2018 Ford Mustang: Traditional styling with modern amenities


    2018 Ford Mustang (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

    There is something special about American muscle. From the classic looks to the deep throaty exhaust, you can look at a modern-day muscle car and see the family genes reflected through modern, LED headlights.

    While the 2018 Ford Mustang has certainly entered the 21st century with high-tech infotainment and modern safety equipment, it’s easy to see the original fastback in the lines of its current-generation brethren.

    And that is a huge part of the charm.

    Design

    Though Mustang design went slightly astray in the 1980s and ‘90s, Ford brought it back to its heritage with the 2005 model, giving it a fastback profile and throwback interior styling.

    Now in its 6th generation, the Mustang is very clearly a Mustang. The deeply raked rear window and forward sloping grille hearken back to the early generations, even if the horizontal lines on the side and rear are more well-defined.


    The interior maintains the air of retro chic with toggle switches and physical buttons and dials for audio and HVAC.

    But the center stack nicely integrates an available 8-inch touchscreen to house the very modern Sync3 and standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

    It’s been while since I’ve driven a Mustang, but one of my previous complaints was the interior – though it looked nice – felt kind of cheap. Thankfully, I think a lot of that has been ironed out, and the dash materials, seating surfaces and touch points on the center stack felt solid and well made.

    Ride & Handling

    The ride and handling of the Mustang is exactly what I expected it to be: stiff and unyielding. Which is great for shorter stints behind the wheel – including a daily commute. But it’s not so great for a really long road trip -- like, say, from Chicago to Detroit.

    After a while, the soft leather seats don’t provide enough cushion, and the lumbar support isn’t quite enough.

    The test vehicle was a GT model, which means it came equipped with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine delivering 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.