Love it or hate it, the 2002 Ford Mustang seems familiar to just about everyone. Known as America’s premier pony car, the Mustang has a long history. In the late 1990s and 2000s, Ford chose to revitalize the design and bring back some of the exciting features that once made it so popular. For the 2002 model year the Mustang offers a variety of trim levels to suit the needs and budget of just about anyone interested in buying one of these iconic cars. Overall, the Mustang comes well-equipped, offers a lot of style, and makes a good choice for the car buyer looking for an affordable pony car.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Mustang Deluxe coupe, Ford Mustang coupe, Ford Mustang Premium coupe, Ford Mustang GT Deluxe coupe, Ford Mustang GT Premium coupe, Ford Mustang Deluxe convertible, Ford Mustang Premium convertible, Ford Mustang GT Deluxe convertible, Ford Mustang GT Premium convertible
The manufacturer makes a couple of changes to the 2002 Ford Mustang. The V-6 models receive 16-inch alloy wheels. It also loses the fake side scoops and gets a new hood. The Mach 460 and Mach 1000 audio systems also improve with speed-sensitive volume control. A MP3 player debuts later in the year. Additionally, Ford replaces Performance Red paint with Torch Red.
If one car can be recognized by just about anyone, whether they get into cars or not, it is the Ford Mustang. The 2002 Ford Mustang features characteristic scooped sides and an assertive front end and grille. Of course the famous Mustang badge sits in the center of the grille. Some of the trim levels come equipped with a stylish rear spoiler as well. This pony car needs some exciting color choices and Ford pulls through. It comes in several colors, including Torch Red, True Blue Metallic, and Zinc Yellow.
The 2002 Ford Mustang offers plenty of style and comfort on the inside as well. It comes equipped with cloth bucket styles seats in the lower trim levels. The Mustang also has a split-folding rear seat along with cruise control and air-conditioning. The upper trim levels come equipped with leather sport seats in the front of the cabin. Drivers recommend it for its leather steering wheel and impressive stereo system. This system includes eight speakers and four subwoofers.
Performance & Handling
Besides its unmistakable appearance, the 2002 Ford Mustang also earns recognition for its performance and handling. While not perfect, the Mustang provides America’s premier pony car. Both the V-6 and the V-8 engine prove more than capable of offering the necessary power for the car. Most enthusiasts claim that either engine does better with the manual transmission choice. The manual option gives the driver greater control and offers more responsive feedback. Overall, the Mustang offers a fun drive and attracts a great deal of attention.
Ford has always been about safety. The 2002 Ford Mustang comes equipped with several safety features such as child seat anchors, ventilated front brakes, solid rear brakes, and an electronic brake force distribution system. Headrests in the front of the cabin provide more support for the head and the neck in the event of an accident. An anti-theft alarm system provides standard equipment for the Mustang as well. The upper trim levels also offer traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Mustang 3.8-liter V-6: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang 4.6-liter V-8: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Nice V-8 power for the GT
- Definitely an American car
- Convertible option
- Fun to drive
- Good crash-test scores
You Won't Like
- Seats too soft
- Awkward stereo controls
- Solid rear axle
- Excessive detailing on the GT
A Mustang with lots of style and an affordable price.
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