2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2011 Ford Mustang 5.0: The Perfect Knob, But ...

January 28, 2011

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It was my first drive in our Mustang 5.0 last night and even though I could tell it was bitchin' before even leaving the parking lot, I was still permanently caged in by traffic. It was like being handed a bunch of porn in church. So my full driving impressions will have to wait for another day.

Until then, let's discuss the Mustang's cue-ball shift knob. In terms of size and shape, it is absolutely perfect. It couldn't be simpler, yet this is what should be in every single car. It fits in my hand perfectly regardless of which grip I use. I love it.

BUT, there is a problem.

Its metal finish gets rather cold after sitting outside in the morning; in a winter climate, it would be like keeping your hand on a snowball. If you lived in Phoenix, I imagine it would become common to end up with a shift pattern branded into your palm. Remember Harry from Home Alone? Keeping some sort of glove (driving, batting, winter, Michael Jackson sequin) in the glovebox wouldn't be a bad idea.

There is a quick solution, though. The GT500 has an actual cue-ball like finish that is more temperature resistant (pictured below). They should make that available on the 5.0.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,008 miles

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