I Couldn't Own It - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: I Couldn't Own It

July 11, 2011

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It's really a shame I couldn't own the 2011 Ford Mustang GT because, well, I really like it. (Rex, the car wrangler, said I'm a weird guy because it's either Volt or Mustang with me lately. ::shrug::) The trouble is that I really like driving it. And the Mustang really likes being driven hard.

This means that the Mustang gets me into two types of trouble: First is fuel economy. You see 13.1 mpg up there? Yeah, that's because the guy before me had it on a bit of a road trip. I managed 11.3. I know that living in the city means more terrible mileage than normal, but this V8 begs for revs and revs beg for fuel. It's the price you pay for fun, though, so I'm okay with that.

The second thing, and the one that would keep me away from the Mustang is the simple nature of the beast. I can control myself with the Dodge Challenger and with the Chevy Camaro. I can be a good boy in a 1-series or a 370Z. But, like the BMW M3, I can't drive this thing like a normal person. I powerslid the Mustang out of my driveway EVERY TIME I left it this weekend. Who does that? I've rarely been happier.

We all have that one friend, usually from college, who makes you do stupid things. The Mustang is the vehicle equivalent of that for me. I can't be trusted with it or around it. Not for long periods of time without adult supervision at least.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,307.8 miles

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