Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First Drive: Ford Mustang V6

The Mustang has been around since 1964 and it served as Ford's pony car/muscle car entry in the American muscle cars war. There were many versions of the Mustang: Shelby GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Boss 429, Mach 1, Mustang GT, Mustang GT/CS, Mustang Shelby GT, Roush Mustangs, Saleen Mustang. The Mustang is on its fifth-generation. I recently drove the 2013 Ford Mustang that is powered by a 3.7L V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, that produces 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a limited top speed of 112 mph. The car I test drove was grey and included the Sync package. The car I drove cost $25,485.

The Mustang has a great drive quality. The car went smoothly over speed bumps. I could not feel any bumps in the road, let alone speed bumps while driving the Mustang. The car drove quietly on the highway. I had plenty of room behind the wheel. However, the Mustang is a sports car and there is no leg room for the rear passengers. I was mainly focused on test driving the Mustang and I did not use Sync. The Mustang also has an aggressive styling, which is a plus in my book.

The Mustang has great acceleration. The V6 quickly gets the Mustang up to highway speeds. The car handled turns and corners well on the highway. Steering was very responsive and I had no issues with the brake and accelerator pedals. It was a blast to drive.

Overall, the Mustang V6 is a fun sports car to drive. The Mustang has solid acceleration and is comfortable to drive. The Mustang drove smoothly over bumpy roads, city roads, and highways. The car is a great deal for around $25,000. However, the car is limited to 112 mph. The drive shaft of the V6 Mustangs starts to vibrate at 112 mph. But, there is the Mustang Boss 302, Mustang GT, and Shelby GT500, all which come with a V8 engine and have much better performance than the Mustang V6. When the Mustang first came out, it was a no-brainer to chose a V8 Mustang over a V6 Mustang. But with the 2013 Mustangs, the V6 Mustangs are no jokes. The estimated highway MPG for the V6 Mustang is 31. That is very good for a sports car. If you want a good sports car with very good gas mileage, go with the V6 Mustang. If you want a Mustang with muscle, go with one of the Mustangs available with a V8. You will not be disappointed with any 2013 Mustang.

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