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2020 Ford Mustang Review

The 2020 Ford Mustang places high in our sports car rankings. It has a lineup of powerful engines, sharp handling, an upscale interior, and a good amount of trunk space.

Pros & Cons

  • Wide range of potent engines
  • Engaging handling
  • Quality cabin with user-friendly features
  • Ample trunk space for the class
  • Few standard amenities
  • Tiny rear seat

New for 2020

  • Shelby GT500 model
  • Optional High Performance package
  • Optional EcoBoost Handling package
  • Standard FordPass Connect

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Ford Mustang's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Sports Cars category. Currently the Ford Mustang has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 9.3
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Is the Ford Mustang a Good Car?

Yes, the Ford Mustang is a good sports car. The Mustang's stable of engines starts with a turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 310 horsepower and includes 460- and 480-horsepower V8 variants. Two Shelby high-performance models up the power ante. The Shelby GT350 produces 526 horsepower, while the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 puts out 760 horsepower. Dialed-in cornering abilities and a comfortable ride round out a great driving experience.

The Mustang has a handsome cabin and more trunk space than most rivals, and its optional touch-screen system is user-friendly and straightforward. One of the few nitpicks with the Mustang is its tiny back seat, but that's more the rule than the exception in this driver-focused class.

Should I Buy the Ford Mustang?

Nearly anyone shopping for a modern muscle car should consider the Mustang. Its wide range of engine options makes it easy to find one that fits your budget, and you’ll still be able to scratch that itch for power.

The Mustang faces stiff competition from rivals like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Each of these domestic cars delivers ample engine power and their own standout performance features. The Challenger boasts an adult-friendly back seat and a huge trunk, while the Camaro is incredibly competent through turns.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Mustang?

The Ford Mustang receives a few enhancements for 2020. An optional performance package raises the base engine's horsepower from 310 to 330 and includes upgrades like a fully active quad-tip exhaust. If you add that package, you can also opt for a package geared toward handling.

Newly standard for 2020 is FordPass Connect, which lets you use your smartphone to do things like lock, unlock and start the car and check fuel levels and mileage. Also new is the range-topping 760-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The 2020 Mustang is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. If the changes to the new Mustang aren’t important to you, consider buying an older model instead. Doing so could save you thousands of dollars. Other than the debut of the commemorative Mustang Bullitt edition for 2019, the car is mostly unchanged from 2018. That model year saw the elimination of the V6 engine, some minor styling updates, and slight horsepower boosts to the four-cylinder and V8 engines.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 and 2019 Mustang reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 43 Ford Mustang reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Mustang is the right new car for you. This 2020 Ford Mustang review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which includes the 2015 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Ford Mustang Cost?

The 2020 Ford Mustang starts at $26,670 for a fastback (coupe) model with the standard four-cylinder engine. The V8-powered Mustang GT starts at $35,630, and convertible models start at $32,170. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 10-speed automatic is optional for around $1,600.

Those prices are about average for a sports car, but going to higher trim levels or adding options can significantly increase the cost. The GT Premium Fastback starts at $39,630 and can top $50,000. A GT Premium convertible ($45,130) is even more expensive. The Mustang Bullitt starts at $47,810.

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Ford Mustang Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger?

The Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger rank closely in the sports car class, but they offer different advantages. The Ford gleans its higher overall performance score from better handling and a more engaging experience. The Challenger sticks out among sports cars for its back seat that can actually hold adults and its cavernous trunk. Both cars deliver a comfortable ride and have a wide range of similarly powerful engine choices. The Uconnect infotainment system is standard in the Challenger, while you have to upgrade to get cool tech features in the Mustang. Choosing between these two may come down to preference. For a roomy, comfortable cruiser with speed, pick the Challenger. If you want loads of fun and a thrilling drive, go with the Mustang.

Which Is Better: Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro?

The Chevrolet Camaro is a longtime rival of the Mustang, and while these two still stack up well, the Mustang has a slight edge in most areas. The Mustang’s engine lineup has a higher range of horsepower – 310 to 760 compared to the Camaro's 275 to 650. The Mustang also has a larger trunk and a more elegant interior than the Camaro, which features a lot of unimpressive materials. These cars have many similarities: excellent cornering abilities, razor-sharp handling, intuitive infotainment features, and minuscule two-seat second rows. You can’t go wrong with either of these muscle cars.

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Mustang Performance

Mustang Engine: Go, Pony, Go!

There are four main engine options for the 2020 Ford Mustang. The base is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, found in EcoBoost trims. It puts out 310 horsepower and gets you moving quickly, though power starts to taper off a bit higher in the rev range, and the exhaust note may not be as throaty or aggressive as some muscle-car shoppers would like. A newly optional package for 2020 tunes this engine’s output to 330 horsepower and adds performance goodies like an active exhaust, a limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes, front and rear sway bars, and enhanced steering.

The optional 5.0-liter V8 engine in the Mustang GT packs a more powerful punch. Its 460 horses allow you to quickly get off the line. Both the four-cylinder and V8 engines come standard with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, or you can get the car with a refined 10-speed automatic. Either gearbox is a great choice. The Mustang Bullitt also employs the V8, but it’s rated at 480 horsepower and is only available with a manual transmission.

Long synonymous with the Mustang name, high-performance Shelby models are the crown jewels of the lineup. The Shelby GT350 boasts 526 horsepower from its 5.2-liter V8. It's the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that Ford has ever built for a street-legal car.

And if that’s not enough, the Shelby GT500 debuts for 2020. It supercharges that V8 engine to make 760 horsepower, Ford’s most powerful production car ever. The GT500 easily surpasses the 650 horsepower of the Chevy Camaro ZL1.

Ford Mustang Engine Options:
  • Base engine: 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque (EcoBoost); starts at $26,670
  • Available engines:
    • 5.0-liter V8 with 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque (GT); starts at $35,630
    • 5.0-liter V8 with 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque (Bullitt); starts at $47,810
    • 5.2-liter V8 with 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque (GT350); starts at $60,440
    • 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with 760-horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque (GT500); starts at $72,900
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed manual; available 10-speed automatic ($1,595); available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (GT500 only)
Ford Mustang Performance Packages and Options:
  • 2.3L High Performance Package ($4,995; available in EcoBoost): 330-horsepower engine tune, a larger turbocharger and radiator, larger brakes, stiffer front springs, a strut tower brace, a larger rear sway bar, a limited-slip rear differential, and an active exhaust
  • EcoBoost Handling Package ($1,995): MagneRide adaptive suspension, summer tires, and larger brakes
  • GT Performance Package ($5,195): a larger radiator, stiffer front springs, a strut tower brace, larger Brembo brakes, a rear limited-slip differential, a larger rear sway bar, and a larger rear wing
  • GT Performance Package Level 2 ($6,500): track-tuned springs and sway bars, a front aerodynamic splitter, and MagneRide adaptive suspension
  • GT350 Handling Package ($850): adjustable strut top mounts and a Gurney flap (rear wing lip)
  • GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack ($18,500): 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, adjustable strut top mounts, front splitter winglets, a carbon fiber rear wing, Recaro leather seats, and a rear-seat delete
  • GT500 Handling Pack ($1,500): front splitter winglets and a rear Gurney flap
Ford Mustang Appearance Packages:
  • Black Accent Package ($995): black wheels, black exterior badges, and a black rear spoiler
  • California Special Package ($2,000; available in GT): side stripes, side scoops, suede seat inserts, and California Special badges
  • GT350 Heritage Edition Package ($1,965): Wimbledon White paint, top and side stripes in Guardsman Blue, and a certificate of authenticity
Mustang Gas Mileage: Pretty Good                                     

The entry-level Mustang EcoBoost gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are decent estimates for a sports car. The V8 Mustang GT gets up to 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy is probably not the biggest concern for Shelby GT350 and GT500 buyers. The GT350 gets an estimated 14/21 mpg city/highway, while the GT500 gets 12/18 mpg.

Mustang Ride and Handling: Light on its Feet

Straight-line acceleration isn't the only thing that makes the Mustang a blast to drive. It has an engaging yet comfortable ride, with solid steering feedback and athletic cornering abilities. The optional MagneRide automatic adaptive suspension keeps the car dialed in for optimal performance or comfort, depending on the situation.

How Fast Is the Ford Mustang?

The Mustang’s speed largely depends on what engine and transmission are under the hood. The Mustang EcoBoost can dash from zero to 60 mph in around five seconds when paired with the 10-speed automatic, and the automatic-equipped Mustang GT can hit 60 mph in four seconds. The Shelby GT500 can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, while the manual-transmission-only GT350 takes around four seconds.

The Shelby GT350 and GT500 have a top speed of 180 mph. The Mustang GT and EcoBoost models with the High Performance package can reach 155 mph, while the standard EcoBoost Mustang tops out at 121 mph.

Does the Ford Mustang Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Ford Mustang is only available with rear-wheel drive. That’s true of most of its sports car competitors as well. The main exception is the Dodge Challenger, which offers all-wheel drive for some of its lower trim levels.

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Mustang Interior

How Many People Does the Mustang Seat?

The Ford Mustang honors its muscle-car heritage with a classic 2+2 seating configuration. The car's focus, though, is on the two front seats. Both the driver and passenger have plenty of space, with comfortable and well-bolstered seats for longer cruises or enthusiastic driving.

Base models only offer a handful of manual seat adjustments, but you can upgrade to six-way power-adjustable bucket seats. Cloth seating is standard, but Premium models have full leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.

The two back seats are very small and likely won't be a good fit for adults for any extended period. Since the Mustang only has two doors, it's also difficult to climb into and out of the second row.

You won't have to worry about a cramped back seat in Shelby models – those performance-oriented cars ditch them entirely.

Mustang and Child Car Seats

The Mustang has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear seats. The lower anchors are located deep in the seat cushion, and you may need to exert some force to attach the car-seat straps.

Mustang Interior Quality

The Mustang sports a generally upscale and charming interior. It feels well-built, and most surfaces and materials are high-quality. The design is modern enough to stand out against some uninspiring sports car interiors, though you may notice a few hard plastic pieces. Ford injects a bit of nostalgia with cool touches like metal flip switches for certain controls.

Mustang Cargo Space

You'll get 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in the standard Mustang Fastback, which is a good amount of room for the sports car class. The rear seats fold down for longer items. Additionally, the trunk opening is wide.

Mustang convertible models offer 11.4 cubic feet of space. That's still a decent volume for this segment, as many cars have less than 10 cubic feet of trunk room.

Mustang Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

A base-level Mustang is pretty slim on features. It only has the voice-controlled SYNC system with a small display.

Newly standard for 2020 is FordPass Connect. Through an app on your phone, you can remotely lock and unlock the car, locate it, start it, and check fuel levels and mileage. Models with the automatic transmission have standard remote start.

We recommend opting for a model with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which adds an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker stereo. This system consistently earns praise for its simple menu layout and user-friendly operation.

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Mustang Reliability

Is the Ford Mustang Reliable?

The 2020 Ford Mustang has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Ford Mustang Warranty

Ford covers the Mustang with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Mustang Safety

Mustang Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Mustang an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mustang the top rating of Good in four tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

Mustang Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in the Mustang. You can equip the car with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Mustang Dimensions and Weight

The Ford Mustang is around 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,535 to 3,904 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Ford Mustang Built?

Ford builds the 2020 Mustang in Michigan.

When Did the Ford Mustang First Come Out?

Ford launched the Mustang in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It was the brainchild of Lee Iacocca, Ford’s vice president at the time, who saw the need for a sporty two-door car that could appeal to the youth. This first-generation Mustang was initially offered with coupe and convertible body styles, as well as a straight-six and two V8 engine options. More engines, body styles, and special editions soon followed, including the now-famous Mustang GT and Shelby GT350. The Mustang’s recipe of attractive styling, fun-to-drive handling, and affordability made it an instant hit with shoppers. This popularity also helped spawn other pony cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Dodge Challenger.

Which Ford Mustang Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Ford Mustang is available in a number of configurations. There are four main trim levels: EcoBoost (or base), EcoBoost Premium, GT, and GT Premium. You can choose between a fastback coupe and a convertible body style.

Both of the Premium models offer a good balance of price and features. They come with heated and ventilated leather seats, as well as features that are missing in the base model, including automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a touch-screen infotainment system, and satellite radio. Choosing between an EcoBoost model and the GT may depend on how much you prioritize engine power and performance compared to price.

Ford also offers a few high-performance models that come only as fastbacks: the Mustang Bullitt, the Shelby GT350, and the all-new Shelby GT500.

Ford Mustang EcoBoost

The Mustang EcoBoost starts at $26,670 and comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The standard EcoBoost convertible retails for $32,170. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available for around $1,600.

Standard features include cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, a six-speaker stereo, and the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system. Also standard are Ford's MyKey safety system and the FordPass Connect smartphone system.

One package of options includes dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power-adjustable front seats, rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, and two USB ports. Voice-activated navigation is optional on top of this bundle.

The Safe & Smart package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

New for 2020 is an optional 2.3L High Performance package. This bundle boosts the horsepower from 310 to 330 and adds other enhancements, including an active exhaust, a limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes, front and rear sway bars, and retuned steering. This package also comes with unique exterior styling elements.

Other individual performance options include an active valve performance exhaust and the MagneRide automatic adaptive suspension.

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium

The EcoBoost Premium starts at $31,865 for the fastback and $37,185 for the convertible. Additional standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, six-way power-adjustable front seats, heated outside mirrors, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system.

The Premium Plus package includes a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver's seat memory settings, and unique interior trim.

Ford Mustang GT

The Mustang GT features a 5.0-liter V8 engine. The standard GT is only available as a fastback for $35,630, and it closely resembles the base EcoBoost in amenities. However, the GT adds rev matching to its manual transmission, and it has a limited-slip differential.

The GT Premium’s list of features is similar to the EcoBoost Premium's. The GT Premium Fastback starts at $39,630, and the convertible starts at $45,130.

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Only available as a fastback, the Mustang Bullitt has a more powerful version of the V8 engine and a starting price of $47,810. You'll get unique interior and exterior design elements and an upgraded suspension.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500

The high-performance Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R, and GT500 all feature 5.2-liter V8 engines. Standard features include aerodynamic body accents, Recaro front sport seats, Brembo brakes, and the MagneRide automatic adaptive suspension. The GT350R adds a carbon fiber rear spoiler and wheels, a larger front air splitter, and red brake calipers.

The Handling package includes adjustable strut mounts and a rear spoiler Gurney flap. The Technology package comes with a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and navigation.

New for 2020, the top-of-the-line Shelby GT500 has a supercharged V8 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a race-inspired chassis and suspension, high-performance tires, and a litany of other enhancements.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

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The Final Call

The Ford Mustang is one of the best muscle cars available. Whether you prioritize going fast or tackling curves, the Mustang delivers. A comfortable cabin increases its appeal beyond performance.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "From a base EcoBoost all the way up to a decked-out V8-powered GT, the Ford Mustang provides ample amounts of style and performance. It also makes the appropriate nods to the Mustang's heritage while staying current with the latest technology features. Among today's muscle cars, the Mustang is hard to beat." -- Edmunds
  • "Hardtop or Convertible, 4-banger or V8, the Mustang is a hoot to drive. It fills teenagers' dreams and keeps their mothers awake nights. It has something for everyone, well, except for a usable backseat." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "No longer a one-trick pony, the … Mustang offers power, handling, comfort and style all in a package the average American can easily afford. Available in coupe or convertible form, the Mustang comes in a number of flavors, each a little bit better than the last." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 23, 2020

Class-Leading Sales: The Mustang was the best-selling sports car last year, and it’s held the position so far in 2020; it’s selling comfortably ahead of its main American muscle car competitors, outperforming the second-best selling Dodge Challenger by over 20 percent and the Chevy Camaro by over 2 to 1. However, like many cars and SUVs, dealerships have moved 14 percent fewer Mustang models to date this year compared to the same period in 2019. 

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