2014 Ford Mustang Review

April 7, 2014
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The Ford Mustang is a classic American muscle car and a seriously high-performance machine that never fails to provide a wild ride, regardless of where it gets its power. For 2014, the Boss 302 trim level has been discontinued but new paint colors and a more powerful Shelby GT500 come in.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Mustang V6 is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Mustang GT is more powerful with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that cranks out 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on both engines. You can also opt for a 6-speed automatic with manual shift control.

The top-of-the-line Mustang Shelby GT500 is motivated by a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine that churns out a whopping 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission available. All Mustangs have rear-wheel-drive setup.

The 2014 Ford Mustang received the following EPA fuel economy ratings:

Model City/Hwy/Combined
Mustang V6, manual 19/29/22
Mustang V6, automatic 19/31/23
Mustang GT, manual 15/26/19
Mustang GT, automatic 18/25/20
Mustang Shelby GT500 15/24/18

 

ON THE ROAD

If you’re wondering which Mustang model gives the best experience, the truth is you get wild and exhilarating ride from any Mustang. You don’t have to go for the Shelby GT500 immediately to know how it feels like to be behind the wheel of a Mustang. The V6 engine provides the Mustang with much power which would not bore you at all. The V8 puts the performance a level higher. The Shelby GT500 has undoubtedly the highest power.

The 6-speed manual transmission works smoothly with any engine. Most reviewers said they would not trade it for the available automatic. The latter comes with shift-mounted controls for manual shift which seem awkward in the age where steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are standard.

The Mustang is a rear-wheel-drive but it does not feel like it lacks traction whenever it turns. You won’t also have any problem when you drive it on wet pavement. The sports car is stable and well-planted both on highways and curvy roads.

INSIDE THE 2014 MUSTANG

The interior appearance of the Mustang differs depending on the trim level. But in general, the materials are not impressive especially with the use of too much black plastic. The design itself looks dated. But the seats are very comfortable and supportive which are perfect for high-performance driving. Recaro seats are available.

The cabin tech includes only the basic ones: audio system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry, Ford SYNC, and satellite radio. Navigation system is not standard. As for the cargo space, the coupe offers 13.4 cubic feet and the convertible has 9.6 cubic feet.

KEY FEATURES

Standard on all Mustangs are driver-selectable steering, front bucket seats, 50/50 split folding rear seat (coupe), auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, capless fuel filler, HID headlights, LED turn signals, blind spot mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

The Mustang V6 adds to the standard features leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The V6 Premium further adds 6-way power driver seat with lumbar support, leather-trimmed front seats, 4.2-inch LVD display in instrument cluster, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome interior accent, voice-activated Ford SYNC system, satellite radio, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and multifunction steering wheel.

The Mustang GT is equipped similarly as the V6 except it has 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, Pony badge in grille, hood-vented heat extractors, LED fog lights, rear spoiler, and vinyl top (convertible). The GT Premium is like the V6 Premium but it also carries over the standard features on the GT.

The Shelby GT500 features Brembo brakes, heated sport front seats with racing stripes, faux-suede interior trim, unique instrument cluster, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum wheels, Le Mans racing stripes, unique rear spoiler, and Shelby GT500 badging.

Some of the available options, depending on the trim level, are glass roof (coupes), Recaro sport seats, 7-speaker audio system, remote start system and rearview camera. The optional packages include:

ELECTRONICS PACKAGE: navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio,

CALIFORNIA SPECIAL EDITION: unique fascia with air splitter, 19-inch black aluminum wheels, side and hood stripes, black hood vents, unique badging, leather-trimmed front seats with suede inserts, side scoops

Photo credit: ford.com

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