2005 Ford Mustang Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Ford Mustang - Road Test Specs

2005 Ford Mustang Coupe

(4.6L V8 5-speed Manual)


Model year2005
Base MSRP$25,706.00
As-tested MSRP$27,395.00


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300@5750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)320@4500
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson Strut Independent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearLive axle w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelPzero Nero
Tire size, frontP235/55ZR17
Tire size, rearP235/55ZR17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.13@101.00
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.31
60-0 mph (ft.)124.62
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.6
Sound level @ idle (dB)52
@ Full throttle (dB)79
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAccelerating was a bit tricky, as traction can be a real problem in this car when you launch it off the line. It seems like you can get a good feel for getting it off the line after a few runs by letting out the clutch around 2,500 rpm and then slamming on the gas. Our times got slower and slower throughout the day, and we have a feeling that might be due to the fact that the ambient temperature was rising and so was the temperature of the car. The shifter isn't totally inspiring, as the throws are relatively short but third gear doesn't engage very positively, we missed the shift a few times. With that said, the car exhibits impressive performance considering its $25,000 price tag, and it certainly makes all the right noises.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe Mustang feels about how you'd expect under heavy braking, with slight front end dive and some noticeable ABS vibration through the pedal but almost no noise. The pedal is nice and progressive and it stopped straight and true without any pull or other misbehavior. There was a bit of fade on each run, and just enough dive that it earned a good rating. If the car had less fade it would have earned an excellent, because the feel was so confidence inspiring.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe most amazing thing about the Mustang in the slalom is the level of grip from the tires, which make it very easy to toss around corners at a high rate of speed, especially for a car priced in the mid twenties. The difference between turning the traction control on and off was virtually impossible to determine because the suspension and tires gripped so well that there was never a need for the traction control to come in. Steering is excellent in terms of ratio, feedback and feel, and while the car had a bit of body movement it wasn't enough to slow it down in the slalom. It will be interesting to see what they do with the suspension on the Shelby and Cobra versions, I'm sure they'll tighten things up a little bit but as is and totally stock the GT's capabilities in terms of slalom speed and stability is excellent.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)0
Temperature (°F)0
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.44
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3450
Length (in.)187.6
Width (in.)74
Height (in.)54.5
Wheelbase (in.)107.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Legroom, rear (in.)31
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)35
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.3 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.3 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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