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2012 Ford Mustang Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Ford Mustang was new.


Interior: 8.0

Overall, reviewers are satisfied with the 2012 Ford Mustang’s cabin. While some complain of ergonomic quirks, a cramped back seat, and hard plastic trim on the base model, most rave about the Mustang’s long list of standard and optional features. For better interior quality, critics suggest choosing the Premium trim.

  • "The cabin is highlighted by chrome trim and many padded surfaces, though the door panels are hard plastic. Base models have grippy, attractive cloth upholstery, but the plastic steering wheel doesn't feel particularly nice in your hands. Premium models get classy leather seating surfaces and a meaty leather-wrapped wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior still has its share of cheap plastic, while the lack of a telescoping steering wheel means a compromised driving position for some." -- Edmunds
  • "The Mustang's cabin uses premium materials, including a soft-touch dashboard surface, a change made for the 2010 model year when it was significantly updated." -- Cars.com
  • "Once again, it's the little things stand out. The soft touch materials on the dash, the inlaid bezels on the vents, the classic tachometer and speedometer, all look great." -- Detroit News
  • "We'd definitely recommend the Premium model because the plastic-heavy base interior is bland and uninviting, but we're cool with skipping the MCA package; it might grab attention at the local Steak ‘n Shake, but it's a bit much for our tastes." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin of the base V-6, although it has been improved considerably over the 2009 in terms of material quality and seat comfort, is still not quite as nice as that of its competitors." -- Kansas City Star


Auto writers say the 2012 Ford Mustang's four-passenger cabin provides comfortable seating for adults in the front and kids in the back. However, if you need a more adult-friendly back seat, the Dodge Challenger may be a better choice. Additionally, a few critics note that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it difficult for some drivers to find a comfortable position.

  • "The seats are comfortable with a nicely contoured backrest, though knees can collide easily with the door panels and center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Both coupe and convertible body styles can accommodate four adults, but rear passengers will be cramped; if you regularly carry around more than two people, the Challenger is a better bet." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat is a shame, with room for two very short people." -- Detroit News

Interior Features

Most critics are impressed with the 2012 Ford Mustang's long list of standard and optional features, especially the available Ford SYNC infotainment system. However, some test drivers note ergonomic quirks with the controls layout and hard plastic trim in base models. Most say that opting for the Premium trim rectifies the latter issue, since that model carries more soft-touch surfaces and higher-quality materials.

  • "With either transmission, the shifter interferes with the low-mounted climate controls. Still, most buttons are large and easy to reach, with most all functions self evident." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Sync's voice-activation features greatly simplify operation of audio, phone and navigation systems. The buttons themselves don't have a particularly solid feel, though, and a large percentage of door panel and center console real estate is taken up by hard plastic." -- Edmunds
  • "In Premium trim, our V6 test car came with all the standard creature comforts you would expect in a passenger car, and then some: leather power seats, Sirius satellite radio, a split-folding rear seat." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Audio and climate controls on the center stack are large and easy to use. Ford's voice-activated Sync music and phone system now has 911 Assist." -- Kansas City Star
  • "And then there's Sync, simply the best voice-operated, hands-free system in the industry. It can operate your phone and play music via a Bluetooth connection. It can find you on a map, it can tell you the weather, and it can tune the stereo without you ever having to take your hands off the wheel." -- Detroit News


The 2012 Ford Mustang has more trunk space than most affordable sports cars. There’s 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space in the coupe, while convertibles offer 9.6 cubic feet for cargo. If you need more space, check out the Dodge Challenger and Mitsubishi Eclipse, which have 15.4 and 15.7 cubic feet, respectively.

  • "Coupe cargo space is good for the class. Trunk lids open wide on non-intruding hinges, but the size and shape of the trunk opening can make loading even moderately sized items a challenge. Convertibles can accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two. Cabin storage is sparse." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The coupe's trunk can hold a decent 12.3 cubic feet, while the convertible's space drops to 9.7 cubes." -- Edmunds
  • "Best of all, the top doesn't consume any of the 9.6 cubic feet of trunk space, so the top-down fun can start right at the airport." -- Motor Trend

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