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2013 Ford Mustang Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Ford Mustang was new.


Interior: 7.4

The 2013 Ford Mustang has a cabin that reviewers like, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The base model’s interior lacks the quality found on upper trims, and even high-end models have their quirks. Reviewers note that while the dash features high-quality materials, the Mustang’s doors are still made of cheap, hard plastics. Like many competing affordable sports cars, the Mustang’s back seat isn’t the most inviting place to be.

  • "The GT's 'cue ball' shifter can get extremely hot or cold depending on outside temperature." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior still has its share of cheap plastic trim, while the lack of a telescoping steering wheel means a compromised driving position for some." -- Edmunds 
  • "Soft-touch surfaces give the dash a quality feel, but we were let down by its swaths of flat surfaces below and the plastic door panels." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Cabin inconsistencies still mar the interior, where Ford has dressed the dashboard with premium materials but given the doors short shrift." -- Cars.com


Auto writers say the 2013 Ford Mustang's four-passenger cabin provides comfortable seating for adults in the front and kids in the back. Recaro sport seats are now optional on all models for 2013, and reviewers generally find them comfortable and supportive. Leather and heated front seats are also available, and test drivers say that outward visibility is good from the driver’s seat. 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.

  • "Our test car had optional Recaro front seats, which are among the most comfortable and snug bucket seats we have ever sat in." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Outward vision is quite good all-around, particularly for a sporty coupe; convertibles are also better than average in this regard." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Both coupe and convertible body styles can accommodate four adults, but rear passengers will be cramped, so if you regularly carry around more than two people, the Challenger is a better bet." -- Edmunds 
  • "The backseat is tight, but we prefer it over the borderline-unusable backseats in the Camaro and Nissan Altima coupes. Still, if you plan to haul adults around much, the Challenger and Honda Accord coupes are roomier." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The base 2013 Ford Mustang comes with a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary input, as well as Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents limit the Mustang’s top speed and stereo volume to help encourage smart driving habits for younger drivers. Options and features available on higher trims include an upgraded stereo, Ford’s Sync infotainment system, navigation, heated front seats, leather seats, Recaro sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a backup camera.

Most critics are impressed with the 2013 Ford Mustang's optional features, noting that voice commands for Sync work well, and that the Shaker sound system is impressively loud. However, one test driver notes ergonomic quirks, such as the shifter’s close proximity to the climate controls.

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  • "With either transmission, the shifter can interfere with the low-mounted climate controls." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Sync's voice-activation features greatly simplify operation of audio, phone and navigation systems." -- Edmunds 
  • "Also new is an upgraded Shaker audio system that comes in the form of Loud and Louder. When Ford reps said we'd literally feel the music, they weren't kidding." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "It's entertaining, but adjusting the power-steering assist requires rooting through the LCD's submenus, which is onerous to do on the fly. Other cars fast-track you to their sportiest settings with dashboard buttons." -- Cars.com


The 2013 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, which has 16.2 cubic feet of space. While most reviewers are pleased with the Mustang’s trunk space, one reviewer notes that the Mustang’s cabin is short on small-item storage.

  • "Cabin storage is sparse." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Trunk space is a generous 13.4 cubic feet, beating the Camaro and both Japanese cars." -- Cars.com

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