2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mustang GT 5.0: Of Halos and Horns

February 14, 2011


The gauges in our Mustang are pretty cool, but certainly not perfect. See that reflection in the top left corner of the windshield? At night, those semicircles of light can become rather distracting. It's less of a problem in the heart of the city, where you're surrounded by brightly lit buildings, but when you're out in the canyons, they become far too noticeable. But points go to Ford for giving us the option to turn off the gauge halo lights off.

I like the layout of the gauges in general, but the condensed typeface on the speedometer is hard to read at a glance. While I understand the retro style, there's something to be said for usability. Most GM cars that have come through our test lot have the ability to display the speed in the digital readout between their gauges. I think our Mustang would benefit from this setup as well.

Otherwise, my love-fest for the five-OMG continues. I can't get enough of this car. Sure, it feels a bit heavy and springy, but darned near everything else about this car brings a demonic grin to my face. What I wouldn't do to get this car on a gymkhana course.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 3,258 miles

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