Only a handful of cars have been around for more than a century – the Ford Mustang is one of them. Since its introduction in 1964, the Mustang has been making American proud. For 2018, the Pony is busting out of the stable with a bunch of new tricks. Hang on to your cowboy hat, it’s going to be wild ride.
Changes for 2018
For 2018, the Ford Mustang has undergone a mid-cycle refresh. Changes include updated four-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines. The six-cylinder engine has been discontinued. A ten-speed automatic is made available and the 6-speed manual gets updated with a dual-mass flywheel. Under the car, the suspension gets improvements including an adjustable MagneRide suspension. Both the interior and exterior have been updated as well.
Trim Levels and Features
In case you’ve been living on the fringe of society for the last thirty-plus years, the Ford Mustang is a sports car available as either a coupe or convertible. Upon initial release, the new ‘Stang will be available in two trim levels: Ecoboost and GT.
The Mustang has always looked great, but the latest model is more striking than ever. The first thing you’ll notice is the edgier front and rear end, along with a redesigned grille and LED lighting. The latest model has also been lowered by nearly an inch to improve aerodynamics and handling.
Inside, you’ll find improvements to the pony as well. New soft-touch interior materials will make you think you’re driving a luxury car. On the other hand, a host of digital gadgets may make you feel like your piloting a jet fighter. The new 12-inch LDC display, the first ever offered on a Mustang, will certainly feel like you’re in the cockpit. A new MyMode feature will also be available. This system includes a memory function for driver settings, as well as the Ford Sync Connect with Ford Pass app for smart phone integration.
Of course, the biggest improvements have been made to the powertrain. The 5.0L eight-cylinder engine is predicted to produce 460 hp and 420 lb-ft. This sophisticated mil will feature a dual fuel injection system with both direct and port injection. Such a design should provide better engine management and improved fuel economy. As for the turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder, it gets 30 more lb-ft than the outgoing model, bumping output up to 310 hp and 350 lb-ft. The new 10-speed automatic promises improved fuel economy and performance. In keeping with standing tradition, the latest version of the Mustang is rear-wheel drive.
Performance and Fuel Economy
There aren’t any solid numbers in regarding the new Ford Mustang sports car’s performance and fuel economy. However, expect it to be as good, if not better, than the outgoing model. The 2.3L ekes out up to *21/30 mpg city/highway last year, whereas the 5.0L scored up to 15/25 mpg city/highway.
It’s common knowledge that the Ford Mustang is built for speed, but the newest model is also built for safety. For 2018, America’s favorite muscle car can now be had with lane departure, lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam control.
Asking whether the Ford Mustang is the greatest muscle car is like asking if the sky is blue, or the earth orbits the moon. It’s a given that the Ford Mustang is, and always will be, the best muscle car on the road. To test drive one for yourself, visit Courtesy Ford today (http://www.courtesyfordautos.com/new/new-vehicle-inventory?reset=1).
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.