I Like Where I Sit - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: I Like Where I Sit

February 07, 2011


I closed out last week whining about jamming my elbow against our 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0's console lid during downshifts. But that is really the only thing I don't like about this cockpit.

After a weekend in our long-term Mustang, I can say that the seating position is what makes this car for me. There are some other V8s in this class, maybe none that sound as good as this 5.0 Coyote V8, but others that are competitive in the torque department. But none of the others are mounted in a coupe that I can really and truly see out of -- and in the daily grind, the fact that I can easily look out over the Mustang's hood makes a huge difference.

It's not easy to tell in this photo, but there's a low-beltline feel in this car, too, such that it doesn't feel like the doortops are nuzzling up to your chin (as it can in the Camaro). I love this about the Mustang. It increases my confidence and makes me enjoy driving the car more.

No, the cabin design hasn't radically changed from the 2005-2009 Mustangs, but certain details have been revised to improve the seating position. The driver seat itself is better shaped, and the steering wheel is better to hold and 9-and-3. I don't know why the wheel still doesn't telescope in a car that stickered at almost $39K, but it's not bothersome for the way I sit. Moreover, the reach to the steering wheel, shifter and pedals is just about ideal -- at least for this 5-foot-10 adult.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 3,023 miles

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