The Ford Mustang is a pony car – a compact, affordable, and sporty/performance-oriented, American-made vehicle. Since 2015, the Mustang took a significant leap forward thanks to a number of improvements, which include:
- An independent rear suspension
- Adaptive suspension dampers
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- The four-cylinder engine gets additional torque.
- V8 models get a redesigned manual gearbox and a two-mode exhaust system.
We recently got a chance to take the 2018 Ford Mustang GT model out for a spin. Here’s what we think about the experience.
The 5.0-liter V8 is both powerful and compliant. Perhaps a bit too much; its exhaust note sounds almost subdued. Our test car didn’t have the Performance package’s 3.73 rear end, which is probably why it takes a bit longer to reach 60 mph. (5.2 seconds vs. 4.7). Overall, the V8 brings it.
The brake pedal is solid but easy to modulate. It’s not overly sensitive and feels just right when you press down on it. With its standard brakes, the car stopped a couple of feet shorter from 60 mph and needed only 106 feet.
Steering is responsive and precise, especially when cornering quickly. Adjustable effort levels are more noticeable in parking lots than at regular driving.
While the GT is incredibly easy to drive, its clutch engagement could be better. The throttle response keeps the car well under control, which is great.
We think the 2018 Ford Mustang is more practical overall than the Chevy Camaro, its top competitor. The Mustang has a larger cargo capacity, easier trunk access, and a relatively more usable cabin. At the very least, any proper compact hatchback will match the Mustang’s utility.
But while the interior storage is sufficient, its door pockets have a small capacity and the console bin is rather shallow. The trunk measures a fair 13.5 cubic feet, but the optional Shaker stereo comes with a hefty, trunk-mounted sub-woofer.