Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

Posted on 2013-07-27 by Autofever

Car sales usually dip in the model year of the car’s overhaul as everyone waits for something better and more innovative. You would expect the same to be the case with the Ford Mustang’s redesigned model, set to be rolling off the belt next year, but it looks like the current model is still very sought after. 

Ford is retiring the Boss 302 this year, but the good news is that you will find the thrills of a muscle car, even in the base model of the 2014 Mustang. You will be able to get a monstrous 3.7 liter V6 engine model that manages to produce 305 horsepower and that also earns a 31 mpg on the EPA highway.  The Mustang GT tops even that, with its powerful 5.0 liter 420 hp V8 engine. 

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

Ford is retiring the Boss 302 this year, but the good news is that you will find the thrills of a muscle car, even in the base model of the 2014 Mustang. You will be able to get a monstrous 3.7 liter V6 engine model that manages to produce 305 horsepower and that also earns a 31 mpg on the EPA highway.  The Mustang GT tops even that, with its powerful 5.0 liter 420 hp V8 engine. 

The 2014 Ford Mustang comes as a convertible or coupe, in four trim levels: V6, V6 Premium, GT and GT Premium. The Boss 302 won’t be available any longer.

The V6 base models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a limited-slip rear differential, xenon headlights, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a four-speaker system that also has a CD player and auxiliary audio jack, and a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

The V6 Premium model gives you an upgrade to the 17-inch wheels, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, the Sync voice activation system, ambient lighting and color-adjustable gauges, color information display between the afore mentioned gauges, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium eight-speaker sound system that also includes satellite radio and an USB/iPod interface, and an interior trim that is also upgraded.

The GT is powered by a V8 engine. This model – in addition to the base V6 features - has 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic headlight, and fog-lamps. As for the GT Premium model, it is basically a GT with other 18-inch alloys and with the V6 Premium’s features. 

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

The V6 coupe model has many options including a new appearance for the exterior. You will be able to get black-painted mirror caps and also a deck lid spoiler. If you like performance; you can get the V6 Performance pack with which you will get 19-inch alloys, brake and suspension upgrades, a 3.31 rear axle ratio, and also a recalibrated stability control system. If you want to get more from the V6 then you can go for the Pony package and the Mustang Club of America Special Edition package. For both you will get 18-inch wheels, auto headlamps, fog-lamps, and other unique styling enhancements for the exterior of the car. 

The Mustang GT can be upgraded with special Brembo brakes and also two 3.55:1 or 3.73:1 performance axles for better acceleration. For the coupes, with manual transmissions, one can also get a GT Track package that also bundles the Brembo brakes with a Torsen limited-slip differential, extra engine oil cooling, radiator and the 3.73:1 gearing. In the case of the GT Premium model, you will be able to order it with all the options offered by the GT and V6 Premium packages. Additionally, you will be able to choose from the California Special package that gives you more exterior variations for styling your vehicle, the 18 to 19-inch wheels, and a better Shaker Pro sound system.

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

In case the aforementioned packages didn’t satisfy your needs; you can also get the Comfort Group package, which includes heated mirrors, heated front seats, and a power passenger seat. You can also get a Tech package for both the V6 and the V8 that includes fog-lamps, a power seat for the driver, Sync and even an auto-dimming mirror. The Electronics package is available from the V6 Premium and above and it includes a HD radio, dual-zone, automatic climate control, and a state of the art voice-activated navigation system that also has real-time information on traffic. Remote-start, glass roof and parking sensors are also available on certain models and so is Recaro front seats with a tonneau cover, in case you opted for the convertible model.

The 2014 Ford Mustang is able to produce 305 hp with its 3.7-liter V6 engine and also 280 lb-ft of torque. The GT model has a 5.0-liter V8 engine and can produce 420 hp as well as 390 lb-ft of torque. 

These models both make use of a six-speed manual transmission, which comes as the standard option. You can also get an optional six-speed automatic but with a manual shift control.

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

The 2014 Ford Mustang V6’s fuel economy comes to an estimated 19/31/23 (city/highway/combined) with the automatic transmission, while manual delivers 19/29/22. The GT’s automatic is the biggest gas-guzzler of them all, with an estimated performance of 15 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. 

The Performance package V6 Mustang with a 3.31 rear axle gear ratio went from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, in Edmunds’ testing. A normal V6 did it in 6.8 seconds (with the automatic). The V8 with the manual transmission got to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. 

Some of the safety features that are available for all the 2014 Ford Mustang models are the front-seat side airbags for head and chest protection, the antilock disc brakes and stability/traction control. 

You can get a rearview camera as well but for this you will also need to get the rear spoiler. 

If your model has a manual transmission, you’ll be able to use the hill-start assist, which comes as standard. The MyKey system is another safety feature that allows you to limit the speed of the vehicle and the volume of the audio system, in case you share your care with younger drivers. 

The Mustang managed to earn four out of five stars in the government crash tests. It received four stars for the side-impact protection as well as for the front-impact protection. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Mustang coupe managed to get the second-best score (“Acceptable”) for the side-impact protection and the top score (“Good”) for the frontal-offset collision protection. 

Preview of the 2014 Ford Mustang

When it comes to the interior of the 2014 Ford Mustang, you will be able to get the best top rated features and still respect the vehicles history. The navigation systems as well as the audio and phone ones are really easy to use with Sync. The buttons do not feel hard as a rock and all the door panels as well as the dashboard are covered with hard plastic.

The 2014 Ford Mustang does not have a telescoping steering wheel but this shouldn’t be a huge deal, as most people find the driver’s seat to be very comfortable. You will be able to fit 4 people in both the coupe and the convertible but your passengers may be a bit crammed. The Mustang is probably not your best option if you carry more than two people with you all the time. The trunk is pretty spacious, holding 12.3 cubic feet in the coupe and 9.7 in the convertible. The rear seats of the coupe are split-folding, which lets you get more creative with space and helps increasing the cargo-room.

Whether you go with the V6 or opt for the more powerful V8 engine, you’ll be in for a wild ride. 

The automatic transmission isn’t a bad choice, but the manual gets the most out of either one of the engines. The 2014 Ford Mustang’s new design resulted in excellent handling, thus on curvy roads the Mustang feels very manageable and easy to control. We can safely say, that the 2014 Ford Mustang doesn’t fail to impress when it comes to driving it. If you compare it to the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger, you’ll see that it is probably the lightest and most agile Pony of them all.

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