2019 Ford Mustang

#32
in Midsize coupes
2019 MODEL
$26,395 - $31,410 See Inventory Prices

7.0

Overall Rating

Detailed Review

A big burly American muscle car is always powered by a big burly American V8 engine. Well, times have changed and so have the norms. Ford has now equipped the Mustang with a 2.3L, 4-cylinder engine. Disaster or not? Read ahead and you will know the answer to the question.

The Mustang is powered by a 2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine producing 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 10-speed automatic gearbox. While that’s quite a respectable power from a 2.3L, 4-cylinder engine, the best thing about the Mustang Ecoboost is that it costs just $26,120. That’s a huge bargain for muscle car.

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Pros

The 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine is very powerful

Ride Quality and cabin refinement has improved

Packs in more features than before

Cons

Impractical back seats

Ride can be a little bouncy with the performance package

The doors are long and heavy

What's New?

Legendary Bullitt Trim re-introduced

Revised interior features

Several styling tweaks on the outside


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25845

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

140 cu. in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

350 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

rear ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.1 in.

length

188.5 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

54.3 in.

curb weight

3542 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

34.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

37 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/31 mpg

highway range

480.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Ford Mustang in Dark Highland Green Metallic color  2019 Ford Mustang in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2019 Ford Mustang in Kona Blue Metallic color  2019 Ford Mustang in Magnetic Metallic color  2019 Ford Mustang in Need For Green color  2019 Ford Mustang in Oxford White color
Dark Highland Green Metallic

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Ratings

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Driving

8.5

Features

7.2

Engine

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

EcoBoost

power
310 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$26,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,395 MSRP (21 mpg/25/31 mpg) 310 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  Oxford White
  Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat
  Kona Blue Metallic

 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium

EcoBoost Premium

power
310 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$31,410


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $31,410 MSRP (21 mpg/25/31 mpg) 310 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Ingot Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  Oxford White
  Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat
  Kona Blue Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.0

Overall Rating


5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 

7.2/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 
 
 

Taking on the Mustang Ecoboost are the Dodge Challenger SXT, BMW 2 series and the Chevrolet Camaro. The Dodge and the Chevy are as much a classic as the Mustang and it’s joined by a rather sophisticated looking BMW 2 series but it’s actually a sleeper. Read ahead to find out which is the best coupe sports car at a bargain of downsized engines.

2019 Ford Mustang Fuel Economy

5.0/10

 

Model

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

MPG (city)

21

19

24

22

MPG (highway)

31

30

35

31

MPG (combined)

25

23

28

25

The Mustang Ecoboost has pretty respectable fuel economy in the class and is at par with its competitors. It’s not the best as that title goes to the German, of course it does. The Mustang returns 25 miles to the gallon combined which is similar to the Chevrolet Camaro. The Dodge has the least impressive fuel economy in the class at 23 miles to the gallon combined.

2019 Ford Mustang Interior

8.0/10

“The standard leather seats feel plush, but have narrow cushions, which is surprising considering the size of the average American derriere.” – Which Car

Design

Just like the exteriors, the interiors are characterized by strong lines and bold surfaces. The interior design is sporty but there are quite a few cheap plastics which is a letdown in such a car. The AC vents sit on top of the dashboard with the oil pressure gauge and fuel filler gauge in the center with the performance package. The 8-inch infotainment screen sits below it followed by the climate controls and toggle switches for various vehicle settings.

The toggle switches feel really cool to use. The gear selector is a nice chunky one and feels good to operate. On the passenger side, the dashboard has a ‘Mustang’ badge on a sculpted surface and you can trim your interiors with aluminum or carbon fiber. The optional 12-inch digital instrument cluster looks quite cool and is worth the upgrade. Overall, it’s a good place to be. Mustangs have not always had the best interiors but they come a long way now.

Interior Dimensions

Model

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/56.3/44.5

39.3/58.5/42

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.5/TBD/43.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.8/52.2/30.6

37.1/53.9/33.1

36.5/53.4/33.0

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The Mustang does not have the most spacious interiors. It’s still a pretty comfortable cabin. The seats are nice and supportive and they hold you well with good bolstering. They come wrapped in leather and can also be heated. The rear seats are very cramped and is quite small even for children. It strictly remains a two seater.

Infotainment System

The infotainment system is pretty easy to use and responses to touch quite adequately. It’s still not the best system in the world as the German’s are way ahead in terms of technology and offer much more than you could ask for. Also, for something in 2019, we would have liked better graphics on the central screen. The graphics on the digital instrument cluster are still better. There is smartphone integration as well if Ford’s Sync 3 system is not to your taste. Still, it will get most things done quite well.

Interior Features

  • Aluminum foot pedals
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Satin chrome instrument cluster register vents and cupholder surrounds
  • Angled Brush Aluminum instrument panel appliqué
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel with Cruise and Audio Controls and Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Premium door trim
  • 9-speaker sound system with amplifier
  • SYNC 3 system

2019 Ford Mustang Exterior

7.0/10

“First impressions are strong, thanks to muscular bodywork set off by black wheels and massive quad exhaust pipes. It’s fair to assume retro-tough styling is backed up by a throbbing V8 under the bonnet, but that isn’t the case here.” – The Drive

Design

The Ford Mustang Ecoboost is certainly a head turner. It’s probably one of the best looking muscle cars that you can buy. This year, the bonnet has been made to swoop further into the large grille with the pony sitting in the middle to give it an aggressive stance and also make it aerodynamic. The headlamps are sleek and full LED. The bumper has triangular air intakes along with LED fog lamps and also a subtle bumper lip. The front is bold and if you have a keen eye, you’d notice the differences from the GT.

The sides are flanked by two sharp lines which cut out the muscle of the car and make it really pronounced. The bulgy bonnet followed by a swooping roofline makes for a beautiful silhouette. The standard 18 inch wheels look good enough but you can of course opt for larger ones to give it an even sportier look.At the rear, the Pony badge sits in the middle flanked by the signature sequential LED tail lamps on the two sides. The rear is otherwise typically Mustang finished off with dual exhaust pipes.

Exterior Dimensions

Model

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Curb weight (lbs.)

3532

3894

3411

3354

Length(in)

188.5

197.9

174.7

188.3

Width(in)

75.4

75.7

69.8

74.7

Height(in)

54.3

57.5

55.8

53.1

Ground clearance (in)

NA

5.2

5.5

TBD

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

116.2

105.9

110.7

Track width (in) F/R

62.3/64.9

63.4/63.8

59.9/61.3

62.5/63.7

The Mustang GT is certainly a large car. It is second longest vehicle after the Dodge Challeneger SXT which is quite long further. It is also the second widest and has the third longest wheelbase. While it may be a large car, it strictly remains a two seater car.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch silver aluminum wheels
  • Dual Exhaust tips
  • Easy Fuel capless fuel filler
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • LED Headlights with LED signature lighting
  • LED front park turn lamps
  • Hood Vents
  • LED sequential taillights
  • Heated body-colour mirrors with turn signals
  • Mild Side Skirts
  • Rear diffuser

2019 Ford Mustang Safety

6.0/10

The 2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost has not been tested by NHTSA or IIHS yet as it’s a new car and we cannot offer you their ratings. However, by the amount of safety features that Ford has loaded into this car, we can tell you that it’s going to be a pretty safe place to be in. Here’s a list of the standard safety features found in a Mustang Ecoboost.

  • 3-point safety belt restraint system for all seating positions
  • Glove-Box-Door-Integrated Knee Airbag
  • AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger
  • Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Remote keyless entry
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System

2019 Ford Mustang Features

7.2/10

The Ford Mustang Ecoboost comes in two trims – the base version and the Premium version. Both trims are the same mechanically in that they are powered by the same engine and gearbox. The Premium trim gets you more features on board. These are just the entry level Mustang models and then there are the GT and Bullitt versions which are far more powerful and better equipped. Read our reviews of the Mustang GT and Bullitt as well for some more details on the 2019 Mustang.

Trims

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium

MSRP

$26,120

$31,620

Key Features

Automatic LED headlamps

Heated and cooled front seats

 

Active noise cancellation

Leather seats

 

Keyless ignition

Sync 3 infotainment with 8.0-inch touchscreen

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Six-speaker sound system

Digital instrument cluster

 

Rearview camera

Upgraded leather with accent stitching

  -

Heated steering wheel

  -

Smartphone integration

2019 Ford Mustang Engine

8.0/10

“Examined in isolation, the engine is a good’un with thrifty fuel economy and strong torque characteristics in its favour. It’s not a bad thing to drive, feeling much more purposeful than rival coupes such as the Toyota 86, but it is significantly less exciting than the soulful and sonorous Mustang GT.” – The Drive

Engine and Transmission

The 2.3L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Mustang produces 310 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. While those are great numbers for a 2.3L, 4 cylinder engine and the Mustang indeed is quite fast, there are a few short comings with this engine. It’s a high revving motor and it is fun only when you are pushing it hard.

The point of a smaller engine is that it should be easy to drive and quite livable with even in the city. Unfortunately, the engine is unresponsive and jerky at lower rpm ranges. It unleashes itself out on a highway which is when it’s fast and extremely fun. Also, we miss the burbling sound of a V8 engine as honestly, it does not sound all that great.

The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic. Both the gearboxes are pretty good indeed. The manual has short throws and slots into gears easily and the clutch is easy too. The 10-speed automatic is smooth and quick when left in auto mode but there is quite some delay in the manual mode when tapping at the paddles.

Models

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP

$26,120

$27,295

$35,300

$31,500

Engine

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

3.6-Liter, V6 24-Valve VVT Engine

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

 2.0L. Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

Transmission

6-speed manual

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

275hp @ 5600

Torque

350 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

295lb.ft. @ 3000-4500

When compared to its rivals, the Mustang Ecoboost has the most powerful engine. All cars are 4-cylinder motors of around 2.0L displacement but the Dodge Challenger has a 3.6L, V6 engine which still produces less power than the Mustang Ecoboost. The Ford and the Chevy comes with 6-speed manuals where as the Dodge and the BMW have 8-speed automatics.

Acceleration

Models

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

0-60 MPH

5.0

 6.3 sec

5.3sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

13.0 sec

14.8 sec

12.7 sec

14 second

Engine

2.3L

3.6 Liters

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

     

The Mustang had the most powerful engine and it is no surprise that it is the fastest to sprint to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds which is great from a 4-cylinder engine. It’s also the quickest to cross the quarter mile mark at 13.0 seconds. What’s surprising though is that the Dodge which is supposed to be a drag king and is quite high on power than the rest, is in fact the slowest.

Ride and Handling

In its standard configuration, the Mustang Ecoboost has a fairly good balance between good ride quality and good body control. It soaks up most bumps and potholes quite well. It also remains quite well composed around the corners and you could be playful with this car.

However, when you opt for the performance package which brings in a lot of performance upgrades, the ride becomes quite unnecessarily stiff even in the comfort mode. The ride is bumpy for most times and really not enjoyable for daily driving. Of course, it’s highly rewarding when you have found that twisty mountain road as it remains extremely planted even when pushing hard out of a corner.

 The short comings of the performance suspension still has a solution. Opt for the Magneride suspension and it constantly monitors the road ahead of you and your driving style as well through several sensors to adjust the suspension accordingly. That is when the ride quality becomes livable with again. However, that you have to pay further for this is quite displeasing.

The steering is pretty good too. It remains light and easy at low speeds and weighs up quite adequately as you pick up the pace. There is good amount of feedback from the front wheels and you can actually tell how much grip your front tires have. It’s precise and responsive and it will go exactly where you want it to go. The effort needed to steer the car at high speeds round a corner is also very rewarding.

Braking

Model

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger SXT

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.3

NA

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.6

11.4

NA

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3532

3894

3411

3354

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

104

113

93

The Ford Mustang takes 106 ft to come to a dead stop from 60 mph which is quite respectable in this class. However, it’s not the best in class as the Dodge and the Chevy take shorter distances to stop. The Chevy does it in an incredible 93 feet and the BMW fares last with 113 ft. These are the standard brakes on the Mustang. The performance package gets larger discs, both front and rear and that will surely improve the braking distance of the Mustang Ecoboost.

2019 Ford Mustang Competition

Ford Mustang Ecoboost vs Dodge Challenger SXT

The Challenger SXT looks like an old-school muscle car on the outside and rather cool that way and yet its tech loaded and comfortable on the inside. It certainly has better interiors than the Dodge but both cars look differently handsome. The engine in the Dodge is better than the one in the Mustang. It’s a 3.6L, naturally aspirated V6 and it sounds amazing. It also has better power delivery than the Mustang.

The Dodge Challenger SXT also has a very good ride quality. It has very good straight line performance but isn’t so good round the corners as it tends to body roll a bit. The Mustang on the other hand has good handling and its gearbox is also faster to respond. It’s very difficult to choose between these two cars and it probably comes down to personal taste or preferences of what you want from your car. The Dodge is a drag king whereas the Mustang is more at home on mountain roads.

Ford Mustang Ecoboost vs BMW 2 Series 230i

The Beemer might be less on power but it certainly is not short of any performance. It’s everything you would expect a German car to be and that brings the difference. It’s extremely fun to drive and yet can be adapted to be a very comfortable car. It has much better technology than any of the American cars and the interiors are also better than the Mustang.

It may not look so imposing as the Mustang but it still looks pretty decent like all BMWs. It does not have the numbers of the Mustang but the BMW is not about numbers on paper but a real world smile on your face. However, the price which it is offered at, kills the deal for it. It’s the most expensive car and for that reason alone, the Mustang makes for a much better buy.

Ford Mustang Ecoboost vs Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is a great daily driver and could still make you look very cool. It does not have quite the performance of the Mustang or the Dodge but it’s certainly not far behind. It fact, it seems capable of more than what it is and sounds like you wouldn’t expect a 4-cylinder engine to sound. The interiors are very stylish but the infotainment system might be a little cumbersome to use.

The Camaro does not have the best ride quality. On the upside it has been rewarded with good handling just like the Mustang. There’s no beating the looks of the Camaro though. It’s very busy but you just can’t ignore it. Boiling down to a choice in between these cars is again about your preferences. If you want a great daily driver with good performance and stunning looks, it’s the Camaro. If performance is your priority, it’s the Mustang any day.

2019 Ford Mustang Final Verdict

The Mustang Ecoboost is not what you expect it to be. Being a 2.3L, 4-cylinder, you’d expect it to be an easy car to drive and one that is a great daily driver also packing some performance for your adventures. It is not a good daily driver but one that does perform well and really needs to be pushed hard. However, by the time it does perform well, you have already specked it up pretty well and the price has escalated quite a bit. In full spec, the Mustang Ecoboost could be more expensive than a Mustang GT Premium.

And if performance is all that this car has to offer, then it makes much more sense to save a little more and buy the Mustang GT Premium with a V8 engine, much more performance and if you have some money left, you can spec it up even further to make yourself a really capable muscle car.