The Ford Mustang's history goes all the way back to the early '60s when it singlehandedly created the pony car segment. Since then, we've seen hundreds of variations of the Mustang, and more than 10 million have been sold.
Unfortunately, times are changing, and last year saw the Mustang’s lowest sales numbers since 2011. The Mustang doesn't seem to fare much better in 2019, with declining sales month after month since the beginning of the year. And it's not just the Mustang either, its rivals such as Chevy and Dodge aren't doing much better.
If the sales keep dropping, there might soon come a day where there will no longer be a gasoline-powered Mustang available, and all we'll be left with are the dreams we had of owning one. Here are 15 reasons to convince you this is the right time to ditch your boring car to get behind the wheel of an American legend.
15 12 Different Models To Choose From
Ford officials proudly point out that the company now offers 12 Mustang variants. With the new Mustang lineup, Ford has decided to not only take on the other American muscle cars, they're even going head to head with the likes of Porsche.
The lineup is almost as comprehensive as the Porsche 911 range, and yes, the Shelby GT500 is good enough to be compared to Porsche's 911 GT2RS!
14 Everyday Sports Car
The latest Ford Mustang has a mostly upscale interior and seats four people – unless you want the high-performance GT350 and GT500, which only have room for two. There's plenty of user-friendly technology, both as standard and optional equipment. Fastback models have 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space – enough for a set of golf clubs – and the wide trunk opening along with a folding rear seat makes it great for everyday convenience.
13 New Colors
Naturally, a new model year brings with it some new colors. However, that also means some of the previous colors will no longer be available. For 2020, Rapid Red, Iconic Silver, Grabber Lime, and Twister Orange are introduced, while Ingot Silver, Ruby Red, Orange Fury, and Need for Green are going away.
12 Packages Galore
There are plenty of packages to make your new Mustang stand out from the crowd. Different interior, styling, wheels, power, handling, braking, driver assists... you name it, Ford offers it. Some are available for all Mustang models, others are exclusive to one particular version. Load that baby up and get yourself a one-of-a-kind Mustang!
11 FordPass Connect Is Standard
FordPass Connect is standard on all models in 2020. Via a smartphone app, FordPass lets you schedule remote starts in advance, locate your Mustang's parking location, lock and unlock the doors, and check things like fuel level and when the next service is due.
FordPass really is underused by most owners, as it can be very useful once you've played around with it and figured it all out.
10 It Scores Higher Than Its Rivals
The 2020 Mustang is ranked as the 2nd best sports car by U.S. News, just behind the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but ahead of its closest rivals, the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro. And let's be honest, if you're considering a Mustang, you wouldn't even think of buying the little Mazda, so a better way to look at it is that it's the best American muscle car on the market.
9 The EcoBoost Model Is Now A Legitimate Sports Car
Ford has upgraded the EcoBoost model for 2020, it now features the 2.3-liter turbocharged engine from the Focus RS along with some racetrack hardware. In addition, Ford offers a High-Performance package consisting of various parts borrowed from the Mustang GT. Those who want even better performance can add the Handling Package as well – it's like the Performance Pack Level 2 for the EcoBoost.
8 It Handles Like An Import Car
With the Handling Package, the Mustang is capable of keeping up with imports on twisty roads. Gone are the days of understeering on turn-in and oversteering on the exit. Even the tramlining you get with certain other Mustangs is gone. The Handling Package really transforms the Mustang EcoBoost into a surgical instrument that remains remarkably civil for daily use.
7 Attainable Price
The entry-level Mustang EcoBoost will set you back less than $26,670. It's possible to purchase the base model first, then add the $4,995 High-Performance package later on, which brings the total price to a reasonable $31,665 – before taxes and fees, that is. You definitely want the Handling Package, which adds another $1,995. A total price of $33,660 for a car this good is an absolute bargain!
6 Prefer The Old One?
If you want the V8 powered Mustang GT, you might be happy to hear that other than a couple of minor changes to the packages, it remains the same as the 2019 model. That's not a bad thing though, as it really was a great car, and it means that the formula is true and tested.
5 Modern Day Steve McQueen
The 1968 Steve McQueen thriller, Bullitt, features one of the greatest car chase scenes in cinematic history where McQueen chases a Dodge Charger through San Francisco in his green Mustang GT Fastback. The 2020 Mustang Bullitt specs and special features are numerous, but it’s essentially a Performance Pack II Premium GT, with a lot of extra features that only come with the Bullitt edition.
4 The GT350 Will Stick Around
The Shelby GT350 and GT350R will stay in production through 2020. It's great to see that Ford actually listens to its customers, considering the model was only supposed to be a special edition that would run for two or three years. Ford has even improved on the GT350 and GT350R by fitting ultra-sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
3 That Engine
The GT350 keeps its flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 Voodoo engine, and we wouldn't want it any other way! With 527 horses, it offers a hefty power output but perhaps even better is the unique and ridiculous sound. We feel someone should write a song about this powerplant. It's also mated to a manual transmission, making it a true driver's car.
2 Brand New Shelby GT500
Those who aren't satisfied with anything less than supercar-slaying performance should take a closer look at the 2020 Shelby GT500 – the first year a GT500 has been manufactured in the entire S550 generation. It has a cross-plane crankshaft variant of the Voodoo engine called the Predator, which gives it that rumble many associate with muscle cars.
1 Fastest Mustang Ever
The previous GT500 did have some flaws, in that it was only good at going in a straight line. The new 760 hp Shelby monster, however, is the quickest factory Mustang ever, both in a straight line and around a racetrack – and that's before adding the Carbon Fiber Track Pack. Ford decided to use a dual-clutch transmission instead of a manual, letting drivers change gears using paddle shifters – like a real supercar.
Sources: Motor1, Car & Driver, Road & Track, CJ Pony Parts