2018 Ford Mustang

Interior


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2018 Ford Mustang Interior Review

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Interior: 8.0

The 2018 Ford Mustang may not be a Mercedes-Benz, but it still looks great inside. Its high-end materials outshine the cabin quality of rivals, though there are still some hard plastics to be found. The front seats are superb, but the rear seats feel claustrophobic. There are several available driver assistance features, and the Sync 3 infotainment system is better than some competitors’ systems. Trunk space is good for the class in both coupe and convertible body styles.

  • "Nicest Mustang cabin in modern memory, but you'll find some cheap-feeling plastics if you poke around. Zero squeaks and rattles." -- 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 Mustang models seat four. The exception is the Shelby GT350R, which only seats two. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, and Recaro front sport seats – which have more bolstering to hold you in place during high-speed cornering – are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and driver visibility is good in all directions. You might be better off with the standard seats instead of the optional Recaro sport seats. While the Recaros offer extra side support, they force you to miss out on amenities like heated and cooled seats. The rear seats are mostly for show, as adults and even older children will find them cramped.

With the exception of the Shelby GT350R, all Mustang models have two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats in the rear. However, you probably won’t love the system. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, and it takes a lot of force to attach car seat straps. You won’t have any issues with the tether anchors, though.

  • "The standard buckets offer plenty of bolstering for spirited on-street driving while providing better overall support. More importantly, selecting the Recaros forces you to give up Ford's excellent seat heaters and coolers." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Mustang include push-button start, a rearview camera, MyKey, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, and the Sync voice-controlled connectivity system. Track Apps, which allows you to record lap times and other performance data, also comes standard. The Mustang convertible includes a power-opening-and-closing soft top with a manual latch.

Available features include navigation, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Shaker audio system, satellite radio, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available driver assistance features include rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

New for 2018, you can equip your Mustang with a 12-inch digital gauge cluster. It looks great and has different layouts, allowing you to prominently display the data you want to see most. The basic Sync system is useful, but the Sync 3 system is worth the upgrade for its large, easy-to-see touch screen that responds quickly to inputs.

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  • "Inside, a few of the test cars, both GTs and EcoBoosts, had the new 12-inch, fully digital gauge cluster. It looks phenomenal, offering up different layouts with each mode. You can also override the layout presets and choose your own. Ford did a great job keeping things simple and legible in normal mode with a classic dual-gauge layout, and increasing the simplicity and legibility as the modes ratchet up in intensity. Track mode gives you just the essentials: a big, bar-style tach, an offset speedometer, and tiny bars for fuel level and coolant temp. It's lovely, and it works great." -- Autoblog
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)

Cargo

The Mustang has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in fastback models, which come standard with a 50/50-split-folding rear seat for more space. Convertible models have 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space. In either body style, the Mustang has more cargo space than many other sports cars. However, there’s not a lot of in-cabin storage space. The optional Shaker audio system reduces functional trunk space because its subwoofer is located in the trunk.

  • The Mustang's trunk checks in at a decent 13.5 cubic feet, but the optional Shaker stereo includes a trunk-mounted subwoofer that makes two golf bags a pretty tight fit." -- 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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