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
2016 Ford Mustang exterior side view

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

2016 Ford Mustang Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Mustang features retro sheet metal and styling cues. Powertrain options include a 3.7-liter V-6, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder or 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 435 horsepower. Competitors include the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
New for 2016
GT models now have secondary turn signals in the hood vents. A black-painted roof and over-the-top racing stripes are available along with Black Accent, California Special and Pony packages. Ford’s Sync 3 touch-screen multimedia system is available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 310-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • 435-hp, 5.0-liter V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Navigation system
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Spoiler
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Mustang features retro sheet metal and styling cues. Powertrain options include a 3.7-liter V-6, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder or 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 435 horsepower. Competitors include the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
New for 2016
GT models now have secondary turn signals in the hood vents. A black-painted roof and over-the-top racing stripes are available along with Black Accent, California Special and Pony packages. Ford’s Sync 3 touch-screen multimedia system is available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 310-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • 435-hp, 5.0-liter V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Navigation system
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Spoiler

2016 Mustang Video

In the recent Cars.com V-8 Muscle Car Challenge, the winner was the Chevrolet Camaro SS. As one of the judges, I was disappointed in the court's decision - so I'm going to make a case for my winner, the 2016 Ford Mustang GT.

Latest 2016 Mustang Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

the sexiest car ill owned

by reuben's mustang from dc on April 15, 2018

everything meets my expectations except for the stereo system. small screen size, no aux port, not satellite ready. The mustang was extra clean, look brand new. Read full review

(5.0)

V6 still has the oomph to get up and go.

by Jolonco from Mpls, MN on April 10, 2018

I bought my 16 used with 21000 miles. I now have 40k on the ODO and have had zero issues mechanically. I have used this car in a litany of weather, sun, rain, snow, ice. It's been through it all, and ... 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker