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2013 Ford Mustang Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "How To Get The Lowest Price On A New Mustang")
New upgrades this year include standard xenon headlights with LED accents, painted rocker panels, revised front and rear fascias including a new Shelby-inspired grille, updated taillights and functioning hood vents. Inside, the 2013 Mustang gets a new performance information display and optional Recaro seats which had previously only been available on the Boss 302 and GT500 models.
Mechanically, the automatic transmission has been upgraded to also include manual shift control, while the GT's V8 engine was given a boost of 8-horsepower, manual transmission models gained hill-start assist and the GT's optional Track package was updated with more performance hardware.
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
While the new Mustang has a lot going for it, before making a final buying decision prospective owners should not only consider its appealing qualities, but measure the possible impact of its potential drawbacks as well. And if one then decides to proceed with a possible purchase, it's essential to also have a rock-solid plan for getting the best possible price (see the "How To Get The Lowest Price" link below).
Powerful engines: Whether opting for the V6 or a V8, all the engine choices offer plenty of wallop. Even the base V6 packs enough power to more than satisfy the typical driver as well as most driving enthusiasts. The 3.7-liter V-6 pumps out 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from a standstill to 60 mph in about a quick 6.5 seconds. A V6 outfitted with the Performance package and 3.31 gear ratio can do the same sprint in just 5.6 seconds.
Stepping up to the GT's 5.0-liter V8 boosts output to 420 horsepower/390 lb-ft of torque and with the 3.73 ratio can go from 0 - 60 in a blazing 4.7 seconds. The Boss 302's 5.0-liter V8 is good for 444 horsepower, 380 lb-ft of torque and a 0 - 60 time of 4.8 seconds.
Still not fast enough? Under the hood of the Shelby GT500 is a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out a massive 662 horses, 631 lb-ft of torque and a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
Capable handling: The Mustang isn't just powerful, it's light on its feet and can turn and stop quicker than most of its rivals. On those back curvy roads, the Mustang's steering responsiveness and overall level of driver engagement is readily apparent and lots of fun. If possible, choosing a manual transmission is recommended because it gets the most out of every engine and is also easy to drive.
Useful Ford Sync system: The high-tech Sync "infotainment" system connects to a cell phone and allows the driver to use voice commands for things like making calls and playing MP3 files or using the radio, navigation system and climate controls. Not only is this voice-activation quick and convenient, it enhances safety because the driver's eyes are always on the road.
Strong performance customization options: The V6 Performance package is available for the coupe and includes a 3.31 rear axle ratio, suspension and brake upgrades, a revised stability control system and 19-inch wheels with summer tires.
The GT can be outfitted with upgraded Brembo brakes and either 3.55:1 or 3.73:1 performance axles for faster acceleration. Also available for GT coupes with manual transmissions is the Track package that adds the radiator and engine oil cooler from the Boss 302, Brembo brakes and a Torsen limited-slip differential with the 3.73:1 rear axle.
Surprising gas mileage: Even though the base Mustang Coupe V6 engine delivers brisk acceleration thanks to its robust 305 horsepower output, it still gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission (19 mpg city). The manual comes in at 19 mpg city and 29 highway.
The GT gets a respectable (given the power) 18 city and 25 highway with the automatic and 15 and 26, respectively, with the manual. Of course, bear in mind that choosing a more aggressive rear differential gear ratio will lower these numbers.
And even the super-performing Shelby GT500 has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of a fairly reasonable 15 mpg city and 24 on the highway
2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium interior
Some lower-quality interior materials: The Mustang's interior still lags the market in terms of materials quality. A significant portion of the door panels and center console, for example, consists of cheaper hard plastic.
Cramped rear seats: While technically the Mustang can seat four adults, the rear quarters is definitely on the tight side, even for people who aren't particularly tall. You may want to think twice if you anticipate carrying more than two adults on a regular basis, particularly on long trips.
The steering wheel doesn't telescope: While the front seat generally provides adequate accommodations for most occupants and the lack of a telescoping steering wheel will not impact most drivers, it can be an issue for some ... larger/taller prospective buyers should check this out carefully on a test drive.
No paddle shifter: The new auto-manual toggle control for the automatic transmission is a nice addition, but its mounted on the shifter. Instead, a sport coupe would really be better served with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Complicated Sync system: The Sync infotainment system, while impressively useful and convenient, takes some practice and getting used to. There is a learning curve on its user-friendliness and the control and gauge layout is a bit complicated.
Updated and refreshed, the 2013 Ford Mustang is as brash as ever but also sports sophisticated handling abilities and is again the top muscle car available. It's also especially appealing for its bang-for-the-performance-buck. Other contenders worthy of consideration would include the Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Ford Mustang ... or any other car.
Good luck and all the best,