Is Ford Mustang’s mystique finally waning?

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The performance-packed muscle car is declining in sales

Roseville, California – Ford Mustang It has really been one of the popular cars in America for the past 58 years. But sales suggest its popularity may be waning.

One of America’s original muscle cars, Mustang sales hit a six-decade low at 52,414 in 2021. It marked the sixth consecutive year that Mustang sales have declined. After 14 consecutive years of sales between 116,000 and 166,000, Mustang sales have failed to break the 100,000 mark in 12 of the past 14 years.

Despite the drop in sales, the basics remain about the same for the venerable Mustang. It’s still a performance car that’s fun-filled, affordable, and exciting. And while muscle cars aren’t known for being high-tech, Mustangs get good marks for their interior features.

Upon its introduction, the Mustang quickly became a car for people who craved performance and wanted to be noticed. We noticed people checking out our attractive Ride, thanks in part to the eye-catching color Ford calls Oxford White. The satisfying engine roar still commands attention, as does the acceptable price (about $27,500) for the base Mustang.

There has never been a problem of mistaken identity with the Mustang. It still featured a long hood, three-bar taillights, and a swooping, curved back, which combine to give it rugged appeal. Competitors have come and gone (and back again) – and most notably Chevrolet Camaro. the Dodge Challenger It’s also still another muscle car contender.

performance

Performance is usually the starting point for anyone interested in buying a Mustang. For sheer speed, the optional Mustang GT is the best option. The engine is a 5.0-liter, eight-cylinder that makes 450 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. Note that this year the V8 loses 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque.

We drove the EcoBoost (Ford’s name for the turbocharged) version, a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder that makes 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and has better fuel economy than the V8–21-29 mpg vs 15-24 mpg.

Both EcoBoost and GT models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission (10-speed automatic is optional) and are available as a coupe and convertible.

Fun is the term that usually comes with driving a Mustang. Even without the optional high-performance summer tires, the Mustang takes turns well and delivers impressive stability and driver feedback. Advanced driver safety features include forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

At a Glance – Ford Mustang 2022

Ford Mustang interior
  • Performance: 2.3-liter turbo, four-cylinder, 310 hp; 5.0-liter, eight-cylinder, 450 hp
  • Mileage estimate: 21-29 mpg; 15-24 mpg
  • Estimated price: $27,500 to $55,300
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; Drivetrain: 5 years/60,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 5 years/60,000; Corrosion: 5 years / unlimited

Look inside

The Mustang’s cabin features modern comfort and smart design. The controls are strategically placed, and many are conveniently located on the steering wheel. Ford’s Sync interface has good voice controls, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Despite being a sports car, the front seats provide great support and will be fine on any long trips. The same cannot be said for the back seat where only children will find any real relief due to the tight legroom and overall space. The spacious cargo area measures 13.5 cubic feet and is enough to hold two golf bags.

2022 Ford Mustang It stands out for its performance and style. Although sales have declined in recent years, it is still an iconic car that catches one’s attention. Hard to beat if classic muscle car is the choice of vehicles.

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