Friday, September 25, 2009

2010 Ford Mustang V6 Premium Convertible Review

I was going to put up a review about the 2010 Ford Fusion, but it was just too boring to discuss a mid-sized car today for me. Especially how ordinary they all are, and the Fusion even though re-designed, just didn't give me a fuzzy feeling today to talk about it while I'm sitting in a New Orleans hotel.

The 2010 Fod Mustang V6 Premium Convertible, however? Certainly a little more lively. Those who have driven it are calling it the best Mustang yet. Now that is pretty bold, as this car has been around since about 800 years before I was born.

The newest iteration of the venerable pony car is the best yet. While not as major a change as in 2005, when the long-running "Fox" platform that signaled the resurrection of the real Mustang in 1979 finally gave way to an all-new architecture, the 2010 Mustang refines the 2005-09 version inside and out.

The exterior changes clean up the Mustang's looks a bit, but the real news is inside. An interior restyling and additional soundproofing add civility without making it too civilized. It's still a Mustang, after all - but you can put your friends in the back seat and they'll still be your friends. And there's a useful trunk -- even in the convertible.

As it has been for a while now, the Mustang lineup is coupe or convertible, with V6 or V8 power in front driving a solid rear axle through a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 4.0-liter V6 is unchanged, and with 210 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque is nearly as potent as the original 4.6-liter V8 back in 1996. V8 buyers now get most of the "Bullitt" package as standard equipment, meaning 315 horsepower and 325 lb-ft, plus short-throw linkage for the stick and a polished aluminum shift knob. Both engines run on unleaded regular gasoline. full review

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