2012 Ford Mustang

#2 in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars Overall Score: 8.4 / 10
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2012 Ford Mustang Overview

Critics said that the 2012 Ford Mustang offers a powerful engine and athletic handling, but some were let down by the base Mustang’s questionable interior quality.











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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful base engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Nimble handling
  • Base model’s unrefined interior
  • Cramped back seat

Notable for 2012

  • Boss 302 model reintroduced
  • Selectable steering system (three levels of power assist) became available

Ford Mustang Rankings and Research

The 2012 Ford Mustang ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Sports Cars category. Currently the Ford Mustang has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Cost to Own: 8.5
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 3_5

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2012 Ford Mustang Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff January 5, 2016

Critics said that the 2012 Ford Mustang offers a powerful engine and athletic handling, but some were let down by the base Mustang’s questionable interior quality.

The 2012 Ford Mustang is available with engines that range from a base V6 to a supercharged V8 in the high-performance Shelby GT500, and reviewers agreed that even the base Mustang offers enough power to keep sports car shoppers happy. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available, though some auto writers were surprised that the automatic transmission does not offer paddle shifters or a manual shift mode. The base Mustang gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is better than what other muscle cars in the class get. Still, less powerful sports cars like the Mazda Miata and Mini Cooper Coupe use considerably less fuel. Test drivers agreed that the Mustang offers athletic handling on a curvy road, and some said it feels smaller and more maneuverable than cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. The Mustang also impressed reviewers with its responsive steering and firm, yet comfortable, ride, though some mentioned that body flex makes convertible models a bit less composed through turns.

While reviewers were pleased with the upgraded materials that come in higher trims, many said that the base 2012 Mustang’s interior features too many hard plastic surfaces. Like many rival sports cars, the Mustang’s back seat is on the small side, but test drivers agreed that the front seats are comfortable. The Mustang also offers more trunk space than most sports cars, with 13.4 and 9.6 cubic feet of space in coupe and convertible models, respectively. Critics agreed that the Mustang’s audio and climate controls are logically placed, but a few wrote that some switchgear felt a little chintzy. Still, test drivers agreed that features like the available voice-activated Sync system make it easy to access stereo, phone and navigation settings. The base Mustang comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary jack. Available features include a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, HD Radio, navigation, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a glass roof and an upgraded stereo system with Sync, satellite radio and a USB port.

Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Camaro has impressive safety scores for the class, and it’s available in coupe and convertible body styles. Like the Mustang, the Camaro features retro-inspired styling, and critics loved its powerful V6 and V8 engine options when it was new.

The Dodge Challenger also features retro muscle car looks, and reviewers said that the Challenger’s back seat is one of the most accommodating in the class. The Challenger is also available with V6 and V8 engine choices, and it offers more trunk space than most cars in the class.

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