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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2014 Ford Mustang Review

The 2014 Ford Mustang sits near the top of our sports car rankings. It offers powerful engines, a good reliability score, composed handling, and good trunk space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Good trunk space for the class
  • Cheap cabin materials

2014 Ford Mustang Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Mustang a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Mustang, available in coupe and convertible body styles, is an excellent sports car that offers both fun and practicality. There are three powerful engine options, and the base V6 earns good fuel economy estimates. On the road, the Mustang has well-controlled handling. Still, its interior is pretty basic, offering few features and cheap materials. 

Used 2014 Ford Mustang Performance and Interior

Powering the rear-wheel-drive 2014 Ford Mustang is a 305-horsepower V6 engine that delivers quick, effortless acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. For exhilarating power, two more engines are available: the Mustang GT's 420-horsepower V8 and the 662-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500's supercharged V8. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Ford Mustang earns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for a V6-powered sports car. While the Mustang isn't the most dynamic car in the class, it feels well-controlled and agile on winding roads and through turns.

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The four-seat Ford Mustang’s cabin is made with lots of cheap, hard plastics. The front seats – especially the available Recaro sport seats – have excellent support and side bolstering for corner carving. The back seats, however, have just enough space for a pair of children. The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats. The Mustang coupe has a 13.4-cubic-foot trunk, while the convertible's trunk measures 9.6 cubic feet. That's a good amount of storage space for a sports car.

The 2014 Ford Mustang comes scantly equipped with just a stereo, a CD player, and an auxiliary input. Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, and dual-zone automatic climate control are available features. Ford’s SYNC smartphone connectivity system is also available, but it has drawn complaints for its hard-to-use buttons and unresponsiveness to voice commands.

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Used 2014 Ford Mustang Prices

Pricing on a 2014 Ford Mustang ranges from about $15,200 for the V6-powered base model up to about $44,700 for the supercharged V8-powered Mustang Shelby GT500. Prices vary depending on the car's location, condition, mileage, and features. 

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We Did the Research for You: 37 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of other professional automotive reviews, as well as information like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 37 Ford Mustang reviews to give you an idea of its pros and cons.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars for 10 years, and our staff has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never accepts expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Mustang?

On its five-point reliability rating scale, J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2014 Ford Mustang a score of 3.5. That’s above average for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Mustang?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Mustang the highest rating of Good in the small overlap front and rear protection crash tests. It earned an Acceptable, the second-highest rating, in the side impact test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mustang four out of five stars for overall safety, as well as in the frontal and side crash tests. The Mustang earned five stars in the rollover crash test. 

The Ford Mustang comes standard with Ford's MyKey, which allows parents to set speed and audio volume limits for young drivers. It's also available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mustang?

The Mustang's fifth generation started with the 2005 model year and concluded with the 2014 model year. Consider a 2013, which has similar styling and features to the 2014 model for less money. 

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Which Used Ford Mustang Is Right for Me?

The Ford Mustang has five trims: the base V6, V6 Premium, GT, GT Premium, and Shelby GT 500. If you want high-tech cabin technology, skip the base model. It comes with only a few standard features: a stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary input jack. The Mustang V6 Premium trim is better equipped, featuring a power-adjustable driver's seat, leather-trimmed front seats, a color LCD display, satellite radio, and Ford's SYNC voice-activated connectivity system.

Performance lovers should go with the Mustang GT trim or higher. The GT adds a V8 engine, a limited-slip rear differential, and a rear spoiler. The Mustang GT Premium has all the V6 Premium trim's standard features plus the V8 engine. The top-of-the-line Shelby GT500 has a supercharged V8, Brembo brakes, heated front seats, leather sport front seats, a Shaker stereo, and Le Mans racing stripes.

Ford also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. For all of its certified pre-owned 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. 

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2014 Ford Mustang and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Mustang or 2014 Chevrolet Camaro?

The Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro share a few traits – powerful engines, athletic handling, and a good reliability rating. However, they also both use cheap cabin materials. Where the Mustang pulls ahead is in its interior and trunk space, which are much larger than what you’ll find in the cramped Camaro.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Mustang or 2014 Dodge Challenger?

The Mustang is, overall, the better car between these two. It has a higher reliability rating, nimbler handling, and a quicker base engine. However, the Dodge Challenger stands out for its interior space. It's one of the few sports cars that seats five, the back seats are unusually roomy, and it has a class-leading trunk capacity. The one big downside of the Challenger is its subpar reliability score.

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