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2017 Ford Mustang Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Mustang was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2017 Ford Mustang has an interior that seamlessly blends retro touches with modern styling, and the interior materials are nicer than what you’ll see in other sports cars. The front seats are comfortable, but the back seat is cramped. Trunk space is good for the class, though a few reviewers wish for more interior storage space. The Mustang’s long list of standard features and its easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system earn it points with reviewers.

  • "Regardless of trim level, the Mustang's interior materials are high-quality." -- Edmunds
  • "While all 2016 Mustang models get a coolly retro-yet-modern interior style, Premium Mustang models justify their added cost with better materials and features." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "What about the interior? It's a major improvement - the variety of lines and materials alone makes for nicer viewing, on top of which it is put together with more care and luxury touches like the available blind spot warning in the (tiny) mirrors, rearview camera with a bright, crisp image and adaptive cruise control are tastes of the good life." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

Most 2017 Ford Mustang models have four seats, except for the Shelby GT350R, which seats two. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, and Recaro sport seats, which have more bolstering to hold you in place during high-speed cornering, are available.

Whether you choose the standard front seats or the Recaros, you’ll be comfortable in the Mustang. People in the back seat, however, will find the space cramped and uncomfortable. For a muscle car with more back-seat room, look at the Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger. Rearward visibility in the Mustang is poor.

  • "Technically, both the coupe and convertible body styles have four seats, but you'll have a hard time fitting adults (or even big teenagers) in the rear seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Although we didn't get to test a base model (none were made available at the preview), both the EcoBoost and GT versions driven had unusually comfortable front seats, though only the driver's had adjustable lumbar support." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The back seats remain strictly for kids, which is a bit disappointing given the Mustang's 188.3-inch total length-within an inch of a Toyota Camry." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Ford Mustang comes standard with a lot of tech for a muscle car. A rearview camera, proximity key, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Ford's SYNC voice-controlled infotainment interface, and a feature that allows you to record lap times and other performance data are all standard. The Mustang is also available with MyKey, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for new drivers. The Mustang has available features that include rear parking sensors (which are helpful in the fastback as rear visibility isn’t that great), navigation, rain-sensing wipers, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 12-speaker Shaker audio system, and Ford's new SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system. SYNC 3 recognizes multitouch gestures like you use on a smartphone. Unlike models like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which only have manually operated tops, the Mustang convertible comes with a power-opening-and-closing soft top with a manual latch.

The standard features list on the 2017 Mustang impresses reviewers who say the standard voice-activated SYNC system makes it easy to place phone calls and change stereo settings, and the new, optional SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system has an easier-to-use interface than previous infotainment systems from Ford.

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  • "Sync 3 is a welcome replacement to the MyFord Touch predecessor, as it provides a drastically simplified interface with smartphone-style pinching and swiping gestures." -- Edmunds
  • "Modern cars are about having it all, and anyone buying a new Mustang will find a classic pony car built with all the latest safety systems. Whether it's blind-spot monitoring or forward-collision alert, it's as modern as you'd want." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "You can sense the Mustang traces in the layout, but controls and screens feel modernized -- amusingly, the speedometer is labeled Ground Speed." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

The 2017 Mustang fastback coupe has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than most sports cars offer. Fastback models come standard with a 50/50 split-folding rear seat. Convertible Mustang models have 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space.

Trunk space in the Mustang is good, but there’s not a lot of in-cabin storage space.

  • "The Mustang coupe's trunk provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space -- fairly generous for a sport coupe -- while the convertible offers 11.4 cubes. Standard folding rear seatbacks on the coupe expand cargo capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "… the trunk is bigger than you might expect - 13.5 cubic feet in coupes, 11.4 in convertibles - and the rear seats fold flat to accommodate longer items." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Interior storage is adequate, but no more. The glovebox is arranged so that the owner's manual is out of the way, leaving a fair amount of space for stuff." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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