2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: The Heat

March 07, 2012

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Ah, Los Angeles. People here gripe about the traffic, high cost of living, population density, freeway shootings, etc. But you can't beat the weather here. I think that SoCal has, unequivocally, the best climate in the country. And perhaps, the world.

Having said that, after several days of the usual gorgeous weather here, last night was absolutely freezing. And by freezing, I mean 50 degrees. That's 50 degrees Fahrenheit, not Kelvin.

The frigid temps were no problem for me, though. Last night I rolled in our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT. The heater in this car warms up fast. And the heat is hot -- so hot that when I run the heat, I never use the fan. I just dial down the temp after the quick warm-up. V8s seem to warm up quicker than an I4, due to the increased friction *and fuel burned. A good excuse to get a V8?

Does your car's heater warm up quickly? And where you live -- what's all the nonsense you put up with in order to enjoy whatever that best reason is to live there?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 22,042 miles

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