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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Ford Mustang Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Ford Mustang Overview

Sole Survivor

In a recent Kelley Blue Book poll, readers voted the original Ford Mustang "America's all-time favorite car." You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn't grin approvingly whenever a vintage 64 passes by, so it's no surprise that the current Mustang—with its long hood, short deck, big engine and rear-wheel-drive platform—adheres strongly to the original formula. Whether as a base model or in its tire-smoking GT trim, the Mustang promises to turn heads and elicit smiles wherever it goes.

Over the course of time, Ford engineers have continued to refine and tighten the car's chassis and improve its driving dynamics and horsepower ratings. As a result, the Mustang performs well—especially in GT trim where its beefy tires, anti-slip regulation and 260-horsepower V8 make even short trips to the supermarket a thrill. The steering feel is taut and nicely weighted, responding immediately to driver input without delay and the brakes have good stopping power with little sign of fade after repeated use. The rear-wheel-drive setup does allow some fish-tailing in hard cornering and must be respected, especially when slippery road conditions exit.

Inside, the Mustang's dash mimics the original's twin cockpit theme. It's a clever design that adds to the car's nostalgic appeal. The bucket seats, though comfortable, lack side support and could use a bit more rearward travel to accommodate tall drivers. The optional power driver's seat does allow for height and angle adjustments, making it well worth the extra cost. On convertible Mustangs, the padded power top works well, but does require a bit of muscle to lock into place. The optional Mach 460 sound system has no problem overpowering the wind and it sounds absolutely fantastic. We highly recommend this option if you love to listen to music with the top down. Of course, the Mach 460 system sounds just as good in the coupe.

With the soon-to-be demise of the Camaro/Firebird twins, the car that started the pony car party may very well be the last one left to turn out the lights and lock the door. The irony of this situation is not lost on anyone at Ford; cars like the Cuda and Challenger, AMX and XR7, Z28 and Trans Am were all designed to dethrone the Mustang, yet one by one, were instead relegated to the history books themselves. The lack of home-grown competition has not slowed the Ford engineers in planning the next round of improvements to make the Mustang even faster. Appearing this year as a 2003 model will be the new SVT Cobra. Ford's special vehicle team has pushed limits of the 4.6-liter engine to produce an astounding 390 horsepower. With that kind of muscle underfoot the Cobra may very well be nipping at the heels of such super-cars as the Corvette and Viper.

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