Ford Mustang Review
The 2013 Ford Mustang ranks 3 out of 9 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 2013 Ford Mustang offers exciting muscle-car performance at a compelling price, though some competitors offer a nicer interior or better handling.
With powerful engines that range from a base V6 to a fire-breathing supercharged V8, reviewers agree that the 2013 Ford Mustang offers more power than a number of cars in the class. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission, while V6 and GT models are available with a six-speed automatic. Most critics say that either transmission will serve you well, though a few think that you’ll find a slicker-shifting gearbox in cars like the Subaru BRZ. Compared with direct rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, most reviewers agree that the Mustang is the most agile of the three. However, the Mustang’s suspension doesn’t soak up the bumps on imperfect roads as well as a few test drivers would like.
Inside, auto journalists say that the Mustang’s interior is a mixed bag. While the dash looks well-built with high-quality materials, the plastic door panels don’t live up to the same standard. Like other sports cars, the Mustang’s back seat isn’t adult-friendly, though there’s still more passenger and trunk space than most cars in the class. Reviewers remain impressed with the Mustang’s performance, especially considering its low price. However, you should expect to dip into the options list if you want tech features like a USB port or Bluetooth, as neither one is standard on the Mustang.
- "Any Mustang is a fine sporty coupe that offers an attractive blend of performance, swagger, value, and surprising usability." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Dodge Challenger is roomier and appealing in a retro muscle car sort of way, while the Chevrolet Camaro still holds the edge for dramatic styling. Hyundai's Genesis Coupe is also worth a look. But among this talented group, the 2013 Ford Mustang is still our favorite." -- Edmunds
- "Practical and fun. If you can't handle something small like the FR-S, this makes a great sport coupe." -- Motor Trend
- "Even, nay especially, with a V6 and manual transmission, this pony continues to provide major bang for the buck." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
If you’re willing to trade the Mustang’s power for truly athletic handling, consider the Scion FR-S. The FR-S costs a bit more, and it doesn’t have as much interior or trunk space, but reviewers agree that the FR-S’ lightweight design and agility make it one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.
The Dodge Challenger offers attractive, muscle-car styling, just like the Mustang, but it also has more interior and cargo space, which may be useful if you expect to have back-seat passengers. While the Challenger is larger than the Mustang, reviewers agree that it still offers respectable handling for its size.
Details: 2013 Ford Mustang
The 2013 Ford Mustang is available as either a coupe or convertible. A total of six trims are available: V6, V6 Premium, GT, GT Premium, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500. A 3.7-liter V6 engine comes on V6 models, while GT, Boss 302 and GT500 models offer larger, more powerful V8 engines and better performance capabilities. For 2013, the Ford Mustang gets updated exterior styling, as well as a revised automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Mustang GT models see a slight power increase, while a new, optional Track Apps feature allows drivers to measure the Mustang’s performance by recording data like 0 to 60 and quarter-mile times.