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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.7
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2017 Ford Mustang Review

The 2017 Ford Mustang ranks in the top half of the sports car class. It has precise handling, brawny engine performance, great safety scores, and below-average ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine lineup
  • Athletic handling
  • Handsome interior
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Cramped rear seats

2017 Ford Mustang Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Mustang a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Mustang is a good pick if you’re shopping for a used sports car. The well-balanced Mustang is fun to drive and offers a range of muscular four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines. It’s also rather practical for a sports car. It returns decent fuel economy, rates highly for crash safety, and offers a number of advanced safety features. It also has a roomy trunk and usable (albeit small) rear seats.

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How Much Is the 2017 Ford Mustang?

You can expect to pay between $20,800 and $37,000 for a used 2017 Mustang. These figures are based on more than 3,000 listings for the 2017 Ford Mustang on our site. The average price is $26,300. The high-performance Shelby GT350 model is the exception, as it averages around $58,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Mustang Cost to Own?

The Mustang’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,700, or around $5,550 per year. That’s lower than average for the sports car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mustang?

The 2019 Ford Mustang starts at $26,120, but can exceed $64,000 in top trim levels. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used 2017 Mustang, especially if you want a base model with few options. It’s worth noting that you’ll need to buy used if you want a Mustang with a V6 engine, as it was discontinued for the 2018 model year.

There are a few reasons to upgrade to the new Mustang. The 2018-and-newer models have a restyled exterior, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and extra tech features like a digital gauge cluster. The classic dark green Bullitt Mustang returns for 2019 as well. If these items pique your interest, opt for a new Mustang.

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You won’t find too many options if you’d prefer a less expensive alternatives, but there are a few. The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST provides zippy, hot hatchback thrills for a reasonable starting price of $21,285. The fun-to-drive 2018 Honda Civic Si has a bit more passenger space and starts at $24,100.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Mustang Is Best?

The sixth-generation Mustang debuted for the 2015 model year and remains on sale. There really isn’t a bad pick among these models. All offer exciting handling and strong performance, though there are a few details worth considering.

You’ll have to opt for a 2017-and-newer model if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Ford discontinued the Mustang’s V6 engine after the 2017 model year, so that narrows your choice to just 2015 to 2017 models if you want this engine. Further, the Mustang received a facelift in 2018. If you don’t like these new looks, stick with a 2015 to 2017 model.

You can save more money by shopping for a fifth-generation Mustang (2010 to 2014). These models provide similarly high engine performance, but drawbacks include rather cheap cabin materials, fewer advanced safety features, and handling that isn’t quite as polished.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Mustang?

The 2017 Mustang has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Ford Mustang Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2017 Mustang. Ford is recalling certain models due to a faulty driver’s side door latch. Another recall addresses possible leaking from the engine oil cooler. Vehicles are also being recalled because the passenger-side airbag inflator could rupture and injure occupants. Before buying a used Mustang, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Mustang Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mustang is available in four main trim levels: V6, EcoBoost, GT, and GT350. The base model Ford Mustang V6 (300 horsepower) comes standard with a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, air conditioning, cloth seats, and alloy wheels.

The Mustang EcoBoost adds a 310-horsepower turbocharged engine. The Mustang GT adds a 435-horsepower V8 engine, larger brakes, and an external oil cooler. The GT350 adds a high-performance V8 with 526 horsepower, plus Brembo brakes, an adaptive suspension, a differential cooler, and Recaro sport seats.

For better amenities and tech features, opt for an EcoBoost or GT model outfitted with the available Premium package. It includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and dual-zone climate control. Other available features include a navigation system, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. There’s also an available GT350R package, which adds carbon fiber wheels and aerodynamic upgrades, but removes creature comforts like air conditioning, the radio, and even the backseat.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford Mustang Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle for the coverage and benefits it provides. For 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. Despite this lengthy coverage, rivals like Chevrolet, Toyota, and Mazda have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Mustang?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Mustang a perfect five-star safety rating in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mustang the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front crash test, but it gave the Ford a top score of Good in all other tests.

The Mustang comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

2017 Ford Mustang Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Mustang or 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2017 Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang have a lot in common. These pony cars are both available in coupe and convertible body styles. They have poised handling, muscular engines, and decent fuel economy. They also share drawbacks like cramped rear seats and poor rear visibility. The devil is in the details with these two. The Camaro has better standard features like a 7-inch touch screen, while the Mustang comes standard with a finicky 4.2-inch screen. The Chevy also wins the horsepower war with its available 650-horsepower supercharged ZL1 engine. The Mustang offers more trunk space though, as well as more advanced safety features like forward collision warning. Ultimately, both are good options.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Mustang or 2017 Dodge Challenger?

The 2017 Dodge Challenger is another popular option in this class, but it’s roomier and less athletic than most other sports cars. The Challenger has more back-seat space, making it a superior people-hauler. It can also outsprint nearly every car on the market when outfitted in its lightning-fast Hellcat trim. It doesn’t handle as well as the Mustang though, and its crash safety scores are less impressive. At the end of the day, both muscle cars are good options.

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2017 Mustang Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Mustang Drive?

The Mustang has four engine options: a V6 with 300 horsepower, a turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower (EcoBoost), a V8 with 435 horsepower (GT), and a high-performance V8 with 526 horsepower (Shelby GT350). A six-speed manual transmission, limited slip differential, and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic is available for the V6, EcoBoost, and GT trims.

The four-cylinder and V6 engines scoot the Mustang up to speed briskly, but the turbo-four sounds a bit gruff and doesn’t deliver power as smoothly. The six-speed manual transmission has a short throw and satisfying action, and the smooth six-speed automatic delivers prompt shifts. The jewel of this lineup is the GT’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, which gives the Mustang breakneck acceleration and beefy passing power. The racy GT350 raises the bar even higher but at a prohibitively expensive price point. For muscle car thrills, the Ford Mustang GT is quite a compelling value.

Despite its big power ratings, the standard Mustang is a pleasant car to drive. Its ride quality is reasonably compliant, it feels stable around sharp corners, and its brakes slow the car assertively. Ford offers a number of upgrades to fine-tune the Mustang’s handling, though not all of them translate well to the road. The Performance packages (available on EcoBoost and GT models) add a stiffer suspension and larger brakes, but on rough pavement, this setup produces a bumpy and uncomfortable ride. The GT350 has a similarly rough ride despite having a MagneRide adaptive suspension, which can quickly stiffen or soften the car’s shock absorbers.

Does the 2017 Ford Mustang Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Mustang can’t match the fuel economy of the 2017 Mazda Miata or 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, but it offers similar gas mileage to the Camaro and Challenger. With its EcoBoost engine, the Mustang returns an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Mustang V6 manages 18/27 mpg city/highway, while the GT and GT350 models earn just 15/25 mpg and 14/21 mpg, respectively.

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2017 Mustang Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Mustang Seat?

The Mustang is available in two body styles: fastback and convertible. Both configurations seat four people, though the Shelby GT350R only seats two.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with ample head- and legroom for taller drivers. Opting for the available sport seats adds extra hip-hugging support, which comes in handy on twisting roads. However, these seats may be too snug for some occupants. The Mustang’s rear seats are cramped and best reserved for kids only. Rear visibility is similarly poor, especially in convertible models, though forward visibility is fine.

Cloth upholstery is standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. Overall, the Mustang’s interior impresses with its handsome cabin styling and quality materials. The retro dashboard design even resembles the first-generation Mustang of the 1960s.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Mustang?

The Mustang has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal for overall ease of use. Some anchors are too deep in the seats and require too much force to connect.

2017 Ford Mustang Features

The Mustang comes standard with a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, AM/FM radio, and a CD player. The basic audio and climate control buttons and knobs are easy to use. However, the display screen is very small, looks dated, and is surrounded by many tiny buttons.

It’s worth upgrading to a model with the Premium package, which adds the SYNC 3 infotainment system and its large 8-inch touch screen. This upgraded system reacts quickly to inputs and has simple on-screen menus. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions with the touch screen. Other available features include a navigation system, satellite radio, and an upgraded stereo.

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2017 Ford Mustang Dimensions

Ford Mustang Cargo Space

The Mustang fastback has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and Mustang convertible models have a smaller 11.4-cubic-foot trunk. Both are above average for a sports car.

2017 Mustang Length and Weight

The 2017 Mustang is 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,526 and 3,825 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Mustang Built?

Ford built the 2017 Mustang in Michigan.

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