2016 Ford Mustang

MSRP $24,145 - $36,395

Ranked #3 in Coupe

8.1

Overall Rating

2016 Ford Mustang Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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It was just recently when the new sixth-generation Mustang rolled out of Ford's dealership. As the longest-running Ford car, Mustang is the most popular pony car across the globe and represents the glory days of American muscle in the best way possible. That is surely a reason why the 2016 Mustang is here with enormous power under the hood and the driving impressions of a true American-made sports coupe.

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Pros

Powerful engine options

Excellent handling dynamics

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Limited rear-seat space

Light, but not "sportscar" light

Poor resale value 

What's New?

Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system

New Pony package

Shelby versions


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24145

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

149 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

227 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.1 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

54.4 in.

curb weight

3526 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

84.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/28 mpg

highway range

598.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

V6$24,145 onwards

EcoBoost$25,645 onwards

EcoBoost Premium$29,645 onwards

GT$32,395 onwards

GT Premium$36,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Ford Mustang in Magnetic Metallic color
Magnetic Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The lineup of Mustang includes 3 monstrous motors, where the 4 cylinder Ecoboost is a new addition. With a highly upgraded design and dynamics, the 2016 Mustang Coupe is lighter and much bolder. For the love of sticks, it has no plan to ditch the manual transmission. It will be giving a tough time to its arch-rivals such as Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and the Subaru BRZ.


9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.9/10
Safety


2016 Ford Mustang Features

9.0/10

The all-new 2016 Ford Mustang is offered in 7 trim levels with 3 engine options. The GT and Shelby variants will be reviewed separately. The base V6 trim is available at $24,415, while the Ecoboost Premium will cost you $29,645. The Premium trim offers leather upholstery, 8.0-inch SYNC 3 infotainment display, bigger alloys, and exterior design accents. It also offers optional packages to customize your vehicle.

Trims

Coupe V6

Coupe Ecoboost

Coupe Ecoboost Premium

MSRP

$24,145

$25,645

$29,645

Key Features

300hp 3.7L V6 engine

310 hp 2.3L Ecoboost I4 engine 

310 hp 2.3L Ecoboost I4 engine 

 

17-inch Sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheels

18-inch Magnetic machine painted aluminum wheels

Dual-zone front air-conditioning

 

Leather steering wheel

Black grille

Leather-trimmed seats and gear knob

 

Rear seat easy entry

Power adjustable sport bucket seats

Better interior color options

 

Cruise control

CD player

Ford SYNC 3 infotainment

 

4.2-inch central display screen

Rear Spoiler

Ambient interior lighting

 

Cloth upholstery

Fog lamps

8-inch touchscreen display

The EcoBoost can also be optioned out with Recaro seats for additional support and for the people aiming to track the car regularly. To add to this, Ford also offers an “EcoBoost Performance package” that adds various performance-oriented features like 19-inch wheels, shorter gearing for more responsive acceleration, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned steering, and additional gauges.

We Recommend

If you are a rational buyer, then you should pick the Ecoboost trim. This trim is available at an affordable price with a powerful engine that delivers great fuel economy at the same time. If you want the design and features of the Ecoboost Premium trim, the optional packages are available for you at a better price. For $25,645, the Ecoboost trim is the best pick and most sensible in the lineup.

2016 Ford Mustang Engine and Performance

9.0/10

As the 2016 Ford Mustang is all about performance, it won't disappoint irrespective of the chosen trim. For 2016, it is powered by a 3.7L V6 motor as the base option that has a power output of 300 hp with 280 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. You also get a 2.3L Ecoboost inline-4 as you go up the trim ladder. It churns out 310 hp and 320 lb-ft torque and still offers better fuel economy.

The power is sent to the rear wheels as standard as Mustangs are meant to do effortless burnouts. The V6 powered Mustang does a 0-60 MPH run in 5.5 seconds, while a quarter-mile run takes 14.3 seconds. The lightweight Ecoboost 4-cylinder engine does it in 5.1 seconds and takes 14.2 seconds for the quarter-mile. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 MPH, but you can tune it to suit the tracks.

Models

2016 Ford Mustang Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Subaru BRZ

2016 Dodge Challenger

MSRP

$24,145

$25,700

$25,395

$26,995

Engine 

3.7L TI-VCT V6

2.0L Turbo I-4

2.0L H-4

3.6L VVT V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed close-ratio manual w/od

8-Speed automatic w/od

Power 

300hp @ 6,500 RPM

275hp @ 5,600 RPM

200hp @ 7,000 RPM

305hp @ 6,350 RPM

Torque

280 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

295lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

151lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

268lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.5

5.4

6.8

6.3

Quarter mile (sec)

14.3

14.1

14.8

14.5

Top Speed (MPH)

155

153

140

155

With its 300hp V6, the Mustang is closer to the Chevy Camaro, which is faster and more agile. The Subaru BRZ is short of 100 ponies to compete with the Mustang, but it is a level on its own. If we talk about another muscle car, the Dodge Challenger ain't that fast with its base engine and massive curb weight. When comparing the price tag, Dodge is the most expensive option in the competition. 

2016 Ford Mustang Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Power and economy do go hand-in-hand with the Mustang. The base engine delivers a satisfactory economy of 17 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and a combined 21 MPG. When equipped with the Ecoboost 4 cylinder, the 2016 Mustang offers 22 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and a combined 21 MPG from its 16.0-gallon fuel tank.

Models

2016 Ford Mustang Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Subaru BRZ

2016 Dodge Challenger

MPG (City)

17

21

22

19

MPG (Highway)

28

30

30

30

MPG (Combined)

21

24

25

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.0

19.0

13.2

18.5

Range (City/ Highway/Combined) (miles)

272/448/336

399/570/456

290/396/330

351/555/425

As compared to the rivals, the V6 engine on the Mustang is no good with its economy. However, the Ecoboost engine did a great job as it offers a best-in-class fuel economy, even better than the Subaru BRZ, which is a new turn up for the Mustang. When comparing the overall range, the Chevrolet Camaro with its class-leading fuel tank capacity of 19 gallons offers the best in class combined range of 456 miles. 

2016 Ford Mustang Interior

8.0/10

With a typical sports car cabin, the 2016 Mustang Coupe has practical space inside, at least for the first row. As you step inside, you are greeted by a busy dashboard with center-mounted infotainment and HVAC with multiple AC vents. What makes it interesting is cabin quality and color options which eventually get better as we move up for the premium trims. The leather steering wheel looks nasty with all those controls. Behind that, you have a driver-oriented cluster with huge gauges and a digital information display. The front bucket seats have a 4-way driver and 2-way passenger adjustments. The comfort levels hike up with the optional 6-way power front seats with driver lumbar, memory recline, adjustable head restraints, and heated seatbacks.

At the rear row, you have 50-50 split-bench seats. The best you could do is fold the seat down to make space for cargo. With standard cloth upholstery, we get front leather and rear vinyl upholstery exclusively on the Premium trims. The trunk isn't that tight with its 13.5 cubic feet space that allows multiple trolley bags inside, so a holiday for two is not a bad idea. Apart from that, you can get dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, air filtration system, 2 12V DC outlets, front center armrest, and seatback storage pockets. Other than leather and vinyl upholstery, the cabin is trimmed with premium chrome and aluminum accents to give the Mustang a plush design.

Models

2016 Ford Mustang Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Subaru BRZ

2016 Dodge Challenger

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/52.2/30.6

33.5/50.3/29.9

35.0/51.7/29.9

37.1/53.9/33.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.5

9.1

6.9

16.2

We have seating for four in all the cars. If we talk about the 2016 Ford Mustang, we have comfortable front seats with best-in-class legroom. It also gets 13.5 cubic feet of space which is enough for short trips on weekends. Overall, the cabin is designed for tracks with limited design elements that are not distracting for the driver. Some of the standout interior features are:

  • Sport bucket seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Dual-zone air-conditioning
  • Leather and vinyl upholstery
  • Heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2016 Ford Mustang Coupe's Infotainment?

The standard infotainment in the 2016 Mustang is a SYNC communication and entertainment system. With that, you have a 4.2-inch LCD screen at the center that works with enhanced voice recognition and Applink device connectivity. There's an AM/FM radio with an MP3 player and a CD player as well. The infotainment is mated to a 6 speaker stereo for music.

The Premium trims are packed with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. You get a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen display with intuitive functions. It also adds a SiriusXM radio subscription for 6 months. To enhance the music experience and sound quality, we have 9 performance speakers with an amplifier for a proper surround sound experience. Having said that, some of the highlight Infotainment features are:

  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM radio subscription
  • CD player
  • 9-speaker system

2016 Ford Mustang Exterior

8.0/10

The sixth-generation Mustang is the proper modernization of the classic muscle car. With its redesigned body lines, bumpers, and front fascia, the 2016 Mustang looks muscular as ever. The necessary changes include better handling, weight drop, and track-specific driving features for you. The vehicle looks irresistible with its new appearance. The massive hood slopes down to the sharp projector headlamps and a honeycomb grille finished in black with a pony logo instead of a Ford emblem. The reworked bumpers make space for the air where you have lowered fog lamps.

The coupe-style roofline meets the rear windshield, and that's where the vehicle slays with its classic tail lamps. The dual chrome tip exhausts are placed under the rear bumper alongside the body color diffuser. From the side, the vehicle looks perfectly aligned with the door lines. As it's a Mustang, it comes standard with body skirts and a body-colored lip spoiler atop the trunk. Along with 17-inch silver sparkle aluminum alloys in the base trim, you can also get 18-inch machine-painted alloys in the Premium trim and huge 19 or 20-inch black aluminum wheels in the GT trim. Talking about GT, we get a blacked-out exterior with a trim-specific layout.

Model

2016 Ford Mustang Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Subaru BRZ

2016 Dodge Challenger

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,526

3,705

2,764

3,834

Length (in.)

188.3

188.3

166.7

197.9

Width (in.)

75.4

74.7

69.9

75.7

Height (in.)

54.4

53.1

50.6

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

4.0

4.9

5.2

Wheelbase (in.)

107.1

110.7

101.2

116.2

The 2016 Mustang has surely shed plenty of weight as compared to the other muscle cars. The BRZ is comparatively smaller in size, and that's why it weighs much less. In terms of size, the Mustang is nearly identical to the Camaro, but with a shorter wheelbase and a higher ground clearance, it is a better handler overall. Some of the standout exterior features of the Mustang are:

  • 19-inch black wheels
  • Projector headlamps
  • Body-colored spoilers
  • Sporty exterior color options
  • Dual tip exhausts
  • Aerodynamic design
  • Performance tires

2016 Ford Mustang Safety

8.9/10

The 2016 Mustang offers better structural integrity as the company has made major changes to it. The high-strength steel chassis is a result of the Ford S550 platform that ensures lightweight rigidity. The 2016 Ford Mustang was able to score 5 stars in the NHTSA crash tests and an overall “Good” rating in the IIHS tests.

The standard safety list includes tire pressure monitoring, Advancetrac electronic stability control, backup camera, ABS brakes, and a top speed limiter. The Premium trims offer the equipment group that adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and emergency braking system. Some standout safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning

2016 Ford Mustang Final Verdict

The iconic Ford Mustang has been around for more than 50 years. That being said, the sixth-generation Mustang lives up to the hype the brand created. It offers much better driving dynamics and performance aspects. In its price range, it is still a dream car for many. Yet the arch-rivals won't leave it alone. With its unique road presence, Ecoboost performance package, and advanced safety, the 2016 Ford Mustang Coupe offers the most powerful cheap thrills for you.

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