The Mustang is the most iconic of American pony cars and the 2014 model is the last of this generation.
From the powerful V6-equipped base model Mustang all the way up to the epic GT, the 2014 Mustang carries forward the expectations enthusiasts have for this car. The Ford Mustang has been around for decades, earning itself a reputation for affordable muscle.
The 2014 Mustang is polarizing, but buyers are either already Mustang fans or are new performance car enthusiasts entering the market for the first time. The 2014 Ford Mustang’s style emphasizes muscularity and power, with a powerful front fascia, low roofline, and fastback rear clip. Nostalgia does fuel some of this design, but most of it is all modern Detroit steel and the presence that implies. The Mustang in its current form is a ‘love or hate’ car and sales figures show that there are plenty who love it.
Inside, the 2014 Mustang is a mixed bag of refinement. Hard plastics and a lack of adjustable options are offset by throwbacks to the Mustang’s rich history and seating for up to four.
For a sports car with 2+2 seating, the Mustang offers decent trunk space and rear seating adequate for children or young adults. The base model Mustang has an impressive array of interior fittings and technology and it only goes up from there through the other three trims.
Most buyers will want to include the Comfort Group package with its powered and heated seating and technophiles will like the Tech package upgrade and Electronics packaging.
The Mustang hasn’t lost sight of its original purpose as a performance car. The base V6 model has a 3.7-liter engine outputting 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The powerful GT model has a big 5.0-liter V8 that outputs 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both engines and a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is an option with both as well.
The V6 sports fuel economy that is high for the segment, at 23 mpg combined (per the EPA). The V8 in the GT model is also relatively good at 20 mpg combined.
For real tech-minded drivers, the Mustang may be hit-and-miss. There are a myriad of technology options for the Mustang in terms of stereo, infotainment and the like. For safety tech, however, options are fewer. The MyFord Touch infotainment system is notoriously hard to navigate and use, especially when the vehicle is in motion, but the Sync voice activation works well to help make up for that shortcoming.
The Mustang is a safe car in this segment with the NHTSA giving it an overall rating of four out of five stars. The IIHS rates the Mustang with its highest score of ‘Good’ for frontal-offset crash tests and ‘Acceptable’ for side-impact tests.
Most buyers of a car like the Mustang are not as concerned with cost-effectiveness as they are with style and performance. The Mustang, however, is an icon and this current-generation has shown itself to be popular among buyers across the board. With that in mind, plus an eye towards the 2014 Mustang’s price tag and fittings, it’s a good proposition for many sport buyers. Some drawbacks include higher than usual maintenance costs and high depreciation, but these are offset by the Mustang’s desirability among many used buyers.
The 2014 Ford Mustang carries on the tradition of the American pony car with eye-catching appeal and storied performance. Buyers run the gamut from young, entry-level, new enthusiasts to middle-aged ‘remember when’ car lovers. None will be disappointed.