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Cars don’t get much more iconic than the Ford Mustang coupe and convertible, and the 2018 Mustang features multiple updates that keep it modern and competitive against new and old rivals. The V6 engine disappeared, but both the turbocharged four-cylinder and V8 engines got more power, and both can be paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford also revised the front and rear styling, and the interior was refreshed with an updated design that included an available all-digital gauge display.
All of the changes improve the 2018 Mustang in every way. It handles and drives better, and available adjustable shocks even help mitigate a stiff ride around town. The new turbocharged four-cylinder is no slouch, and if you don’t mind the absence of V8 vroom-vroom noises, it’s a compelling performance package.
Of course, the Mustang isn’t for everyone. The long, heavy doors make it difficult to get in and out, the rear seat is barely usable, and rear visibility is mediocre at best. Still, for performance enthusiasts, the 2018 Mustang rightfully retains its iconic status.
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Manual 6 Speed
Driving performance: The Mustang is all about performance, and even base models with the turbocharged four-cylinder are surprisingly fun to drive. But the real special sauce is the Mustang GT with the V8 engine. Not only is it powerful, but its classic V8 growl is also a symphony every time you put the gas pedal down. Combined with a well-tuned suspension, sharp steering and powerful brakes, the Mustang is simply a joy to drive.
Comfort: It may be surprising to see comfort listed as a pro for the Mustang, but this modern car has all the qualities you’d expect of a modern vehicle. The seats are firm and supportive, but not confining, and the interior noise levels are acceptable considering its sporty nature. Even the ride quality is better than you’d think, especially with the adaptive shock absorbers that were new for 2018.
Interior quality: This is probably the best modern Mustang interior. There are plenty of high-quality materials in the cabin, and the switches all have a positive feel to them. Whether cruising down the coast, commuting to work, or having a blast on a winding road, the interior enhances the driving experience.
Utility: Not surprisingly for a two-door coupe or convertible, the Mustang isn’t the most practical car you can buy. The rear seat is cramped and hard to access, and although the trunk space is good, that’s only in comparison to the Chevrolet Camaro. The long doors make it hard to get in and out of tight parking spaces, too.
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RepairPal gave the Ford Mustang an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Ford Mustang 25th out of 30 among Midsize Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Ford Mustang