2010 Ford Mustang Review and Prices

Last Updated: Aug 5, 2011

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2010 Ford Mustang Buying Advice

The 2010 Ford Mustang is the best car for you if you’re a long-time fan of the original “pony car” and desire the most sophisticated rendition in its storied history.

The 2010 Ford Mustang received a number of cosmetic and mechanical revisions, and though the automaker heralds it as a new generation, it’s more of a thorough makeover with freshened styling and added sophistication. Coupe and convertible versions return in both base V-6 and GT V-8 trim levels. Higher performance V-8 coupe and convertible versions are available as the 2010 Ford Shelby GT 500, which is reviewed separately.

Should you buy a 2010 Ford Mustang or wait for the 2011 Ford Mustang? Wait for the 2011 Mustang. Because the current versions debuted for 2009 as early 2010 entries, we'd typically expect few changes. However, Ford plans to grace the base 2011 Mustang with a new lighter-weight 3.7-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower and ratings of 19 mpg in the city and an impressive 30 mpg on the highway. That’s a good argument for waiting a few months for the next model year. Since the 2011 Mustang’s new V-6’s output comes within striking distance of the 2010 model’s V-8, expect the 2011 Mustang GT to also get a new V-8, likely with 400 horsepower or so.

2010 Ford Mustang Test Drive back to top

Interior:  Interior updates give the 2010 Mustang a richer feel overall while maintaining a stylish look with minor touches that harkens back to the 1965 original. Increased sound-deadening materials and a handsome new instrument panel are highlights. While there is a back seat, legroom is extremely limited and getting in and out is a chore even for the kids. So consider the Mustang a two-seater with added storage in the rear.

While it’s kind of a gimmick, an available “MyColor” ambient illumination array allows owners to change interior lighting hues for the gauges, footwells, cup holders, and door map pockets. Also featured is the latest version of Ford’s Microsoft-developed Sync system for hand-free operation of a cell phone, iPod (or other USB audio device), navigation system, and the stereo. Other available features include a rear backup camera and a full glass roof.

Exterior:  While the 2005-2009 Mustang’s basic retro-themed profile remains, a new “power dome” hood and a more aggressive-looking front grille contribute to the 2010 Mustang’s updated exterior appearance. A new rear end treatment features three-segment LED taillamps that flash sequentially outward from the inside to indicate turns. Overall, the 2010 Mustang’s styling places it somewhere between the Chevrolet Camaro’s modern/throwback design and the Dodge Challenger’s fully reincarnated look.

Driving:  The 2010 Ford Mustang offers a choice of a fuel-friendly 4.0-liter V-6 in the base model that produces a sufficient 210 horsepower, or a 4.6-liter V-8 in the GT that’s responsible for a quicker 315 horses. Either powerplant can be mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2010 Ford Mustang benefits from larger wheels and tires and a retuned suspension that contribute to more tenacious handling with less of the prior generation’s harshness over uneven pavement.

Ford’s AdvanceTrac anti-skid control, all-speed traction control, and antilock disc brakes are standard and do a nice job keeping all four wheels planted firmly on the pavement through the curves and in emergency handling situations. For the benefit of enthusiastic drivers, Mustang’s AdvanceTrac allows a bit more wheel slippage than you might find in a family car, yet it will engage more aggressively in icy, snowy or wet-road conditions.

Those seeking added muscle with a more-brutish demeanor will likely want to consider Mustang’s higher-performance alternative, the Ford Shelby GT500, which is reviewed separately.

2010 Ford Mustang Prices back to top

The 2010 Ford Mustang price range is $21,845-$36,845 (prices in this review include the manufacturer’s destination fee; Ford’s fee for the 2010 Mustang is $825.).

The base V-6-powered SE is the most affordable entry and starts at $21,845 for the coupe and $26,845 for the convertible.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT starts at $28,845 for the coupe and $33,845 for the convertible.

2010 Ford Mustang Fuel Economy back to top

The 2010 Ford Mustang with the V-6 is rated 18/26 mpg (city/highway) with manual transmission and 16/24 with automatic. The V-8-powered GT rates 17/24 with manual and 17/23 with automatic. Both models use regular-octane gas.

2010 Ford Mustang Safety and Reliability back to top

In government crash testing, the 2010 Ford Mustang rates the maximum five stars for driver and passenger protection in both frontal and side impacts and rollover protection.

The 2010 Ford Mustang received a “better than most” rating for initial quality and an “about average” rating for expected reliability by J.D. Power and Associates, the leading automotive consumer survey firm.

2010 Ford Mustang Competition back to top

2010 Chevrolet Camaro: A reinvention of the classic 1960s Camaro, the modern-day version deftly combines a retro flair with modern engineering. The base V-6 engine has a throaty 304 horsepower. The V-8 engine in the SS model is truly quick at 400-426 horses (depending on the transmission) and is augmented by assorted performance upgrades. Base price range is roughly $23,000-$34,000.

2010 Dodge Challenger: A near-replica of the automaker’s original muscle car from the late-1970s, the Challenger is essentially a two-door rendition of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans. As such it uses a 250-horsepower V-6 engine and two versions of the Hemi V-8, a 376-horsepower edition in the R/T model, and a 425-horse variation in the SRT8 model. Base price range is roughly $23,000-$42,000.