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2010 Ford Mustang GT


Newly refreshed Mustang could be best ever made

2010 Ford Mustang (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)Consumer Reports magazine thinks the refreshed 2010 Mustang is the best ever, especially when compared to other muscle cars such as the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camero or the Dodge Challenger. Here's what Tom Mutchler of the magazine had to say about the new Mustang GT.

"Let's face it - before we bought our muscle car test group, I don't think any of us would have expected the 2010 Ford Mustang GT to outscore the brand-new Chevrolet Camaro SS. The numbers game put the Mustang pretty far behind: 426 horsepower in the Camaro vs. 315 in the Mustang GT. Plus, the Camaro is a new contemporary design, loosely based on the very impressive-to-drive Pontiac G8 sedan.

"By contrast, the 2010 Mustang is merely a freshening of the likable, but not stellar, introduced-in-2005 version. Heck, it even has an old-school live axle in the rear. (Horrors!)

"But then we bought our test Mustang. Smiles and fond comments in the logbook soon followed.

"Another pair of numbers proves telling: 3,650 vs. 3,900 - the curb weights of the Mustang and Camaro, respectively. The Mustang feels a lot lighter on its feet, more willing to respond to the driver. That weight difference also helps make up for the horsepower deficit: a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds is far from shabby, and it is only 0.6 seconds slower than the Camaro.


"So you get performance, agility, and retro-esque styling. That's not unexpected in a sports car. But the Mustang also manages to be a comfortable daily driver. It has a relatively civilized ride, and the biggest noise source is its V8 burble through the dual exhaust, which is irresistible. The upright greenhouse provides decent visibility and access--a Camaro shortcoming."

For more on the Mustang, check out Consumer Reports' video and road test. Note that a full muscle and sporty car test is available to paid online subscribers.

Posted Nov. 3, 2009. © CarTest.ca  TM

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