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2008 Ford Mustang Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Ford Mustang was new.

The Mustang is admired for its powerful engine, iconic exterior and interior design and stellar performance in crash tests. A worthy successor to its revered nameplate, the 2008 model proves to be a smart buy for anyone wanting a car powerful enough to back its classic bad boy looks. It ranks at the top of its class.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • GT trim has an impressive V8
  • Attention-grabbing exterior design
  • Exceptional steering feel
  • Interior composed of low-grade materials
  • Uncomfortable backseat

2008 Ford Mustang Overview

First introduced in 1964, the Ford Mustang has risen to become a true American icon. According to Forbes, "Few cars embody all-American rugged individualism like the Ford Mustang." Known for its brawny presence and threatening snarl, the Mustang receives accolades for its muscle-car street performance, but loses points in overall refinement. A year ago, we would have told you that the era of large, V8 muscle cars was dying out. But today the Mustang faces competition from a revived Dodge Challenger and its old foe from the 1960's, the 2010 Chevy Camaro. Still, Ford's original pony car  earns awards for both quality and ownership cost.

The 2008 Ford Mustang is available as a V6 and GT in both Deluxe and Premium trims. This year also marks the reintroduction of the Bullitt trim. The Mustang is offered as a convertible, and a high-performance Shelby GT 500 is also available. With gas prices reaching record highs in 2008, Mustang shoppers might want to take note that the V6 model manages 17/26 mpg, but if you believe that only a V8 can qualify as a muscle car, you're stuck with 15/23 mpg performance.

Be sure to check for current Ford deals that may be available on a new Mustang.

  • "Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! This car is one big hoot, and it's instructive to get into a rear-drive, V8-powered bad-ass every once in a while. It's a good reminder of how fun driving can be." -- AutoWeek
  • "The current-generation Mustang came out for the 2005 model year, and Ford is keeping it fresh in 2008 with new paint colors, additional safety and convenience features and yet another two versions that trade on the name of legendary racer and car developer Carroll Shelby: the Shelby GT convertible and, in the spring, the Shelby GT500KR." -- Cars.com
  • "The current version, which debuted in 2005, successfully captures the brawny coolness of the trendsetting 1967 original, thanks to retro design cues and gutsy engines." -- Forbes
  • "The Ford Mustang looks and feels like an all-American car, and that's a good thing. It's quick and fun to drive and offers combination of style, performance, and handling that's hard to beat for the money." -- Automotive.com
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