New for 2016
A major redesign for 2015 is followed up by a few notable changes, including retro hood-mounted turn signals, available Sync 3 infotainment system, and added personalization options.
The Ford Mustang helped create a sub-segment of muscle cars called “Pony Cars” in its honor, and over 50 years later its still battling rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Ford’s performance icon was completely redesigned for 2015, but to keep it ahead of the herd, Ford gave the 2016 model some additional new features.
Powertrains and Performance
Whether you’re looking to do burnouts or tackle your favorite backroad using as little fuel as possible, the 2016 Ford Mustang has you covered with three engine options.
Base models use Ford’s stalwart 3.7-liter V6, which produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Like all Mustang engines, it drives the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. With the manual, the V6 gets an EPA-rated 21 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 28 mpg highway)*, while the automatic gets 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway)*.
It may have raised a few eyebrows when it was introduced last year, but the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine offers an impressive combination of performance and fuel economy. The first four-cylinder offered on a Mustang in decades, it puts a new spin on the current generation. This engine produces 310 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, it gets 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway),* and automatic models get 25 mpg combined 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway.*
Finally, the Mustang GT stays true to this car’s muscle-car roots with Ford’s popular 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8. This engine chucks out 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and makes a great sound while doing it. The GT’s Track Apps suite also includes features like launch control, an acceleration timer, and line lock, which electronically locks the front brakes for easy and epic burnouts. The V8 gets an EPA-rated 19 mpg combined (16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway)* with the manual transmission,* and 19 mpg combined (15 mpg city, 25 mpg highway) with the automatic.*
Features and Trims
The 2016 Ford Mustang is available as a two-door, four-seat coupe or convertible. Pricing starts at $23,895.**
Standard equipment on the base V6 model includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome-accented four-gauge instrument cluster, Intelligent Access with pushbutton start, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, SYNC® voice control, LED sequential taillights, and 17-inch alloy wheels, among other features.
The Mustang EcoBoost includes all of the applicable standard equipment from the base model, and adds active noise cancellation, power-adjustable front seats, a rear spoiler, and LED fog lights. The EcoBoost Premium model adds dual-zone automatic climate control, aluminum pedals, ambient lighting, HD Radio™, Sirius XM® satellite radio, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, heated and cooled leather front seats, and more. These same equipment levels carry over to the Mustang GT and Mustang GT Premium, but with the V8 engine as standard.
Options include the Pony Package, California Special Package, and Black Accent Package, which all add their own unique visual accents. There are also Performance packages for the EcoBoost and GT models, which include features like a strut tower brace, uprated suspension, bigger brakes, and sportier tires. Voice-activated navigation and a Shaker Pro Audio 12-speaker sound system are also available.
The 2016 Ford Mustang continues with the dramatically styled body introduced for 2015, which represents the most significant update to the Mustang’s signature look in a decade. It maintains enough retro elements to make this car instantly recognizable as a Mustang, but helps move the car forward. It’s easy to imagine this design becoming as much of an icon as the classic ‘60s Mustangs that inspired it.
For 2016, the Mustang also gets hood-mounted turn signal indicators, like the ones that first appeared on the 1967 model. There are also new Pony Package and Black Accent Package styling options for the EcoBoost and GT, respectively. The latter can also be had with the California Special Package, an option first introduced in the 1960s as a way to dress up the GT with styling cues from Shelby Mustangs.
On the inside, the Mustang continues to ooze cool with features like a four-gauge instrument cluster and perfectly-sized three-spoke steering wheel. Like many other Ford models, the Mustang also upgrades to the SYNC 3 infotainment system for 2016. Ford says this new system is more responsive and intuitive than the one it replaces.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Ford Mustang includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, a rearview camera, and a full array of airbags. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, and a Reverse Sensing System.
Fifty years ago, the Ford Mustang helped invent a market segment, now it’s helping to redefine it.
*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.
**Starting MSRP excludes destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.