Ford Mustang Interior
Like its exterior, the interior of the Mustang reflects its roots, and reviewers like the design. MarketWatch says, "The interior of the new Mustang has just the right touches -- both retro and modern -- to make it work." The most common reviewer complaint concerns the quality of materials throughout the four-passenger cabin.
The Consumer Guide concedes that the "cabin has eye appeal," but complains that there's "too much hard plastic even at this price level."says, "While it's the very model of retro specificity -- with the deep-dish gauges inside chrome bezels and textured aluminum all over the dash -- the plastic and rubbery bits look and feel pretty cheap."
Assessing the Mustang's seating, Forbes puts it bluntly, stating, "It seats four, but the backseat is cramped." Redesigned for model year 2005, this latest incarnation of the Mustang, explains the , "is 6 inches longer than the last version, which shows up mainly in front-seat legroom. But the interior is still tight, and the back seat is nearly useless." In comparison to past models, argues Automotive.com, "today's Mustang offers more front-seat hip, leg, elbow and shoulder room than any previous generation." And despite the interior's throwback styling, says the , "Occupants sit in four firm buckets of leather far superior to anything that late '60s or early '70s Mustangs could offer."
In the front, reports Edmunds, "Interior ergonomics are vastly improved over previous-generation Mustangs, as the driver seat now puts you in the proper position to work the shifter and operate the controls." Consumer Guide finds that driver comfort is enhanced by a "standard tilt steering wheel, height-adjustable seat" and a "nicely contoured backrest," although some passengers' knees may "collide easily with hard door panels." The decides, "The front seats are comfortable and supportive." MSN adds, "Tall adults will find good room up front in supportive bucket seats."
Impressions of the Mustang's back seat vary widely between reviewers. Some find it to be entirely unaccommodating. Automotive.com, for instance, says that it "isn't much more accommodating than in the old fastback 2+2 variant of 1965-68. It's not a place adults will want to spend any time." Other reviewers find the back seat to be just fine. Edmunds claims that "average-size adults can sit in back with little problem." Still other reviewers have mixed impressions. In this vein, the reports, "Rear legroom is extremely cramped, but rear headroom is surprisingly good." The varying accounts can perhaps be attributable to expectations. As the puts it, "Rear-seat room is minimal, but anyone who buys a Mustang expecting to put adults in the rear seat regularly is an optimist."
"Even the base V-6 coupe is fairly well-equipped," says the, "with items including air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD player with MP3 player input jack -- and power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry." The GT package adds a host of available features, while the Shelby brings its own upgrades and styling -- including satin-finish aluminum instead of chrome and a number of strategically placed snake logos.
These features are housed in a dash that evokes Mustangs past. Road & Travel Magazine reports: "The retro design of the speedometer has a certain jukebox feel, matching the cabin's compelling fit and finish. The air ducts have a brushed metal look that is noticeably 1964 in style; the oversized steering wheel and color-coded speed dials that match the seats remind us of sipping a shake at a diner from the 60s." MSN agrees that the "large retro-style speedometer and tachometer" look like "those in my long-gone 1967 Mustang," but complains, "Auxiliary gauges for such things as fuel level and engine temperature are small."
Stereo and Entertainment
For 2007, all trims but the V6 Deluxe and GT Deluxe will be equipped with standard MP3-compatible stereos. Also new for this year, Sirius satellite radio is available. As for the stereo, "the standard sound system that comes in the Mustang is good," according to Automotive.com, but "the 500-watt upgrade is reasonably priced as part of the premium package, and adds a six-CD changer. The 1000-watt upgrade will impress most audiophiles, but the extra subwoofers in the trunk steal a good chunk of cargo space. We'd be inclined to pass on those."
The Mustang's trunk has a cargo capacity of 13.1 cubic feet, which Consumer Guide says is "good for the class, but not by absolute standards." The concludes, "The trunk is deep." Split rear seat backs fold down, but Automotive.com argues, "Even without folding the back seat, the Mustang's trunk is as large as those in some more overtly practical sedans." MSN reports, "The trunk lid raises smoothly on struts, but the inside of the lid looks unfinished." In the cabin, cargo space is sparse. The complains, "Map pockets in the doors are too small to be much use." The argues, "One bothersome aspect is the lack of places to stow loose objects, such as cellphones and sunglasses."