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of the 2019 Ford Mustang. Base trim shown.

2019 Ford Mustang First Drive

Joe Wiesenfelder

The motion picture "Bullitt" begins in Chicago in the late 1960s. Coincidentally, so did I; between that and being the only editor who had driven the first two Bullitt-edition Mustangs — a 2001 and 2008 — when they were new, I was a logical choice to attend Ford's national media drive for the third Mustang Bullitt, held in San Francisco — the city that hosts the bulk of the film and one of the most beloved car chases in cinema history. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its airfare and lodging at such automaker-sponsored events.)

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Like the others, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt was inspired by the 1968 Mustang fastback driven by police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by the legendary Steve McQueen. The exact vehicle seen smoking its tires and catching air in the hills of "the city" enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in connection with this event, thanks to its owner, New Jersey-based Sean Kiernan, whose father purchased the car in 1974 and later declined an offer from McQueen himself to buy it back in 1977. Alas, we were not given the option to drive the original hero car.

A Familiar Feel

What I did drive had a familiar feel, as each 2019 Bullitt is fundamentally a Mustang GT Premium equipped with the Performance Package, which we've tested extensively, including in a head-to-head against the newer and more aggressive Performance Package Level 2. As such, the Bullitt comes with the PP1's r... Read More


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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 Ford Mustang currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Ford Mustang has not been tested.

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

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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