2017 Ford Mustang Convertible

#17
in Compact convertibles
2017 MODEL

$30,685 - $42,695

7.8

Overall Rating

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Overview

Being a legend in the automobile industry but for Ford Mustang, it has been a piece of cake. Carrying its 54 years old legacy, Ford launched its 6th generation of the most loved muscle-car in 2015.

Offered in three trim levels, the entry level Mustang convertible is priced at $30685. The Mustang convertible is also offered in three different engine options and you can choose between an inline 4 cylinder, a V6 and a V8. The 4-cylinder engine makes 310 horses, the V6 makes 300 horses and the roaring V8 pumps out about 500 horses. All the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Mustang first rolled out back in 1965. Ever since then the Mustang has been one of the best-selling muscle cars. Strong, powerful and intimidating are the core characters of the Mustang. The 2017 Mustang carries the heritage of 52 years on its back and in this review, we will find out if it can live up to it.

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Pros

Multiple engine options.

Great handling.

Upscale interiors.

Cons

Low power figures on the base trim level.

Exhaust isn't loud enough on the I4 engine.

Cramped rear seats.

What's New?

Not many changes for the 2017 model year of the Mustang.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30685

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

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

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.1 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

54.9 in.

curb weight

3469 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

80.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/28 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Triple Yellow Tri-Coat color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Shadow Black color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Race Red color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Oxford White color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Mustang Convertible in Lightning Blue Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.8

Interior

6.6

Exterior

9.1

Safety

5.9

Driving

9.4

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible V6

V6

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$30,685

Configurations
V6 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (17//28)
HP: 300 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 280 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost Premium

EcoBoost Premium

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$35,695

Configurations
EcoBoost Premium 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/23/27)
HP: 310 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 320 lbs.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium

GT Premium

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$42,695

Configurations
GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (14/17/23)
HP: 435 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 400 lbs.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 20, 2018

7.8

Overall Rating


8.0/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

6.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

Being a legend in the automobile industry is not easy but for the Ford Mustang, it has been a piece of cake. Carrying its 54 years old legacy, Ford launched its 6th generation of the most loved muscle-car in 2015.

Offered in three trim levels, the entry-level Mustang convertible is priced at $30685. The Mustang convertible is also offered in three different engine options and you can choose between an inline 4 cylinder, a V6 and a V8. 

The Mustang first rolled out back in 1965. Ever since then the Mustang has been one of the best-selling muscle cars. Strong, powerful and intimidating are the core characters of the Mustang. The 2017 Mustang carries the heritage of 52 years on its back and in this review, we will find out if it can live up to it.

Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Mustang convertible is offered in 3 different trim levels with base spec V6 trim priced at $30685. The V6 trim uses a 3.7-liter V6 engine and makes 300 horsepower. The next trim level, that is the Ecoboost Premium is offered with a downsized 2.3-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine but surprisingly makes 10 more horses than the V6 engine.

The Ecoboost Premium is the one that we have with us today.

Trim

V6 Convertible

Ecoboost Premium

Gt Premium

MSRP

$30,685

$35,695

$42,695

Key

Features

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • LED taillights,
  • a limited-slip rear differential,
  • keyless ignition and entry,
  • cruise control,
  • air-conditioning,
  • manual front seats with driver-side height adjustment,
  • a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel,
  • an auto-dimming rearview mirror,
  • a rearview camera,
  • the Sync voice control system,
  • Bluetooth,
  • a 4.2-inch central display screen,
  • MyKey parental controls (including a speed limiter,
  • a volume limiter and geo-fencing),
  • Track Apps performance telemetry and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and dual USB ports.
  • EcoBoost Premium mostly shares the regular EcoBoost's options
  • substituting leather Recaro sport seats
  • Premier Trim with Color Accent package (charcoal black interior 
  • color-accented leather upholstery
  • unique door trim
  • a Pony package (19-inch wheels, unique front fascia, side stripe, pony-logo floor mats)
  • Navigation system
  • adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert
  • automatic wipers
  • blind-spot monitoring
  • rear cross-traffic alert
  • driver memory settings (not available with the Recaro seats)
  • HD radio and a 12-speaker Shaker audio system.
  • GT Premium comes with essentially the same standard features as the EcoBoost Premium and offers largely the same options,
  • but instead of the Pony package,
  • it offers the California Special package (19-inch black alloy wheels,
  • a more prominent rear spoiler and special exterior and interior trim details).

The GT Premium is the top-of-the-line trim level of the Mustang Convertible. The GT Premium is equipped with a chunky 5-liter V8 engine that churns out thunderous 500 horses. Features on the GT Premium essentially are the same that are there on the Ecoboost Premium variant. The GT Premium is priced at $42695.

Engine

9.1/10

Engine and Transmission

The 2.3-liter, inline 4-cylinder power plant of the Mustang Convertible pumps out about 310 horses and delivers 320 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a buttery smooth six speed manual gearbox. All the power is sent to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

Models

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

MSRP

$35,695

$31,905

$40,750

$ 47,450

Engine

2.3L 4 cyl

2.0L 4 cyl

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

8-Speed automatic

7-Speed S Tronic Automatic

Horsepower

310 hp

275 hp

248 hp

400 hp

Torque

320 lb-ft

285 lb-ft

258 ft.-lbs.

354 ft.-lbs.

The only car in the competition that makes more power than the Mustang is the Audi TT Roadster but it also costs 12 grands more. The Chevy Camaro falls short to the Mustang by 35 horses while the BMW 2 Series is deficient by 62 horses.

Acceleration

The Ford Mustang is a car that you would generally buy to take it on the race track and exploit all its capabilities. Step on the gas and the Mustang will shoot itself from rest to 60 MPH in just 6.1 seconds. Take it to the drag strip and the Mustang hits the quarter mile mark in about 14.1 seconds.

Models

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

5.0 sec

5.6 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

14.1

11.5 sec

14.4 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

2.3 L

2.0L

2.0l

2.5l

Emission

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

NA

NA

6.6

6.7

Clearly, the Mustang is the slowest car of the lot. The Audi TT has the best 0-60 MPH acceleration timings while the Chevy Camaro has the best quarter mile acceleration timings.

Ride and Handling

The Mustang offers a smooth driving experience no matter what conditions you are driving in. Although it is a sports car, it remains composed on the highway and offers instant throttle responses making overtaking an easy task. On bad roads though, the ride can get a bit too bumpy, credits to the stiffer suspension set up but you can still live with it.

Cornering is pretty decent for a convertible and there really isn't any body-roll to offer. Wading this car through the busy city streets is not a difficult task either, credit to its sharp steering. All-in-all, ride quality and handling is pretty balanced and well managed.

Braking

Brakes play a vital role in improving the driving dynamics of the car and also offer you the confidence of exploiting every single horse that the engine has to offer. The Mustang convertible gets a rather large set of brakes with 12.6 inches diameter discs at the front and 12.6 inches diameter discs at the rear. Slam on the brakes and the Mustang comes to a complete halt from 60 MPH at a distance of 106 feet.

Model

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

NA

12.3

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

NA

11.4

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3642

3647

3680

3164

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

196

NA

124

The Ford Mustang gets the largest set of brakes in the competition. The BMW 2 series gets 12.3-inches diameter discs at the front and 11.4 inches diameter discs at the rear. The Audi TT gets 12.3-inch diameter discs up front and 11.8-inches diameter discs at the rear.

Fuel Economy

6.8/10

Most Mustang owners will not care about the MPG rating but still we the figures with for you. In the city traffic conditions, the Mustang can go for 21 miles on a gallon of fuel and on the highway it can go for 27 miles on a gallon of fuel. The Mustang gets a combined fuel economy rating of 23 MPG which is pretty decent for a car of this size.

The BMW 2 Series happens to be the most fuel-efficient car of the lot. The Beemer gets a combined fuel economy rating of 27 MPG. The BMW is followed by the Audi TT that gets a combined fuel efficiency rating of 26 MPG. The Chevy Camaro gets a combined fuel economy rating of 23 MPG.

Model

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

MPG (city)

21

20

23

19

MPG (highway)

27

30

34

29

MPG (combined)

23

23

27

26

Interior

6.6/10

Hopping on to the inside of the Mustang you would find that everything here is classy. The material quality is great, the fit and finish is also good and the buttons and the switches are also nice to touch. The dashboard is wrapped in high quality metallic finish plastic with a few inserts of carbon fiber and aluminum. The steering is wrapped in leather and the wheel spokes are wrapped in aluminum. The instrument panels and the various different buttons and switches are all nicely laid out on the dash and somehow you get a feeling of sitting in the cockpit of an air craft and not a road car.

Seating and Comfort

Ford claims that the Mustang can accommodate 4 adults, trust us, it cannot. The Mustang can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids on the rear seats. On the front seats, the Mustang offers a total head/shoulder/leg room of 37.6/56.3/44.3 inches and a total head/shoulder/leg room of 35.7/44.7/30.8 inches at the rear.

Credit to its larger exterior dimensions, the Mustang has the better room on the inside. But things on the rear seats are a little bit cramped.

Model

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

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

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.4/55.6/43.9

40.5/54.4/41.5

37.1/53.6/41.1

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

35.7/44.7/30.8

33.40/NA/29.90

36.5/42.2/31.8

33.8/47.9/28.9

Infotainment System

The infotainment system of the Ford Mustang will certainly disappoint you. Ford calls this System as the Sync 3 infotainment system. The base trim level is offered with a 4.2-inch touch screen while the other two trim levels come with an 8-inch touch screen. The screen is slow to react and lags while being used. It isn't the most intuitive system also. The only plus of the infotainment system is that it comes along with a 12-speaker audio system which delivers awesome sound quality. You also get multiple USB ports, a CD player, HD radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Interior Features

Some of the goodies on the inside of the Ford Mustang Convertible are listed below:

  • Dual zone climate control
  • Manual front seats with driver height adjustment
  • Tilt and telescopic leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • TrackApps performance telemetry

Cargo Volume

In spite of being a convertible, the Mustang offers quite a good amount of cargo capacity. The Mustang offers a total cargo capacity of 11.4 cubic feet which can easily swallow a couple of suitcases or an entire golf kit.

Model

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

Volume

(cube ft.)

11.4

7.30

13.8

8

The Mustang has the second largest trunk of the lot. The BMW 2 Series has the biggest cargo volume of 13.8 cubic feet while the Chevy Camaro and the Audi TT get a cargo volume of 7.3 cubic feet and 8 cubic feet respectively.

Exterior

9.1/10

Dimensions and Weight

The Ford Mustang is quite a big car. The proportionate dimensions of the car offer it a commanding stance and give it an excellent street presence. The Mustang is 188.3 inches long, 75.4 inches wide and 54.9 inches tall. The Mustang gets a wheelbase of 107.1 feet.

The Mustang is the longest and the widest car of the lot. The only car that is taller than the Mustang is the BMW 2 series at 55.6 inches. The large dimensions of the car help the car to offer better passenger space on the inside.

Model

Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost Premium

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Audi TT Roadster

Curb weight (lbs.)

3642

3647

3680

3164

Length(in)

188.3

188.30

174.7

165

Width(in)

75.4

74.70

69.8

72.1

Height(in)

54.9

52.9

55.6

52.9

Ground clearance (in)

NA

NA

5.5

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

110.7

105.9

98.6

Track width (in) F/R

62.3/64.9

63.7/62.7

59.9/61.3

61.6/60.8

Exterior Features

Some of the cool features on the outside of the Ford Mustang are listed below.

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with an option of availing 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • Automatic Xenon headlights.
  • LED taillights.
  • Rearview Camera.
  • Sporty hood vents.
  • Automatic vipers.

Safety

5.9/10

Ford understands that most of its drivers will be driving it fast and so this car has been built keeping passenger safety in mind. Thus, the Ford Mustang has been equipped with some advanced safety features like the anti-lock braking system, electronic stability program, electronic brake distribution system and much more.

The Ford Mustang also gets a good rating in most of the crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institution for Highway Safety.

Crashworthiness

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good


Safety Features

  • Illuminated Entry System Individual
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
  • Mirror Auto-dimming rearview
  • MyKey
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Rear view camera Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Safety belt restraint system – Manual 3-point shoulder and lap safety belt system for all seating positions
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System

Competition

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LS vs Ford Mustang Convertible

The Chevy Camaro is the arch-rival of the Ford Mustang for ages now. The Chevy uses a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine and makes 275 horses which is 35 horses less than the Mustang. In spite of having the smaller engine and lower power figures, the Chevy is beats the Mustang in terms of acceleration timings. The Mustang has the better braking stats and also offers better passenger and cargo volume.

On the flip side, the Mustang is about $4000 costlier than the Camaro. Both, Mustang and the Camaro are American legends and declaring a winner is very difficult. There is always a tough fight between Mustang and Camaro enthusiasts and so here we would like to rather take a neutral stance. We leave it on you to decide which one to buy since both the cars are equally good in their own ways.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Ford Mustang Convertible

This baby Beemer is the German rival of the Mustang. The 2 Series uses a 4-cylinder, 2-liter engine and makes about 62 horses less than the Mustang. But the BMW beats the Ford in terms of 0-60 acceleration timings. The Mustang on the other hand has the better braking stats and also has the better passenger room. Moreover, the Mustang is $5000 cheaper than the BMW 2 Series Convertible. In conclusion, we would like to say that the Ford Mustang is the better car of the two and is the one you should certainly buy.

The Audi TT Roadster vs Ford Mustang Convertible

The Audi TT is yet another legendary German rival of the Mustang. The Audi uses a 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine but makes a whopping 400 horses. The Audi also beats the Mustang in terms of acceleration timings and surprisingly has the better fuel economy figures. The Mustang, on the other hand, has the better braking stats and the better passenger and cargo volume. The Mustang is about $12000 cheaper than the Audi.

The Mustang is the more balanced car of the two while the Audi is more focused on performance. If you want a more balanced package, the Mustang is the one for you. If you bank on performance, the Audi TT is the car for you.

P.S.- You should also consider buying the GT Premium trim level of the Mustang which makes 500 horses and also costs same as the Audi.

Final Verdict

If the hard top coupe version of the Mustang is a tough guy like Vin Diesel from Fast and Furious movies, the Mustang Convertible is like the Vin Diesel from the film The Passive Fire, its gone soft. We call it soft for multiple reasons the first being that it gets a soft top and the second being that the engine has now been tweaked to make less power to offer extra stability to the car during high speed driving.

Do not get us wrong, the Mustang has not gone that soft that anybody can bully it. The arrogance and the mean-ness of the American pony has gone nowhere. Most people tag the Mustang as an affordable sports car but we would rather tag as an affordable legendary sports car.

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