Ford is likely best-known for its trucks nowadays, but Ford is moving forward in other segments, too. The 2021 Ford Mustang is the latest iteration of Ford’s iconic muscle car, but it has its flaws. Here’s a look at the latest Ford Mustang and whether or not customers can overlook those flaws.
The pros of the 2021 Ford Mustang
As Kelley Blue Book wrote, one of the main pros with the latest Ford Mustang is that it’s a Mustang. It carries the prestigious name and design of the iconic Mustang, and that’s likely a reason why many customers want a Mustang in the first place. Name and looks aside though, it also lives up to what people expect from a Mustang, and that’s power.
The standard engine on the 2021 Ford Mustang is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and while it’s small, it’s quite powerful. Kelley Blue Book said that this engine gets 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and that’s a lot of power for the fuel economy it delivers. This engine gets about 21 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on highways, though there are minor differences in fuel economy depending on the configuration.
That’s also something that Kelley Blue Book liked about the 2021 Mustang – the number of options that are available. Customers can choose between a coupe or a convertible body style, manual or automatic transmissions, and of course, a bunch of engines. The most powerful engine that’s available on the latest Mustang is a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that gets 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. But of course, this engine is not very fuel-efficient as it only gets 12 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on highways.
The cons of the 2021 Ford Mustang
While the latest Ford Mustang comes with a lot of new features such as Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of high-tech driver-assist systems, the Mustang is still a Mustang in more ways than its name and power. According to Kelley Blue Book, the latest Mustang still has a lackluster amount of seating space, especially in the rear. This simply makes the Mustang a poor choice for anyone who might want to drive around a few passengers.
This space issue applies to entering and exiting the Mustang too. Kelley Blue Book wrote that getting into or out of the Mustang “can be a tad undignified.” That said, it’s not a completely cramped car as Kelley Blue Book also mentioned that the Mustang has about 13.5 cu. ft. of trunk space.
However, the Mustang also has another major flaw. Despite having so many options available, Ford doesn’t offer all-wheel drive on the Mustang. All-wheel drive is a very useful feature for many drivers, so Ford not offering it for the Mustang can be a major issue for those customers.
Will customers look past its flaws?
At the end of the day, however, as Kelley Blue Book said, many of the Ford Mustang’s features and changes make it a great option for racing. The Mustang, which starts at about $27,000, is inexpensive enough to be a family car, but that’s clearly not what Ford is aiming for with the Mustang.
Poor rear-seating space isn’t really a big deal since many Mustang enthusiasts are likely only going to be using the front seats anyway. Additionally, the other minor flaws with the 2021 Mustang, such as its fuel economy or its cramped entry and exit, aren’t really important for folks looking to buy a Mustang.
As a result, it’s quite likely that Mustang fans won’t care about these issues, since at the end of the day, the 2021 Ford Mustang is still a Mustang.