Test Vehicle: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Premium
MSRP: $44,595, Price as Tested: $55,665
Overall NHTSA Rating:
MPG: 16 City / 25 Hwy
Should I add it to my car shopping list? Yes!
2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review
|Pros & Cons||Updates for 2018|
|Probably the biggest “Pro” about the Mustang is how much fun they are to drive. So much fun you won’t want to put it away!||This is the 6th generation of the Ford Mustang. The new generation came out in 2015. For 2018 the Mustang receives a mid-life-cycle refresh.|
|Our test vehicle came with paddle shifters which can add a little bit of thrill to your driving experience.||The 3.7L V6 is no longer offered mainly because it just wasn’t as good as the EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo.|
|The Mustang has almost always been a great looking car the past two generations even more so! I really like the new for 2018 styling updates.||There are some small performance changes and options available like available MagneRide dampers, additional frame stiffening in the rear, and thicker stabilizer bars.|
|The sound of engine is amazing and having a convertible top only increases the aural pleasure. Did I mention doing burnouts and chirping 2nd gear. Yeah… that too!||Design changes include, restyled head lamp clusters and LED tail lights as well as slight changes to the front fascia. The hood is actually a little lower as well so the 2018 Mustang looks a little more aggressive.|
Here’s a video from CJ Pony Parts which covers some of the changes to the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.
The all-American classic Ford Mustang always gets a nod from me. It doesn’t matter whether i’m testing a base fastback coupe or their high performance track car the GT350R. One thing is for sure when the car is dropped off I run right out and take it for a spin and when it’s time to be picked up I don’t want to give it back. 🙂
Our test car was the high-horsepower GT version of the Ford Mustang and for added enjoyment Ford lent us the convertible model! Our test car was came equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The base price of the 6-speed manual is about $1,600 less. I personally prefer the 6-speed manual in the Mustang even though the 0-60 time is slower. The manual is just too much fun to drive.
There are a handful of performance and trim options available and of course the decision to go with the fastback or the convertible model! The base fastback starts at only $25,680 which is a great price and a great value. If you’re looking for the absolute top of the line in terms of performance your’e going to want to look at the 526 horsepower Shelby Mustang GT350R starting at around $65K.
My favorite option on our tester is the GT Performance Package for $3,995.
The GT Performance Package includes:
• 19″ X 9″ (F) 19″ X 9.5″ (R) Ebony Black-painted Aluminum
• 255/40R19 (F) 275/40R19 (R) Summer Only Tires
• Brembo ™ Six-Piston Front Brake Calipers with Larger Rotors
• “Engine Spun” Aluminum Instrument Panel
• Gauge Pack (Oil Pressure and Vacuum)
• Heavy-duty Front Springs
• Larger Radiator
• Performance Rear Wing (Fastback Only)
• Silver Painted Strut-Tower Brace
• Spoiler Delete (Convertible Only)
• TORSEN® Differential with 3.73 Axle Ratio (Manual)
• TORSEN® Differential with 3.55 Axle Ratio (Automatic)
• Unique Chassis Tuning
• Unique EPAS, ABS and Stability Control Tuning
• Upsized Rear Sway Bar
Here are the other options our test car came with:
10-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission: $1,595
Active Value Performance Exhaust: $895
GT Performance Package (details above): $3,995
Carbon Sport Interior Package: $1,195
Voice-Activated Navigation: $795
MagneRide Dampening System: $1,695
Destination & Delivery Charge: $900
Q. Should I put the Mustang GT on my car shopping list?
A. Yes! Even if you’re not interested in the faster GT model please do yourself a favor and take the Mustang GT for a test drive. It’ll be the most fun you’ve had behind the wheel in ages!
|Features & Specs: Ford Mustang GT|
|Vehicle Type:||2-door sports coupe|
|Seating:||2 rows, 4 passengers|
|Gas Mileage:||16 city / 25 hwy|
|Drivetrain:||rear wheel drive, independent rear wheel suspension|
|Horsepower:||460 @ 7,000 rpm, Redline is a staggering 7,400 rpm|
|Torque:||420 lb·ft @ 4,600|
|Engine:||V8, 5.0 litres, gasoline
Also available in non GT trim is a 2.3 liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder making 310 horsepower.
|Wheels & Tires:||Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, 9×19 front, 9.5×19 rear on 255/40R-19 front, 275/40R-19 rear|
|0-60 MPH:||4.0 seconds (Automatic is quicker than manual)|
|Top Speed:||157 mph|
|Warranty:||3 yr/36,000 mi basic
5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain
My friend Micah Muzio over at KBB.com did a great video review of the 2018 Mustang GT