2012 Ford Mustang Des Moines
Driving Impressions of the '12 Ford Mustang
Antilock brakes, traction control and AdvanceTrac yaw control are standard on all models. For track work, both the traction control and the yaw control can be turned off (but not the ABS), and there is a Sport mode which allows higher handling limits before traction and yaw controls are called in to save the day. The Mustang GT is an absolute blast to drive. The car has a fairly light, tossable feel and it responds quickly to driver inputs. It is very willing to attack turns, with the new electronic power steering providing a light but natural feel. The car is extremely quick to transition from left to right and back again with a minimum of body roll, dive or pitch in the suspension. The brakes are large for 2012, and the Brembo brake package adds larger brakes that should be the choice for anyone who wants to take their car to the track or drive regularly on twisty mountain roads. And the sound and power of the V8 is fantastic.
Exeterior Features of the '12 Ford Mustang
Sound-deadening material on the instrument panel and a rear wheel arch liner help drivers hear the sounds they want (namely the engine) and avoid the sounds that can be a distraction(such as dash creaks and tire noise). The Mustang uses welded steel unibody construction with front and rear subframes to mount the steering and suspension systems, with almost half the body weight in high-strength low-alloy steel.
Interior Features of the '12 Ford Mustang
The front bucket seats are significantly comfortable and the noise, vibration and harshness improvements that might be audible in other cars are not noticeable in this car. The dash top itself is a one-piece soft-touch panel. Real aluminum is used on the fascias, pedal covers, scuff plates and shifter knob instead of plastic. Interior ambient lighting in the door pockets, cupholders and footwells is a welcome interior feature, and the lighting colors can be changed through a range of 125 colors with the flip of a switch with Ford's MyColor system. The look of the cabin is especially impressive when the Premium Trim with Color Accents package is ordered. This includes leather-upholstered sport bucket seats with cashmere accents running down the middle, as well as a dark aluminum instrument panel and unique door inserts. The available leather-clad steering wheel is a massive affair with six brushed metal spokes in three groups of two, with cruise control switches and controls for the sound system. The Mustang also has a few options and amenities you might not expect, including a rearview camera, Ford's Sync voice-activated entertainment and communications system (which includes an iPod/mp3 player interface), Sirius satellite radio, and a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link. There is plenty of head and leg room up front for most drivers, and the Mustang's sight lines are impressive. The side mirrors add blind spot mirrors in their upper, outer corners this year.
The 2012 Mustang is offered in V6 Base and Premium models, V8-powered GT Base and Premium models, and the supercharged V8-powered GT500, each in coupe and convertible body styles. V6 models use a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower. GT models have a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 412 horsepower. The GT500s have an updated 5.4-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional on all but the GT500.
The Mustang V6 coupe comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, split folding rear seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD player, auxiliary input jack, compass, outside-temperature indicator, theft-deterrent system, limited-slip differential, and P215/60R17 tires on alloy wheels.
The Mustang V6 convertible features a power convertible top and deletes the split-folding rear seat, but it is otherwise equipped the same as the coupe.
The Mustang GT coupe and Mustang GT convertible get everything above plus aluminum interior trim, automatic headlights, rear spoiler, fog lights, and P235/50WR18 front and 245/45WR18 rear tires. A Brembo Brake package adds Brembo brake calipers, reprogrammed electronic stability control that allows more leeway for performance driving, a tire mobility kit, and P255/40R19 tires.
Premium versions of the V6 coupe and V6 convertible and GT coupe and GT convertible upgrade to leather upholstery, six-way power driver seat w/lumbar adjustment, aluminum interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Shaker 500 AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Ford Sync entertainment and communications system, iPod adapter, wireless cell phone link, MyColor adjustable gauges, ambient lighting, and an automatic day/night rearview mirror.
The Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible come with leather/alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, leather/alcantara upholstery, xenon headlights, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, and P255/40ZR19 front and 285/35ZR19 rear tires. The GT500 does not have a split-folding rear seat. An SVT Performance Package for the Shelby includes a 3.73 rear axle ratio, unique shift knob, special exterior stripes, rear spoiler with Gurney flap, performance suspension with unique springs and rear shocks, P265/40ZR19 front and P285/35ZR20 rear tires on painted forged aluminum wheels.
The V6 Performance Package adds a 3.31 rear axle ratio; the front and rear stabilizer bars, front struts, and rear shocks and springs from the GT coupe; the rear lower control arm from the Shelby GT500; 19-inch wheels with Pirelli performance tires; the brake calipers from the Mustang GT with Performance Friction pads; a strut tower brace; and electronic stability control calibration with a Sport mode for performance driving. There's a Sport Appearance package that just has the rear spoiler and body stripes.
The 2012 Mustang V6 handles quite well and delivers a good amount of power. The GT is quick, fast, quiet and very refined and has many interior features. With its powerful engines, great handling, and lighter weight than other cars in its class, the Mustang can slip past its competition. The 2012 Mustang has plenty of features, a lot of comfort, and a lot of sheer performance power. If you are looking for a great car do not forget to take a look at the 2012 Ford Mustang.
Some information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com