2018 Ford Mustang Review

The Original Ford Mustang Concept

Looking every bit the “poor person’s” Aston Martin, the svelte Ford Mustang comes to market with a few refreshments for the 2018 model year. The update brings new front and rear styling, revised suspension calibration and more power from both engine offerings.

Looking at this newest version of the sleek muscle car, one can’t help but to marvel at how it has matured over the years. All of this performance potential, combined with sumptuous leather upholstery and a generous array of comfort and convenience features gives the Mustang an aura of grand tourismo its chief competitors lack.

This is why that Aston Martin comment is more applicable than you might realize. Further, the Mustang GT goes a lot like the V8-powered Aston Martin Vantage—particularly when you consider the Ford product only gives up 43 horsepower to the English supercar. While of course the Aston is handcrafted and uses finer upholstery (and well it should for the money), the Mustang follows the same basic formula as the Vantage and delivers much of the same visceral experience—at one third of the price.

What’s more, this iteration of the original pony car is sorted better than both the recently updated Camaro and the woefully aged Challenger. With the Ford being more comfortable, more luxurious, better handling and more handsome, the choice is obvious for us. Ford’s Mustang stands head and shoulders above its rivals from Chevrolet and Dodge.

Power comes from a choice of two sources. The 5.0-liter V8 makes 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. And, as impressive as those numbers are on the screen, you really have to sit behind the engine to fully appreciate what it’s all about.  Redlined at a stratospheric 7,400 RPM, you can wind this V8 to your heart’s content. And, the more vigorously you do so, the more melodious its aural signature becomes. Few V8 engines give you a rev range this broad at any price point and you won’t find it anywhere else for the cost of a Mustang.

Meanwhile, the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder, which replaced the base V6 in the Mustang’s engine bay for 2018, also delivers a wholly satisfying driving experience. While it lacks the thunderous resonance of the 5.0-liter V8, it pulls strongly from anywhere on the tachometer, delivering a total of 310 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque. You can get a six-speed manual transmission with either engine, or a ten-speed automatic.

What’s more, overall comfort is outstanding for both the driver and the front passenger. Yes, if you’re five feet tall or more the rear seat is hardly the place you’ll want to be. However, the rest of the car delivers outstanding comfort. Visibility is relatively unrestricted all around—despite the low roofline and steeply slanted rear window.  Ingress and egress for the front seats are welcoming as well. You’ll enter and exit the Mustang with your dignity intact—regardless of your age (more or less).

While the driving experience is markedly different depending upon your engine choice, satisfying performance is a consequence regardless of your powertrain decision. Grip and braking encourage canyon strafing activities, introducing yet another personality facet to this sterling example of the contemporary pony car. Long story short, you’ll find something to love abut the Mustang, whatever your priorities or proclivities.

With that said, do know it’s very possible to push the price of the sleek Ford well into the $50,000 range with the V8 engine. While this is a more than reasonable sum for a GT car with this much potential that number does give pause when it’s on a window sticker that also says Ford Mustang.  Fortunately though, you can still come away with a nicely equipped, highly attractive and very capable performance car, even when you’re conservative with its options list.

Pricing for the 2019 Ford Mustang starts at $26,120.

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