Acceleration, handling, braking, exhaust sound, relatively good fuel economy.
Convertible top operation, tight rear seat, small trunk opening, no telescoping steering wheel, reliability.
The Mustang brings more to the table than iconic looks and strong engines. Handling is agile and the ride is tolerable for a sporty car. Its refined and punchy 305-hp V6 attained an impressive 24 mpg overall. The GT's 5.0-liter V8 is a scorcher and sounds great. The automatic sacrifices just a little performance compared with the crisp short-throw manual shifter. The upright stance allows for a decent view out and fairly easy access, making it a reasonable choice for daily driving. The front seats are comfortable, but the rear seats are tight. Interior fit and finish is mostly good. Reliability of the V8 is below average, but the V6 version is average.