2005 Ford Mustang

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2005 Ford Mustang Review

Offers the high performance and quality ride Mustang buyers have come to love.

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The 2005 Ford Mustang carries on its tradition of being a muscle car, while getting its first complete redesign in over two decades. It comes in both coupe and convertible models in either a deluxe or premium trim level. The Mustang uses either an automatic or manual five-speed transmission. The engines have been enhanced to provide more horsepower and torque. Optional traction control and a new suspension make the Mustang a joy to drive in any weather conditions. The interior and exterior have retro styles that radiate the look and feel of excellence.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Ford Mustang Deluxe, Ford Mustang Premium, Ford Mustang GT Deluxe, Ford Mustang GT Premium

What's New

The 2005 Ford Mustang gets a snazzy new design, which is partially borrowed from the Mustang’s design in the 1960s. Beginning under the hood, the 2005 Mustang’s engine gets a noticeable upgrade, pumping out more horsepower than the 2004 models. The automatic and manual transmissions have both been improved for more efficiency and better performance. The front and rear suspension have been improved for better handling. The Mustang’s length and wheelbase increase by nearly six inches, while exterior and interior come meticulously designed to give consumers the impression of old-school Mustangs.


The 2005 Mustang’s exterior design brings back memories of the Mustangs from the late 1960s and early 1970s. It has a long hood and a short rear deck. C-scoops mark the sides, and the center of the grille features a galloping horse badge. Wide wheels and tires are integrated below the frame to ensure better handling at higher speeds. The base 2005 Ford Mustang has 16-inch wheels, while the GT features 17-inch wheels. The GT also includes fog lamps mounted on the grille and a rear spoiler. Convertibles have a power top with a heated glass rear window.


Ford chooses a retro style in its design of the 2005 Ford Mustang. Some of the most prominent features include the jumbo circular speedometer and tachometer, which mimic the styling of the 1967 Mustang. The other smaller gauges that monitor fuel, oil pressure, and engine temperature sit neatly arranged in between the other two units. The three-spoke steering wheel mounts perfectly in the center. The inside lighting is configurable to be displayed in over 125 different colors, using LED technology. The six-way power driver’s seat provides excellent flexibility and comfort. Ventilated leather seats bring passengers superb comfort, while ensuring they don’t stick to the seats on muggy days. The GT offers two optional stereo systems with a six-disc changer. Trunk space remains limited, but the rear seats fold down for storing long objects.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Ford Mustang gets some enhancements to make the car a blast to drive. The deluxe and premium base versions draw power from a four-liter, six-cylinder engine with 210 horsepower, and the GT’s pack a 4.6-liter, eight-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. The speedy Mustang moves from zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds.

The ride and handling of the 2005 Mustang improves remarkably, resulting in a more comfortable drive. Turns feel crisp, and it takes corners with a composed attitude. It uses a Macpherson strut suspension, along with rack and pinion steering, designed for performance. The front/rear weight distribution has a more balanced ratio, which results in greater stability and better control.


The 2005 Mustang comes standard with Ford’s Personal Safety System, which leads the industry in contributing to personal safety. One of the highlights of this wonderful system is that it provides increased protection to passengers in the event of a frontal crash. Optional traction control remains available for better driving on slick roads. Ford also implements dual-stage airbags on both the driver and passenger sides of the 2005 Ford Mustang. Seat belt pretensioners provide maximum protection in the event of an accident. The Mustang comes equipped with a device that prevents the ignition from being started by a person without an original manufacturer key. All models come equipped with anti-lock brakes on all wheels.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Mustang Deluxe: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang Premium: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Deluxe: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Premium: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Solid performance
  • Stable ride
  • Large, open front seats
  • Interior design

You Won't Like

  • Small glove box
  • Rear-seat entry/exit
  • Automatic transmission performance with the six-cylinder

Sum Up

Offers the high performance and quality ride Mustang buyers have come to love.

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