Saturday Afternoon - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Saturday Afternoon

April 30, 2012


Life is moving too fast and I haven't been taking nearly enough just-because drives lately. But on Saturday afternoon I found myself on Corral Canyon Road in Malibu in our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 anyway.

The southern section of this road is rough and not great for a Mustang, but I still had fun. The more I'm around this V8, the more I love the sound of it. On a public road, it's not so much about going fast -- you have to enjoy the sensory experience, too. Almost none of the cars I've driven with forced-induction four- and six-cylinder engines check this box -- powerful as they may be. With the Mustang's 5.0-liter V8, it's apparent that the engineers who made it sound good had just as loud a voice as the ones in charge of getting it over the 400-hp threshold.

Actually going around corners in our Mustang is fun, too. It's a heavy car, of course (well, not heavy compared to a Camaro or Genesis Coupe, but heavier than I'd prefer) and the visibility is lousy, but push those complaints to the back of your brain, and you've got a well-behaved car with surprisingly quick, precise steering and strong brakes with great pedal feel.

Can't ask for much more than that on a Saturday afternoon.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,949 miles

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