2011 Ford Mustang GT: Skimpy Stowage
July 07, 2011
I'll admit it -- I love this car and despite being a long-time F-body enthusiast ('69 Firebird convertible, '79 Trans Am, '89 GTA) I'd buy a new Mustang GT in a heartbeat were I in the market. Still, although it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, there's one thing that bugs me -- the lack of storage compartments in the cabin. There are the shallow door pockets, the cupholders and the covered center bin. That's it. No handy open cubbies around the console or built into the lower dash.
The small door pockets are good for a pack of Trident and maybe a Clif Bar each, this meant I usually stashed the cell phone and wallet in the cupholders. Well, except when they were being used. If you plan on using them and your 'stang has a manual gearbox, you best stay with the small sizes. Go "Grande" and you'll be elbowing the Starbucks like Kareem crashing the boards almost every time you grab a gear.
So even though it is located rather rearward, the console's deep, covered bin is the best place to put things. It seems as if the interior designers knew this -- unlike most of these compartments, the lid flips back far enough to remain open and thus keeps the contents easy to access.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,099 miles