2016 Ford Mustang
- 2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Premium
- 5.0L V8 engine
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Rear-wheel drive
- Seating Capacity: 4
- Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway
- Tested MSRP: $60,298 CAD
Ah, the Mustang. Since 1964. For some of us it brings back memories of the good ol’ muscle car days. The low rumble of 435 horses rearing to go… sigh, just give me a few minutes here. The Ford Mustang went through a serious revamp in 2015, celebrating its 50th year. A few of our clients opt for a ‘fun car’ to pair with their family-friendly ride – the 2016 Ford Mustang is a good choice.
We’re now into the sixth generation and I love the exterior design of the Ford Mustang with its long hood and sharp edges. The Mustang logo is saturated all over the car and it can be a bit too much at times. Courtesy lights have become more common – these exterior lights illuminate at night when you unlock the vehicle and usually show the manufacturer’s logo or the vehicle’s model.
Part of the design revamp included widening and lowering the body. From the front, the Mustang has an aggressive stance with the headlamp assemblies tapered at the outside corners.
It was easy to drop the top down on my convertible road test with a quick twist to unlatch the roof and the touch of a button to bring it down.
The GT model that I road tested came with 19” painted aluminum wheels. You can see the Brembo brakes peeking out – beauty!
A nod to the 1965 Ford Mustang is the location of three gills in the front headlamp assembly. The 2016 Mustang’s gills illuminate and give it that distinctive look.
The 1965 Ford Mustang has three gills molded into the headlamp buckets.
The rear tail lights are similar to the first generation design being longer in shape. The tail lights aren’t flat, rather they are ‘stepped’ to give the design some depth. In typical Mustang fashion, when you signal the bulbs illuminate in the direction of your signal and I swear the turn signal sounds like a horse’s gallop (uneven, syncopated clicking!).
The centre stack includes a touchscreen infotainment system and the design has incorporated lots of chrome accents on knobs and switches. The climate control section is well laid out and has a nicer look than your average straight rectangular bar. Above the touchscreen display are also two gauges that display oil pressure and engine vacuum.
In the speedometer, GROUNDSPEED is noted. Ford’s Mustang was originally inspired by a World War II fighter plane named P-51 Mustang (ground speed is commonly measured in the aviation industry).
The war plane-inspired design also has toggle switches just below its climate control, reminiscent of being in the cockpit of a plane. These switches are for the hazard lights, traction control, and changing driving mode as well as steering feedback.
The steering wheel somewhat resembles the earlier generations with its ‘T’ shape inside the wheel.
My only concern with the steering wheel is that it seemed quite busy with so many buttons. Granted that’s the trend with all manufacturers given how we have audio, Bluetooth, cruise control, etc placed in the steering wheel.
For dedicated fans, the Ford Mustang GT model also comes with TrackApps – “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” is Ford’s pitch for the app. The app as features including Electronic Line-Lock, Launch Control, accelerometer, an acceleration timer, countdown, and more. If you’ve been itching to burn some rubber, have at it!
Under The Hood / Basic Maintenance
Under the hood of my road test is a big V8 engine with a large strut bar to provide extra stiffness in the suspension. While there’s not much room to work in the engine bay, do-it-yourself components that the average car enthusiast might want to get into are located within easy reach (e.g. air filter, engine oil change, etc). The battery jump point is also located close to an engine ground, in case you need to boost the vehicle.
I always appreciate when manufacturers make it easy for owners to read the fluid levels in the reservoir. Sometimes, these reservoirs are somewhat opaque and it’s difficult to see the minimum and maximum fluid level. The 2016 Ford Mustang’s coolant reservoir (for example) is located up top and the min/max level is clearly marked. Thank you, Ford!
Heads up, the Ford Mustang doesn’t come with a spare tire! Instead, an inflator is provided in case you have flat tire and this is located in the trunk where a spare would normally be kept. There are aftermarket spare tire kits available so if you prefer the peace of mind that comes with a spare tire, look into that option.
Child Car Seat
You probably won’t want to install a rear-facing child car seat in the Mustang. It’s do-able if you’re in a pinch but as you can imagine, you’ll lose the front passenger seat because it’ll be moved forward to accommodate the proper recline angle. Also, trying the get the child into the car seat will be a challenge – unless you want to open the convertible top and drop your child in from the top! Again, do-able but not recommended.
The rear bench has a large bucket shape, which is comfortable for those sitting in the backseat but not the best case scenario for installing a child car seat. The UAS anchors are located quite high from the seat bench. If you have a child car seat with bulky, rigid anchor hooks you might have some difficulty installing the seat. Lastly, keep in mind that your child car seat shape will need to be narrow or slim to fit in the bucket seat.
The rear bench doesn’t have headrests and the tether anchors are easily accessible on the rear deck. So – if you primarily drive children around, you may want to hold off until they’re at least in the booster car seat stage. Having said that, for the occasional time and certainly in the case of an emergency you can install a child car seat in the Ford Mustang.
Storage / Trunk
Inside the cabin, there’s not much storage space as expected in a muscle/performance car. No one really needs more than two cupholders up front (some family SUVs and minivans have four to six cupholders between the driver and the passenger!). The trunk space was enough for us to do our daily errands. Last year when I road tested the 2015 model we took a road trip to Muskoka and we had enough space to put our overnight bags in the trunk.
I loved my time in the Mustang. It was a great design blend of old school throwbacks and new school technology! At the time of writing, the 2017 Ford Mustang models are available and starting price is $26,398 CAD (V6 engine).