The Ford Mustang is the iconic American Muscle Car. There are other comers seeking the title, but after 50 years, the Mustang still firmly sits at the top of the heap. Yes, the new 2015 has arrived, but despite the outgoing generation being ten years old, it’s still a heck of a ride.
It’s almost a little difficult to review a car like this objectively because, well, it’s a Mustang. How can you not like it unless you just don’t like cars? That’s actually part of what makes this such a great vehicle to own. All you have to do is say “Mustang” and people’s eyes glaze over with lust and envy. There’s just something about a Mustang.
Our tester was a bright Gotta Have It Green, a $495 option, and this turned out to really work for the car. This is not a sleek, luxury car that wants to quietly glide down the road unnoticed. This is an in your face muscle car in every way possible. If you seek elegance and finesse and subtly, then the Mustang is not for you.
If you want brash, attention-getting power that makes you want to whoop and holler, then by all means, take a closer look at the Mustang. The GT Premium Convertible has a 5.0L V8 that rumbles the minute you turn the engine. It backs up that rumble with 420-horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque and a smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Even in heavy rush-hour traffic with constant shifting, this was an easy drive.
It is wonderfully responsive, giving you all the power you want on demand especially if you let those revs creep toward the redline. You’ll want to do that as much as you can, because it’s just so darn fun. Handling is good, but this is not a car that loves twists and turns. You’re not in a sporty European car and it shows in the corners where there’s a bit of body roll. Fuel economy is 12 city/26 highway for a combined 19, but there isn’t a person alive who’s buying this car with an eye toward fuel efficiency.
The Mustang is comfortable, with supportive leather seats that are 6-way power adjustable for the driver and 2-way manually adjustable for the passenger unless you get the Comfort Package that gives the passenger a power seat, too. You can practically position the seats like you’re in a lounge chair at the beach, which is exactly how it feels on a nice day with the top down.
There are some nice luxury touches that come standard in the GT Premium like a fantastic Shaker sound system to blast at the required ear-damaging levels while the top is down and you’re blazing down the highway. It also includes Sync with AppLink, an instrument cluster with 4.2” LCD message center, ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and aluminum accents.
The one true disappointment was that the convertible top is not fully-automatic. It requires the driver to release two front latches before it will open and then when closing it back up there’s a hand-hold that needs to be pulled down snug before the latches will catch to close. The worst part of the process is that you have to hold down the button the entire time the roof is moving, rather than being able to press it and let it do its thing.
Our tester came with several packages that upped the price and the luxury. The Reverse Sensing System and Security Package added an anti-theft system, wheel locking kit, and reverse park assist for $695 while the Comfort Package with its 6-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and heated side mirrors with Pony projection lights added another $650
The most expensive add-on was the Brembo Brake Package which added 14″ Brembo vented rotors with Brembo 4-piston calipers up front and 11.8″ vented rotors in the rear. It also added electronic stability control, 19″ dark stainless-painted aluminum wheels, a tire mobility kit to replace the spare tire and more aggressive suspension tuning all for $1,695.
The starting price on the 2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible is $39,750 with all the options bringing our tester up to $43,285 plus destination and delivery. It’s a whole lot of car, and a whole lot of fun, for a price that doesn’t require remortgaging the house.
2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible
Base Price: $39,750
Price As Tested: $43,285 (not including destination charge)
- Power and then some
- Striking exterior styling
- Lounge-like front seats
- Convertible top operation
- Short front legroom