Review: 2014 Ford Mustang

The 2014 Ford Mustang continues to show why the Pony Car is still the best American sports car.

Performance

The 2014 Ford Mustang comes with either a 3.7L V6, 5.0L V8, or 5.8L Supercharged V8. The Mustang 5.0 engine pays homage to the original 5.0, delivering 420 horsepower* and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The powerplant features twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), an aluminum engine block and cold-air induction to help improve power. But that’s only for starters. The 5.0 also has a compression ratio of 11:1 and a cylinder head designed to optimize airflow. Every part under the hood, including the high-energy coil- on-plug design, is engineered to work in harmony. This lets the muscular engine breathe efficiently and deliver 100 percent exhilaration every time you hit the gas. And then there’s the exhaust delivering a distinctive throaty roar. Pure Mustang.

2014 FORD MUSTANG: BUILD AND PRICE

The 3.7-liter V6 offers an impressive 305 horsepower with an estimated 31 highway mpg.

Upgrade to a V6 Performance Package for choice of transmissions, strut-tower brace, large front sway bar, unique front springs, 19-inch painted alloy wheels, and gloss black side mirrors.

The Shelby GT500 Performance Package includes 19-inch painted front wheels and 20-inch painted alloy wheels, and unique rear springs. Upgrade to SVT Track Pack for an even better engine performance.

For transmission, choose between a 6-speed manual transmission or or six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

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VEHICLE BROCHURE

GT500

One of the top of line Mustangs is the 2014 Ford Mustang Shebly GT 500. The Shelby GT500 was designed to smoke the competition. Under the hood is the most powerful production V8 engine in the world: a supercharged intercooled 5.8-liter 32-valve aluminum block V8 engine delivering 662 horsepower** and 631 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a TREMEC® six-speed manual transmission with an enhanced 3.31:1 final drive ratio. With all that power, you’ll want brakes that are up to the task. Beefed up 15-inch Brembo® vented rotors with Brembo six-piston calipers in the front and 11.8-inch vented rotors with a single-piston caliper in the rear. We didn’t stop there. You can tune your ride through eight settings of the Launch Control System, accommodating all driver abilities. When Shelby GT500 is equipped with the SVT Performance Package, you can adjust the SVT-engineered Bilstein™ electronic adjustable dampers from the cockpit – standard mode or sport mode for track driving. You can also add an SVT Track Pack, featuring an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler. Other features include downforce-generating front grilles, an aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust tips and new 19-inch (f) and 20-inch (r) premium painted forged-aluminum wheels.

Design remains consistent from previous models. There are 9 available exterior colors for the 2014 Ford Mustang, and there are many ways we can help you custom one.

Mustang, Dodge or Camaro?

AutoGuide picks the Ford Mustang over the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Charger. On their website, AutoGuide says “The Pony car that started it all is still on top of its game as it reaches a half century in production. The V8 Mustang GT rings in with 420 hp and the track ready BOSS 302 increases power to a healthy 444 hp. If that isn’t enough, you could always step up to the current king of the horsepower wars; the Shelby GT500. It produces a ludicrous 662 hp and backs it up with sinister looks.”

The Car Connection rates the Ford Mustang higher than the 2013 Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger: Don’t let the brash sound and classic looks fool you; the Ford Mustang offers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck–delivered with surprising sophistication.

Advanced Auto Parts Bloggers choose the Mustang over both the Charger and Camaro: But if you ask me what’s the best muscle car today for getting an old car guy’s heart pumping, the answer’s clear. Now that I’ve driven one, I’ll always give a nod of respect when I see a new Mustang GT drive by.

Now that you’ve seen the expert picks, we invite you to see a Mustang for yourself. Build and price the one of your dreams, and we’re here to help.

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About Jeff Russ

Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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