One of the world's most beloved sports cars, the Ford Mustang has been in production since 1964 and has sold millions of copies. The current sixth-generation S550 Mustang went on sale for the 2015 model year, riding on fully independent suspension unlike its predecessors' solid rear axles. The Mustang is all about providing pony car thrills at an approachable price point.
The 2021 Mustang is available in coupe or convertible body styles, with the Shelby nameplate denoting the highest-performance model. For 2022, we expect no major changes—updates will likely be aesthetic, such as new paint color, interior trims, or decal packages.
Controversially, Ford also applies the Mustang name to its first all-electric SUV: the Mustang Mach-E. Check out our Buyer's Guide for the Ford Mustang Mach-E here.
What's not to like about the Ford Mustang? This pony car paragon is all about having fun, providing sporty thrills and iconic exterior styling. At one end of its spectrum it can be a nice open-top cruiser with a turbo-four engine that returns reasonable fuel economy. At the other it becomes a hardcore track toy with a supercharged V-8 and carbon-fiber wheels that gives supercars a run for their money.
So, what's not to like? Well, it's not the most upscale coupe. Entry-level models are equipped with laughably small infotainment displays, and even high-end Mustangs carry some cheap-feeling materials. GT models, particularly convertibles, need improved body control to run with the best. The loss of the GT350 and its rev-happy V-8 is lamentable, too.
Nevertheless, the Mustang remains appealing. Between its approachable pricing, sleek styling, and fun-to-drive attitude, the Mustang provides a pony car experience that's earned millions of fans worldwide.
All Mustangs are RWD. As with the 2021 model, a six-speed manual transmission and 10-speed automatic will likely be offered in all models except the GT500, which has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Below is what we expect from the 2022 Mustang in terms of power and torque.
Engine: 2.3-liter turbo-four
Horsepower/Torque: 310 hp/350 lb-ft
Engine: 2.3-liter turbo-four
Horsepower/Torque: 330 hp/350 lb-ft
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
Horsepower/Torque: 460 hp/420 lb-ft
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
Horsepower/Torque: 480 hp/420 lb-ft
Engine: Supercharged 5.2-liter V-8
Horsepower/Torque: 760 hp/625 lb-ft
The 2021 Mustang performed well in crash safety testing, earning the maximum score of five stars in all NHTSA evaluations. From the IIHS, the 2021 Mustang got the highest Good score in five out of six crashworthiness tests.
Driver-assist and active-safety features on EcoBoost and GT Mustangs include front automatic braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Adaptive cruise control is also offered. Given its driver-focused mission the GT500 is not available with most of these features; only blind-spot monitoring is compatible.
In the Mustang coupe, trunk capacity measures 13.5 cubic feet, with split-folding second-row seats expanding cargo space into the cabin. Folding top hardware reduces cargo space to 11.4 cubic feet in the Mustang convertible, and its second-row seats are fixed in place.
Front-row headroom measures 37.6 inches in the Mustang, slightly less than the 38.3 inches found in the Toyota Supra. Front-row legroom advantage goes to the Mustang, which has 45.1 inches to the Supra's 42.2 inches. Furthermore the Mustang has rear seats for theoretical four-passenger capacity, while the Supra is strictly a two-seater. Nevertheless the Mustang's rear seats are pretty snug, offering just 34.8 inches of headroom and 29.0 inches of legroom.
On the 2021 Mustang, entry-level versions of the EcoBoost and GT have a miniscule 4.2-inch infotainment display, but Premium-trim cars, the Mach 1, and GT500 have an 8.0-inch touchscreen. That larger screen runs Ford's Sync 3 user interface and included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; built-in navigation is an optional extra. All Mustang models have two USB ports. A 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster display is optional on Premium trim models and standard on the Mach 1 and GT500. The standard audio system has six speakers, and Premium trim models have a nine-speaker standard or 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium optional system.
Electric vehicles continue to prove their high-performance capabilities. Does Ford make a Mustang EV? Officially the answer is yes—Ford says that the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric performance-oriented crossover is a full-fledged member of the Mustang family. However, giving that name to a four-door SUV sparked debate among muscle car fans, some of whom posit that such a vehicle could never be a true Mustang. Who's right? Check out our First Drive of the Mustang Mach-E to get a better idea.
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