If there's one car in America that needs no introduction whatsoever, it's got to be the 2017 Ford Mustang. Even though this current sixth-generation is the first to be officially sold by Ford in many of its key markets around the world, the Mustang was already almost as much of an automotive legend in Europe, Asia and Africa as it is here. But perhaps what's the most remarkable thing about the latest incarnation of this iconic pony car is that despite the vast affection there is for vintage models, most observers consider the current car to be the best there's been.
There are obviously some restrictions for the designers when it comes to the Mustang, and that it's because any new version still has to look like a Mustang. While some, less legendary vehicles can be completely reimagined with little or no resemblance to their predecessors, any 'Stang has to still be immediately recognizable as one, even to non-enthusiasts, and that's certainly the case with the 2017 Ford Mustang. Although the exterior is every-inch a Mustang, the sixth-generation has brought the car right up to date and it certainly looks every bit as contemporary as anything in its class. The heritage cues are all still there, but the Mustang can now match up to anything European and Asian manufacturers can put up against it.
Inside there's a distinct aviation-style theme going on that's not uncommon in current Ford models. The term "cockpit" really is appropriate here for the driver's position, with large, clear instrumentation putting all the vital information right in front of the driver, and some enhanced ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs make controlling the car easier than ever. There's a decidedly youthful feel about the whole interior, but it still manages to remain both sporty and slightly luxurious at the same time.
Of course, it's all well and good looking the part, but a car of this nature has to walk-the-walk as well as it talks-the-talk, and this one certainly does. The inclusion of a turbocharged four-cylinder redefined the way we see the Mustang when it was introduced for 2015. It's fair to say though, that after a little skepticism from some observers initially, the four-pot variant has now found considerable favor in markets around the globe, including here in America.
The standard engine is still a good old V-6 though, and in this case it's a 3.7-liter unit that develops a not-inconsiderable 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The second of the three main engines available with the 2017 Ford Mustang is that EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is a 2.3-liter displacement unit producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. It might sound a little different to what we might be used to, but those power ratings make it very easy to love. Last but by no means least, is the essential V-8 in the range, and it's the familiar Ford 5.0-liter that puts 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment throughout the 2017 lineup, but a six-speed automatic is an available option for those who don't want the stick shift.
All Mustangs are still committedly rear-wheel drive so all-wheel drive isn't an option. However, after the revolutionary introduction of an aluminum body for the F-150, we probably shouldn’t rule it out for some point in the future.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.