2011 Ford Mustang V6 - Video Transcript
Amanda: Hi, I'm Amanda Salas.
Jonny: And I'm Jonny Loquesto.
Amanda: And you're watching AutoTrader's new car review of the 2011 Ford Mustang V6.
Jonny: The modern Mustang is an American icon best known for its retro styling and V8 power. But V6 Mustangs were never much to brag about… Until now. The all-new 2011 Mustang is powered by Ford's newest record-breaking V6 engine… More on that later…
Amanda: The 2005 Mustang introduced what Ford Chief Designer J. Mays called retro-futurism. Now, with cars like the Dodge Challenger, and Chevy Camaro joining the party, what's old is new again! But regardless of its retro good looks, the 2011 Mustang still has to compete with fully modern sport coupes like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Infiniti G37 Coupe.
Jonny: What is fully modern is the back seat. Previous models had a small, hard-to-access rear seat. This is functional and, surprise! You can comfortably fit two of your friends back here.
Amanda: The retro-futuristic styling is carried into the cabin where the dash is straight out of the '60s muscle car hey-day. But features like the interchangeable ambient lighting, and an available 500-watt Shaker audio system, with available Sync hands free voice command ensure that the Mustang is a Pony for the new millennium.
Jonny: And just as modern is the all-new 3.7-liter V6. 305 horsepower sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. And here's the big news... With that 6-speed automatic, the 2011 V6 Mustang gets 19 miles per gallon city, and 31 miles per gallon highway, making it the first ever production car with 300 or more horsepower to get better than 30 miles per gallon.
Amanda: That's incredible. I mean we're talking muscle car power with compact car fuel efficiency.
Jonny: The Mustang still uses a solid rear axle but Ford's engineers have worked with the suspension and steering so it handles just as well as its independently sprung rivals. And its lighter curb weight lets you really carve the corners.
Amanda: Whoa ok, I believe you!
So this thing can move, handles well and stops pretty well, too! Now let's talk price.
Jonny: Pretty reasonable. The base V6 starts at $22,145. A Premium model with the Shaker stereo and Sync voice command is $25,845. Get the automatic transmission and select options like the sportier axle ratio and security package, and you're spending around $28,000. That puts it in line with line with the V6 versions of the Challenger, Camaro, and Genesis coupe, and quite a bit less than the G37.
Amanda: Now historically, Mustangs have not held their value very well but Ford is trying to change that with improved quality, some great tech features, and fully modern engines like our V6 here, delivering lots of bang for the buck.
Jonny: So even though this pony car's styling reminds us of back in the day when pony cars ruled the road, for 2011 the Mustang has learned some new, record-breaking tricks. I'm Jonny Loquesto.
Amanda: And I'm Amanda Salas. Thanks for watching this AutoTrader review of the 2011 Ford Mustang V6, right here on AutoTrader, the Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Infiniti G37 Coupe
Shaker 500 Audio (AM/FM/CD/MP3, 8-speakers, 2-subwoofers)
Ford SYNC (Voice Activated Information and Entertainment)
MPG: (6MT) 19/29
MPG: (6AT) 19/31
Base MSRP: $22,145
Premium MSRP: $25,845
Premium (w/ options): about $28,000