The 2020 Ford Mustang is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cars ever made. It continues to be a car that people remember for its distinctive style and driving pleasure. Ford’s pony car has been loved by the public for over 55 years because of its ability to be customized and performance-enhanced. The standard turbocharged four cylinder engine might seem like an unorthodox choice for a muscle car. However, the EcoBoost model is actually enjoyable and very affordable. While the Mustang GT still holds the V-8 torch in crosstown competition against Dodge and Chevy, it is better than them because of its greater athleticism and livability. Although the interior materials of the Stang are not great and the back seat is a bit too small, this muscle car has been able to evolve and continue to live up its legendary status.
What’s new for 2020?
Ford presents the four-cylinder Mustang in 2020 with a more powerful engine and track-ready equipment. The first is available with the Ford High-Performance Package, which adds a EcoBoost four-banger of 330 horsepower and other hardware to V-8-powered models. This setup can be used on both the coupe and convertible. However, the EcoBoost Handling Pack is only available for the coupe. The four-cylinder Mustang is now “exciting to drive”, thanks to the unique suspension tuning and add ons. This will result in shorter lap times at the track. FordPass Connect app, and 17-inch wheels for EcoBoost models are now standard equipment. The Mustang range also includes four new exterior-color options: Twister Orange and Red Hot Metallic. Grabber Lime is also available. Ford announced that the Mach 1 high-performance model will return for the model year 2021.
The EcoBoost Mustang’s performance packages are a huge improvement on the Camaro’s track-ready models. We are still enamored with the Bullitt V-8-powered model. It was a great addition to our long-term fleet. Although it is not available in a convertible version and costs more than the base GT model, its distinctive style and superb ride and handling make this Mustang the Mustang to buy. Each Bullitt comes standard with unique features like 19-inch wheels, exterior trim, customizable digital gauge clusters, heated and ventilated front chairs, leather upholstery, and a touchscreen infotainment system. It also includes all the extras that come with the Level 1 Performance Pack. This is what makes the Bullitt so enjoyable to drive and live with every single day. MagneRide adaptive dampers are our only choice.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
Do not be deceived by the four-cylinder capacity. The standard turbocharged EcoBoost four cylinder is powerful enough to annoy V-8 Mustangs. The optional High-Performance option adds a more responsive and melodic EcoBoost engine derived form the extinct Ford Focus RS. The GT models feature a 460-hp V-8 and an optional active exhaust, which produces a loud roar. These powerful engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed auto, making the Mustang faster than ever before. A Performance Pack Level 2 package is available for the V-8 model. This adds track-ready equipment thanks to Shelby GT350. The EcoBoost Handling option also provides racetrack readiness for the four-cylinder coupe. The Bullitt special edition Mustang may still be the best Mustang available. The V-8 engine is boosted to produce 20 horsepower, or 480 total. It also includes all of the best performance parts. The new Mustang model brought an independent rear suspension to replace the old-fashioned solid rear axle. This upgrade improves the Mustang’s handling and enhances its ride quality. The Mustang’s updated chassis provides a smooth and comfortable driving experience, even with less powerful engines. An optional Performance package is available for EcoBoost and GT models to add sportiness. The electricly assisted steering is well balanced in all modes, but it’s light enough for Comfort mode. We found the Mustang’s brake pedal to have a firm feel. However, it is easier to apply at higher speeds.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The V-8 Mustang is competitive in terms of EPA estimates and real world fuel economy. However, the Mustang’s four cylinder performed poorly on our highway tests. The four-cylinder Mustang with the manual transmission achieved 24 mpg, which is -7 less than its EPA rating. We were able to see 24 mpg for the V-8 with automatic transmission, which is just 1 mpg less than its EPA rating.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The interior of the Mustang is now better than ever. It features an evolutionary design that pays homage to Mustangs past while still being fully functional and livable. It’s available with premium features like heated and cooled front seats. However, the mediocre plastics in the interior and the Headless Horseman-only rear seat are detriments. The Mustang is a great daily driver, with its stellar performance and impressive cargo space. It was able to carry the second-most suitcases, and it has the most interior storage. The back seat can be folded by hand and can be stowed by pulling a strap. The Mustang can carry up to 12 bags. We tested several competitors and the Ford has the largest center-console bin.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Ford’s optional Sync 3 infotainment systems have a clean design with a simple interface. Although it isn’t as responsive as other rivals, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a great stereo. A 4G LTE mobile Wi–Fi hotspot is available on the Mustang. Ford Sync Connect is standard equipment that allows users to monitor and control their vehicles via a smartphone app.