What If You Had To? - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: What If You Had To?

November 21, 2011

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OK, so it's not likely that anyone buys a Mustang thinking it'll be their main kids-in-baby-seats car, but what if, one day in the future, your significant other needed the kid car for something important and you were stuck shuttling two kids in car seats (or car seat and booster, in this case) in the coupe. For three days. In intermittent rain.

Could you live through it?

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 17,563 miles

Well, yes. You can live through it, but it is brutal. I don't recommend it.

The installation of the seat wasn't bad, actually. It was the extreme yoga required to twist and hoist the 25-pound one-year-old into and out of his rear-facing seat (while I was sitting in the 5-year-old's Recaro booster, mind you, because it was raining. Thank heavens for my boyish hips.) each time we had to go somewhere, which was a lot.

On Friday alone, I got the baby in and out six times before 3pm. I actually cancelled a fun outing for all three of us because it meant I would have to get them in and out two more times.

I wish I had in-car video of my feats of gymnastics, but if I did, it would mean my husband was there to help, which would mean I wouldn't have had to take the kids in the Mustang. Just use your imagination.

One baby seat would be a whole lot easier because you can sit in the other rear seat and have more room to maneuver the little guy in his seat. A front-facing baby -- even with another kid in a booster -- would make a big difference, too, because the back-wrenching heft-and-twist would be less extreme.

As for life with a rear-facing child safety seat behind the front passenger, I didn't have a front passenger (see video note above), but I did try it out, just to see. I'm 5'8"and the seating position required was nowhere near ideal for me but it wasn't impossible. To keep my shins from touching the glovebox door, I had to keep a lot of space between my knees.

When I wasn't getting the kids in and out, though, it was super fun to drive, at least.

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