The sixth generation Ford Mustang hit the roads in early 2015 with an enormous amount of positive reactions and numerous accolades. Moving into the 2016 model year, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang continues to build on its success with minor upgrades and a longer list of standard equipment. Nonetheless, it isn’t the amenities and tech features that make the Ford Mustang exciting to drive – it’s the mere fact that that the Mustang is most at home on the open road with a V8 engine that pumps out an insane amount of power.
With that in mind, we had a great time hanging out with this pony for a week and enjoyed the performance, capability, and the overall feeling you get when you drive something that looks this good and performs this well. Let’s dive deeper and take a look at the new 2016 Ford Mustang GT.
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang fastback is, without a doubt, one of the best-looking muscle cars on the market as of right now. The most significant dieting change is to the front-end which brings the design of the new Ford Mustang visually closer to the rest of the global Ford lineup.
Ford started the design of the new Mustang with a clean sheet but kept the overall heritage feel that we’ve come to know and love. Completely new design cues include the signature shark-bite front fascia and a new grille, tri-bar tail lamps with the historic sequential turn signals, and an overall lower and wider stance.
The new Ford Mustang stands on a wheelbase that measures 107.1 inches with an overall length of 188.3 inches and a width of 188.3 inches. The overall height comes in at 54.4 inches, which gives the car a very mean and aggressive stance.
Stand the 2016 Ford Mustang next to the Camaro and Challenger and you’ll see that the Mustang really stands out in its own regard with a more futuristic look.
The interior of the 2016 Ford Mustang has also been completely redone with higher quality materials and a design that is definitely driver-oriented. The biggest change for the 2016 Ford Mustang on the inside is the addition of the new SYNC 3 infotainment system that is attached to the optional 8-inch touchscreen display.
Ford says that the interior of the new 2016 Ford Mustang is inspired by the wing of an airplane and all the gauges, switches, and buttons are placed into the wing. You definitely feel that you are sitting in the cockpit of an airplane when driving the Mustang. Depending on what package and option you pick, the 2016 Ford Mustang offers a range of technology and amenities including push-button start, rearview camera, heated and cooled seats, SYNC 3, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers, navigation, and an upgraded Shaker Pro Audio System.
The Ford Mustang can sit four passengers including the driver, but you have to be very careful about who you place in the rear seat as this is mostly a driver’s car and rear-seat space is limited. Front passengers enjoy 37.6 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom. Rear headroom comes in at 34.8 inches and rear legroom comes in at 30.6 inches. If you end up putting any luggage in the rear of the Ford Mustang you will enjoy a respectable 13.5 cubic feet of cargo room.
Alright, let’s get to the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Our test model, the 2016 Ford Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine making 435 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400 lb-ft. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, 0 to 60 mph comes in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph. When on the track, the 2016 Ford Mustang GT can run a quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 112 mph. Now those are pretty outstanding figures when compared to the competition, and the key here is that the Mustang weighs quite a bit less than the competition coming at 3,729 lbs. for the GT with the automatic.
When it comes to handling, the 2016 Ford Mustang now enjoys a fully independent front and rear suspension mated to a stronger and lighter platform that helps improve the handling, body control, and the overall ride quality. While rolling around in the new 2016 Ford Mustang GT, we realized that the new Mustang GT is the perfect daily car as it is a well-balanced and offers a comfortable ride. Of course, when you need to hit the track, the Ford Mustang GT does not disappoint at all.
Fuel economy-wise the 2016 Ford Mustang GT manages to deliver an EPA-estimated 16/25** mpg (city/highway) when mated to the automatic transmission like our test model. The manual transmission drops that figure to 15/25 mpg.
Besides the long list of standard safety features, the 2016 Ford Mustang can be ordered with the 911 Assist as a part of the SYNC 3 system, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2016 Ford Mustang GT does not disappoint in any aspect. It is the perfect daily driver and the perfect well-balanced sports car for the track days on the weekend. The 2016 Ford Mustang GT carries a starting price tag of $32,395* with the base V6 model starting at $24,145. Visit your AutoNation Ford dealership to test drive one today.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.