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author photo by Autotrader March 2019

Ford keeps its 2019 Ford Mustang relevant with some tweaks here and there. It even gives those fretting about fossil fuels and fuel economy a robust 4-cylinder turbo mill to minimize fuel consumption. Meanwhile, the V8 provides entry to the Thunderdome for those who want to feel a big engine's power through the seat of their pants.

Today's Mustang may not offer some of the safety/driver-assist technologies available on sedans and crossovers, but it offers a manual transmission in every grade. There's more than a $40,000 gap between the most affordable and most expensive versions highlighting the 216 horsepower spread between the two.

Hardtop or Convertible, 4-banger or V8, the Mustang is a hoot to drive. It fills teenagers' dreams and keeps their mothers awake nights. It has something for everyone, well, except for a usable backseat.

What's New for 2019?

Most of the changes have to do with technology, like FordPass Connect replacing SYNC connect, and a few other odds and ends. Otherwise, the Mustang GT 6-speed gets rev matching, and a 1,000-watt B&O Play by Harman audio system is now available on upper grades. Oh, and there's a new Bullitt edition in hardtop only. See the 2019 Ford Mustang models for sale near you

What We Like

Awesome V8; fuel-efficient turbo four; sports-car handling; refined ride; stylish, high-quality interior; fearsome Shelby versions

Want We Don't

Tiny back seat

How Much?

$27,490-$68,230

Fuel Economy

The rear-wheel-drive Mustang range starts with a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder developing 310 hp and 350 lb-ft. With the revised-for-2018 6-speed manual transmission now with rev matching, consumption is estimated at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving. With the 10-speed you gain 1 mpg on the highway. Opting for the convertible scrubs off some mileage. With the manual it's 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined. The convertible/10-speed match up delivers 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined.

The GT's 5.0-liter V8 throbs with 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, while achieving 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined (manual) in the coupe, or 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined (auto). Mileage is the same for the manual-equipped hardtop as convertible, but drops 1 mpg across city, highway and combined numbers.

A V8 propels the Shelby GT350, turning a 5.2-liter displacement into 526 hp and 429 lb-ft. It only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and is estimated to achieve 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined, if anyone really cares about that.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Ford Mustang is offered in EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium trims as a coupe or convertible. There's also a GT coupe and the coupe-only Shelby GT350/GT350R. Pricing reflects the factory delivery charge.

The EcoBoost coupe ($27,490) and EcoBoost convertible ($32,990) come standard with 17-in alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, keyless entry/ignition, LED headlights, LED sequential taillights, a dual exhaust system, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt-and-telescope adjustment, a rearview camera, a 4.2-in screen, a self-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, Track Apps (a program that records performance data during track driving), electronically lockable front brakes (Ford says they're to help warm up the rear tires, but people will use them for burnouts) and a 6-speaker audio system with SYNC, FordPass, two USB ports and an auxiliary input, plus the MyKey system with parental controls for geofencing, speed limit, stability control, audio volume, radio content, seat belt reminders and low fuel warnings.

The EcoBoost Premium coupe ($31,500) and the EcoBoost Premium convertible ($37,000) have 18-in alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, FordPass Connect, an upgraded infotainment system with SYNC 3, a 9-speaker stereo, an 8-in touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

The GT coupe ($35,995) echoes the regular EcoBoost's features but with the V8 engine and bigger brakes. The GT Premium coupe ($39,995) and the GT Premium convertible ($45,495) add the EcoBoost Premium's equipment inventory.

New for 2019, the Bullitt ($47,690) loses the GT's decklid spoiler, but adds red Brembo brake calipers, a 3.73 rear axle, different 19-in wheels and rubber, an upgraded exhaust system, some unique interior and exterior styling accents, a 12-in LCD instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, an electronic locking center console and enhanced security package.

Some features of the higher trims are available as options lower down. A Performance package (coupe only) adds 19-in wheels of a different design with summer performance tires, auxiliary gauges (including a boost gauge for the EcoBoost), a sport-tuned suspension, a larger radiator, bigger brakes, shorter gearing, a performance rear axle, a stability control system with a higher threshold and aluminum interior accents. The GT's version has Brembo brakes up front and a Torsen (torque-sensing) limited-slip differential. The Performance package also brings eligibility for the adaptive suspension.

Depending on the trim, other options include 20-in wheels, a 12-speaker Shaker audio system, a digital instrument gauge, navigation, rear parking sensors, driver's-side memory settings, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

Brembo brakes and a Torsen diff are standard in the Mustang Shelby GT350 ($60,235), which also comes with Recaro seats and an adaptive suspension. Heated/cooled power-adjustable front seats are an option.

The GT350R ($68,230) brings its own aero kit, plus 19-in wheels made from carbon fiber. It also saves weight by ditching the rear seat, infotainment system, air conditioning and tire inflation kit. These features may be reinstated by choosing the Electronics and Technology packages.

Trunk space in the coupe is 13.5 cu ft. The convertible's trunk accommodates 11.4 cu ft.

Safety

The Mustang comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, seven airbags in the coupe (front, front-side, knee and full-length side curtain) and five airbags in the convertible (which lacks the side-curtain airbags).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the coupe a full five stars across the board. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been similarly impressed, giving the coupe its top score of Good for the tricky moderate-overlap front impact test and the same accolade to the convertible for side-impact protection.

A blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is available, and the optional adaptive cruise control feature includes a radar-based forward-collision warning system that preloads the brakes.

Behind the Wheel

There's nothing rough, just classy materials, attractive gauges, supportive seats and cool metallic toggle switches. Optional Recaro bucket seats are form-fitting and perfect for the track, but tight for broader types. And while no one expects a sport coupe to accommodate 6-footers behind the front row, the back seat is a squeeze even for kids.

The EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo delivers impressive refinement and a healthy punch of mid-range torque, but it tapers off toward redline. And the reedy sound of a 4-cylinder under acceleration seems out of place in a Mustang.

The GT's V8 is a winner, delivering its 460 hp with a quick-revving and progressive character. The 6-speed manual shifter makes it a blast to run through the gears.

It's in the corners where the EcoBoost has the advantage, thanks to superior balance from a lighter engine. In comparison, the GT feels relatively nose heavy. The distinction is subtle, though, and the GT is still wonderfully agile.

A more obvious difference is in the GT350, where energetic acceleration is matched by reassuring braking and confident handling.

The steering is quick and accurate, while the independent rear suspension does a great job of both smoothing out bumps and remaining settled. Even the GT350 is surprisingly civilized in this respect. The mix of athletic handling and compliant ride makes this one of the most usable high-performance machines.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 BMW 2 Series -- The Mustang is more sophisticated than ever and that brings the 2 Series into play. No burbling V8 here, but razor-sharp handling, equal or better interior quality and superior maneuverability make up for it.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro -- Superb. Absolutely worth considering if shopping for a Mustang.

2019 Dodge Challenger -- The Challenger is much-improved, especially its handling, but it's still the largest and most cumbersome of the traditional muscle car trio. However, it does have a proper rear seat and that 6.4-liter V8 is beautiful.

Used BMW M3 -- Another iconic car with a perfect mix of high speed and fine handling. Put it this way, if Steve McQueen had driven an M3 in that famous movie car chase, it would have been a lot shorter.

Autotrader's Advice

As if anyone had to ask, of course we'd recommend a V8 version. The Mustang should dazzle and rumble.  Find a Ford Mustang for sale

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