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2017 Ford Mustang Review

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Published on June 08, 2018 with No Comments

Grabber Blue, Lightning Blue, and White Platinum replace Kona Blue, Guard, Deep Impact Blue, and Competition Orange for the 2017 Ford Mustang’s exterior color options. Ruby Red Metallic has been added to the GT350’s exterior color palette. Sync 3 now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. All 2017 Mustang GT350s now come standard with the Track package, which adds an aluminum tower-to-tower brace, a high-downforce rear spoiler, coolers for the engine oil, transmission and differential, and the MagneRide damping system. A new Electronics package for the GT350 adds navigation and a nine-speaker sound system while the Convenience package adds power-adjustable leather sports seats instead of the standard Recaro bucket seats.

Vehicle Summary

The 2017 Ford Mustang is a rear-drive sports car available as a coupe or convertible. The sporty two-door has been in production since 1964.

Overview

The 2017 Ford Mustang’s four engines are paired to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with the exception of the high-performance GT350 and GT350R, which are exclusively paired to a six-speed manual.

Model: Mustang V-6
Engine and Transmission: 3.7-liter V-6, – six-speed manual or automatic
Power: 300 hp/280 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 18/27 mpg

Model: Mustang EcoBoost
Engine and Transmission: 2.3-liter turbo I-4 – six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Power: 310 hp/320 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/30 mpg, 21/28 mpg (six-speed manual with Performance package), 20/28 mpg (six-speed automatic with Performance package and automatic convertible), 21/27 mpg (manual convertible),

Model: Mustang GT
Engine and Transmission: 5.0-liter V-8 – six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Power: 435 hp/400 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/25 mpg (manual), 15/24 mpg (automatic) 15/23 mpg (manual convertible), 14/23 mpg ( manual with Performance package), 14/23 mpg (automatic convertible)

Model: GT350 and GT350R
Engine and Transmission: 5.2-liter V-8 – six-speed manual
Power: 526 hp/429 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 14/21 mpg

Standard and optional features include Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia interface with CarPlay and Android Auto integration, navigation, a rearview camera, heated and ventilated front sport seats with power adjustment and memory, leather upholstery, Recaro bucket seats, a 12-speaker Shaker premium audio system, blind spot warning, HID headlights with LED accents, LED fog lights and reconfigurable ambient lighting.

The EcoBoost Performance package adds 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, a more aggressive suspension setup, a 3.55 limited slip rear axle ratio, larger brakes, heavy duty front springs, a larger radiator, an upsized rear sway bar, and a unique tuning for the electric power steering system, ABS, and stability control.

A Performance package is also available on the GT trim and comes with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential with a 3.73 axle ratio, heavy duty front springs, an upsized rear sway bar, unique suspension tuning, a K-brace, a larger radiator, a strut tower brace, and unique calibrations for the electric power steering, ABS and stability control.

Safety

NHTSA gave the 2017 Mustang Fastback a five-start overall safety rating while the convertible received a five-star rollover rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the Fastback received a Good score on all but the small overlap front impact where it was rated Acceptable (Good is the highest possible score). The Mustang convertible received a Good score on the three crash tests it was put through. Both Mustang body styles  also received a Basic rating on the IIHS’ forward collision prevention and mitigation system when equipped with the available adaptive cruise control system with forward collision warning.

Bottom Line

In a 2016 Mustang Ecoboost First Test, we noted that the car offers excellent handling without sacrificing ride comfort even when equipped with the available Performance package. The 310-hp 2.3-liter turbo-four also offers plenty of power but it does suffer from plenty of turbo lag while the manual transmission has a notchy shifter. The Mustang EcoBoost won a comparison test against a Chevrolet Camaro RS with the 275-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, thanks mainly to the Ford’s superior handling courtesy of the Performance package’s summer performance tires. Additionally, the Mustang’s stronger brakes inspire confidence.

During our test of a 2016 Mustang GT, we found that the car is plenty quick and handles well but the car’s weight detracted from its agility at the limit. We also compared the Mustang GT with the 2016 Camaro SS and found that the Mustang’s weight hurt its overall performance, which made it lose to the Camaro. However, on the open road, the Mustang GT feels right at home and has a comfortable interior that’s great for long road trips even with the optional Recaro bucket seats.

Should you want all-out performance, the Ford Mustang GT350 offers that and in  2016 First Drive, we said that it offers exceptional performance that can rival the best sports cars in the world. The GT350 offers exceptional handling and thanks to the MagneRide damping system, the car’s body motions are well controlled. In case the GT350 isn’t potent enough, Ford also offers the GT350R, which is lighter thanks to carbon fiber wheels and the removal of features like the infotainment system, the spare tire and the rear seats. In a 2016 GT350R First Drive, we said that it’s easy to drive daily thanks to a light clutch, precise shifter, and the MagneRide dampers that helps improve both ride and handling. The GT350R also won a comparison test against the outgoing Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 thanks to its exceptional combination of track prowess and daily drivability. On the track, the GT350R showed that it has impeccable handling, which is complemented by its high-revving flat-plane crank V-8.

Cool Fact

The Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost’s engine is shared in various forms with the Ford Explorer, Focus RS, and the Lincoln MKC.

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