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2013 Ford Mustang Review

With a selection of high-horsepower engines, nimble handling, and an interior made with mostly quality materials, the used 2013 Ford Mustang holds its own in a fiercely competitive class. However, its safety score falls short of class leaders’.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Some cheap cabin materials

New for 2013

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Final model year for Boss 302
  • New supercharged V8 in GT500




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 8.8
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2013 Ford Mustang Overview

Is the 2013 Ford Mustang a Good Used Car?

Available as both a coupe and a convertible, the 2013 Ford Mustang is a good used sports car. The engine lineup is impressive – even its base V6 has plenty of horsepower. Although the interior employs cheap plastics on the doors, the cabin is pleasant overall. However, the Mustang’s ownership costs are a bit high for a sports car.

Used 2013 Ford Mustang Performance and Interior

The 2013 Mustang comes standard with a 305-horsepower V6 engine. An available 420-horsepower V8 engine comes in the GT trim, and a 444-horsepower V8 powers the Boss 302 trim. The top-of-the-line Shelby GT500 has a 650-horsepower supercharged V8 that produces 600 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic with a manual shift mode is available. The rear-wheel-drive Mustang has a solid rear axle, so it doesn’t absorb road imperfections well. Handling, however, is agile.

Fuel economy for the base Mustang with the V6 engine and the automatic transmission is 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s good for the segment, but estimates fall from there. The Boss 302 with the six-speed manual gets 16/25 mpg city/highway, while the Shelby GT500 gets 15/24 mpg.

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The Mustang seats four. The front seats are comfortable for adults, but the rear row isn’t big enough for anyone but children. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available, as well as Recaro sport seats. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the Mustang’s rear outboard seats. The Mustang coupe’s 13.4-cubic-foot trunk is larger than what most affordable sports cars offer, except for the Dodge Challenger (16.2 cubic feet). The Mustang convertible has 9.6 cubic feet.

The Mustang’s list of standard features isn’t extensive, consisting of a CD player and an auxiliary input. Available features include an eight-speaker Shaker audio system, satellite radio, Ford’s Sync infotainment system, and a navigation system. Dual-zone automatic climate control is also available, but the shifter sits too close to the controls, which can make them tricky to use. Voice commands for Sync system work without a hiccup.

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Used 2013 Ford Mustang Prices

The price of a used 2012 Ford Mustang ranges from about $12,000 for the base V6 trim to around $35,200 for the Shelby GT500. Prices vary depending on condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Ford Mustang?

The 2013 Ford Mustang has a J.D. Power reliability rating of three out of five, which is average for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Mustang?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Mustang coupe four out of five stars for the front and side crash tests, and five for the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Mustang the highest rating of Good for the moderate overlap front and rear crash tests. It received the second highest rating of Acceptable for the side crash test.

The Mustang has no standard active safety features. Rear park assist, blind-spot mirrors, and a rearview camera are available.

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Is the 2013 Mustang the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Ford Mustang is part of a generation that spanned the 2005 through 2014 model years. You can save money by purchasing an earlier model year, but you may miss out on some features. The 2011 Mustang doesn’t have the selectable steering system with three levels of power assist, nor does it offer the Boss 302 trim. The 2013 Mustang received an exterior refresh. It also marked the final model year for the Boss 302 model.

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Which Used Ford Mustang Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Mustang comes in six trim levels: base V6, V6 Premium, GT, GT Premium, Boss 302, and Shelby GT500. A convertible is available in all trims except the Boss 302. Some Premium trims and the GT500 have an all-glass roof.

The base V6 features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control,  manual air conditioning, and stainless steel dual-exhaust tips. The V6 Premium adds a 4.2-inch instrument cluster LCD with Track Apps software that measures performance; interior ambient lighting; and steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and five-way message center controls.

The Mustang GT and the V6 models have similar interior features. The Boss 302 has a quad exhaust, adjustable shocks and struts, a black cue ball-style shift knob, and a modified front fascia with lower chin splitter. The Shelby GT500 includes leather-trimmed front sport seats, a steering wheel with Alcantara suede trim, a power dome hood with heat extractor, and HID headlamps.

Your choice comes down to driving preferences. The V6 models deliver more-than-adequate power, but the Shelby GT500 will blow your socks off.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. For all of its CPO vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Ford Mustang and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Mustang or 2013 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2013 Chevy Camaro and the 2013 Mustang both offer sporty handling and an array of powerful engines. However, the two cars couldn’t be more different on the inside. The Camaro is filled with hard plastics, and it has an awkwardly placed infotainment system and a low roofline that limits headroom. Meanwhile, the Mustang has some soft-touch materials, a mostly well-arranged dash, and plenty of headroom up front. The Camaro has better safety and reliability scores, but the Mustang is a better sports car overall.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Mustang or 2013 Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger is a sports car that is friendly to both commuters and families. It has good rear legroom for adults and a spacious trunk. But the Mustang is the sportier choice, with better handling thanks to its lighter weight. The Ford comes with a more efficient six-speed manual transmission, while the Challenger has a five-speed manual gearbox.

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