It all started fifty years ago when Lee Iacocca introduced the Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Since then, there have only been a total of five generations of this car. It has had its ups and downs over five decades (think Mustang II) but this 2014 GT version I am reviewing this week is a terrific mix of modern and retro.
Under the hood, the GT comes with the Ford 5.0-liter V8 that is producing 420-horses. Although it comes in an automatic, my tester thankfully has a 6-speed manual. Mustang has the one of the most distinct sounds of any automobile made, and when you press those horses into action, the sound is music to your ears. A sound tube pipes the melodic engine sounds into the Mustang’s cabin upon heavy acceleration.
There are no visible changes to the 2014 Mustang after Ford did a big re-do in 2013. The GT interior is nice, with large, easy to read retro-style gauges that can be color changed. My review car has the $1600 Recaro leather seat option, which fits you snugly-which is nice when you are putting the ‘Stang into tight turns at higher speeds. Also inside, you get ambient lighting, the terrific Shaker audio system, Sync voice activation, and automatic headlights.
The exterior and stance of the 2014 Mustang GT looks great with its angle-forward front end and terrific 19” wheels. This car had the spoiler deleted when ordered and I really like the looks of it without one. Sequential tail lamps and HID projection headlights complete the look of one of the sharpest-looking cars on the road.
This particular car has the $2495 GT Track Package which gets you unique front corner modules, Torsen helical differential with 3.73:1 axle ratio, upgraded Boss 302 radiator, high-performance Brembo friction material upgrade, upgraded front and rear brakes (with unique caliper finish) and booster, 255/40-19 Z-rated summer-only tires.
Another cool option for those who might loan their Mustang to someone is MyKey. The ignition key can be programmed to drive you nuts if you do not buckle up, limit the top speed of the car, give warnings for low fuel, and you can even limit the volume of the sound system. For me, this would be a must for any Mustang driver under 18-years old.
The Mustang GT is a driver’s machine, with superb handling. The electric power steering helps with the driving dynamics of the car. I love the stiffness of the car when you go into a turn, and I also love the gearing; how the transmission lines up perfectly with the power bands of the engine. It is easy to see why Mustang sales are up significantly this year. I don’t think I would personally want this Gotta Have It Green color, and if you need a back seat for adults, this is not the car for you. If you are over 40 years old and want to re-live your youth, get a Mustang GT.
What I liked most: The looks, sound, and performance.
What I would change: The color of this one, that’s it!
Fuel Economy: 15 City/26 Highway
2014 Mustang GT in a few words: It’s a HOSS!
Warranty: 3 year/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain and roadside assistance.
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