2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

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What’s new

  • 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

Pros

  • Strong power from both the four-cylinder and V8 engines
  • Civilized ride quality and low noise levels
  • Cabin blends modern convenience with retro style

Cons

  • Performance package ride quality can be bouncy
  • Long, heavy doors and mediocre cabin access
  • Cramped back seat


Which Mustang does Edmunds recommend?

The Mustang's V8 is irresistible, so go for the gusto and get the GT model. Be an American hero and stick with the standard six-speed manual. Add useful day-to-day civility at a reasonable cost by choosing the optional active valve exhaust and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Performance package is totally livable on a day-to-day basis and sharpens up the Mustang's responses, so go ahead and tick that box, too. Make sure to get it in a wild color such as Orange Fury because you only live once.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.5 / 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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

5
The 5.0-liter V8 is a gem. It's powerful and remarkably docile. Maybe too much — the exhaust note is rather meek. Although the standard suspension feels less planted than the Performance Pack's, the car's limits are roughly the same. It's softer, but hardly dumbed down.

Acceleration

4.5
Our test car lacked the Performance Pack's shorter 3.73 rear end, which helps explain its slower sprint to 60 mph (5.2 seconds vs. 4.7). The trap-speed gap (108.2 mph vs. 111.2) is notable. But in the real world, this V8 still hauls the mail. The 2018 Mustang should be quicker still.

Braking

5
No Performance Pack means no ultra-touchy brake pedal, which is a relief in daily driving. This car actually stopped 2 feet shorter from 60 mph, needing just 106 feet, with its standard brakes. The pedal is firm yet easy to modulate.

Steering

5
It feels a bit synthetic under normal conditions but quickly becomes an ally in fast corners. Responsive and surprisingly precise. Adjustable effort levels are more noticeable in parking lots than at speed.

Handling

4.5
This car with summer tires posted very similar numbers in our handling tests to those from a Performance Pack GT we also tested. The latter feels more buttoned-down on the road, though. The 2018 model promises to further improve on its handling precision.

Drivability

5
Clutch engagement isn't quite intuitive, and misses aren't readily forgiven. Still, the GT is super easy to drive. The gentle throttle tip-in keeps most of those 435 horses in the stable. The linear brake feel is most welcome.

Comfort

4
The standard GT suspension is certainly more supple than the Performance Pack's firmed-up version, though the former amplifies the latter's bouncy feel on some surfaces. If you're drawn to this car for its performance, you'll likely find its everyday comfort more than adequate.

Seat comfort

4
Our test car had the Recaro seats, which offer both excellent lateral support and remarkable long-distance comfort. But adjustability is limited. The rear seats are uninhabitable for most humans due to the low roof and rear glass.

Ride comfort

3
There's a bounciness to this suspension and summer tire combo that can make the car feel unsettled on imperfect pavement. Harsh impacts are uncommon, and bump compliance is noticeably better than with the Performance Pack. The 2018 model's retuned suspension should ride better.

Noise & vibration

4
The Mustang keeps wind noise in check nicely, and despite the big 20-inch summer tires, road noise remains modest on most surfaces. The mild V8 burble through the firewall is a constant but welcome companion. Plenty quiet for a pleasant road trip.

Interior

4
The Mustang's interior is an impressive effort, featuring good quality materials and fun pony-car flourishes without going over the top. The dual-cowl dashboard looks cool.

Ease of use

3.5
Most buttons and levers are straightforward in operation and feel well built, though the faux-metal toggle switches are flimsier than they look.

Getting in/getting out

2.5
The Mustang's long doors are awkward in tight spots, but the front seats aren't as low as you might think, so you don't plop way down. The Recaro side bolsters can require extra contortions to get around. Rear-seat access is a chore.

Roominess

3
The Mustang is less likely to trigger claustrophobia than certain rivals. The high beltline still creates a bunkerlike feel, though. The front seats accommodate all shapes and sizes, unlike the rears.

Visibility

4.5
Despite the high beltline, the Mustang's visibility is above average for the segment, aided by windshield pillars that aren't too wide and expansive rear glass that gives a decent rearward view. It's still nice to have the backup camera.

Quality

3.5
Nicest Mustang cabin in modern memory, but you'll find some cheap-feeling plastics if you poke around. Zero squeaks and rattles.

Utility

3
The Mustang's a notably more practical car than its chief rival, the Camaro. Easier trunk access, more cargo volume and a friendlier cabin. Still, any decent compact hatchback will at least match the Mustang's utility.

Small-item storage

3
The interior storage is adequate, but the door pockets don't hold much and the console bin is on the shallow side.

Cargo space

3
The Mustang's trunk checks in at a decent 13.5 cubic feet, but the optional Shaker stereo includes a trunk-mounted subwoofer that makes two golf bags a pretty tight fit.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Loving this car!
Charles Greenwell,08/16/2018
I think I got the last Mustang convertible left in the state of Texas having the color I wanted [Royal Crimson], with the equipment [Ecoboost, auto trans., navigation] & packages [Pony, Smart & Safe] I wanted, & nothing that I did not want & wasn't willing to pay for. I was glad to have found it [Thanks, Edmunds!] & willing to drive to the dealership [Auto Nation Ford] in Arlington, TX, to see it, drive it, & trade for it. I wasn't sure I'd be happy without the V-6 engine I had on my previous Mustangs, but I've no complaints with the Ecoboost 4. Plenty of power, 10-speed automatic, & good gas mileage.
Ruby Vaby
George Vaiciunas,07/24/2018
This is a high performance car that requires total control with concentration a must at all times. This car should not be purchased by people in poor health as it requires agility to get in and out all the time. A very good performer on the road. Ford has done an excellent job. The Ecoboost really drives close to a V-8 engine. A tribute to Ford Engineering.
Everything it's supposed to be
The Penguin,08/19/2018
This is probably the most upscale, best performing Mustang Ford has offered. It could easily be a Thunderbird if there was a market for it. It's fast - really fast. Puts my 1968 Mustang 390GT to shame (as I remember it). Only improvement I can think of is that I would like more control over the stiffness of the ride. I'd like to use the "sport" suspension with the engine calibration of the sport setting, but still be in normal." (Something like my 1989 CougarXR-7 - a switch on the console.
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2018 Ford Mustang video

CARLOS LAGO: In the early 60s, Ford introduced a car called the Mustang that was so popular, Chevy decided to follow suit and introduced its direct competitor, the Camaro. And since then, really not much has changed MARK TAKAHASHI: No, the formula has definitely stayed the same. But man, the total sum has increased dramatically. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, we've assembled to the latest variants of these pony cars, as the way you should probably order them, with the V8. Now, these aren't performance package cars but these are the cars most people are going to end up buying. We've got them here to see how these two modern versions of the pony cars stack up. [CAR ACCELERATING] All right, Mark, it's up to you to sell me on the 2018 Mustang. MARK TAKAHASHI: It should be pretty easy because number one, I can see. Look, you can see turns. CARLOS LAGO: This is true but also listen. [CAR ACCELERATING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh, that sounds amazing. CARLOS LAGO: That sounds really good. I swear that's louder than the Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. CARLOS LAGO: In this world of Camaro Mustang, loud wins. MARK TAKAHASHI: And this has an active exhaust option for you. You can do a quiet start if you don't want to wake up all your neighbors. But it sounds so rad anyway, I think they'd be cool with it, right? CARLOS LAGO: But tell me about this five liter because I see it's revving higher. How does it feel? MARK TAKAHASHI: It feels great. You know, it's kind of got some of that high revving personality of that GT 350. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: Which I really, really dig. CARLOS LAGO: Who doesn't? MARK TAKAHASHI: But just like the GT 350, the first time I got in this and started really driving it hard, I realized I was short shifting. CARLOS LAGO: Really MARK TAKAHASHI: I could let this wind way more out CARLOS LAGO: Because you've got so many more revs to play with than you would traditionally expect. You're used to a V-8 being kind of a low revy kind of thing. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. CARLOS LAGO: But then when you have above 7000 RPMs, it's fun when you realize you can play with it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh, yeah. CARLOS LAGO: So you've got a big, digital display. How do you like that in the day to day use? MARK TAKAHASHI: I really, really like it. You know, and I get that some people are traditionalists. They want to see the old gauges. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah and it's optional though, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It's an option. CARLOS LAGO: OK. OK. So you can have traditional gauges if you like. But yeah, I like that the tach moves like a bar graph when you're in the track setting, like we are now. MARK TAKAHASHI: So this is the new 10 speed auto. The whole point of that is, you know, quicker acceleration. You know, shorter gears, down low, teller up top so you get fuel economy. I dig that and everything, but this is a Mustang. It should have a stick shift, it should have six gears. And there's sometimes this little, weird delay between when you hit the up-shift and when it finally does. CARLOS LAGO: Oh, so when you're controlling the gears manually there's a bit of a delay? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, I've been in paddle shift mode ever since we set off here. So, see? It's not just that immediate. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's still really freaking good. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: But there's still that romance of muscle cars where you should have a stick. CARLOS LAGO: You want to be able to bang gears? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: That's how you feel good. That's when you feel good is when you just shift it quick. This is not a performance packed car. MARK TAKAHASHI: No performance options on this except for maybe the exhaust. CARLOS LAGO: And the V8 engine. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. Yeah, I mean I like it. It's compliant it's still comfortable. The way this transitions out of a turn I really dig. You get on that power early and it starts straightening you out. It's happy. CARLOS LAGO: It seems like it's giving you a quite a bit over-steer on the power out but in a really nice controllable way. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, I mean that's the thing. They tune that stability control really well where if you start getting it a little sideways but you're still on the throttle, it'll let you do it up to a certain slip angle. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: But once you lift out of it, then it will snap you right back in line. CARLOS LAGO: That's nice. MARK TAKAHASHI: Man, I mean I really like the way this comes out of turns. Just a little bit, little bit and it just starts, yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: That little snap out of it. I really dig this car. CARLOS LAGO: How do those breaks feel? MARK TAKAHASHI: Solid. I mean these aren't performance upgrade brakes either. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: The pedal, it's you know, moderately firm. Easy to modulate, that's for sure. CARLOS LAGO: I just can't quite get over the sound this thing makes. MARK TAKAHASHI: Isn't that great? Let's go to like a normal mode, shall we? CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, you get your Rogers mode. MARK TAKAHASHI: This is the problem with this toggle switch. It only goes up. It should go down, as well. CARLOS LAGO: This is quiet. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. There's a lot less bass going on now. CARLOS LAGO: Ford clearly defines quiet differently than I might. [TIRES SQUEAL] MARK TAKAHASHI: This mid-cycle refresh is a little bit more than the typical mid-cycle refresh. I mean, they have the adaptive suspension, they have a lot more safety features, cool options, like the instrument panel. I really like this. [CAR ACCELERATES] CARLOS LAGO: This is the 60th annual. MARK TAKAHASHI: I know, I like them. CARLOS LAGO: But because you can do things like this-- MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh. [CAR ACCELERATES] Oh, no lift. CARLOS LAGO: And on top of that, it also has red matching. So it's basically an automatic. And so this is the Camaro SS that we all know and love. MARK TAKAHASHI: Love? CARLOS LAGO: Love. That's what makes a Camaro a Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: Wait, that's Subaru. CARLOS LAGO: Ssh. So we're down five horsepower and a couple pound feet of torque, I forget. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's completely irrelevant at this point. 460 versus 455. CARLOS LAGO: Well, I was also going to make the point that this car is about 50 pounds lighter. So the whole power and torque deficit comes out about even. MARK TAKAHASHI: I think so. CARLOS LAGO: When you get down to it. What I like about this car, what I like traditionally about Camaros is the handling balance. This is a big, meaty car. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: With a ton of low end grunt. With a ton of power that you can do that, which is terrific. MARK TAKAHASHI: It just sounds like you're going to break something. CARLOS LAGO: Well, you know traditionally, you would break something. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: And so what I like is that they actually took the time to build that into the system so you don't have to worry about breaking anything. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Ooh. CARLOS LAGO: It's just so satisfying. MARK TAKAHASHI: It really is. That is impressive. CARLOS LAGO: Now, getting back to like the dynamics part of it, yes, this car has no visibility. It's basically a window-less van. MARK TAKAHASHI: I don't know, the visibility bothers me. I don't have a really good grab handle here. CARLOS LAGO: Does this look like the face of somebody who cares? MARK TAKAHASHI: Fair enough. [TIRES SCREECHING] But here's the thing, do you think there's a dynamic difference between these two cars that is a deal breaker one way or the other? Because I, personally, I have just as much fun with both cars. CARLOS LAGO: That's the truth of it. Isn't it really? The difference is the badging on the hood and that's basically it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. So what are we fighting for? CARLOS LAGO: We're not. Well, the Camaro is obviously better. MARK TAKAHASHI: No, no, no. It just, no. No, the Ford is less flawed. CARLOS LAGO: It's really one of those things that like we've always been at war with Eurasia, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: It's just this constant rivalry that goes back and forth. But fundamentally, you end up with the same vehicle with minor variations. And so it comes down to, basically, what's your preference? I prefer that, which is great. But I'm sure there's qualities in the Mustang I would also like, as well. But this is a fine handling vehicle that handles with a delicacy and a light-ness that kind of belies its size, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, the styling, too makes it look chunkier and heavier than it is. CARLOS LAGO: Yes, absolutely. From the six speed manual to the red match buttons that toggles on the steering wheel, the standard Camaro SS, I'm going to say, bare bones, it's pretty much what you'd expect in this kind of car. I like the interior layout, I like the way things were arranged. Like this is a very classical panel right there with the double bubble gauge. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, and this coved out section here is kind of you know, heritage Camaro stuff. I like the design, I really, truly like the design. I think it's pleasing to look at but in practice, it's got some issues for me. CARLOS LAGO: The big issue, of course, is the visibility. And then, there's just a couple of like, weird annoying things. Like the way the screen seems to be angled inwards so it looks like it's sloping down. Doesn't effect how you use it, it just looks weird. And then you have a problem with these center vents. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, they're really great for cooling down your knuckles but nothing else. What I do like is when you turn that bezel, it adjusts the temperature. That's really cool. I think that's kind of almost-- CARLOS LAGO: It's clever. MARK TAKAHASHI: --Audi-esque in its execution. But they need to be up here. I mean, they're right on your knuckles. CARLOS LAGO: The important stuff, like the speedometer is easy to read. You have big, analog gauges. You have a head up display that's configurable. All the important controls, steering wheel, shifter, clutch, pedals, all fall to hand and foot really easily. The drive mode selection stuff's really easy to use. It's this stuff like interior storage and like the wireless charging pad being back here, which-- MARK TAKAHASHI: What? CARLOS LAGO: --is just strange. MARK TAKAHASHI: That means you're going to forget your phone in here all the time. CARLOS LAGO: I don't know why you would use that because if you have a nice, smart phone here you're going to use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, which requires being plugged-- MARK TAKAHASHI: --the USB. CARLOS LAGO: --into here. But this compartment isn't big enough to fit most modern smartphones. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. From the passenger side, and I noticed this when you were throwing us around on track. Is the passenger doesn't have very good grab handles. There is nothing for me to hold on to here and this is hard plastic, right in my elbow. That's something that you don't have to deal with in the Mustang or at least your passenger won't have to. CARLOS LAGO: So overall, it's a lot of stuff that doesn't really matter when it comes to driving quickly but stuff that does make this car a little bit not so nice on the day to day commute. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not completely different. It's a mid-sucker refresh, they have some new features here and there. But most importantly, is this digital instrument cluster. CARLOS LAGO: The optional gauge cluster, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. It's so cool. If you switch drive modes and it kind of gets this racy kind of tack bar across the top. CARLOS LAGO: I like that bar graph tach. That's really cool looking. MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: The difference between this and the Camaro, I think, there's less flaws. CARLOS LAGO: OK MARK TAKAHASHI: Number one, we can see out of it. CARLOS LAGO: That's nice. Yeah, I really appreciate being able to see outside of the vehicle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. It doesn't feel like you're wearing the suit of armor and you're just peeking through a little tiny mail slot. Materials quality, I think is slightly better. Like, my elbow points are nicely padded. And for you probably you might be bumping into that a little bit. CARLOS LAGO: I like that I have a grab handle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: When in panic mode. I don't have one on the left side but I have one on the right side, which is I think better than the Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: But I like the general layout of this interior. It feels a little bit more airy, it feels a little bit more open. And it'sl probably to do with the increased visibility. But also the way the center stack is designed here, this just has a nice flow to it. MARK TAKAHASHI: And look, the vents are up top. CARLOS LAGO: The vents work. And they've been able to you know, keep the influence of like the 60s design elements-- MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: --in the dash but also add the modern touches that still make it work. MARK TAKAHASHI: The dual dash thing now. There are some things that still bother me, like this little dash topper here and this center of thing up there. Those are carryovers and they really seem out of place because everything else seems to be quite a bit better. CARLOS LAGO: So this car and the Camaro both have an optional exhaust volume options. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: This one has the option, the Camaro doesn't. MARK TAKAHASHI: This one, compared to the Camaro, goes to 11. CARLOS LAGO: I think it passed it. MARK TAKAHASHI: This is rad. [THROTTLES GAS LOUDLY] (GRUNTS)| CARLOS LAGO: That's ridiculous. MARK TAKAHASHI: Even better is the quiet mode. [THROTTLES GAS QUIETLY] Ooh, that's quiet. You can schedule when it's going to be quiet. So between midnight and 7:00 AM, I have it set for quiet. So no matter what, I don't have to hit that button. CARLOS LAGO: Your neighbors don't hate you. MARK TAKAHASHI: They do but not for this. CARLOS LAGO: What I really appreciate is the amount of interior storage you have in this car. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: From you know, you only have two cup holders and stuff like that, but you have center pockets. And the center console is a bit bigger. And just things in here feel a bit more livable, day to day. If there isn't like any enormous performance differences, it's certainly like more-- MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: --attractive for the commuter. MARK TAKAHASHI: But in the back, the trunk is way more usable than Camaro, too. It has a lower lift over, it's a bigger trunk it's, it's way more useful. So if there's one thing about muscle cars that's important, it's fun. And in my opinion, both the Camaro and Mustang do fun equally well. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, I love the acceleration in both. They both have fantastic transmissions and they're both a lot of fun to slide around. MARK TAKAHASHI: That said, I think the Mustang does everyday life better. CARLOS LAGO: I agree. The Mustang is an easier car to live with everyday but for some reason I still enjoy driving the Camaro more. MARK TAKAHASHI: That's what we think. Let us know what you think. For more information on the Camaro, the Mustang, or any of its competitors, head over to edmunds.com. And if you want to see more videos like this, hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYS]

2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. 2018 Ford Mustang GT Comparison Test

Edmunds editors pit the 2018 Ford Mustang GT (5.0-liter V8) and 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS (6.2-liter V8) against each other in a comparison test of the longtime pony car rivals. Senior writers Carlos Lago and Mark Takahashi first hit the track for their driving impressions of the two and compare interiors. Watch the video to see which muscle car handles the best on the track and in everyday life. But more important, find out which does fun better.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$31,180
MPG
20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
310 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$44,690
MPG
15 city / 25 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
460 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$36,195
MPG
20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
310 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.3%

Ford Mustang vs. the competition

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2018 Dodge Challenger

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2018 Ford Mustang Convertible for Sale

Ford Mustang 2018 EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
New 2018
Ford Mustang
EcoBoost
Edmunds Suggested Price$31,153
Est.Loan: $626/mo
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AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD/MP3 Player, Body-Color Blade Decklid Spoiler, Cloth Bucket Seats, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Equipment Group 101A, Remote Start System, Reverse Sensing System, SiriusXM Radio, SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System, Wheels: 18 x 8 Machined-Face Aluminum. Lightning Blue 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost RWD 10-Speed Automatic EcoBoost 2.3L I4 GTDi DOHC Turbocharged VCT Awards: * JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS)

MSRP: $36,375

Ford Mustang 2018 EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
18,694 miles
Used 2018
Ford Mustang
EcoBoost Premium
List$25,995
Est.Loan: $473/mo
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$300 Below Market
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**ONE OWNER**CLEAN CARFAX**CONVERTIBLE**ECOBOOST**LEATHER SEATS**BACK-UP CAMERA**BLUETOOTH CONNECTION**HEATED SEATS** COOLED SEATS ** KEYLESS START ** LANE DEPARTURE ** REAR PARKING AID ** TRACTION CONTROL ** BRAKE ASSIST ** ANTI-LOCK BRAKES ** PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM ** SATELLITE RADIO ** SMART DEVICE INTEGRATION ** ONE OWNER **2018 FORD MUSTANG Rear Wheel Drive with powerful 2.3L EcoBoost engine and driven only 18694 miles! 4 BRAND NEW TIRES ** Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED**FINANCING AVAILABLE** Contact our Sales at 703-445-2277All of our vehicles pass a rigorous Multi-Point Quality Inspection - Buy with confidence. No Credit, Bad Credit, No problem! Tax ID, No Problem! We Finance EVERYONE! Guaranteed Credit Approval! Rates starting at 1.99%. Apply Online at WWW.CAPAUTOVA.COM. - TRADE-IN WELCOME!!! Extended Warranties Available! Call (703) 445-CARS (2277) to make an appointment or drop by to check out our new Chantilly showroom located at: 25280 Pleasant Valley Rd.Suite 150Chantilly, VA 20152 We are open 7 days a week - Monday thru Saturday 9 am - 8 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm and any other time convenient for you - by appointment.
Ford Mustang 2018 EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
New 2018
Ford Mustang
EcoBoost
MSRP$32,080
Est.Loan: $553/mo
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2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Overview

The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible is offered in the following styles: 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).

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible?
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M)

The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,590. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is trending $8,762 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is19.2% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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We are showing 3 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,080. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $6,567 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,567 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,513.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is20.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 12 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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