The Ford Mustang is much more than one car. It’s a long-lasting legacy of dozens of vehicles offering their take on the pinnacle of muscle, power, performance, speed, and style, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company. First released in 1964 with the 1965 Ford Mustang, the Mustang is the longest-running nameplate from Ford, with over 60 years of continuous production.
The name Mustang was suggested by a market research manager who was also a breeder of horses. This name, along with the almost immediate success of the Mustang, helped launch the “pony car” vehicle statement. Pony cars are determined as highly stylized coupes and convertibles with sports car and performance model aesthetics. Other notable pony cars still being produced, and functioning as the primary competitors to the Ford Mustang, are the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger.
The Ford Mustang is now in its sixth generation, starting with the 2015 model year, and the nameplate has been incorporated into the Ford Mustang Mach-E, an electric performance SUV.
- 2021 Ford Mustang (Starting MSRP $27,205)
- Pros: The Ford Mustang muscle/sports car is a joy to drive and offers a substantial variety of performance packages and add-on features.
- Cons: For a performance model, the Mustang’s baseline engine is less powerful than you’d expect, and its interior is somewhat dull.
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