2010 Mustang New Car Test Drive
The Ford Mustang is all-new for 2010. Everything but the roof on the 2010 Mustang is new. And it's all good, all improved over the superb 2004-2009 version of America's pony car.
We found the 2010 Mustangs quieter and more refined than the previous models. More important, the 2010 Mustang GT is an absolute blast to drive, quick off the mark with a brawny sound. The clutch pedal is light and easy to use in heavy traffic and the manual sifts smoothly. The handling is crisp, the suspension feels tight, and the brakes work better in this latest generation.
The Mustang has been in continuous production for 45 straight years, and more than 9 million Mustangs have been built and sold to date. That gives the Mustang the longest production run of any single model in Ford history.
The 2010 Ford Mustang comes in three body styles: coupe, convertible, and a glass-roof coupe. Each is available in both the traditional V-6 model and the V8-powered Mustang GT. Both engines will be available with a choice of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
The V-6 coupe and convertible feature an upgraded 4.0-liter V6 engine rated at 210 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque. The V-6 model comes standard with 17-inch wheels and tires, with 18-inch wheels optional. A rear stabilizer bar now comes standard on the V-6 models, and the entire suspension system has been retuned for more performance feel.
The Mustang GT gets a more powerful V8 for 2010, producing 315 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque from 4.6 liters.
Ford's Sync electronics, navigation with Sirius Travel Link and a rear-facing camera are among the options never before available on the Mustang.
The Mustang V-6 coupe starts at $20,995, and the V-6 convertible at $25,995. Pricing for the GT V-8 coupe starts at $27,995, with the GT V-8 convertible at $32,995. (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices do not include $850 destination charges.)
Options include the five-speed automatic transmission ($995), the glass roof option ($1995), a navigation package ($2195).
A premium package ($3000) upgrades with leather six-way power driver seat with power lumbar and two-way adjustable head restraint, bright shift knob, door trim panel inserts, leather wrapped steering wheel w/aluminum spokes, six-gauge cluster w/MyColor, gloss paint center stack and console, satin door speaker surrounds, Ambient lighting, Bright aluminum accent dash appliques, pedal covers, scuff plates and shifter knob, special wheels, Shaker 500 AM/FM/6CD MP3 audio system, eight speakers, Sirius Satellite Radio, Sync communications system, and split-folding rear seats.
An optional Track Package includes upgraded front brakes, a recalibrated AdvanceTrac system that allows later intervention, and the 3.73:1 axle ratio. Track Package II will include Pirelli 19-inch tires and wheels, upgraded front and rear brakes and heavier springs, shock absorbers and brakes along with recalibrated traction and yaw control systems designed for weekend racing. Ford Racing Performance Parts will offer a wide array of performance and appearance options for the new Mustang, up to and including a complete bolt-on supercharger kit.
The safety package includes six air bags, tire pressure monitoring, the Ford Personal Safety System that controls the level of air bag deployment according to impact speed, and a new SOS post-crash alert system that unlocks the doors, turns on the four-way flashers and sounds the horn if an air bag is deployed.