a compelling argument for purchase, and I'm not even a huge Mustang fan. But, for around $30,000 I'm not sure this can be beat." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Even without any dramatic changes for this year, the 2014 Ford Mustang continues to offer style, thrills and value. It's our top pick among muscle cars." -- Edmunds 
  • "It's the kind of car little kids imagine they'll own some day, the kind of car people ask for rides in and take pictures of. And the 2014 Mustang GT deserves that respect. It's not that there's nothing to complain about-ask anyone who's tried to squeeze into the back seat. It's just that it's so @#*%@ fun that you don't care." -- Jean Knows Cars 
  • "Whether you want to relive your youth or are just looking for an affordable and livable sports car, the Mustang can deliver. Power-mongers who seek bragging rights to the world's most powerful production V8 engine can opt for the Shelby GT500." -- Kelley Blue Book

Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Camaro also offers retro-inspired looks, and test drivers say it has a powerful base V6 engine. The Camaro also received some exterior styling updates for 2014, and it has an excellent safety score for the class.

The Scion FR-S isn’t as powerful as the base Mustang, but reviewers agree that its lithe handling and responsive four-cylinder engine make it one of the most engaging cars in the class. Additionally, the FR-S offers standard tech features that the Mustang lacks, such as a USB port and Bluetooth.

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Details: 2014 Ford Mustang

The 2014 Ford Mustang is available as either a coupe or convertible. A total of 10 trims are available, which range from the base Mustang coupe with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, to the high-performance Shelby GT500 convertible with a supercharged 5.8-liter V8. The Mustang hasn’t been fully redesigned since the 2005 model year, but it received significant updates for 2010, 2011 and 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2014 and prior model years. A fully redesigned Mustang is coming for model year 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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