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2021 Ford Mustang
Select a Different Model (8 Available): EcoBoost Convertible
Fuel Economy $ 20 / 28 mpg
Horsepower 310@5,500
Torque 350@3,000
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2021 Ford Mustang MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Fun turbo-four model
  • Supercar-fast GT500
  • Cool digital gauge display

Cons

  • Tiny base-trim infotainment display
  • Lacks handling finesse
  • Decent interior quality

As one of America's best-known sports cars, the Ford Mustang brings power to the people. From its introduction in 1964, the Mustang has provided RWD thrills and available V-8 muscle at relatively affordable prices. When the current generation arrived in 2015, an independent rear suspension allowed it to become more refined and capable. As always, it's available as a coupe or convertible, with high-performance Shelby variants at the top of the lineup. Recently the Mustang title was controversially applied to Ford's first electric performance vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E.

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What's New

  • Turbo-four and 5.0L V-8 models now include lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing wipers.
  • Track-oriented Mach 1 nameplate revived
  • GT500 Carbon Fiber Handling package combines carbon-fiber wheels, adjustable suspension strut top mounts, an oil catch can, and aerodynamic enhancements
  • New paint color choices

What We Think

Whether you're a sports car rookie or a track day veteran, there's a Mustang for everyone. Let's address its flaws first. Ride quality isn't great, and body control needs work. Handling is only decent on more entry-level models, and convertibles can feel a bit floppy. Materials aren't very upscale, which might be fine on basic Mustangs, but not so much on high-end models with MSRPs above $50,000.

Even so, the excellent engine choices counter those gripes to a certain extent. Even the entry-level turbo-four, once an unthinkable layout for a pony car, delivers excitement with its rev-happy attitude. In a comparison against the Toyota Supra 2.0, the EcoBoost 'Stang's charm and settled suspension gave it the win. The naturally aspirated V-8, an increasingly rare engine format, has gobs of power and a vicious roar. Then there's the GT500's incredible supercharged V-8, which transforms the humble Mustang into a legitimate supercar. It even managed a second-place finish at 2020 Best Driver's Car.

The Mustang carries on the legacy of its iconic forebears. Even though the terrific GT350 appears to be gone for 2021, the recently introduced Mach 1 looks like it'll be lots of fun, just like any other Mustang.

Performance

All Mustangs are RWD and (barring the GT500) fitted with a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.

The entry-level engine is a 2.3-liter turbo-four, which makes 310 hp in EcoBoost spec or 330 hp with the High Performance package; both make 350 lb-ft of torque. In MotorTrend testing, a manual transmission Mustang EcoBoost accelerated from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, while one with the automatic did the same in 5.3 seconds. With the High Performance package, the car should sprint to 60 in under 5.0 seconds, Ford says.

The "Coyote" 5.0-liter V-8 produces 460 hp in standard GT form, or 480 hp in the Bullitt and Mach 1; torque is 420 lb-ft in all. We tested an automatic Mustang GT convertible's 0-60 mph acceleration at 4.2 seconds, and a manual-equipped Bullitt's at 4.6 seconds.

The GT500 gets a model-specific drivetrain. It's a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, churning out 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque, all sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Our testing recorded a 3.7-second 0-60 mph time from the standard GT500, which fell to 3.6 seconds with the optional Carbon Fiber Track Pack.

Safety

From the NHTSA, the Mustang coupe scores the maximum of five stars in front crash, side crash, and rollover testing. From the IIHS, it gets Good scores, the highest, in all but one crashworthiness test (the small overlap front test on the driver's side, where it earned an Acceptable rating).

For 2021, Mustangs equipped with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or 5.0-liter V-8 get more active safety and driver-assist features as standard. These include lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Adaptive cruise control remains an optional extra.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Mustang coupe's trunk has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, with a split-folding second-row seat that helps expand that space into the cabin. In the Mustang convertible, it's reduced to 11.4 cubic feet, and the second row doesn't fold down.

Front-row headroom measures 37.6 inches in the Mustang, a bit less than its archrival, the Chevrolet Camaro, which has 38.5 inches. Front legroom is better in the Mustang, though, at 45.1 inches against the Camaro's 43.9 inches. It's snug in the back of either car. Second-row headroom is 34.8 inches (35.7 inches in the convertible) in the Ford; Chevrolet doesn't provide this measurement for the Camaro. Second-row legroom is 29.0 inches (29.2 inches in the convertible) in the Mustang, slightly less than 29.9 inches in the Camaro.

Technology

Entry-level Mustangs are equipped with a tiny 4.2-inch infotainment display and two USB ports. The Sync 3 system, optional on entry-level models and included on Premium trims, adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; built-in navigation is optional on all. A 12.0-inch all-digital gauge cluster display is optional on Premium models, and included on Bullitt, Mach 1, and GT500. A six-speaker audio system is standard while Premium models get a nine-speaker setup, with a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium arrangement optional on those.

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2021 FORD MUSTANG SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter EcoBoost®
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Manual (MT82)
Trim
EcoBoost Convertible
Class
Convertible
Horsepower
310@5,500
Standard MPG
20/28
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible college students. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-04-2021