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What's New for 2012:
- Revived from the late 1960s Boss 302 trim
- Boss 302 Laguna Seca (limited-edition roadster)
- Adjustable power steering
The classic "pony car" of the 1960s--a small, economical car with performance features--the Mustang continues to fill that role in the 21st century. For 2012, Ford has revived the ultra-powerful Boss 302 trim that it introduced in 1969, and the overall look of the car is slightly retro, but with plenty of up-to-date styling cues. The Mustang is available as a coupe or a convertible in the lower trims; as a coupe only in the Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca trims.
The base V-6 model has a basic menu of amenities and 17-inch wheels. The V6 Premium adds leather upholstery, power driver's seat, Sync interface, and an upgraded stereo system. The GT steps up to a V-8 engine and 18-inch alloy wheels, with dual exhaust tips, limited-slip rear differential, rear spoiler, and fog lights, with the V-6's standard features. The GT Premium adds the same upgrades as the V6 Premium. The Boss 302 trim includes a more powerful V-8 engine, Brembo brakes, cosmetic upgrades, and adjustable shock absorbers. Standard on the Boss 302 are cloth seats and the basic sound system. The Boss 302 Laguna Seca adds a stiffer suspension, race-compound tires, other performance enhancements, and unique gauges. Recaro seats are standard.
Many different options are available at all trim levels. The Boss 302 can add Recaro front seats and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential; also available on the V6 Premium and the GT are larger wheels and an upgraded sound system.
Under the Hood
The standard engine is a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. The GT trims employ a 412-horsepower V-8 engine; the Boss 302's V-8 delivers 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission is available on all but the Boss 302.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Mustang are:
- Mustang V-6 with automatic transmission: 19/31/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Mustang V-6 with manual transmission: 19/29/22 mpg
- Mustang GT with automatic transmission: 18/25/21 mpg
- Mustang GT with manual transmission: 17/26/20 mpg
- Mustang Boss 302 models: 15/23/17 mpg
Standard safety features on the Ford Mustang include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, and front side air bags.
In government crash tests, the 2012 Ford Mustang Coupe received 4 (out of 5) stars for overall protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 4 stars for frontal-offset protection; 4 stars for side-impact crash protection; and 5 stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mustang Coupe received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--in the frontal-offset test and an "Acceptable" rating in the side-impact test.
|V6||6 speed manual||$22,310||305-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||19/29|
|V6 Premium||6 speed manual||$26,310||305-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||19/29|
|GT||6 speed manual||$29,710||412-hp / 5.0L 8-cyl||17/26|
|GT Premium||6 speed manual||$33,710||412-hp / 5.0L 8-cyl||17/26|
|Boss 302||6 speed manual||$40,310||444-hp / 5.0L 8-cyl||17/26|
$27,310–$38,710 Base MSRP
17/26 MPG City/Hwy
$22,310–$40,310 Base MSRP
17/26 MPG City/Hwy
$25,195–$44,125 Base MSRP
14/23 MPG City/Hwy
$30,180–$41,030 Base MSRP
16/24 MPG City/Hwy
$23,280–$54,095 Base MSRP
14/19 MPG City/Hwy