Apple pie. Baseball. Ford Mustang. Is there a vehicle that’s more of a quintessential American icon than the Ford Mustang? Doubtful. Through its 47 year production history, 9 million units have been produced and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that hasn’t at least heard the Mustang name…unless they’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 47 years. Even through its ups and downs, (really Ford, the Mustang II?) the Mustang is the rare vehicle that garners fans regardless of age, race, gender, or locale. As of late, the Mustang has been a good vehicle, though the competition has more than caught up, and buyer’s interest has shifted from pony cars to portly cars and more recently, puny cars.
But why is that? Surely it’s not because drivers don’t want to have fun. No, it boils down to finances, and unfortunately many times, pony car dreams are dashed in favor of 40 mpg numb commuting appliances.2011 Ford Mustang" width="293" height="220" align="right" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="4" /> No more! proclaims Ford. It’s time, America, to wake up and have fun, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. How about a Mustang with frugality that makes a Civic owner blush? Ford managed it, but did they really push the fun pedal through the floor?
Yes, and yes. The 2011 Mustang is everything a proper American icon should be. Aesthetically, the Mustang was fully refreshed inside and out for 2010. A world-class interior was housed inside a muscular, retro-ish pony car exterior, however under the hood still lived the anemic and thirsty 4.0-liter boat anchor V6, and the top GT sported a barely class acceptable 315 horsepower 4.6-liter V8. Sorry 2010 Mustang buyers, 2011 puts two all-new stables under the hood. Finally.
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