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Avg. Price Paid: $14,545 - $17,720
Original MSRP: $22,145 - $30,845
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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2011 Ford Mustang Interior

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Overall, reviewers are satisfied with the 2011 Ford Mustang’s interior cabin. While some complain of ergonomic quirks and a cramped backseat, most rave about its long list of standard and optional features. For better interior quality, critics suggest the V6 Premium over the base model.

  • "Once again, it's the little things stand out. The soft touch materials on the dash, the inlaid bezels on the vents, the classic tachometer and speedometer, all look great." -- The Detroit News
  • "The Mustang's cabin retains its characteristic retro design while also boasting respectable materials quality. The result won't fool you into thinking you're driving a luxury coupe, but it's a notably nicer interior than we're used to seeing in a Mustang." -- Edmunds
  • "We'd definitely recommend the Premium model because the plastic-heavy base interior is bland and uninviting, but we're cool with skipping the MCA package; it might grab attention at the local Steak ‘n Shake, but it's a bit much for our tastes." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin is highlighted by classy chrome trim and many padded surfaces, though the door panels are hard plastic. Base models have grippy, attractive cloth upholstery, but the plastic steering wheel doesn't feel particularly nice in your hands." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin of the base V-6, although it has been improved considerably over the 2009 in terms of material quality and seat comfort, is still not quite as nice as that of its competitors." -- Kansas City Star

Seating

Auto writers find that the 2011 Ford Mustang's four-passenger cabin provides comfortable seating for adults in the front and kids in the back. For a roomier backseat, check out the Dodge Charger.

  • "Re-contoured front buckets offer better comfort and support while the rear bench - a 60/40 fold-down in the Coupe but fixed in the Convertible - is scaled for small to mid-size kids." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Both the Mustang coupe and the convertible offer seating for four; while average-size adults can fit in back, they'll be a bit cramped." -- Edmunds
  • "Good headroom and legroom, but the cabin can feel a bit cozy due to low seats, a high dashtop, and tall window sills. The seats are comfortable with a nicely contoured backrest, though knees can collide easily with the door panels and center console.  … As is typical for a sporty coupe, the rear seat is inhospitable for most adults with cramped accommodations and challenging entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The backseat is a shame, with room for two very short people…" -- The Detroit News

Interior Features

Critics are impressed with the 2011 Ford Mustang's long list of standard and optional features --especially its color-changing illumination system and Ford's SYNC infotainment system. However, some critics note ergonomic quirks with the controls layout.

  • "In Premium trim, our V6 test car came with all the standard creature comforts you would expect in a passenger car, and then some: leather power seats, Sirius satellite radio, a split-folding rear seat." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Premium-package Mustangs also feature Ford's MyColor, which allows the driver to choose from dozens of illumination colors for the gauges, a gauge background bezel, ambient cabin lighting, and ultracool illuminated sill plates. The gauges of lesser Mustangs are illuminated in a nonadjustable, but beautiful and highly legible, ice blue." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Audio and climate controls on the center stack are large and easy to use. Ford's voice-activated Sync music and phone system now has 911 Assist." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The main gauges are set into chrome trim rings; they're large and clearly marked, but some drivers say they can be partially obscured with hands on the steering wheel. Manual shifting is awkward when the console cupholders are in use. With either transmission, the shifter can interfere with the low-mounted climate controls. Still, most buttons are large and easy to reach, with most all functions self evident." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Mustang is also available with Ford's new navigation system that features Sirius Travel Link technology. The navigation system uses a large 8-inch touch-screen, and Travel Link provides occupants with information - like local gas prices - that's not available on many navigation systems." -- Cars.com
  • "And then there's Sync, simply the best voice-operated, hands-free system in the industry. It can operate your phone and play music via a Bluetooth connection. It can find you on a map, it can tell you the weather, and it can tune the stereo without you ever having to take your hands off the wheel." -- The Detroit News

Cargo

The 2011 Ford Mustang coupe provides 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space, but the convertible only provides 9.6. For more cargo room, check out the Dodge Challenger and Charger. They lead the class with 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

  • "Coupe cargo space is good for the class. Trunk lids open wide on non-intruding hinges, but the size and shape of the trunk opening can make loading even moderately sized cargo a challenge. Convertibles can accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two. Cabin storage is sparse." -- Consumer Guide

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