Car review: 2011 Ford Mustang
Mustang in the market

One of the things I admired about the 2010 GT in our test is how well all its systems and attributes worked together -- a unified whole. We all thought the Mustang was simply fun to drive. Now it has the speed, too, and the immunity idol of relatively high gas mileage will defend it from being voted off Tree-Hugger Island.

The 2011 is much more than just a quicker Mustang. Its power is matched by the various other upgrades, and once again it's a very balanced, unified package. From one perspective, its greater refinement is also a downside: I deemed the 2010 consistently and appropriately unrefined -- just rough enough to make it what a muscle car should be. If the 2011 isn't a sports car, it's certainly closer than ever. I guess you can't stop progress.

2011 Ford Mustang snapshot

Starting MSRP $22,145 -- $37,845

Available Engines:

305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)

412-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)

Available Transmissions:

6-speed automatic w/OD

6-speed manual w/OD

New or Notable

* More powerful engines for 2011

* Rear-wheel drive

* Manual or automatic transmission

* Coupe or convertible

* Available navigation system, backup camera

What We Like

* Interior quality

* Affordable pricing

* Standard stability system

* Sightlines

* Many available luxury features

What We Don't

* Relative ride quality

* Front-seat comfort

* Too much body roll with normal suspension

* Not as eye-catching as competition

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