2012 Ford Mustang - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium (5.0L V8 6-speed Manual)
Date Driven: 10/26/2010 (2011 GT 5.0L manual)
Performance The new 5.0L V8 makes 412 hp and sounds terrific. 0-60 acceleration happens in a quick 5.3 seconds with the quarter-mile covered in 13.5 seconds at 105 mph.
Driving Dynamics Precise steering with great feel around center and appropriate weighting. Positive, mechanical feeling shifter and a progressive clutch that's not heavy at all. Crisp turn-in and good grip with some moderate understeer.
Ride Comfort Comfortable ride quality with just a bit of hop on undulating fast freeway sections. Moderate roll stiffness and good compliance.
Quietness OK quietness for a convertible. There's some wind, road and engine noise, but they're at an acceptable level. While the engine and exhaust sounds are magnificent, the noise from the heating/air conditioning fan isn't so great.
Ergonomics Good switch feeling and very easy to use and straight-forward operation for most controls.
Visibility Power bulge in the hood doesn't have too much of a negative effect on forward visibility. Rear pillars create large blind spots with top up.
Seat Access & Space Front seat is comfortable and sporty-feeling, but snug. Rear seat is tight, but OK for adults on short trips.
Cargo & Storage Usable trunk, especially for a convertible. Three small suitcases will fit.
Build Quality No cowl or steering column shake at all in this convertible. Coupelike solidity. Interior materials are appropriate for the price-point.
Convertible There are two manual latches along the windshield header, but they don't click home with reassuring solidity. Power operation time is slow enough that you need to pull over and park.

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