2021 Ford Mustang

MSRP range: $27,155 - $51,720
Edmunds suggests you pay$31,761

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2021 Ford Mustang Review

  • Strong power from both the four-cylinder and V8 engines
  • Civilized ride and low noise levels
  • Cabin blends modern convenience with retro style
  • Impractical back seat
  • Performance-package ride quality can be harsh
  • Long, heavy doors and mediocre cabin access
  • 480-horsepower, track-focused Mach 1 is available
  • EcoBoost and GT models come standard with Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids
  • Bullitt model has been discontinued
  • Previously optional Level 2 Performance package has been discontinued
  • Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015

For more than 55 years, the Mustang has built a reputation for stirring performance at prices that the average shopper could afford. Sure, there have been countless improvements along the way, but the tried-and-true formula of two doors, lots of power and rear-wheel drive remains. This doesn't include the curiously named Mustang Mach-E, which is a completely different all-electric, four-door quasi sedan/SUV.

There are a few changes for the 2021 Ford Mustang. The Bullitt edition is gone, but in return Ford has brought back another historically inspired version: the Mach 1. This revived Mach 1 is the most well-rounded and capable yet and fills in the gap between the GT and the monstrous GT500. It comes standard with many of the performance features that are optional on the GT plus specifically tuned MagneRide adaptive shock absorbers and an available Mach 1-specific Handling package for even greater capability. The Mach 1 also gets a 20-horsepower bump over the standard GT (up to 480 hp from 460 hp) and can be had with the six-speed manual from the GT350 or a quick shifting 10-speed automatic. This Mach 1 is definitely more than just a nostalgic sticker pack.

Overall, the Mustang remains our top muscle car pick, eclipsing the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Charger. How does it do that? Check out our Expert Rating below to read our in-depth evaluation.

What's it like to live with?

Want more real-world information? Check out our long-term test of a 2019 Mustang GT Convertible where we cover the ownership experience over the course of a year. Many of our observations still apply to the current Mustang, whether it's a drop-top or coupe.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
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From a base EcoBoost all the way up to a decked-out V8-powered GT, the Ford Mustang provides ample amounts of style and performance. It also makes the appropriate nods to the Mustang's heritage while staying current with the latest technology features. Among today's muscle cars, the Mustang is hard to beat.
The Mustang GT is impressively quick thanks to its gutsy V8. The brakes are also fittingly firm, giving you plenty of confidence to brake hard. In Edmunds' testing, the GT covered 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet.

The steering effort changes depending on the drive mode you've selected. Regardless of mode, there's a good amount of feedback for the driver. Even without high-performance summer tires, the Mustang handles corners well thanks to well-managed body roll and impressive overall stability. The 10-speed automatic works very well too. It picks the best gearing without seeming overly busy.
You'll be comfortable for hours in the Mustang, which is quite a feat considering how performance-focused this car is. The seats offer great support and the cabin is fairly quiet. The V8 sounds great, which is precisely what you'll want to hear.

The climate controls are front and center, and well-placed vents evenly distribute cooled air for front passengers. The automatic climate control rarely needs any adjustment once set. The ventilated seats are quick to cool you down on hot days and keep you comfy on long drives.
The controls are thoughtfully placed, and there are enough adjustments in the steering wheel and driver's seat for most owners to find a comfortable driving position. The Mustang's doors are long, which means they're hard to open fully in a tight parking space. Rear passengers will have a hard time stepping past the folded-forward seat when they're squeezing into the back.

Backseat space is limited even for children. Outward visibility is pretty good, though, with relatively narrow windshield pillars and a large enough rear window for a near-full view of what's behind you.
Muscle cars don't exactly scream "high tech," but the Mustang gets high marks for the availability of newer features. Ford's Sync interface has top-notch voice controls, an 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. The optional digital instrument panel not only looks cool, but it is functional and is a great secondary control screen.

The advanced safety features (blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, etc.) are well tuned to avoid false alarms. The forward collision warning is appropriately startling. The adaptive cruise control executes with smooth inputs and maintains the set speeds on steep downhills.
The Mustang has a sizable lead in cargo capacity over the Camaro, but the Challenger still has the most. The 13.5-cubic-foot trunk has a wide opening and a low liftover height. Two golf bags can fit across the back with the standard stereo.

Inside, there's just enough space for personal items but not much else. The cupholders and door pockets are merely average. Installing a child's car seat will be tough because of the limited backseat space and the restricted room you have to load it in.
Fuel economy for the V8-powered Mustang GT is about average for the class. We managed 23.6 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, but it took a lot of restraint to get there. That explains our 15.1 mpg average over the full two-week test time.
In the muscle car category, pricing for the Big Three is pretty much neck and neck. Ford's basic and powertrain warranties are also average for the class. Free scheduled maintenance is not included with the Mustang, though you do get roadside assistance.
The Mustang GT, even without any performance options, is a hoot to drive. It's stable and fast, yet you can also make it a tail-sliding hooligan machine if you want to. The available active exhaust adds an amazing sound to the car and encourages you to drive it hard. It's capable of raucous performance yet it's also a pleasant daily driver. That means it can fit your personality or mood on the fly.

Which Mustang does Edmunds recommend?

For the authentic muscle car experience, we recommend the GT trim that comes with a burly V8 engine. We also suggest sticking with the manual transmission for the full effect, even though the Mustang is marginally quicker and more efficient with the automatic.

Ford Mustang models

The 2021 Ford Mustang is available in five main trim levels: EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and Mach 1. The standard body style is a two-door coupe. A folding fabric-top convertible version is also offered in all but the Mach 1 trim. Convertibles add more security features and active noise cancellation, but the rear seatbacks are not foldable. There's also the Shelby GT500 that's such a giant leap forward in performance that we cover it in a separate review.

The entry-level Mustang EcoBoost is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (310 horsepower, 350 lb-ft of torque). A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 10-speed automatic is available as an option. Feature highlights include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Line lock (locks the front wheel brakes to allow for drag-strip burnouts)
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Remote monitoring and control through a smartphone app
  • 4.2-inch center display
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced safety features:
    • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Automatic high beams

The 2.3L High Performance package is available for the EcoBoost and Premium trims. It adds:

  • Increased power output of 332 hp
  • 19-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Sport suspension
  • Shorter rear differential gear ratio
  • Active exhaust system
  • Paddle shifters (automatic only)
  • Unique exterior and interior trim elements

The EcoBoost Handling package can be added to the High Performance engine option and adds:

  • Wider wheels and tires
  • Larger rear spoiler
  • Torsen limited-slip differential
  • Adaptive suspension dampers (MagneRide)

EcoBoost Premium
Adds many convenience, technology and comfort features, such as:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Upgraded interior materials
  • Partial leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Interior ambient lighting

The GT trim receives a 5.0-liter V8 (460 hp, 420 lb-ft). A six-speed manual is standard, and a 10-speed automatic is optional. The GT has the same features as the standard EcoBoost trim and further adds:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Rev-matched downshifts (manual transmission)
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

GT Premium
Includes the EcoBoost Premium features plus full leather upholstery.

Both GT trims are eligible for the GT Performance package that adds:

  • 19-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Brembo brakes
  • Sport suspension
  • Torsen limited-slip differential

Mach 1
The new Mach 1 model increases power output to 480 hp. Compared to the base GT, you get:

  • Special 19-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Special active exhaust system
  • Mach 1-specific sport suspension with adaptive dampers
  • Mach 1-specific styling details
  • Brembo brakes
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Digital gauge cluster display
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Besides several aesthetic and mechanical enhancements pulled from the Shelby GT 500, you get:

  • Upgraded features from the GT Performance package
  • Unique active exhaust system
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Cue-ball shift knob (manual transmission)

All Mustangs are eligible for the Ford Safe and Smart package that includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Navigation system

Some extra features that come with the Premium trims, such as the 8-inch touchscreen, are available on the base EcoBoost and GT trims as options. Other significant optional upgrades include:

  • 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Recaro front sport seats (heating and cooling is not available)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Exterior and interior styling packages (e.g., the Pony package)
  • Mach 1 Handling package (wider wheels and tires, adjustable top front strut mounts, and special front bumper and rear spoiler)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Ford Mustang.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Eric is the bomb
EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I love my mustang. Coming from many cars in the past. Not only was my experience purchasing it a breeze but also the driving itself is amazing.
5/5 stars, Amazing car-
Brian CS,
GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
I shopped competitive convertibles: Jag FType, Audi S5, BMW M4. They are really nice cars with alot of character and potentially some challenging maintenance issues. The Mustang in my opinion is the best value by far. Gobs of power, great looks, excellent build quality and not overwhleming in the techy world of a BMW or a Audi. The Jag might have a better looking interior- but it also does not have a trunk, nor does the BMW. Key feature of the Mustang is the desing of the roof and the fact that I can fit 2 sets of golf bags in trunk with roof down. Not giant staff bags, but 2 sets of carry stand bags leaving the drivers in the bag! It is perfect.
5/5 stars, Great ride!
GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
Perfect mix of power, handling, and great looks.
5/5 stars, Excellent drive!
EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Runs like a dream. New red color is gorgeous. Great gas mileage.

2021 Ford Mustang video

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey. Carlos Lago with Edmunds here, and that is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and boy, does it have some big shoes to fill. Not only does it have to do the Mach 1 name justice, but in terms of pricing, this costs, like, the low-, mid-$50,000 range to start out, and that means, in terms of the Mustang hierarchy, it sits between the Mustang GT Performance Pack and the Mustang Shelby GT500. That's a space once occupied by the Shelby GT350, a car that's very near and dear to my heart. That means the Mach 1 needs to deliver really exciting driving dynamics, on-track performance, as well as enough civility so that you can drive it every day. That's a really tricky combination. In this video, we're going to explain how it attempts to do those things, if it does those things, and we're probably going to spend a lot of time judging the driving excitement bit because hey, it's a Mustang Mach 1. Why wouldn't ya? If you like this video, hey, let us know in the comments below. Also click Like and Subscribe. It really helps us out. And if you don't like this video, tell us too in the comments. We want to hear your opinion. Check out the links in the description for more information about this vehicle and others like it, and also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on the car, truck, or SUV you want to sell. First, when we're talking about the Mustang Mach 1, we're going to talk about a bunch of other Mustang variants because this uses a lot of parts from cars like the GT Performance Pack, the Bullitt, the GT350, and the GT500. They're all represented here in some capacity. Let's start talking about the body. I think this Mach 1 looks really cool, especially in fighter jet gray, yes, that's the name of the color, and that grill too with those foglight inserts. They're totally nonfunctional. They just look cool. But you could argue that looking cool is a function. Anyway, when it comes to actual functionality, though, this body has more downforce than a standard Mustang GT Performance Pack, according to Ford, and when you add the handling package like this one's equipped, it comes with all these other aerodynamic goodies that increase downforce significantly. Hi. Can we just admire how great these wheels look? They seriously might be some of the best-looking wheels currently on a new vehicle. Anyway, they're 19 inches in diameter, 10 and 1/2 inches wide up front, 11 inches wide in the rear, and they're wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Non-handling package Mach 1s get narrower wheels, and they're the less aggressive Michelin PS 4 tire. Now, behind the wheels up front, you get 15-inch rotors with 6-piston calipers. That's the same brake package that you get on the Mustang GT Performance Pack. And behind that are standard adaptive dampers, the magnetorheological, or magna, ride quality. You also get stiffer any rollbars, stiffer front springs, stiffer rear subframe bushings, and on and on. And also, the brake booster comes from the Mustang GT Performance Pack too. So lot of good stuff happening underneath this guy. As we talk about engines, it's another time to acknowledge a tragic loss from the year that was 2020, and that is the 5.2-liter, 8,250 RPM flat-plane crank V8 that powered the Shelby GT350. Rest in peace, you beautiful bastard. You were too high-revving for this world. Anyway, the Mach 1 doesn't have that engine. It uses, instead, the 5-liter V8, or at least the one that was improved for the Mustang Bullitt. So 480 horsepower, or 20 more than you get from a standard GT. And if you look over here, you see adjustable strut top mounts that you get as part of the handling package. Well, this isn't the adjustable part. That's a cap, but you probably figured that out by now. Get the handling package. I think that's what it comes down to. As for transmissions, there are two. The base is a six-speed manual, and it's the TREMEC unit that came from the GT350, which is different in the six-speed manual you get in a Mustang GT. Is TREMEC manual has very slightly shorter gear ratios, but more importantly, likely improved durability. That transmission also comes with automatic rev-matching on downshifts and no lift upshifts, which is a lot of fun. And you also get a Torsen limited slip differential. This Mach 1, though, has a 10-speed automatic, which yeah, you can option with the handling package, which should make for an interesting combination. I'm eager to see how it works on track. That sounds all right. I miss that really high-revving 5.2-liter V8 from the Shelby GT350, but this 5-liter isn't a complete substitute, but it's still satisfying. And one of the reasons why it works in this particular car is, I swear, that automatic. Listen to that gear change. It happens so quick, and the space between the gears is so short that it has its own thrill to it. Now, I'm sure also if I were to have a six-speed manual transmission and I were able to no lift shift, that is, keep my foot flat on the gas while I'm doing an upshift, that's very satisfying too. But it's nice to know that this automatic has its own thrill. That's really fun. Now, one of the key differences in this engine, of course, between that V8 is that this has a 7,500 RPM redline versus that high-revving 5.2-liter V8, but I got to admit, this is OK. At the same time, this is really fast. Driving around Big Willow, California, Southern California racetrack, a very fast racetrack that requires a lot of confidence, a lot of traction, and a lot of stability and benefits with a lot of speed. And yeah, this Mustang delivers that speed. Big gear change as you get into seventh gear. You can hear and feel the revs drop when you shift in the seventh. But when you shift into seventh, that wide open throttle, you're moving at a pretty good clip. Yeah, that shift response is really, really nice. That's the trick to the automatic. It leaves really smooth gear changes that keep the engine working right in the sweet part of its power band. So it's able to just keep delivering that 480 horsepower, in this case. That's super satisfying. Now, I could go on and on about V8 engines. I love V8 engines. They sound great. They feel great. They respond great. But let's talk about the rest of this Mach 1. As a substitute for the GT350 or as a new incarnation of the Mustang Boss and Boss 302, I have a high expectation for how this should drive and how it should feel around a racetrack. And I got to say, around this big, fast, wide open racetrack, I'm feeling the level of confidence and control I would expect from this kind of Mustang. Yeah, I'm moving around a lot. I've got firm suspension. It's a track-oriented car. That's OK. But I also feel like there's enough control in the suspension that the bumps aren't setting where I want to place the car. I can put the car in the line of my choosing and really explore the track's limits and my own abilities and then, on the straight, hammer down and let that exhaust just blare away. Yeah. That's good. That's good. And so the steering has a couple different modes to increase the effort. I'm in the track drive mode setting. I've got the exhaust set to track mode. It's all appropriate. And the experience I'm having behind the wheel is fun. It's also, to be frank, I'm going really fast. This is, I'm not going to lie, a little intimidating, the speeds that I'm able to generate while talking to camera driving a Mustang. It's a lot. Woo! This thing cooks. OK, so it's got that driving excitement. Check. Track performance, presumably check. If you're into track days, I figure you get this with a six-speed manual because that's just what you do. And I'm sure this thing could deliver track performance over very aggressive lapping session. One thing that may come to mind is durability of the brake pads and the tires, but these Cup 2 tires, throughout my experience driving them on a variety of sports cars, can withstand a lot of abuse. These large brake rotors, those 6-piston calipers, additional brake booster, that's all geared for additional durability over extended lapping. Same thing that goes with all of the coolers that this has, and some come from the GT350, and some come from the GT500. I honestly can't keep track. But you've got a transmission cooler, you've got an oil cooler, you've got a cooler for the fluid in the rear end. It's all built in. So presumably, you're going to have a lot of satisfaction driving this on a racetrack. Now, when it comes to the daily driving stuff, you're going to pay the price for having a track-oriented car. This is firm. It's noisy inside. And those are things that you kind of have to expect with a sports car of this caliber. It's not something that is going to be punishing. It's not something that you wouldn't want to drive, but that's just part of the deal you're making. It's part of the equation. [MUSIC PLAYING] So to wrap up, is the Mustang Mach 1 a substitute for the GT350? No. It can never be. Nothing can ever replace that high-revving 5.2-liter V8. It's just that cool. But that aside, this is delivering a very good driving experience that I think does both the Mach 1 name proud, and anybody who's looking for a sports car racetrack experience from their Mustang, this is doing the trick. Yeah. Rock on. [LAUGHTER] My watch says it looks like you're working out. Record elliptical workout. [LAUGHTER] Oh, that's great. That's great.

2021 Mustang Mach 1 Review | A Mustang for the Track & the Streets | Price, Engine, Handling & More

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
21 City / 30 Hwy / 24 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.5 gal. capacity
4 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 310 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 188.5 in. / Height: 54.3 in. / Width: 75.4 in.
Curb Weight: 4089 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.5 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Mustang safety features:

Lane Keeping Alert
Sounds an audible chime if the car drifts to the edge of the lane.
Pre-Collision Assist
Applies the brakes and sounds an alert when it detects an impending collision.
Reverse Sensing System
Provides audible alerts when reversing toward an object behind the vehicle.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Ford Mustang vs. the competition

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Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy Camaro is the Mustang's most direct rival. They're the automotive equivalent of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, with shots being traded with each model year. The Mustang remains our favorite muscle car by a slim margin since price and performance are in lockstep. One of the main Camaro drawbacks is poor outward visibility.

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Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is a bigger muscle car than the Mustang or Camaro. As a result, it benefits from more passenger space and a larger trunk. The Challenger, however, is not available as a convertible. Just like the Ford and Chevy, there are plenty of models, from affordable with potent performance to expensive with absurd levels of power. The same holds true of the Dodge Charger, which is essentially a sedan version.

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Ford Mustang vs. Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger could be an intriguing alternative to the traditional muscle car. It's a sedan instead of a coupe, but it delivers many of the same thrills as a midtier Mustang or Camaro. The extra doors add plenty of convenience and space, plus the cargo capacity is much larger. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Kia Stinger.

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2021 Ford Mustang First Impressions

What is the Mustang Mach 1?

The Mach 1 is back. After ending its previous run in 2004, Ford welcomes the storied nameplate once again to the Mustang family. The newest Mach 1 is equipped with a brand-new front end, wings and spoilers from the mighty Shelby GT500, and flashy black stripes with contrasting colors to make your Mustang pop.

This is performance by way of aero and airflow. Equipped with the optional handling package, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 can deliver up to 150% more downforce than the Mustang GT with a Performance Pack Level 1. That's because the handling package adds a front splitter, plus the spoiler and lower diffuser from the Shelby GT500. Whether or not you spec the handling package, the Mach 1 comes standard with a rear-axle cooling system — also from the GT500 — along with new intakes to chill the engine oil and transmission oil. Stiffer components and steering improvements combine with Ford's impressive MagneRide suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires for even greater performance.

What's under the Mustang Mach 1's hood?

Previous Mach 1s were just as famous for what was on the hood as under it. For decades, the Mach 1 was visually distinguished from lesser Mustangs with the inclusion of a Shaker hood, an elevated air intake that pokes through the top of the hood. But there will be no Shaker hood on the 2021 Mach 1 — the company decided it didn't provide a performance or acoustic benefit. But the Mach 1 indisputably became synonymous with the style, and losing it for 2021 will be a blow to some fans.

The Mach 1 uses the same 5.0-liter V8 as the Mustang GT, but with a little extra oomph. Output stands at 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 20 horsepower versus the GT and the same output as last year's Mustang Bullitt. Buyers can pair the engine to a six-speed manual transmission (a Tremec unit borrowed from the Shelby GT350 parts bin) with rev matching, or a 10-speed automatic with an upgraded torque converter. Selecting the manual trans also opens the door to the handling package, which is not available with the auto. The Mach 1 also boasts a new 4.5-inch exhaust tailpipe that Ford says lends it a distinctive tone.

How's the Mach 1's interior?

The Mach 1 gets a few special interior features, such as new doorsill plates and a badge on the dash inscribed with the car's chassis number. There are also unique Mach 1 welcome graphics on the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Ooh. Ahh. Choosing the leather interior adds black-colored seats with an accent stripe, and a classic white cue-ball shift knob is available with the manual transmission.

How's the Mach 1's tech?

The Mach 1 might be retro, but its tech offerings are anything but. Every Mach 1 comes standard with the Sync 3 infotainment system, which is optional on lesser Mustangs. We've rated Sync 3 highly in recent years for its ease of use and excellent voice controls. As you'd expect of a fully featured modern vehicle, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is included.

Like all 2021 Mustangs, the Mach 1 also comes standard with Ford's suite of advanced driver assist features called Co-Pilot360. It includes automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

What is the Mustang?

The Ford Mustang has been America's most iconic muscle car since its introduction in the mid-1960s. While today's Mustang doesn't enjoy the Earth-shattering success as its forebear, the modern version is one of the most enjoyable and affordable sports cars on the market today.

The Mustang's faultless blend of athleticism and practicality wins it the top spot in our ranking of muscle cars. It effortlessly marries the sportiness of the Chevrolet Camaro with the utility offered by the Dodge Challenger while avoiding the pitfalls of both. Depending on how you spec it, the Mustang can be a hardcore track star, a comfortable cruiser or something in between. All powertrains offer quick acceleration, whether you select the base turbocharged four-cylinder or one of the several available V8s.

We don't expect any major changes to the core Ford Mustang offerings. However, a new Ford Mustang Mach 1 is rumored to bow in 2021. The last Mach 1 — available in the 2003-2004 model years — modified the standard GT with a more powerful V8, along with a Shaker hood, sport-tuned suspension and exterior graphics package. A modern interpretation would likely follow in the path blazed by the current Mustang Bullitt, itself a performance-oriented take on the GT.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Mach 1 is a legendary name that will excite muscle car fans and bridge the gap between the Mustang GT and its lofty Shelby GT350 cousin. However, the fact that it doesn't include the traditional Shaker hood, or gain any extra power over the understated Bullitt, could make this reunion bittersweet for some die-hards. That said, we're eager to get this latest Mach 1 onto the track, especially with the handling package and its high-downforce capabilities. A Mustang with this much Shelby in it is something to get excited about.


Is the Ford Mustang a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Mustang both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Ford Mustang fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Mustang gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Mustang has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Mustang. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Ford Mustang?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ford Mustang:

  • 480-horsepower, track-focused Mach 1 is available
  • EcoBoost and GT models come standard with Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids
  • Bullitt model has been discontinued
  • Previously optional Level 2 Performance package has been discontinued
  • Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015
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Is the Ford Mustang reliable?

To determine whether the Ford Mustang is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Mustang. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Mustang's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Ford Mustang a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ford Mustang is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Mustang and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Mustang is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Ford Mustang?

The least-expensive 2021 Ford Mustang is the 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $27,155.

Other versions include:

  • EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $27,155
  • GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) which starts at $36,120
  • EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $32,175
  • GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) which starts at $40,120
  • Mach 1 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) which starts at $51,720
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What are the different models of Ford Mustang?

If you're interested in the Ford Mustang, the next question is, which Mustang model is right for you? Mustang variants include EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M), EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M). For a full list of Mustang models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang Overview

The 2021 Ford Mustang is offered in the following submodels: Mustang GT, Mustang Coupe, Mustang Mach 1, Mustang Convertible. Available styles include EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M), GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M), GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M), and Mach 1 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M). Ford Mustang models are available with a 2.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 310 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Ford Mustang comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2021 Ford Mustang comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Ford Mustang?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ford Mustang and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Mustang 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Mustang.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ford Mustang and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Mustang featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Ford Mustang?

2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,350. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $589 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $589 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,761.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 1.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,665. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $707 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $707 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,958.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 1.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)

The 2021 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,210. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is trending $796 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $796 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,414.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)

The 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,100. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is trending $948 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $948 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,152.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Rutland area.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)

Which 2021 Ford Mustangs are available in my area?

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Ford Mustang?

2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement2.3 L
Passenger Volume96.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.1 in.
Length188.5 in.
Width75.4 in.
Height54.3 in.
Curb Weight4089 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Ford Mustang?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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