Consumer Reports Recommended the Ford Mustang for the First Time

In many automotive enthusiast circles, there isn’t a more iconic or legendary car to own than the Ford Mustang. Even rival fans, who swear by Dodge or Chevy contenders, still appreciate the history, performance, and style chops a Mustang offers.

But throughout its lifetime of success and consumer endorsements, and after countless awards and racetrack wins, the Ford Mustang never managed to earn one key distinction. The 2021 Mustang set out to change that, and for the first time ever, the latest pony sensation finally earned a head-nod and recommendation from Consumer Reports.

Finally, a Consumer Reports recommendation

Consumer Reports weighs in on the latest version of the Ford Mustang. And just like every year before, this sporty ride is evaluated on performance, tech, safety, and consumer survey experiences. Earning an overall score of 76 out of 100 and ranking fifth out of 29 contenders, the Ford Mustang gets the organization’s coveted recommendation for the first time ever. 

Consumer Reports calls the 2021 Ford Mustang a “thrilling driving experience,” especially in its GT and V8 variation. But the group commends the less exciting 2.3-liter, four-cylinder offering, too.

The critics love the throaty roar of the larger engine and the balanced handling overall. The front seats are supportive and comfortable. And helping out in the safety department, every Mustang but the Shelby versions comes with much-needed standard driver aids, including auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warnings. 

What the 2021 Ford Mustang did differently this year

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Car and Driver says 2021 is the year of the Mach 1 revival. First introduced in 1969, the Mach 1 is making a comeback and getting critical thumbs up all around. Other personality features are available, as well, including a coupe or convertible design.

Options are the order of the day, making it easy for consumers to find their perfect pony. Whether you want the EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder or the beefy V8, the monster Shelby, the GT, or the Mach 1, there’s likely a Ford Mustang for everyone. And it’s one of the reasons the iconic ride has made an appearance on Car and Driver’s esteemed 10 Best awards list more than a few times.

Older Ford Mustangs are still good cars

Named after an actual World War II fighter plane, the Mustang debuted at the World’s Fair in 1964. According to History, more than 400,000 Ford Mustangs sold within its first year. And this performance pony hasn’t looked back since.

Over the years, the Ford Mustang has changed shape, style, and equipment. And despite not earning a Consumer Reports recommendation before, these muscle cars are still good buys.

The Mustang Shelby GT500 was a top performer in its day, as were the 2000 and 2003 SVT Cobras upon their introductions. And many of the older models are now considered to be collector cars, worth far more or just as much as newer models.

The legendary pony enthusiasts won’t care either way

Congratulations are in order for the 2021 Ford Mustang. This sports car has finally earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports. If you’ve never owned a Mustang before, this might be the endorsement you need to consider buying one.

But for the enthusiasts and loyal Ford Mustang fans, accolades and awards likely won’t matter. These supporters are often the fiercest and will probably continue to buy Mustangs regardless of the critic reviews.

Maybe 2021 is the year you join the ranks as a Ford Mustang owner. Take one for a spin and see if it’s time to park this iconic pony in your garage. After all, Consumer Reports recommends it.