2012 Ford Mustang – The 2012 Ford Mustang no longer a rehashed icon, or a throwback, the Mustang’s dragged itself down the quarter-mile into modern times in some amazing ways. There’s still a live axle in back, but no mainstream Mustang has ever handled better or accelerated faster than today’s V-8 ‘Stangs–and it’s almost true of the V-6s as well. See also the 2012 Ford Ranger for your information.
Entry-level buyers will get a 305-horsepower V-6 that can turn in 0-60 mph times of about 6.0 seconds–and fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway when teamed with a reluctant-shifting automatic six-speed. It can carry its own weight against the likes of the Nissan 370Z, at long last, and against the Camaro V-6.
The V-8 catapults into a whole other performance category. The 5.0-liter V-8 thumps out 412 horsepower, with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions pushing power to the rear wheels. The live-axle suspension has never been in better tune: the Mustang rides quite well for a sporty car, and much less of the rumbly, jumbled handling of the pre-2005 versions.
Electric power steering isn’t of the darty variety; it’s quick and suits the rorty, rev-happy V-8 quite well. Opt into the supercar-strength Shelby GT500 or the race-ready Boss 302, and you’re going even faster, spending more than $40,000 to get there.
To the heritage recipe, Ford’s trimmed out the Mustang’s proportions over the past six years. It’s leaner, and more aggressive, and can be customized with all the hood scoops, paint schemes and decal packages you need to fondly remember that night in high school, or college, or detention. The cockpit has the upright dash and big, beautiful gauges with color-shifting lighting and metallic trim, a good blend of Sixties style and today’s touchscreen sensibilities.
The Mustang’s interior keeps a light grip on retro style too, but it’s given more ground to infotainment LCDs and other modern trappings. The deep-dish, classic-look gauges are big and beautiful; the squared-off instrument panel and the wide center console just work, especially with the bright metallic touches and, where offered, the metallic shift knob. The somewhat stark cabin’s not into curves for curves sake, and it renders best when two-tone trims are a part of the package.
Ford also has jumped on the personalization bandwagon, so it’s easy to re-create the Mustang you may have driven in high school, or college. Side scoops, hood scoops, spoilers and age-inappropriate decals are all offered as accessories–there are even side louvers to recall the classic Mustang fastbacks of the late Sixties.
To the heritage recipe, Ford’s trimmed out the Mustang’s proportions over the past six years. It’s leaner, and more aggressive, and can be customized with all the hood scoops, paint schemes and decal packages you need to fondly remember that night in high school, or college, or detention.
The cockpit has the upright dash and big, beautiful gauges with color-shifting lighting and metallic trim, a good blend of Sixties style and today’s touchscreen sensibilities.
As before, Coupe and Convertible editions can be had with either powertrain. The Convertible has a reasonably tight, power-operated soft top, but the body structure isn’t stiff enough to make the most of the suspension improvements.
The 2012 Mustang is certainly more spacious than, say, the Chevy Camaro, which doesn’t have the head or leg room or outward visibility for six-footers. Seating in the Mustang’s front seats is low and snug, and sitting upright will bring the driver’s forehead fairly close to the windshield frame.
Height-adjustable seats tilt and rake, and the Mustang has options for power seats, too, but the steering wheel doesn’t telescope. On automatic-transmission models, the brake pedal is staggered much higher than the gas pedal, which we find a little odd.
The 2012 Mustang is a reasonably practical vehicle, given its performance. Trunk space is pretty good: the trunk opening is decently large, and permits at least one large suitcase and a few other bags to be loaded easily. Convertibles don’t lose much trunk space, either.
Interior quality has made steady progress in the Mustang, with noticeably nicer plastics introduced in the 2010 revamp. Noise and vibrations of the unwanted type are largely filtered out, but the sonorous engine note in Mustang GTs makes itself known all the time–thank goodnes
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