2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Not Worth the Extra $8,000

The 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt looks beautiful, handles well, and boasts iconic styling — but it also comes in at $8,000 higher than the Mustang GT Premium, without much extra performance for the price. Its high cost and relative lack of features may make this Ford less appealing to anyone looking for a technologically advanced sport coupe. Here’s what you can expect from the Mustang Bullitt, according to CNET.

What you’ll get from the 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 480 hp. It gets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. This coupe features a fair amount of standard performance equipment, including upgraded front springs, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and a front aero splitter. It also comes with blind-spot monitoring and cruise control.

The Bullitt allows you to switch between several drive modes, including Comfort and Sport. For drivers who want a bit more personalization, there is also a “My Mode” option, which allows you to set personalized parameters. 

In the cabin, the Bullitt’s tech includes an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and a reconfigurable 12-inch gauge cluster that contains Mustang’s Tracking Apps.

What stands out about this Mustang?

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CNET’s reviewer notes the gorgeous styling of the 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt. In particular, its beautiful Dark Highland Green paint option, its “snazzy wheels,” and its cue-ball gear shifter all contribute to the Bullitt’s iconic look.

Additionally, while the Bullitt may not be the sportiest vehicle Mustang has to offer, it does handle tight curves well, and has responsive brakes and high amounts of power. The reviewer observes that this coupe is immensely fun to drive, and that it “pays homage to the Mustang’s movie-car heritage,” which will likely make it appealing to longtime fans of the brand.

Where the Bullitt falls short

There’s no doubt that the 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt is impressive to look at — but does this really make it worth an extra $8,000? Compared to the Mustang GT Premium, the Bullitt only makes 20 more horsepower. Despite this relatively minor power boost, the Bullitt’s MRSP is $46,705 (and this is before the $1,000 gas guzzler tax that you can expect from the Bullitt’s poor fuel economy).

Additionally, the Bullitt is definitely not the sportiest Mustang option. It may handle curves well, but it is fairly heavy, weighing in at around 3,850 pounds. For drivers who want a quicker, more powerful Mustang, CNET recommends looking into the Shelby GT350 or GT500. 

While the interior of this Mustang is certainly sleek and beautiful, it is also fairly cramped. This is particularly true in the backseat, where the steeply slanted rear windshield makes it almost impossible for an adult to sit up comfortably. The infotainment system also leaves something to be desired. It is generally intuitive to use, but can often lag.

Finally, the Bullitt truly falls short on its standard features. It offers just two driver-assist features, both of which are common enough to come standard on most modern vehicles. While it’s true that Mustang isn’t exactly known for having the latest and greatest driver-assist options, it would be reasonable to expect just a bit more for that extra $8,000.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt is by no means a bad coupe. In fact, for fans of this classic brand that are simply looking for a sleek, fun-to-drive vehicle, the Bullitt is a fine option. However, anyone who wants a less pricey vehicle with comparable power may be better off sticking with the GT Premium.