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A powerful, track-ready muscle car.

2019 Ford Mustang Review | CarMax

They say everyone has a Mustang story. With its muscular body, legendary power, and racing pedigree, it's easy to see why. The 2019 Ford Mustang is an iconic car for those who believe there is no such thing as a boring commute. Its fastback roofline and low, wide body give it a racing stance that makes this four-seater factory-ready for a day at the track. And its deep trunk, flexible cargo configuration, and cockpit full of tech options give this pony car the practical tools it needs to run wild on the open road.

In this review of the 2019 Ford Mustang, we'll cover:

Key Specs and Features

  • Available as a coupe or convertible
  • Two powerful engine options: 2.3L I4 or 5.0L V8
  • Two transmission options: 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • The 2019 Ford Mustang gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway for 2.3L EcoBoost® models equipped with an available 10-speed automatic transmission.1

5 Reasons to Buy

1. BUILT FOR SPEED

The low, sleek, muscular profile of the 2019 Ford Mustang reflects the power under its sculpted hood. The body features a low, wide stance, an elongated hood, a steeply sloped windshield and roofline to help it slip through the air, and an independent rear suspension that is designed to help minimize body rolls around curves. It features as standard a 2.3L engine that produces 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, while the available 5L V8 engine produces 460 horsepower with 420 lb.-ft. of torque in the GT, GT Premium, and BULLITT trims. This is a car that will turn heads as you zoom past on the highway.

2. RACE READY

It's practically begging for burnouts. The 2019 Ford Mustang comes standard with electronic line-lock that lets you lock the front brakes and spin the rear wheels to get some heat in the tires. It also features Launch Control (standard on vehicles with manual transmission) that helps you accelerate out of the gate from a standstill by allowing you to set the RPM, drop the clutch, floor it, and let the ponies fly. Despite all this race-ready tech, it's also a supremely easy car to drive and enjoy.

3. TRACK TOYS

There will be no debates about your fastest lap times using the TrackApps™ Lap Time feature equipped on the 2019 Ford Mustang as standard. The electronic log lets you record your time and average speed at three separate tracks and store up to 100 25-lap sessions in Track Mode. Measure your racing prowess on 0–60 sprints and quarter-mile time trials with the Acceleration Timer. With the help of the classic "Christmas-tree" styled 3-2-1 countdown, you'll know when to go too.

4. TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

2019 Ford Mustang Review: Engine | CarMax

Muscle cars aren't known for their fuel economy, but the 2019 Ford Mustang is the exception. Thanks to itsengine technology, the 2.3L turbocharged engine in the EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium models will help you get the most from your fuel. These two trims with the 2.3L engine are EPA-estimated to achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway as a fastback and 28 mpg on the highway as a convertible when paired to the six-speed manual transmission.1 Outfitted with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the 2.3L engine, the fuel economy of the 2019 Ford Mustang increases up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway in the coupe and 28 mpg in the convertible.1

5. BRAINS AND BRAWN

2019 Ford Mustang Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Ford Mustang is standard equipped with Ford's SYNC® voice-operated system that lets you control in-vehicle functions with the push of a button using natural language commands. The optional SYNC 3 brings a wide range of technology integration, such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and even lets you bring Amazon's Alexa™ into the car to make the transition between time at home and the time in your car seem seamless. This means that the 2019 Ford Mustang isn't just fun to take to the track but it'll keep you engaged on your commute and on longer journeys too.


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What You Need to Know

The 2019 Ford Mustang comes in the following trims:

  • EcoBoost: The EcoBoost trim comes with 17-inch wheels, a 2.3L engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, SYNC, 4.2-inch LCD screen, 911 Assist®, AppLink®, two smart-charging USB ports, keyless entry with push-button start, a rearview camera, TrackApps™ located in the instrument cluster, and more.
  • EcoBoost® Premium: This trim comes with everything found in the EcoBoost trim but adds Selectable Drive Modes, SYNC 3 with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, SIRIUS XM™, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Reverse Sensing System, six-way power heated and cooled leather-trimmed front seats, and more.
  • GT: This trim includes select features of the EcoBoost trim and adds 18-inch wheels, a 5.0L engine, six-speed manual transmission, mechanical equipment upgrades, six-way power cloth front seats, dual exhaust with quad tips, and more.
  • GT Premium: In addition to select features included in the GT trim, the GT Premium trim adds selectable drive modes, leather-trimmed front seats, heated and cooled front seats, SYNC 3 with eight-inch touchscreen, 911 Assist, AppLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two smart-charging USB ports, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and more.
  • BULLITT: This trim includes select features of the GT Premium trim and adds 19-inch wheels, unique tuning upgrades, a white cue-ball shift knob, black-leather interior with green-accent stitching, heated steering wheel, and more.

Interior

2019 Ford Mustang Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2019 Ford Mustang sports a classic 2+2 seating configuration and is outfitted with deep bucket seats in the front and rear row. With up to 45.1 inches of legroom, tall drivers should fit comfortably behind the wheel. The coupe's sloping fastback roofline may make the second-row headroom a tight fit for some passengers, but the sky's the limit if you opt for the electronic drop-top convertible.

2019 Ford Mustang Review: Backseats | CarMax

To pay homage to its namesake, the standard push-button start button pulses 30 glowing red beats per minute—the same as a Mustang horse's resting heart rate. Also, although few people shop muscle cars for their cargo-carrying capability, you'll find 13.5 cubic feet of storage capacity in the coupe's trunk (11.4 cubic feet in the convertible), which should be enough room to hold two sets of golf clubs. The rear seats fold flat to accommodate longer items.

2019 Ford Mustang Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Colors

  • Highland Green
  • Ingot Silver
  • Kona Blue
  • Magnetic
  • Need for Green
  • Orange Fury
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Ruby Red Metallic
  • Shadow Black
  • Velocity Blue

Similar Vehicles

Chevrolet Camaro

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is available as a rear-wheel-drive coupe or convertible in a range of trims that offer styling, power, and performance upgrades. Standard on the LS and LT models is a turbocharged 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque paired with either a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Other powertrain options include a 335-horsepower 3.6L six-cylinder engine on the LT, a 455-horsepower 6.2L eight-cylinder engine on the SS trims, or a 650-horsepower 6.2L V8. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is as robust in the cabin as it is under the hood. It's equipped with a standard seven-inch or available eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cargo capacity in the trunk is a little tight with 9.1 cubic feet in the coupe and 7.3 cubic feet in the convertible.

Dodge Challenger

The only way to make many other muscle cars feel slow is to compare them to the Hellcat. The 2019 Dodge Challenger is available in eight different trims—three of which are HEMI® V8s found in the R/T and SRT Hellcat models that range in whiplash-inducing power, up to 797 horsepower with 707 lb.-ft. of torque in the Redeye. Depending on the trim, the Challenger is available in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and features various performance upgrades and heritage styling cues, such as a dual-snorkel hood and fender flares. The 2019 Dodge Challenger offers seating for five and 16.2 cubic feet of storage capacity in the cargo area.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Ford Mustang is more than a car—it's a legend. It's powerful, stylish, and brimming with features and technology that extend this muscle car's usefulness beyond the track. If you're in the market for adventure, thrill, and practicality, it's time to test drive this muscle car classic.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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