Heads turn when a Ford Mustang rolls by. Same when one is just still in the parking lot or curb. It’s no wonder. The pony car is an American icon, exemplifying style, power and performance that simply can't be matched by overseas competitors. The California Special Package, which is new for 2016, adds unique exterior and interior elements popular in the Golden state, while the also-new Black Accent and Pony packages draw the eye with such niceties as black-rendered 19-in. wheels, a tri-bar front grille and unique side striping.
Ford continues to offer the 2016 Mustang in sleek coupe and drop-top (convertible) body styles. Now in its sixth generation, the sporty car can be had in a base V-6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium trim levels. All come nicely equipped. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags (coupe models only). Antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control and a rearview camera system also come standard. The Mustang coupe received five out five stars in overall safety from the NHTSA while the IIHS gave its highest rating of "Good" in various crash tests. Advance safety technologies like adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are available on select trim levels and configurations.
Speaking of trims, the Mustang V-6 comes equipped with standard 17-in. wheels, a rear limited-slip differential, push-button ignition, keyless entry via a fob, Bluetooth connectivity, and an audio system with six speaker. It also comes with the latest version of Ford's SYNC telematics and infotainment system. A power driver's seat, a trunklid spoiler and larger wheels are just some of the items available for shoppers to customize their V-6.
The GT Premium is the top trim level of the Mustang line. It comes with most of the features from the lower trims as standard. This includes the various option packages like the above mentioned Pony and standalones like HD radio and GPS navigation.
V-6 Mustangs come with an excellent 3.7-liter V-6 underneath the brawny hood. EcoBoost models, unsurprisingly, get a 2.3-liter inline-4 turbo drawn from the automaker's powerful and yet fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine lineup. Finally, the GT and GT Premium rumble with their 5.0-liter V-8s. All three Mustang engines can be paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy ranges from 19 mpg in combined driving* with the V-8 and up to 26 mpg combined with EcoBoost-powered models with manual transmission.
*All vehicle mileage estimates 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.