2018 Ford Mustang

Buyer's Guide

Ford has proven it's serious about keeping its Mustang "pony" car at the front of the field with a 2018 refresh that sees the automaker refine the look and performance it introduced for 2015.

Up front, there's a new hood and grille and LED headlights that are standard across the line. At the rear, the LED taillights are revised and come with a new bumper and fascia.

Inside, the Mustang gets a new optional all-digital gauge cluster.

Mechanically, the big update is the availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission with both the base car's 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder (310 hp/320 lb-ft) and the GT's 5.0L V8 (435 hp/400 lb-ft). Both engines still come standard with a six-speed manual.

The Shelby GT350 and GT350R models carry over with their high-revving 5.2L V8, which cranks out 526 hp and 529 lb-ft through a six-speed manual only.

While the original retro Mustang of 2005 was a nice nod to this car's heritage, we'd argue this is the best-looking version of this coupe and convertible since the original of the mid-1960s. It's a cohesive design that manages to look substantial and lithe all at once.

Chevrolet's Camaro challenges the Mustang's modern evolution with its own turbocharged four-cylinder, but Chevy also still offers a V6 to slot between four- and eight-cylinder models. Ironically, given the long history of competition between the Mustang and Camaro, the two cars actually share that 10-speed transmission, which GM and Ford developed together.

Both the Chevrolet and Dodge offer more high-performance muscle car options in variants like the Camaro ZL1 and the monstrous Challenger Hellcat and Demon models. Still, the GT350 is a unique beast and an interesting follow-up to the GT500: it was fast in a straight line, but the GT350 can do that and blast through corners, too.

Standard features include air conditioning, passive keyless entry, limited slip differential, selectable-effort electric power steering, SYNC infotainment with 4.2-inch touchscreen and a backup camera.

Options include automatic dual-zone climate control, navigation and six-way power-adjustable front seats

Fuel consumption estimates are 11.0/7.7 L/100 km (city/highway) with the four-cylinder and 15.5/9.5 for V8 models. Both cars promise nominally more efficiency with the automatic.

2018 Ford Mustang Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $28,988 MSRP
9.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
310 hp @5500 rpm
Number of seats 4
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
EcoBoost Fastback $28,988 4 Coupe
EcoBoost Fastback 310 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3000 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
EcoBoost Fastback 188.3" 75.4" 54.4" 107.1"
EcoBoost Fastback
EcoBoost Fastback Cloth Seats
EcoBoost Fastback
EcoBoost Fastback
EcoBoost Convertible $33,988 4 Coupe
EcoBoost Convertible 310 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3000 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
EcoBoost Convertible 188.3" 75.4" 54.9" 107.1"
EcoBoost Convertible
EcoBoost Convertible Cloth Seats
EcoBoost Convertible
EcoBoost Convertible
EcoBoost Premium Fastback $36,788 4 Coupe
EcoBoost Premium Fastback 310 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3000 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
EcoBoost Premium Fastback 188.3" 75.4" 54.4" 107.1"
EcoBoost Premium Fastback
EcoBoost Premium Fastback N/A
EcoBoost Premium Fastback
EcoBoost Premium Fastback
GT Fastback $40,088 4 Coupe
GT Fastback 460 hp @7000 rpm 420 ft-lb @4600 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
GT Fastback 188.3" 75.4" 54.4" 107.1"
GT Fastback
GT Fastback Cloth Seats
GT Fastback
GT Fastback
EcoBoost Premium Convertible $42,088 4 Coupe
EcoBoost Premium Convertible 310 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3000 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
EcoBoost Premium Convertible 188.3" 75.4" 54.9" 107.1"
EcoBoost Premium Convertible
EcoBoost Premium Convertible N/A
EcoBoost Premium Convertible
EcoBoost Premium Convertible
GT Premium Fastback $47,288 4 Coupe
GT Premium Fastback 460 hp @7000 rpm 420 ft-lb @4600 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
GT Premium Fastback 188.3" 75.4" 54.4" 107.1"
GT Premium Fastback
GT Premium Fastback N/A
GT Premium Fastback
GT Premium Fastback
GT Premium Convertible $52,838 4 Coupe
GT Premium Convertible 460 hp @7000 rpm 420 ft-lb @4600 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
GT Premium Convertible 188.3" 75.4" 54.9" 107.1"
GT Premium Convertible
GT Premium Convertible N/A
GT Premium Convertible
GT Premium Convertible
Shelby GT350R Fastback $74,388 4 Coupe
Shelby GT350R Fastback 526 hp @7500 rpm 429 ft-lb @4750 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Shelby GT350R Fastback 189.6" 75.9" 54.2" 107.1"
Shelby GT350R Fastback
Shelby GT350R Fastback N/A
Shelby GT350R Fastback
Shelby GT350R Fastback
Shelby GT350 Fastback $74,388 4 Coupe
Shelby GT350 Fastback 526 hp @7500 rpm 429 ft-lb @4750 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
Shelby GT350 Fastback 189.6" 75.9" 54.2" 107.1"
Shelby GT350 Fastback
Shelby GT350 Fastback N/A
Shelby GT350 Fastback
Shelby GT350 Fastback

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Ford / Mustang

Average Rating

1980 Ford Mustang

Trim: Deluxe
by girlonfire on 10-14-2012
Classic
At the time this was a real jazzy car to own. It looked great and drove well. Although it was a little under powered it did pull a tent trailer (6 cylinder engine) and did some other tent camping. Not very big but it did manage to serve a family of four.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2009 Ford Mustang

by adawood on 10-12-2012
Own the road!
This was an amazing car to drive and own! The performance of the car on the road was exciting to say the least and the features all compliment the car well. The sounds of the exhaust roaring as you changed gears along your drive is exhilarating. There is great value for getting 300hp v8 at this price. Gets great mileage considering the performance level of the car. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a car in this class.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2013 Ford Mustang

Trim: Boss 302
by Ian_Mac on 10-11-2012
Just a fantastically fun car
Mustangs have a special kind of reputation, some of it fair some of it not. As ever the interior just doesn't seem to match up with what is honestly a beautiful looking exterior, but this is made up for by the incredibly comfortable seats and steering wheel material.

The throb of the 5L engine is a genuine thrill even for a non-car fanatic, and it has some serious pep when you want to accelerate into space on the highway. This is all fantastic fun, and of course the Boss 302 is something special so does turn heads (and ears) wherever it goes.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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