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2010 Ford Mustang Review

This review was written when the 2010 Ford Mustang was new.

Refreshed for 2010, the Ford Mustang boasts enhanced performance capabilities, a refined interior finish and a more aggressive look -- making it a Consumer Guide "Best Buy."

To better compete with such newly-released throwbacks as the Charger, Challenger and Camaro, the much-loved Ford Mustang receives a significant refresh for 2010.

Though its platform hasn't changed, the 2010 Mustang features newly sculpted sheet metal, enhanced aerodynamics, and a more refined interior cabin. Furthermore, the GT trim is upgraded with the same 315-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 engine previously featured in the 2009 Bullitt trim. The Detroit News reports: "Ford took the best of the previous generation and crafted an even finer machine. The austere interior has been significantly upgraded, the exterior sharpened and the powertrain judiciously tweaked to give it power and better fuel economy (Ford has not released the mileage numbers yet)."

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Other Muscle Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for a classic American muscle car, be sure to test drive the all-new 2010 Chevy Camaro. In addition to its eye-catching retro styling, the Camaro features a 304-horsepower V6 engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmission. While its performance abilities are just about on par with the Mustang GT, many test drivers contend that it's more entertaining to drive.  

If, however, you're dead set on buying a pony, consider waiting until next year. The 2011 Ford Mustang will feature more power and better fuel economy. What's more, the legendary Mustang 5.0 is back!

Details: Ford Mustang

In step with last year's model, the Mustang will be released as both a coupe and convertible. It will also be made available in a series of trims from the base V6 to the highly-desired Shelby GT500. Whichever you choose, be sure to check for current Ford deals that may be available on a new Mustang.

  • "For 2010, the Mustang's retro cool style has been updated and upgraded inside and out. It can now be accessorized with every 21st-century convenience, from a glass roof to customizable interior lights to a touch-screen nav system with rearview camera. Yet the Mustang GT remains the ponycar standard-bearer. It's a fast and modern muscle car that still demands old-school respect." -- Motor Trend
  • "The previous-generation Mustang was enjoyable to drive, but I felt let down by its somewhat crude interior. No longer! Now if only Ford would devote some energy to an independent rear suspension, then maybe the Mustang might make the jump from pony car to sports car." -- Road and Track
  • "The 2010 Mustang brings welcome new features and much-needed interior improvements while maintaining this storied ponycar's fun-to-drive persona. GT models offer invigorating performance for the money, but aren't as composed or outright agile as more-modern sporty-car rivals." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Ford Mustang is all-new for 2010. Everything but the roof on the 2010 Mustang is new. And it's all good, all improved over the superb 2004-2009 version of America's pony car." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Ford's effort to make the 2010 a better car than its predecessor seems successful. With the V6 coupe starting at $20,995 and the GT at $27,995, it continues Mustang's premise: sportiness at a reasonable price. Add the $795 Track Pack and weekend warriors as well as Mustang fans will be rooting for Ford's future." -- Popular Mechanics
Review Last Updated: 3/12/10

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