The 1997 Ford Mustang serves as a rear-drive, two-door coupe or convertible that held the title of America’s top pony car for over three decades. Its main attraction concerns its reputation as a muscle car and its beautiful interior.
Drivers get the satisfaction of a smooth driving experience, highlighted by swift and strong acceleration, a host of convenience and standard safety features, and adequate handling.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder, 215-hp 4.6-liter V-8, 305-hp 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang GT, Ford Mustang Cobra
The 1997 Ford Mustang gets only a few cosmetic changes. A few new interior color options join the lineup. The shift lever found in Mustangs with an automatic transmission gets thicker. An anti-theft system becomes available for both the base and GT.
The Ford Mustang has approximately a 182-inch length, a 72-inch width, a 53-inch height, and a 101-inch wheelbase. It shows off a sharp design that looks both attractive and efficient. The 1997 Ford Mustang features body-colored front and rear bumpers, power black door mirrors, a composite hood with flow through scoops, aerodynamic halogen headlamps, a Mustang fender badge, and tinted windows. A rear spoiler remains optional. Convertibles have a power retractable top. It has a curb weight of 3084 pounds and sits on 15-inch steel or alloy wheels. An assortment of upgrades make the appearance of the wheels more stylish.
The interior of the 1997 Ford Mustang seats four passengers. In the front, it has reclining cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes a storage bin and a cup holder. Pockets in the doors and bins on the seats allow for easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged large gauges for clear readability and conveniently located controls for easy use. In the rear, a split-folding cloth seat fits two people. The Mustang features deluxe carpet, an auxiliary power point, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, a digital quartz clock, a lockable glove compartment, dual visor mirrors with covers, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A cassette or CD player, power windows and locks, and leather seating remain optional.
Performance & Handling
The Ford Mustang base comes packed with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. The GT contains a 4.6-liter V-8 that pumps out 215 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Cobras carry a 4.6-liter V-8 that cranks out an impressive 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The Cobra offers a five-speed manual transmission only.
The 1997 Ford Mustang uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This results in a relatively smooth and stable ride. Handling feels crisp, giving drivers the ability to maneuver in traffic gracefully and take corners with ease. Steering improves from previous Mustangs, allowing for better control.
The 1997 Ford Mustang has driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags installed. Anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and an anti-theft alarm system, which provide increased security, remain optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Mustang: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful appearance
- Strong performance
- Good handling
You Won't Like
- Below average fuel economy
- Uncomfortable seating during long trips
- High price tag
An American icon.
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