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Which Trim Level of the 2024 Ford Mustang Should You Buy?

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The 2024 Ford Mustang’s sheet metal may look like a cleaner, sleeker redesign of the sixth-generation car, but climb inside and it feels more like the new generation Ford claims it to be. The dash is almost entirely made up of a pair of gigantic screens. The instrument panel uses a 12.4-inch display while secondary controls and infotainment functions are controlled through a 13.2-inch touchscreen. Mechanical upgrades are less obvious: An upgraded chassis and slight increases in output for both the EcoBoost four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V-8 engines.

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Special editions, such as the Mach 1 and the Shelby GT350 and GT500, may rejoin the lineup later, as will convertibles. (Dealers are taking orders for droptop Mustangs, but sales won’t officially start until later in 2023.) With only coupes on sale for the moment, the decision is a little easier to make, but the Mustang still offers buyers plenty to think about. Which trim level is right for your budget and family? Read on to find out the details of each trim level and decide for yourself.

EcoBoost

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The base Mustang is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder making 315 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic is the only transmission option, and 17-inch wheels are standard. The interior equipment is pretty basic: single-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo. Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Assist safety suite of driver-assist and safety tech is standard and includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane departure steering assist, and forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking. The 2024 Mustang EcoBoost starts at $32,515 (all pricing includes $1,595 destination).

EcoBoost Premium

For $38,040, the EcoBoost Premium includes power seats with heating and cooling wrapped in synthetic leather, plus a heated steering wheel. The Premium stereo gets three more speakers for a total of nine, and climate controls split into two zones. This variant also unlocks two additional interior-color choices, which owners can accent with standard customizable ambient lighting. A remote starter is standard, as are puddle lamps that project the Mustang logo onto the ground when you unlock the car doors. Eighteen-inch wheels and a spoiler add visual spice.

GT

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The GT is the spiritual heart of the Mustang lineup. In this case, that heart is a 480-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 making 415 pounds-feet of torque. Buyers wanting a manual transmission have to step up to the V-8, which comes standard with a six-speed. From here on up, the automatic is a $1,595 upcharge. In addition to the engine, the GT gets black 18-inch wheels and a larger spoiler. Pricing starts at $44,090.

GT Premium

With a base price of $48,610, the GT Premium is similar to the EcoBoost Premium, but here, the wheels step up to 19s and the leather is real. (And there’s that additional 165 hp.)

Dark Horse

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Blending a track-focused chassis with an upgraded 5.0-liter V-8, the Dark Horse is the only high-performance Mustang for the 2024 model year. The Dark Horse cranks out 500 hp and 418 pounds-feet of torque, and a Tremec six-speed manual replaces the GT’s Getrag gearbox. Unique front and rear styling and a reduced color palette amp up the visual aggression, while a standard active exhaust handles the aural. MagneRide adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes with black calipers, dark gray 19-inch wheels and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo are all included. The Dark Horse’s special dark blue cloth seats are heated but not ventilated, and this trim includes standard voice activation for the touchscreen navigation system. The Mustang Dark Horse starts at $60,865.

Dark Horse Premium

After a hard day’s track work, there’s nothing like a ventilated seat to chill that back sweat, but you’ll need to pony up $64,860 to enjoy that relief. The Dark Horse Premium also adds a security system, a center console that locks with the doors, and theft-deterrent lugnuts.

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