2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: No Gizmos
August 04, 2011
This is a picture of the Mustang's dash and gauge cluster. What's it missing? It's missing a dynamic MPG meter. It's missing a graphic display that tells me how much battery power I'm using relative to how much gasoline I'm consuming. It's missing trees and bushes that I should be growing while driving.
Nope. All it has is a speedo, tach and some vital systems monitoring. After having been in a hybrid that shall remain nameless - a decent enough car as hybrids go - with its multicolor and multifunction displays and its eco games and icons and distractions, I realized the Mustang was missing all of those. And that's just fine.
Look, piling on hybrids is easy and unoriginal. Hybrids, EVs, fuel cells (maybe) are all important steps in the evolution of transportation and motoring. But the lengths they'll go towards convincing you that you're not driving a real car is what drives me nuts. Maybe that's the point; to change our core ideas about what a car is and could, should or will be.
If I could look up at the dash of most hybrids and see what I see in the Mustang, I'd go more willingly.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor