I am ALL IN FAVOR of going green when looking for a car, but holy cow! This car is REALLY green! I’m reviewing the 2013 Mustang Premium convertible this week, but this is not just any Mustang…it has the Gotta Have it Green package, and yes, that is actually the name of it. This limited edition ‘Stang was a tribute to the Mustang Club of America, and it says that on the side of the car, and on the floor mats. Ford knows it has a really loyal fan base in this 11,000 member club, and actually relies on them for feedback of future Mustangs coming down the pike.
The 2013 Mustang was refreshed with a new front and rear fascia, new pony emblem placement, larger wheels, a retuned suspension system, and some really awesome rear LED tail lights that blink sequentially. This new model is the most muscular design yet, but Ford did a super job of keeping this car unmistakably Mustang. This car is true to the rich heritage of its ancestors. It comes with some sharp 18” gray wheels. I have reviewed a lot of Mustangs over the years, but it’s always been the super-fast, high horsepower models.
This week’s test car has the 3.7-liter, 24-valve V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This combination puts out 305-horses and has 280 lb/ft of torque. It performs like the V8 in the same car just three years or so ago. The ride and handling of this car is much better than previous models I have driven. The car stays flat in tight turns, and takes dips in the road like a champ. The changes Ford has made with the stance of the car over the past few years is paying real dividends with the tweaks for 2013.
This car is heavy, near 3500 pounds even in a convertible, but this rear wheel drive coupe doesn’t handle that heavy. Inside, the leather seating is quite comfortable; it comes with a 6-way power driver’s seat, Ford’s famous Sync system, their Shaker audio system, and you can change the ambient lighting color to fit your mood and keep the inside look different all the time. This car also comes with the Ford MyKey system, which I love. If you have a teenage driver, you can program the key to limit the top speed, you can limit how loud the radio will play, you can program the car to warn your teen when they get below 75 miles to empty, and best of all, the radio will not play at all if they don’t have their seatbelt on. All good stuff that saves lives.
My review car came with the Electronic Package, which gives you a terrific navigation system and includes real-time weather, traffic, fuel prices, sports scores, and movie listings. This special edition also has the Comfort Package which gives you basically heated seats, and it has the rear video camera. I am extremely impressed with the performance of this car.
This engine and transmission combination is a perfect match of power when needed and good fuel economy when driving normally. The car is tight; steering is amazing and can be changed to your choice of three different modes. Perhaps most impressive is how stable the car is in every driving condition, something hard to find in a cloth top convertible. Top operation is quick and easy. Ford continues to impress with every change they make in the Mustang. I don’t suggest you try to go incognito in this particular color, you won’t be successful.
What I liked most: The way it drives and handles. What I would change: A little more front seat legroom would be nice. MSRP: $31,200 base price, as tested, $38,605. Fuel Economy: Rated at 23 City/30 Highway, doing 31 on the highway. 2013 Mustang V6 in a few words: Great combo of horsepower and fuel economy.