2016 Ford Mustang

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Ford Mustang. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fastback styling
  • Interior quality
  • V-8 and turbo acceleration
  • Handling

The Bad

  • Optional Recaro seats not comfortable
  • Curb weight
  • Very tight backseat

Notable Features of the 2016 Ford Mustang

  • New Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Choice of three engines, including turbo four-cylinder
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive, limited-slip differential
  • High-performance Shelby GT350, GT350R versions offered

What Is the 2016 Ford Mustang?

The 2016 Ford Mustang is a four-seat sports car that competes with the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. It's available in coupe and convertible body styles, as well as five trim levels: base, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium. High-performance Shelby GT350 and GT350R versions are also available, and are covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Ford Mustang?

For 2016, the Ford Mustang can be had with an available black-painted roof and racing stripes, plus Black Accent, California Special and Pony packages. The Ford Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system is also optional.

How Does the 2016 Ford Mustang Compare to Other Sports Cars?

Completely redesigned in 2015, the Ford Mustang's fresh look and technologies give it an edge over competitors. Additionally, its price range is wide. Compared with the Chevrolet Camaro, the Mustang offers greater visibility and a nicer interior. The Dodge Challenger presents more powerful engines and competitive fuel economy, but isn't available as a convertible. Some unorthodox competitors, such as the Subaru BRZ, Hyundai Genesis coupe and Honda Accord coupe, are comparably priced but don't match the Mustang's performance.

What Features in the 2016 Ford Mustang Are Most Important?

The 2016 Ford Mustang comes standard with a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. The Mustang rides on 17-inch wheels. Additional features include dual exhaust tips, a backup camera, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and air conditioning. As required in all new vehicles in this model year, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard.

Available engines include a 310-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 435-hp 5.0-liter V-8. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional, as is a spoiler. Interior add-ons include the Sync 3 multimedia system, a navigation system, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Should I buy the 2016 Ford Mustang?

The 2016 Ford Mustang is a stylish fastback coupe or convertible with powerful acceleration from its V-8 and turbo engines. Although interior quality is impressive, its tight backseat and optional Recaro seats do nothing to improve comfort.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

NICE RIDE

by degme2 from Oceanside,CA. on August 12, 2018

LOVE IT! A couple of Questions? Fastback series 2016 V Center Dash Washboard Design? Expansion and Contraction with Outside Temperature? Fastback Glove Box ? Why is it Keyed? Convertible Makes Sense ? ... Read full review

(5.0)

Mustang Review

by Bharath from Kalwa on August 10, 2018

I loved it. To say it is indeed a beast car to drive. Only drawback is that suspension is not really compared to other cars which comes at same cost Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Mustang currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Ford Mustang V6

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mustang received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

N/A

Booster

(second row)

C

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

C

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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