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2017 Ford Mustang Overview
It's the quintessential American sports car, having captured the imaginations of generations of motorists. Whether you know your way around an engine or not, you know the Ford Mustang. Throughout the years, Mustang has been many things to many people, but the 2017 model is the culmination of Ford’s efforts toward performance, efficiency, and everyday drivability.
The Mustang has been around since 1964 and is now in its sixth generation. The current version arrived for the 2015 model year and carries over for 2017. While the previous generation of the Mustang was a mainstay of the retro styling movement of the past decade, the current ‘Stang is a much more modernist evolution of the concept, with pronounced fenders, a menacing front grille and headlights, and an all-around more svelte look than its predecessor.
The Mustang is available in either coupe or convertible form. Both body styles provide seating for four, while the convertible drop its cloth top in 7 to 10 seconds. The cabin is a healthy blend of old and new, with polished aluminum and brightwork framing up sensible modern controls and switchgear.
Trims are broken out by body style and engine and then Base and Premium labels. The base trim is the V6 Coupe, coming standard with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and parking brake handle, and dual smart-charging USB ports.
Premium trims include leather seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, active noise cancellation, an aluminum-finish instrument cluster, aluminum pedals, and an ambient lighting system, adding an upscale aesthetic to the interior. Features like leather Recaro bucket seats, a Shaker Audio system, and remote start are optional.
Base Mustangs feature Sync connectivity, while upscale models feature Sync 3, which has large, easy-to-read icons and a tablet-inspired menu layout.
Mustangs equipped with Sync 3 also provide available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, bringing key features from your smartphone to the car’s touchscreen. You can access contacts, run apps like Pandora and Spotify, play podcasts, and even send and receive text messages via voice control. You can also use your smartphone’s maps app instead of the navigation system.
The Mustang is available in a wide variety of engines, all offering a surprising combination of power and efficiency. These engines have names like “Coyote” and “Voodoo.” The standard engine is the 3.7-liter “Cyclone” V6, making 300 hp. To move up in power you actually have to go down in size, to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) inline 4-cylinder, which makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.
These engines deliver solid performance around a taut platform, but a Mustang is not a Mustang without available V8 power. The Mustang GT comes equipped a 5.0-liter V8 making 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang is also available as the Shelby GT350, with even more power and performance. That vehicle is covered in a separate preview.
Power is put to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with available steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The Mustang rides on a chassis that features a fully independent rear suspension, allowing for improved cornering capabilities. In fact, the combination of a turbocharged engine and nimble handling leaves you with the impression that the Mustang has more in common with a German or Japanese performance coupe than you might have expected.
As fuel economy goes, the EcoBoost is the best performer, returning 21 mpg city/30 highway/24 combined, regardless of transmission selected. The V6 Mustang achieves fuel economy of 18/27/21 with either transmission. The manual-equipped V8 Mustang puts up fuel-economy figures of 15/25/18. If you select the automatic, only highway mileage drops–to 24 mpg.
The Mustang comes standard with front- and side-impact airbags, a backup camera, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and an SOS post-crash alert system. The Mustang is also available with tech features such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
The base price of a 2017 Ford Mustang coupe is $24,645. An EcoBoost starts at $25,645, while a Mustang GT V8 starts at $32,645. A base Convertible starts at $30,145. A Convertible EcoBoost is only available in Premium form and starts at $35,145. A GT V8 Convertible is also only available as a Premium, staritng at $42,145.
The Mustang has always been a sports car for the masses. As its owners move along through their lives and can attain a higher-level vehicle, there are plenty more Mustang trims and engines for them to choose from. This wide appeal is what continues to foster the Mustang’s popularity and cement its role as an American automotive icon.
From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.
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