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Pros & Cons

  • High safety score for the class
  • Three roof choices
  • Precise steering
  • A lot of hard plastic in interior

New for 2009

  • Glass roof option
  • Return of Warriors in Pink package
  • 45th anniversary of the Mustang




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Ford Mustang Overview

The 2009 Ford Mustang has standard rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. There is an available automatic transmission on almost all trims. The base trims in the convertible or coupe style come standard with a V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower. Test drivers said the engine is peppy, but it creates a lot of noticeable vibration that they did not like. The available 4.6-liter V8 that yields 300 horsepower comes on the Mustang GT, Mustang GT Convertible and special edition Mustang Bullitt. Most test drivers recommended the 4.6-liter V8 for its powerful engine and muscle car performance. The 2009 Shelby GT500 has a 5.4-liter V8 that churns out 500 horsepower. Fuel economy for the Mustang with a V6 and a manual or automatic transmission is 17/26 mpg city/highway, which is slightly lower than average for the class. A more powerful engine usually means worse fuel economy, which is the case for the Mustang GT. It gets 18 combined mpg with either transmission. Test drivers liked the Mustang’s suspension, confident steering and overall great handling.

Test drivers liked the retro styling of the four-seat 2009 Ford Mustang, however, they said the interior of the base model has too much hard plastic. The front seats were comfortable for most reviewers, but they said the back seat is cramped for adults on long trips. Cargo space is not the highest in the class, but the 13.1 maximum cargo capacity is still bigger than the trunks in a lot of other affordable sports cars. Putting the top down on the convertible drops the trunk space to 9.7 cubic feet. The 2009 Ford Mustang comes standard with cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player and an auxiliary jack. Features available on the Mustang include a glass roof, six-disc CD changer, leather upholstery, heated front seats, upgraded Shaker sound system, Bluetooth and navigation system.

The 2009 Ford Mustang has one of the highest safety scores in its class.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Mazda RX-8 is another affordable sports car with a useable back seat. Reviewers praised the rear seats for holding two adults comfortably, even in tight turns. Some even said there’s enough room for two child seats in the second row. Most reviewers liked the small rotary engine that powers the RX-8, but they all agreed that its sports car styling does not translate into heart-pounding performance.

For shoppers who want a muscle car with a larger back seat, check out the 2009 Dodge Charger. The Charger comes with two V6 engines and two V8s that reviewers praised for their power.

Compare the Mustang to the RX-8 and Charger »

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