The Style/Function Balance - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: The Style/Function Balance

September 20, 2011

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With a Human Factors background, I certainly appreciate function in a vehicle's instruments. But this should be balanced with styling, particularly in emotive cars like our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0.

The Mustang has some nice meters. The styling and font used in the speedo and tach evoke memories of Mustangs from the 60's and 70's. These type of styling details are what make the Mustang desirable -- besides that 5.0L V8, of course.

And these meters are also somewhat easy to read. Some people will slam them because they're not as legible as those on, say, our long-term 2011 Kia Optima.

So what? This isn't an Optima or Camry.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 14,470 miles

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