2017 Ford Mustang Review

Written By: Anqoinette Crosby

For me, the 2017 Ford Mustang strikes just the right balance. Civilized enough for my girlfriends who are first-time performance car buyers, it still brings the heat for the eternally fervent fans of this iconic American nameplate. What’s more, the 2017 Mustang is also one of the best sporty cars on the market for the money today.

Available as a four-seat coupe or a soft-top convertible, given the many sunny days we’ve been enjoying in the District of late, as pretty as the coupe pictured here is, I think the drop top is the way to go. If it works for you too, remember to wear your sunscreen and a pair of sleek shades.

Sliding into the ‘Stang’s dynamic cockpit, you’ll find a clever blend of hi-tech features and retro accents. It’s a symbolic nod to Mustang’s impressive 53-year history, while thoroughly measuring up as the control center of a contemporary performance car.

It’s also an outstanding value. Even the base Mustang is loaded with advanced features. These include a tilt and telescoping steering wheel so you can tailor your driving position, a rearview camera, and keyless entry with pushbutton start. Ford’s performance monitoring Track Apps and the Sync voice command system are standard too. I loved the way I could use Sync to place phone calls simply by saying a name.

While options like 18-inch wheels, Recaro sport seats, a rear spoiler and Ford’s more robust Sync 3 infotainment system are exceptionally good, the gear under the hood is what makes the 2017 Mustang a true standout on the road.

The base level is outfitted with a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Graduating to EcoBoost gets you a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder delivering 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range is the GT’s 5.0-liter V-8, which pumps out a palpitation-inducing 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of your engine choice, the rear-wheel drive Mustang can be had with either a six-speed automatic, or a six-speed manual transmission.

Because it’s capable of delivering huge fun with any of its engines, you can either go for maximum performance or prioritize fuel economy. Within that though, even the fire-breathing V8 is capable of returning nearly 20 miles per gallon in — uh — shall we say, “civilized” use.

During my time with the car, I reveled in the Mustang’s premium performance, athletic handling, and good gas mileage. Its advanced safety features gave me a feeling of security too.  I also love the look of Ford’s menacing muscle machine.

All of this, plus the fact it's affordable to drive are among the many reasons Mustang is America’s only performance coupe in its class to enjoy continuous production since its launch back in 1964. When you’re driving a Mustang, more than just your destination, it’s about the heart thumping fun you’ll have in this sporty thrill-on-wheels as it gets you there.

Pricing starts at $24,645.

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