Used 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT
2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review
- Strong power from both the four-cylinder and V8 engines
- Civilized ride quality and low noise levels
- Cabin blends modern convenience with retro style
- Impractical back seat
- Performance package ride quality can be bouncy
- Long, heavy doors and mediocre cabin access
- New EcoBoost (four-cylinder) Handling package available
- Increased engine output with EcoBoost Performance package
- FordPass Connect now standard on all Mustangs
- Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015
In some ways, the 2020 Ford Mustang is just as you'd expect it to be. It has rear-wheel drive, an available 5.0-liter V8 under the hood, and all sorts of factory options to make it faster, louder and more distinctive. What you might not expect about the Mustang is the way Ford has committed to the standard four-cylinder engine. Base Mustangs used to be underpowered and unloved, but not anymore.
The EcoBoost Mustang comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out a respectable 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. And for 2020 Ford has added a second four-cylinder engine available with the High Performance pack. This engine bumps output to 332 hp and makes its 350 lb-ft of torque available across a wider rpm range. High performance is no longer exclusively for the V8 GT — rejoice, frugal Mustang enthusiasts!
Inside, the Mustang is much the same as it has been for the past few years. Highlights include a pleasing retro design fitted with the latest technology options such as Ford's Sync infotainment system and adaptive cruise control. The drawbacks are predictable. These include limited rear-seat and trunk space and a stiff ride when you opt for the high-performance suspension. Overall, though, we thoroughly enjoy the 2020 Ford Mustang. It's modern, fast, easy to drive and available with just enough options to make it your own.
Tapping into that power can prove a bit frustrating since the 10-speed automatic transmission shifts into high gears too quickly (it upshifts to ninth at 40 mph!), and it's slow to downshift. Driving in Sport mode is more natural.
The available performance exhaust opens up the Mustang's otherwise too-quiet taps at low speeds, but it gets loud with any level of acceleration and can get grating after a while. At highway speeds, wind, engine and road noise is omnipresent but not overwhelming, and the exhaust note finally settles.
Once inside, drivers will find logically laid-out controls and the intuitive Sync 3 infotainment system. While it offers a useful range of adjustment, the front seat doesn't properly envelop the driver; you'll feel like you're sitting on the seat rather than in it. The Mustang's top lowering mechanism isn't totally automated, so you do have to initially unlatch it using a pulldown lever. Once done, it only takes about 10 seconds to raise or lower the top.
A variety of advanced driver safety aids are available for the Mustang. It's worth noting that some of these features are not available on the Camaro. Most performed well in our testing, but adaptive cruise can't be activated until about 20 mph and turns off below 10 mph.
Cubbies and pockets inside the cabin are small but plentiful. There's not a ton of room in the back for car seats, but the car seat anchors are easy to access. Lowering the top naturally makes it much easier to install a car seat.
To improve the car's handling, make sure to get the optional Performance package. It's expensive, but the extra bracing and retuned suspension help reduce body roll and control cowl shake. The wider summer performance tires also give you more control. Best of all, ride comfort is almost totally unaffected.
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2020 Ford Mustang models
The 2020 Ford Mustang is available in EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and Bullitt trim levels for coupe body styles. Convertibles are available in all but the base GT and Bullitt trims. (The GT Premium is offered.)
The Mustang EcoBoost is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 10-speed automatic is optional. Other mechanical equipment includes 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 feature highlights include 17-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a 4.2-inch center display screen, and a six-speaker sound system. Also standard is FordPass Connect, which includes remote start, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote services that allow you to check on the vehicle from a smartphone app.
The EcoBoost Premium keeps all the same hardware but adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, revised cabin trim, power-adjustable front seats, a nine-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8-inch touchscreen with the Sync 3 infotainment system.
For both EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium models, an available High Performance package adds a high-performance version of the 2.3-liter engine with a 20-hp boost (up to 330 hp but with the same torque rating), larger brakes with four-piston calipers, 19-inch wheels and summer tires, a shorter differential ratio, a bigger radiator, active exhaust, stiffer front springs, a special front air splitter, a larger rear spoiler, and specialized track-oriented suspension tuning. The High Performance package also allows access to the EcoBoost Handling package (coupe only), which adds adaptive MagneRide suspension dampers and wider wheels (19 by 9.5 inches) with Pirelli Corsa4 tires.
GT models really step up the Mustang's performance game. They come with 18-inch wheels, a 5.0-liter V8 (460 hp, 420 lb-ft), the power-adjustable front seats, and rear parking sensors. The manual transmission is standard and the automatic is optional. The GT Premium adds the same creature comforts of the EcoBoost Premium trim. You can also get a GT Performance package and a Level 2 Performance package for the GT that brings various suspension, tire and brake upgrades.
For equipment, the Bullitt essentially gets the GT Premium's features, plus the mechanical upgrades of the Performance package. And thanks to a modified intake manifold, the Bullitt's V8 sees a 20-hp bump to 480 hp. Torque stays the same at 420 lb-ft. Otherwise, it differentiates itself from the GT largely through aesthetics, including a Dark Bullitt-specific Highland Green paint option, special wheels, various Bullitt logos, and removal of the rear spoiler.
Other notable optional features for the Mustang include active exhaust, a digital gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, various exterior and interior styling packages, Recaro front sport seats, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Mustang models:
- Lane Keeping Alert
- Sounds an audible chime if the car drifts to the edge of the lane.
- Pre-Collision Assist
- Applies the brakes and sounds an alert when it detects an impending collision.
- Reverse Sensing System
- Provides audible alerts when reversing toward an object behind the vehicle.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9.3%
2020 Ford Mustang First Impressions
Edmunds Track Tested: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Decked out in classic Dark Highland Green paint and equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, our 2019 Mustang Bullitt test car had all the right boxes checked. However, the manual transmission's gearing has grown taller during this generation, depriving stick-shift V8 Mustangs of the eager, revvy feel they once had. To wit, our departed long-term 2015 Mustang GT manual featured a 7,000-rpm redline and a 3.73 final-drive ratio, which had it hitting redline in second gear at 61 mph. The 2019 Bullitt manual has the same 3.73 final drive and 400 more revs on the counter thanks to the slightly updated V8, so you'd think second would top out in the mid-60s somewhere — but instead, you're approaching 80 mph by the time you need to grab third. That means the gearbox ratios are a lot taller than they were a few years ago, which in turn explains why the new car doesn't have the same ferocious energy when you're running through the gears.
But would it make a difference at our test track? Here's another factor to keep in mind — per the track notes, "1-2-3-4 synchros were lunched. Clutch was DOA." Not the best-case scenario all around, then. Nonetheless, until we can borrow a Bullitt that's less broken, we're bringing you all of our performance numbers on this particular example, plus exclusive driving impressions from the best testing crew in the business.
For reference, when we tested a manual-transmission 2019 Mustang GT convertible with no reported transmission or clutch issues, we clocked it at 5.0 seconds to 60 and 13.0 seconds at 111.4 mph in the quarter-mile. That car weighed about 150 pounds more and is rated at 460 horsepower to the Bullitt's 480 hp. The specifications are close, but a healthy Bullitt should edge out a GT convertible every time.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Performance Testing Results
Price as tested: $52,885
Date of test: 3/11/2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Powertrain: 5.0L V8 | 6-Speed Manual | RWD
Horsepower: 480 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
2019 Mustang Bullitt Acceleration
|0-30 mph||2.3 sec|
|0-45 mph||3.4 sec|
|0-60 mph||5.1 sec|
|0-75 mph||6.7 sec|
|Quarter-mile||13.1 sec @ 110.9 mph|
|0-60 mph w/1 ft rollout||4.9 sec|
"Only the first run seemed to be without any clutch issues, but the third- and fourth-gear synchros were already done for. There's a decent amount of traction from a stop and almost no need to feather the throttle all the way through first gear. Grabbing second broke the tires loose but the car stayed straight — not all V8 coupes do — and let me focus on the tach. This thing sounds amazeballs, especially over 7k rpm. But the gearing is way, way too tall. Second went well over 70 miles an hour and once I crunched into third, I could use that gear through the quarter mile. I think it goes to 115? Silly. But it's probably for the best, as any shift into fourth got another nasty crunch and highlighted a slipping clutch that would cause the revs to hang. That started costing 3-4 mph on each run. Poor car has had a hard life."
2019 Mustang Bullitt Braking
|30-0 mph||27 ft|
|60-0 mph||113 ft|
"Lots of confidence and the brakes felt stronger than the numbers reflect. Maybe that's down to the cool track surface temperatures and/or a bit of dust from resurfacing. Excellent pedal feel, but it takes a strong press to keep it down and fight against the ABS. Great seats keep you from sliding forward. Not much dive, but just enough to remind you how hard you're stopping. No fade but some brake stink, for sure."
2019 Mustang Bullitt Handling
|Skidpad, 200-ft diameter||1.00 g|
"Pilot Sport 4S tires are amazing. There's tons of grip, but their grip is predictable and the loss of it feels safe and gradual. The front washes out first, but the car never felt nose-heavy. Decent visibility, too. The steering doesn't feel super-accurate but it's quick to react, and the car can be placed with some precision. Nicely responsive to throttle inputs. The throttle itself is well-calibrated to be smooth and allows for minor inputs, even in Track mode. Multi-mode steering doesn't feel remarkably different from one to the next, but Track is definitely stiffer than Comfort. Sport and Track limit body roll just a bit more but keep the ride civil — it's never bouncy and stupid. Even total lifts off the throttle at the end of the run saw the rear tires stay in line. Definitely lacks really high-limit handling but it's still fun, easy and capable."
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Vehicle Details
Drive Type: Rear-Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Conventional Gasoline
Engine Configuration: V8
Engine Displacement (liters): 5.0
Engine Induction Type: Naturally Aspirated
Indicated Redline: 7,400
Actual Redline (rev limit): 7,400
Fuel Type: 91 octane
Transmission Type: Manual
Transmission Speeds: 6
Paddle Shifters: No
Downshift Rev Match/Throttle Blip: Yes
Holds Gears at Rev Limiter: N/A
Curb Weight and Weight Distribution
Curb weight as tested (lbs): 3,853
Weight L/F (lbs): 996
Weight L/R (lbs): 910
Weight R/F (lbs): 1,093
Weight R/R (lbs): 854
Weight distribution, front (%): 54.2
ABS Type: Full ABS
Brake Rotor Type - Front: 1-Piece Disc
Brake Rotor (other) - Front: Vented
Brake Caliper Type - Front: Fixed
Brake Pistons - Front: 6
Brake Rotor Type - Rear: 1-Piece Disc
Brake Rotor (other) - Rear: Vented
Brake Caliper Type - Rear: Sliding
Brake Pistons - Rear: 1
Parking Brake: Hand
Tire pressure spec - Front: 32
Tire pressure spec - Rear: 32
Tire Make: Michelin
Tire Model: Pilot Sport 4S
Tire Tread: Asymmetrical
Tire Type: Regular
Tire Season: Summer
Tire Size (sidewall) - Front: 255/40 ZR19 100Y
Tire Size (sidewall) - Rear: 275/40 ZR19 105Y
Spare Tire Type: Sealant plus inflator
Tire Treadwear Rating: 300
Tire Temperature Rating: A
Tire Traction Rating: AA
About the Driver
Kurt is involved with performance testing, vehicle evaluation and writing reviews. Fourteen-year-old Kurt would be pretty stoked — current Kurt is pretty stoked, too.
Used 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT Overview
The Used 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT is offered in the following styles: BULLITT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M). The Used 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2020 Ford Mustang BULLITT comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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