2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

MSRP $29,710 - $33,710

Ranked #2 in Coupe

7.3

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2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 31, 2021

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The 2012 Ford Mustang GT comes with no major changes 2012 as the lack of a telescopic steering wheel still persists. However, for 2012 it gets adjustable effort settings for the power steering effort which might resolve the issue at least mildly. The GT is offered in two trim options, namely the base GT and the more premium and feature-packed GT Premium. Now we’ll assess how the 2012 iteration of the Mustang GT has improved over the older model. 

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Pros

Powerful engine

Impressive handling

Superb braking

Cons

Lacks interior quality at some spots

No telescopic steering wheel

Lacks rear row space

What's New?

Adjustable power steering effort

No other significant changes for 2012


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33710

bodystyle

dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

302 cu.in.

horsepower

412 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

390 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

83.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/26 mpg

highway range

416 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$29,710 onwards

Premium$33,710 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe in Kona Blue Metallic color
Kona Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The engine under the hood is a 5.0 L V8 mated to a 6-speed manual as standard while a 6-speed automatic is optional. Prices start at $29,710 for the base GT model while the GT Premium starts at $33,710. The 2012 Ford Mustang GT competes with the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe, Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe, and the Nissan 370Z Coupe. Let’s see how the Mustang GT competes with the similarly powered and priced competition.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Features

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT is offered in two trim options, the base GT and the more luxurious GT Premium. Both models are powered by the same 5.0 L V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard while a 6-speed automatic is optional. The available packages include the Brembo Brake Package which obviously comes with stronger brakes along with unique electronic stability control suspension tuning and 19" dark stainless painted aluminum wheels with 255/40R19 summer-only performance tires. The following table shows the detailed feature list and pricing of both trims of the 2012 Ford Mustang GT- 

Trim

GT

GT Premium

MSRP

$29,710

$33,710

Key Features

18" wide-spoke painted aluminum wheels

6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar

 

Automatic headlamps

Leather-trimmed front bucket seats

 

Body-color power side-view mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors

Shaker 500 Audio System with AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability, 8 speakers, and 500 watts

 

Bright rolled dual exhaust tips

Bright-chrome door speaker surrounds

 

Dark-chrome Pony badge located in the grille

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum spokes

 

Rear spoiler

6-gauge cluster with MyColor illumination

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The 2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium trim with a more luxurious interior would be the ideal choice as it offers a lot more features over the base trim. This is the best choice from a usability and practicality perspective. But for better performance, the base GT trim specced with the 6-speed manual and the Brembo Brake Package would be a better choice. These are the best configurations to opt for with the Mustang GT.

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine outputting 412 hp and 390 lb-ft. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard channeling the power to the rear wheels while a 6-speed automatic is optional. The V8 engine is powerful and the power is efficiently put out to the wheels by the 6-speed manual, while the automatic transmission is also responsive although not as engaging as the manal. 

The 2012 Mustang GT is a superb machine to drive and handles exceptionally well for a muscle car. The lower weight and the aggressive weight management from Ford has worked very well and this does improve the corner-carving abilities of the GT. The steering, although not telescopic, does respond to inputs effectively and responds impressively. The ride quality is also great and you won’t feel uncomfortable during long drives. 

Model

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Coupe 

2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe

MSRP

$33,710

$32,280

$29,995

$32,280

Engine

5.0 L V8

6.2 L V8

5.7 L V8

3.7 L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

412 hp @ 6500 rpm

426 hp @ 5900 rpm

375 hp @ 5150 rpm

332 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

390 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm

420 ft-lbs. @ 4600 rpm

410 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm

270 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.8

4.7

4.9

4.8

Quarter mile (mph)

13.2

13.2

13.6

13.4

Top speed (mph)

172

174

162

155

The Chevy Camaro SS is the fastest and most powerful machine among these while the Nissan 370Z is undoubtedly the best-handling car. The Camaro also can reach the highest top speed whereas the Mustang GT is neck to neck with the Camaro SS in terms of speed. The Challenger is the least enthusiastic to drive while the Camaro is the best-handling car after the 370Z. Overall, the Mustang’s weight management has compensated for its slightly lower power compared to the Camaro, making both of them excellent choices. 

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT is an efficient machine when the fact that it has a strong V8 under the hood. The GT delivers fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 20 mpg which is quite good in this segment. The Mustang GT however, has a too-small fuel capacity of 16-gallons which means that the combined range is limited to around 320 miles. Overall, the GT can be considered a fuel-efficient muscle car.

Model

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Coupe 

2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe

MPG (city)

17

16

15

18

MPG (Highway)

26

24

23

26

MPG (Combined)

20

19

18

21

Fuel Capacity

16.0

19.0

19.1

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

272/416/320

304/456/361

287/439/344

342/494/399

The Nissan 370Z with the smaller V6 under the hood is the most fuel-efficient machine here and also can travel the most without a refill. However, the Mustang GT, even with a V8 closely follows the Nissan while it is followed by the Chevy and the Challenger with just a digit difference. This means that the Challenger is the least efficient car. The Mustang GT happens to be an impressively efficient machine but is limited by the lower capacity fuel tank. 

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Interior

8.0/10

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT comes with an updated and good-looking interior, but in some spots, the interior lacks quality. The interior is clean and good-looking and the dashboard looks neat and uncluttered unlike some of the rivals that come with an excess of stuff in the center console. The material used on the inside is of above-average quality in the base trim while the Premium trim gets a more luxurious interior. 

The seats are comfortable and spacious in the front row while the rear row is practically useless. But that is expected from a 2-door coupe and ingress and egress to and from the second row is also a difficult matter. The seats are not covered in leather which could be a bummer for many, but there are touches of leather inside the cabin like the leather-covered steering wheel in the GT Premium Coupe. The cargo capacity is usable and can fit in some luggage during long trips.

Model

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Coupe 

2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

2

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

38.5/55.3/42.4

37.4/56.9/42.4

39.3/58.2/42.0

38.2/54.4/42.9

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

34.7/51.6/29.8

35.3/50.4/29.9

37.4/53.9/32.6

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.4

11.3

16.2

6.9

The Mustang has a pretty good interior, but the Challenger R/T Plus has the best interior, both in terms of space as well as luxury. The R/T Plus is significantly lower priced than all of these competitors, but it comes with Nappa leather-trimmed seats on the inside which are also very much comfortable and supportive. The Dodge Challenger also can actually seat people in the rear row as there is quite a lot more legroom. The following are some of the most important interior features of the 2012 Ford Mustang GT- 

  • Leather-trimmed front bucket seats
  • 6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Ambient lighting
  • Power windows with a one-touch-up/-down feature
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering column

How intuitive is the 2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment unit inside the 2012 Ford Mustang GT consists of a Ford Sync infotainment screen. There are just four speakers in the base trim while the higher GT Premium trim comes with a Shaker 500 audio unit consisting of 8 speakers outputting 500 watts. SiriusXM satellite radio with a 6-months complimentary subscription is also provided with the higher trim. The following are the prominent infotainment features of the 2012 Ford Mustang GT- 

  • Premium AM/FM stereo/single-CD audio system
  • Shaker 500 Audio System with 8 speakers and 500 watts
  • Sirius Satellite Radio with a 6-month introductory subscription
  • SYNC
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Exterior

9.0/10

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT looks aggressive and strong from the outside with its signature looks and aggressive stance. The exterior remains unchanged and it still looks good and beautiful. The front end has this simple but strong charm with the large headlamps staring at you that makes it look even more sporty. There are also various packages available to make the GT look more personal and sporty.

The GT Coupe Package includes side scoops, quarter window louvers, and decklid panel while the GT Package 4 includes a hood scoop and rear pedestal-mount spoiler. The wheels in the GT are 18-inches in size and are wide-spoke painted aluminum wheels. However, opting for the Brembo Brake Package can get you larger, better-looking 19-inch dark stainless painted aluminum wheels with summer-only performance tires. 

Model

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Coupe 

2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,605

3,860

4,082

3,245

Length (in.)

188.1

190.4

197.7

167.2

Width (in.)

73.9

75.5

75.7

72.6

Height (in.)

55.8

54.2

57.1

51.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

   

5.1

 

Wheelbase (in.)

107.1

112.3

116.0

100.4

All of these are extremely beautiful in the eyes and it trickles to personal preference when you have to choose one based on exterior beauty. And then, I would say that the 370Z is the best-looking one here, which is also the only non-muscle car here. The Dodge Challenger is the largest one here based on all dimensions and weight while the 370Z is the smallest and lightest. The following are some of the most important exterior features of the 2012 Ford Mustang GT- 

  • 18" wide-spoke painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Body-color power side-view mirrors with 
  • integrated blind spot mirrors
  • Bright rolled dual exhaust tips
  • Dark-chrome Pony badge located in the grille
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear spoiler

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Safety

9.0/10

The 2012 Ford Mustang GT has been crash-tested by both NHTSA as well as IIHS. NHTSA has awarded the GT with a 4-star overall rating while it gets a lower 3-star rating for some of the side crash tests conducted. However, the impressive 5-star rating the GT received for rollover protection is super-impressive. IIHS has also given the Mustang GT respectable ratings, all of which means that the 2012 Mustang GT is a safe car. The following are some of the most important safety features in the 2012 Ford Mustang GT-

  • Personal Safety System with dual-stage front airbags
  • AdvanceTrac electronic stability control
  • Illuminated Entry System
  • LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • MyKey owner controls feature
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Final Verdict

The Ford Mustang GT is a great option in this segment. It comes with a strong engine under the hood outputting plenty of power. The GT also handles well and is engaging to drive with sharp driving dynamics. The lack of telescopic steering would be an issue, but the steering is still responsive and provides good feedback. The interior is of good quality, but if you want to seat more than two, the Challenger is your only choice. But keeping the rivalry between these machines away, the 2012 Ford Mustang GT is a superb car and you should go for it if you like it.