2018 Ford Mustang
- Revised front- and rear-end styling
- The V6 engine has been discontinued
- Four-cylinder and V8 engines are more powerful
- Newly available adaptive suspension dampers
- Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015
- Strong power from both the four-cylinder and V8 engines
- Civilized ride quality and low noise levels
- Cabin blends modern convenience with retro style
- Cramped back seat
- Long, heavy doors and mediocre cabin access
- Performance package ride quality can be bouncy
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
If you've been away from the pony car segment for a while, prepare yourself for a shock: The modern Mustang is refined, rapid and rewarding. This generation's road manners took a big leap forward when the entire 2015 Mustang lineup received — for the first time in 50 years — an independent rear suspension. This change facilitated the Mustang's transformation into a more sophisticated and comfortable car while its performance capabilities reached new heights.
For 2018, Ford gives this generation of Mustang a significant refresh. Some changes should help address prior complaints we had about the car (a retuned suspension plus newly available adaptive suspension dampers for a claimed improvement in ride quality), while others are proverbial icing on the cake (more power for the Mustang's 5.0-liter V8). The Mustang's new automatic transmission has an eyebrow-raising 10 speeds. It might seem like overkill, but we've found this transmission in other vehicles to be quick-shifting and very smooth.
These changes should keep the Mustang a highly desirable pick for a pony car. Of course, it still has some primary competition: the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. All three are genuinely great cars, especially considering the price. If you're looking for the most well-rounded one, though, the Mustang is the way to go.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Ford Mustang is available in EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium trim levels for coupe (fastback) body styles. Convertibles are available in all but the GT trim (the GT Premium is offered). Say goodbye to the V6-powered Mustang — it has been dropped for 2018 — while a new 10-speed automatic transmission is optional on all models and includes a remote-start function.
The Mustang EcoBoost is the new entry-level variant now. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that gains 20 pound-feet of torque this year for a total of 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a new 10-speed automatic is optional.
Despite representing the bottom rung of Mustangdom, EcoBoost models are equipped with a surprising amount of racy hardware as standard: a limited-slip rear differential, launch control (only with the manual gearbox) and an electronic line-lock to facilitate burnouts (at the track only, of course). Standard creature comforts are more pedestrian and include 17-inch wheels, manual cloth seats, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 4.2-inch center display screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports and a six-speaker sound system.
Notable options packages include the Performance package, a unique version of which is available for EcoBoost and GT models. This includes larger brakes, 19-inch wheels and summer tires, a shorter differential ratio, a bigger radiator, stiffer front springs and a larger rear stabilizer bar. This package additionally allows access to new-for-2018 MagneRide adaptive suspension dampers.
The EcoBoost Premium keeps all the same hardware but adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, revised cabin trim, power front seats, a nine-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8-inch touchscreen with the Sync 3 infotainment system.
GT models really step up the Mustang's performance game. They come with a 5.0-liter V8 (460 hp, 420 lb-ft) that has been revised for 2018 with the implementation of direct and port injection and a host of other changes. The GT's six-speed manual gearbox gets revised gearing this year, too. The 10-speed automatic is optional. The GT Premium adds the creature comforts of the EcoBoost Premium trim.
Notable optional features for the Mustang include a digital gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, various exterior and interior styling packages, Recaro front sport seats, a 12-speaker sound system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe (5.0L V8 | 6-speed manual | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mustang has received some revisions for 2018, including a retuned suspension, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful V8 and the deletion of the V6 model. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Mustang, however.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out2.5
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2018 Ford Mustang videos
ELANA SCHERR: When you're talking about the Ford Mustang, you aren't just talking about a car. You're talking about a legacy. There's more than 50 years of style and performance, everything from big muscle bruisers to everyday cruisers. In fact, the Mustang is so important that when Ford Motor Company recently announced it was going to stop making cars to focus on trucks and SUVs, the Mustang was the only exception. There's still a wide variety of Mustang's to choose from today. Everything from the top of the line GT 350 to the entry level, four cylinder turbo EcoBoost. Today we're going to find out how the EcoBoost fits in with Mustang's history. Broom-broom, Mustang. So I was pretty excited to go do a review on a Mustang, because who doesn't like Mustangs? Mustangs are cool. I mean, that's the whole reason people buy Mustang's is because they're cool. And on the surface, the EcoBoost Mustang, which this is, is every bit as cool as the Mustang that you would hope that it would be. It's got fantastic exterior looks. You can get in a lot of different colors. The interior in the 2018 Mustang is head and shoulders above any Mustang interior since, I don't know, Houndstooth in 1971, or something. It's really good and it's not something that Mustang has normally been known for. So there is a lot to like about this car. Unfortunately, this particular model, which is extremely highly optioned-- it's a premium performance package-- I didn't like it. I didn't want to say that I didn't like a Mustang. And right now you're probably like, eh, Elana, you're just grouchy because you're having a bad hair day. And really, you like this Mustang. And that's true, I am having a bad hair day. But we had the test team take it to the track and all of their findings kind of backed up what I felt about it. And they all have fantastic hair. So this is truth. This is a four cylinder, turbocharged car, 2.3 liter, 310 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque, which is up from 2017, and it has a lot of power. On paper, that's great, right? I mean, this car runs a 13 second quarter mile, which is faster than most of the classic V8 Mustang's that you would have driven. But just being fast on paper doesn't mean that it feels fast. And I feel like this engine is always trying really hard. It has its best power when it's up in the RPM. And so on a road like this where I'm driving right now, and it's curvy, and there's not a lot of traffic, and I get to stay on the gas, this car is super fun. And you know, it feels great. It has a lot of passing power. But in sort of stop and go traffic on the freeway, you're always way down on the RPM. And it's kind of herky, jerky and sometimes it's a little slow to respond to. And it doesn't feel fast. It is fast, but it doesn't feel fast. That's the first strike against it for me. I know that there are some Mustang purists out there who are like, what, a four cylinder, a turbo in an American muscle car, how dare you. But there is four cylinder turbo history in Mustangs lineup. If you go back to 1984, there is the SVO Mustang. So there's a reason for this car to exist. It has grandparents. And this car does do a lot of the same things that the original SVO did. An engine isn't solely responsible for the feel and performance of a car. And in 2018, Ford put the 10 speed automatic into this EcoBoost Mustang. It's an option. You pay more for it. And I wouldn't. I would get the manual. This is the same 10 speed that's in the Raptor. It's the same ten speed that Chevrolet uses. And it's a really good transmission. It's also very tunable for the car that they're putting it in. And Ford tuned this transmission to go with the EcoBoost and keep it up in that power band that we were talking about. While that is great for performance, it's really unpleasant for sort of daily driving for traffic. The transmission wants so badly to please you, thinking that you're always wanting as much power as possible. So it's like working really hard. When I'm in a car that has different moods, I usually find myself driving in track modes, because I like them better. But in this car, I'm in the normal mode and it's still too stiff and too frenetic for me. And I don't understand why they didn't just put in a boring driving mode. I think that Ford wanted to rescue the base Mustang from the rental car reputation and to make it a performance car. Now, some of the things that I'm complaining about in this car might be specific to this trim model. Because like I said, this is a premium, which is great. Premium stuff is all this nice interior, a big screen, which I would absolutely recommend. I think that is worthwhile money spent on the Mustang. But this is also a performance package, which means it has stiffer springs and it has a different chassis tune. I don't know if that affects the transmission tune, but it might. And I wouldn't put all of that stuff onto the EcoBoost. It's possible that the very base Mustang without the performance package is a little easier to drive and doesn't have some of these things that I'm complaining about. So before you cross this car off of your list, I would definitely do a test drive. Like, you go drive a base model EcoBoost Mustang and see if maybe it suits your needs better than it suits mine. Let's talk about some things that I like about driving the Mustang. I already mentioned that I think the interior is fantastic. And the handling is really good as well. Again, this is a performance package and I think it's a little bit stiff for daily driving. But it is extremely fun for roads like this. Some of the earlier Mustangs in this generation, I felt kind of rolled around on the chassis when they were in turns, and kind of moved a lot when you were on and off the brakes. And there's none of that in 2018. One of the things that struck me about this car is all of the options on it and how much that raised the price. This one as equipped, $41,000. Now, you can get a V8 Mustang for less than $41,000. In fact, you can get a V8 Mustang with a premium package so that you get the good interior stuff for less than $41,000. And that is what I would do if I was looking for that whole Mustang lifestyle. Getting into the EcoBoost, I had expectations that this car did not meet. Mainly, that it was going to be sort of easy to drive and very comfortable. But it met expectations that I wasn't even asking it for. And I think that there's a certain kind of shopper who might really love this car and might not be considering it. And you should be. And that is are you looking at the Subaru BRZ? Are you looking at the Miata? Are you interested in a two-seater, high revving small engine? Is that your thing? Because this car is great in that category. It has more horsepower than the Subaru. And it has more trunk space than the Miata. And it would really feed all of those desires. If you're just wanting something you can flick around the canyons, and you feel sporty, and you've got style-- and this does that with kind of more of everything. So that's where I would be looking if I was interested in one of those cars. Mustang has never really been known for having spectacular interiors. The 2018 model can change that. Although, it's still not the Hearst Castle or anything. I mean, you know, you're not going to throw a banquet here. But it's not embarrassing either. I mean, there's some really nice details that they've done. It looks excellent. I think the styling is good. It isn't too compact all around you. They've worked really hard to add brightening elements to it both in details, like these sort of metal trims, or optional metal turned plastic pieces here, and around some of the gauges and stuff. In the menu here, there's a whole section that has to do with the ambient light color. And this is something that car manufacturers are starting to do I think because it's fun, but also because it sort of brightens up the interiors of cars, especially if you're driving at night. And so they'll put these little lighting bars in the dashes, sometimes in the cup holders, and in the door. The whole front half of the Mustang is very comfortable. You've got plenty of room around you. You've got room for you and a passenger. You're not going to be bumping into each other. It's very easy to reach all of the important controls. A lot of controls are on the steering wheel, which I find very convenient. And the ones that are over here are usually things that you wouldn't be messing with while you were driving anyway. Normally, I haven't been particularly impressed by digital dashes, but Ford did a really good job on this one. So this has the optional leather. The leather is nice. It's soft, it's comfortable, it looks good. The stitching is nice and it has some perforated details. The seats themselves are very narrow. They're comfortable for me, but they have these side bolsters that might be uncomfortable for a larger person. So this is definitely a car that you would want to test sit-in before you made the purchase. At this point, people know that the four passenger part of a Mustang is not a promise that they really plan to keep. There's no leg room back there. Not only is it uncomfortable once you're back there, but it's really difficult to get in and out. I mean, you basically have to fling yourself out over the seat. There isn't a huge amount of storage in the Mustang. It has the two cup holders. It has a slot for the phone. It has reasonably sized door pockets. And it has a little center console that's deeper than I expected it to be and has another USB port in it, as well as a 12-volt charger. The center stack on the Mustang is not super interesting, but it's not hard to use either. And the screen is a good size and easy to see while you're driving. It's funny, because the four cylinder Mustang has performance that's as good or better than the V8 cars from the 60s. But we still wouldn't really consider it a performance car. I'd really cross shop it with other four cylinder, fun two-seaters if you want a little bit more room and a better daily driver. For more information on Mustang, go to edmunds.com. For more videos like this, please subscribe. And follow us on social media.
2018 Ford Mustang Review
Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr gets the keys to the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. In this video, Elana talks about how the turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang fits in with the history of V6 and V8 Ford pony cars and takes a closer look at the entry-level Mustang's new 2018 interior and options.
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Ford Mustang vs. the competition
2018 Ford Mustang
2018 Dodge Challenger
Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Challenger
Where the Mustang has evolved to a well-balanced American sport coupe, the Challenger has doubled down on raw power and straight-line performance. You can get a V6, but the Challenger's party trick is the optional 707-hp supercharged V8. If you prefer a more retro take on a muscle car, complete with hood scoops, wild paint colors and graphics packages, the Challenger is your car.
Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro and Mustang are still primary rivals, and that goes for every trim level, from mild to wild. We've knocked the Camaro for its poor outward visibility and questionable ergonomics, but it undeniably edges past the Mustang in terms of handling precision and maximum power. Go with the Camaro if performance is a priority. Otherwise, the Mustang is more well-rounded and a better daily driver.
Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Charger
If you like everything about the Mustang but wish it had a bigger trunk and four doors, the Dodge Charger is your car. While it certainly doesn't have the balanced handling of the Mustang, it can be had with considerably more horsepower since it shares many of the engine packages with the Challenger. Think of it as the family man's muscle car.
2018 Ford Mustang for Sale
The 2018 Ford Mustang is a competitive midsize coupe and convertible that has a lot to offer a variety of buyers. Though the base V6 model has been dropped this year, the entry-level four-cylinder version is priced very similarly to the outgoing base Mustang. Its pricing is defined by a few trim levels that offer increasing levels of features and a choice between the four-cylinder engine and a powerful V8. Options are variously grouped into packages; others are offered as stand-alone choices.
The 2018 Ford Mustang is available in EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium trim levels for coupe (fastback) body styles. Convertibles are available in all but the GT trim (the GT Premium is offered). All Mustangs have a six-speed manual transmission as standard and offer an optional 10-speed automatic. Pricewise, each trim level adds about the same cost increment as you go up the Mustang ladder.
The base EcoBoost variant has a solid complement of hardware to suit enthusiastic driving but comes up a bit short in creature comforts unless you select the 101A Equipment Group that adds an array of comfort and convenience items such as upgraded infotainment, backup alerts, premium audio and 18-inch wheels. EcoBoost Premium models add leather upholstery, power seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and smartphone integration. Both trim levels can be fitted with the EcoBoost Performance package that tacks on summer tires, a performance-oriented suspension, and an upgraded radiator and brakes. Once that box has been ticked, the MagneRide suspension option becomes available.
While EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium models are compelling entry-level versions, the GT marks a more serious proposal in terms of performance and price. GT models are equipped with bigger brakes, a beefier transmission, and a potent V8 engine that elevates its game something fierce. They're equipped with all the content of the EcoBoost trim level plus power seats and a backup alert system. If you want the most kitted-out Mustang, the GT Premium is for you, adding the EcoBoost Premium features to the GT trim level. Of course, GT models get a Performance package of their own.
Sport-oriented coupes no longer offer the refinement compromises that this segment has exhibited in years past, and the Mustang's appeal spans a broad range. It's a strong competitor whether you're simply looking for a stylish coupe or if you have a need for speed. Whatever your Mustang yen, Edmunds' winning shopping tools will help you find the perfect one for you.
2018 Ford Mustang Overview
The 2018 Ford Mustang is offered in the following submodels: Mustang Coupe, Mustang Convertible. Available styles include EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M), GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M), EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M), EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Ford Mustang?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Mustang and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Mustang 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Mustang.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Mustang?
2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,090. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is trending $8,258 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is20.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,090. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is trending $8,397 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,397 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,694.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is23.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,580. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $7,485 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,485 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,095.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is28.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,595. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $9,110 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $9,110 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,485.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is28.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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