2016 Ford Mustang Convertible V6 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
This review is for an ex-Hertz rental 2016 3.7 V-6 Mustang AUTOMATIC convertible purchased with 48,6XX miles. Car had a few dings and one fairly serious scratch, so we got a great deal. Excellent car overall so far, and running great as of 51,000 miles. Practical folks will be glad to hear the steering, braking, visibility, and reliability are all excellent. There is a sweet camera for backing up. Insurance costs on this car are very reasonable. The iron-sleeved aluminum engine block makes for better balance and more nimble handling compared to the much heavier cast iron V8 in the GT. Interior electronics and controls are all visible, logical, efficient to use, and attractive to look at. Cloth seats are sculpted nicely with nice bolsters for lateral support. The cloth seats in the base convertible do not burn your butt on a hot day even though they are black. Climate controls are simple and functional. The convertible top is a vast improvement over previous models, especially for ladies. To unlock the top, there's a big, easy-to-grab D-handle right above the rearview mirror that you pull down and twist one 1/4 turn. Then you press a button until the top is back. That's it! For the fun-loving folks, acceleration from 0-60 is 5.3 seconds (this car is quicker than a '99 SVT Cobra Coupe). The speedometer says "GROUNDSPEED", as if there is some other sort of speed we might be measuring. A little hokey, perhaps. I love, love, love the glowing LED taillights. Period. Whoever came up with those....you rock. 2015-2016 taillight styling is already a huge improvement over the 2010-2014 models, and the sequential turn signals are just a bases loaded home run.
///CONS/// 1) GARAGE DOOR OPENER: NONE! Could use an integrated garage door (Homelink) button on the rearview mirror. Our Jaguar XK8 convertible had Homelink buttons in the mirror, which they simply disabled when the ignition was off, to protect your garage contents. That's a great way to design it, imho.
2) KEY FOB: The key fob is kinda big. (Yes, I get that there’s an Emergency key inside of it.)
3) COLOR SCHEME: Not crazy about the black interior in most of the base models. Base model convertibles tend to have the black interior and a black top. Would have liked some sort of lighter camel or gray color on both, but we bought our car used.
4) CABIN FILTER: There is no good reason to make a cabin filter so hard to change. This stupid design has one strange screw holding it together. To make it worse, it is at an angle that makes it hard to see what tool you need. Thank God for the iPhone camera to let me see into tight places, and the internet to confirm what I see. Turns out, it is a T20 TORX head screw. WHY would they do this? To create simple work for unskilled dealer technicians, that's why. I have a Torx toolset, but I still find this design completely ridiculous and unnecessary. This could have been assembled with a single plastic snap strap like my Hyundai. Ford added complexity for no added value. That kind of engineering is OFFENSIVE to me and they are just ripping off their consumer.
///SUMMARY/// OVERALL: There is a tremendous value here for the money. The Mustang has been improved over previous years I shopped for in nearly every possible way. Nearly every amenity you could think of, good looks from every angle (top up or top down), and great performance. For top down cruising, it is loads of fun. The rave reviews are not an exaggeration.
Always wanted a Mustang and waited through all of the body style changes until the latest and love the look and feel of the car. The engine is remarkable! 27 miles per gallon and more power than I’ll ever need. The eco boost really adds the power that you might miss with a V8, this isn’t a GT, but it’s not your grandmas Mustang either!