2011 Ford Mustang GT: Sunday Drive
April 25, 2011
It was Easter afternoon. Family obligations were done, and there wasn't much going on at my house. I probably should have done some chores like a good little suburbanite home owner (mow the grass! Fix the squeaky door!) but instead decided to take the Mustang out for a drive. I needed it. And the Mustang needed it, having prior done little more than mindless errands all weekend. In the end, I think we were both much better for it.
I didn't really have a plan to go anywhere other than to drive around on some country roads in Central California I hadn't been on before. Anytime you find yourself with a car that you want to drive for no other reason but to drive, you've got a winner on your hands. Our Mustang is such a car.
What surprised me most was how complete the Mustang has become. I don't have the exhaustive experience that Michael Jordan has with older cars, as my Mustang driving lineage only goes back by about 10 years. But in the past decade, the Mustang was always down on power (relative to its nemesis, the Camaro) or down on interior refinement (relative to everything except the Camaro). Now, both of those issues are gone. The 2011 Mustang is a no-excuses car.
I didn't encounter any curvy road on my drive, just lots of empty, straight two-lane roads and farmland scenery. But that was just fine. All I had to do was power down the windows, power up the V8 and enjoy Americana. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,716 miles