What Is It?
We’ll start there, because the 2018 Mustang’s engine revisions will be big news for enthusiasts. That’s because Ford is dropping the V6 power plant from the Mustang lineup altogether, replacing it instead with the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s also been a Mustang option since 2015. That’s a big deal for the Mustang, which has almost always offered 6-cylinder power in addition to its performance-oriented V8-powered Mustang GT (which, of course, will stick around for 2018).
Aside from the engine change, the Mustang remains relatively similar to last year’s model (since changes for 2018 are just a facelift, after all). The Mustang offers new front-end styling, which has already been criticized as “frowny” by some enthusiasts, while it also boasts a few improvements to its interior. A 12-inch fully digital gauge cluster is also newly available, giving drivers a more customizable experience than a traditional gauge cluster can provide.
Other Mustang changes for 2018 include a little extra torque for the 4-cylinder model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission option and a “MyMode” feature that stores your preferences for the suspension settings, steering and more.
Ford hasn’t yet announced pricing, but we suspect the 2018 Mustang will stay relatively close to current prices. That means around $28,000 for the 4-cylinder model and around $35,000 for the V8-powered Mustang GT.
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The Mustang just gets better and better — and we suspect the 2018 Ford Mustang will simply be the best yet. Get past its (truly minor) styling update and you’ll find more features, improved interior quality and extra torque for the base-level engine — along with a new 10-speed automatic transmission that’s sure to delight. The latest Mustang may not make significant changes over last year’s model, but it’s revised enough that it should merit serious consideration from any shoppers interested in a sports car.
Other Cars to Consider
Chevrolet Camaro — The Mustang’s closest rival was redesigned last year, and it, too, is better than ever. Featuring sharper styling and an improved interior, the Camaro still offers an amazing value — just like the Mustang.
Dodge Challenger — Don’t count the Challenger out just because its design is nearly a decade old. Chrysler has done an excellent job updating the large coupe, giving it more and more equipment — along with improved powertrains and nicer interiors — as the years have passed. It’s worth a look.
Toyota 86 — The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ don’t have the grunt of V8-powered Mustang models, but they offer more finesse than the base-level 4-cylinder version. If you test-drive a Mustang and find it too bulky, you might want to consider one of these instead.
Used Chevy Corvette — If you like the Mustang but want a little more performance — or a slightly rarer vehicle — the Chevy Corvette might be an excellent choice. It’s not as practical as the Mustang, but it’s more exciting and unusual.