Iconic, thrilling, and practically the symbol of American car culture, the Ford Mustang is back and more powerful than ever in 2021. Ford has done the near-impossible and improved on its popular two-door performance car, calibrating it from hood to tires for rewarding driving, interior comfort, and surprising convenience. While it stands in the foreground of a long legacy, with each previous edition dominating the entire auto world, the 2021 Ford Mustang may just be the best yet.
From its satisfying engine roar to its surprisingly relaxed seating, there's almost too much to love about this performance car - including its affordable price. Ford has consistently made the Mustang an attainable car, one that puts European luxury-level performance in your hands without consigning you to 6-figure debt. Take a look at some of the notable features of the 2021 Ford Mustang this year, including some surprising additions that even a dedicated Ford enthusiast wouldn't have seen coming.
Performance is where the 2021 Ford Mustang shines. More than anything else, this is a road-tearing, aerodynamic, ultra-responsive performance car. Every version is fun to drive, starting with the affordable base model equipped with a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder. You might be thinking, "4 cylinders? Who would buy a Mustang that weak?"
Don't be fooled; this isn't your average 4-cylinder. Using a turbocharger and direct injection to boost performance and fuel economy at the same time, the 2021 Mustang's 4-cylinder churns out 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. That's more than enough power to enjoy city driving to its fullest.
For a small price, upgrade to the premium edition of this basic 4-cylinder, the 2.3-liter High-Performance Package. This engine's slightly larger compressor, enhanced radiator, and other parts upgrades enable it to output 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque for even more responsive acceleration. It's the most powerful 4-cylinder engine made in the USA; in fact, it has more horsepower and torque than the 4.6-liter V-8 in the 2010 Mustang GT.
Of course, if you want even more power out of your 2021 Mustang, there are more available engine upgrades, each producing massive levels of performance. The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 comes standard in the GT trim, offering superior performance for high-octane drives. You get 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, with port fuel direct injection technology that turns fuel into racecar-level power. It gives you that signature tire-squealing, engine-growling soundtrack as you launch from 0 to 60. This great-value engine offers the perfect balance of high performance at an affordable price.
Then there's the Mustang Mach 1, the most racetrack-ready of the bunch so far. This edition is powered by an upgraded 5.0-liter V-8 that can output 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Adding the Handling Package will enhance steering and traction for tighter turns and far more responsive driving, even at its top speed of 168 miles per hour.
Maybe you want the most power out of your 2021 Mustang, the kind of record-breaking output that can dominate the streets and highway alike. For that, there's the Shelby GT500 Mustang, the greatest performance car that Ford offers. This Mustang can compete with the best, delivering a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a special 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that enables the quickest shifting yet, this American-made Mustang is among the most lightning-fast, explosively potent performance cars out there.
You can also customize your Mustang with seven available performance packages, each of which adds more refinement, fuel efficiency, or power to your ride. These packages stand beside other excellent performance features, including independent rear suspension that softens the ride quality and fine-tunes handling. Electrically assisted steering offers balanced weight and requires just the right amount of input, while an improved chassis keeps you feeling controlled, even when you test the 2021 Mustang's limits.
Ultra-reliable braking (including 6-piston Brembos on the GT500) and the available MagneRide Damping System that responds to slippery roads keep you assured as you drive. To get even more control at your fingertips, add the available Selectable Drive Modes features, which enable you to flip through 5 driving modes - Normal, Slippery, Sport, Track, and Drag Strip - easily from the center stack.
This is what it's all about - the alluring lines and signature proportions that make the Mustang a car worth gushing over. Every version of the 2021 Mustang stays true to its characteristic, low-slung shape with sharp edges and a sleek wave from the windshield to the rear. However, its modern redesign is decidedly contemporary, and there are more ways than ever to enhance your Mustang. Stylish LED front lighting, the available convertible hood, an optional rear spoiler, rolled-tip exhaust pipes, a black accent package that's top-to-bottom ebony, and endless color combinations enable you to custom-craft a Mustang to your precise tastes.
The return of the Mach 1 trim harkens back to the 1969 Mustang, with its hot-body looks and that signature '60s flair that sports car enthusiasts continue to love. Just consider the 2021 edition to be a revamped, modernized take on its predecessor, with the same level of head-turning appeal. Racing stripes, available 19-inch wide wheels, two side heat exchangers, and a beefier front bumper provide professional racing-level style.
Meanwhile, the Shelby GT500 is the boldest Mustang yet. Ford states that they took inspiration from real fighter jets when they specially crafted this variant, including features like super-aerodynamic body lines, a unique front grille, and that signature Cobra icon that is sure to make this edition a collectible. Of course, we've only touched the surface of the many awesome ways you can personalize a 2021 Ford Mustang. Once you get behind the wheel of a custom-built Mustang, you'll turn heads everywhere you go.
There's even more to love inside the 2021 Ford Mustang's quiet, dampened cabin. Its 83 cubic feet of passenger space makes it roomier than many competitors (looking at you, Camaro), and it's more tech-enhanced than in years past. Stow cargo in the folding back seat, or take advantage of its huge center console bin for easy to reach storage. Meanwhile, 14 cubic feet of trunk space offer you more than enough volume to pack up for a getaway.
The steering wheel is home to a shimmering Mustang logo, while the center console is accent-stitched for a touch of luxury that doesn't betray this sportscar's tough aesthetic. Meanwhile, the standard push-button start provides satisfying feedback every time you start the engine. You can add on premium features like leather, Recaro seats, heated and ventilated upholstery, and a number of custom equipment packages that make your daily commute feel like a race through Formula 1. Or, keep the interior sleek and simple with a blacked-out aesthetic that's surprisingly calming.
Other excellent interior features include the available SYNC 3 infotainment device, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ford SYNC Connect - smartphone-compatible controls that keep you in touch with your vehicle's status, specs, and more. Take advantage of available voice controls to focus on the road while utilizing the navigation app. Navigation is even compatible with Waze and includes a handy, pinch-to-zoom interactive map. Meanwhile, the Ford Co-Pilot360 package is an impressive suite of active safety features unlike anything else you'll find in competing performance cars.
Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking can sense potential accidents and react before you do, reducing your risk of being in a front-end accident. Additionally, the Lane-Keeping System can sense lines on paved roads and ensure you don't drift out of your lane. Whether you're tired, distracted, or navigating winding roads, this feature can help prevent collisions with vehicles beside you. Even better, if you've drifted out of your lane a few times, your Mustang will sense this as a sign of fatigued driving and will signal you to take a short break.
For even more collision prevention, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert helps sense hard-to-see areas while you drive, checking for vehicles and alerting you to any possible accidents. You can even use this feature to back your 2021 Mustang out of a driveway or parking spot. Finally, the rearview camera is a must-have to park your Mustang in tight areas, avoid obstacles behind you, and check your surroundings before you reverse. The 2021 Ford Mustang earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is proof enough that even when you enjoy your Mustang to the fullest, you can still drive in confidence.