Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr gets the keys to the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. In this video, Elana talks about how the turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang fits in with the history of V6 and V8 Ford pony cars and takes a closer look at the entry-level Mustang’s new 2018 interior and options.
Q: What’s new on the 2018 Ford Mustang?
A: The digital dash offers a ton of customizations with a range of gauge designs and information display options. It’s part of an overall improved interior that is brighter and more appealing than any previous versions of the sixth-generation Mustang. Another option that’s well worth the money is the MagneRide suspension, which improves ride comfort and handling. The 10-speed automatic is also new, and it’s well-matched to the EcoBoost engine, keeping the four-cylinder in its power range throughout various driving conditions. There are also some minor exterior design changes, including a slightly lower hood line.
Q: What kind of engines are offered on the 2018 Ford Mustang?
A: Your choices range from the 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder in the base model (2017 was the last year for the V6) to the 460-hp V8 in the GT. If you’re really serious about performance, there’s also the 526-hp high-revving flat-plane crank V8 in the Shelby GT350. While the four-cylinder can’t compete with the V8 GT in a straight line, it’s plenty peppy and fun to keep revved up around corners, plus it gets 21 mpg in city driving as opposed to 15 mpg for the GT.
Q: Which 2018 Ford Mustang has an independent rear suspension?
A: All of them, now! Ford first switched the Mustang to an independent rear suspension in 2015 with the sixth generation. After decades of solid rear axles, it made waves in the Mustang community. The latest version is the best-handling Mustang ever, with crisp, responsive turn-in and no body roll.
Q: Which 2018 Ford Mustang should I buy?
A: What interests you about the Mustang? If you want that real muscle-car rumble and effortless acceleration, the GT is your best bet. However, if you love the style and history of the Mustang, and want an economical daily driver that looks fast, is fun to drive and has good trunk space, see if the EcoBoost meets your needs. You can read our full review for a comprehensive breakdown of the different models.
Read our review of the 2018 Ford Mustang here: https://www.edmunds.com/ford/mustang/2018/review/
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