Ford’s iconic Mustang has been providing driving enthusiasts with a combination of killer performance and timeless style for decades now. The 2023 Ford Mustang continues a long tradition of excellence with a variety of powertrains, trim levels, and body styles for shoppers to choose from, giving buyers the opportunity to craft a Mustang that’s just right for their needs and tastes. You can opt for either a standard coupe body or a convertible that lets you feel the rush of air going by as you cruise down the highway. Engines range from a balance of power and efficiency to all-out pedal-to-the-metal thrills.
Whether you’re a member of a driving club and will have an opportunity to take this beast out on the track to see what it can really do, or you just want to elevate your driving experience with a bona fide performance car, this Mustang is worth bringing into your stable. We here at DePaula Ford are committed, first and foremost, to customer satisfaction. That’s why we work to give you all of the facts you need to make an informed decision on your next vehicle purchase. If you’re interested in giving the 2023 Mustang a spin, then come by and let us set you up with a test drive.
The 2023 Mustang is available with a variety of capable powertrains, so you can choose the one that’s right for your preferences and your budget. The base 2.3L EcoBoost engine provides 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and features turbocharging and direct injection with twin independent variable cam timing. It offers the best fuel economy in the lineup, with an EPA rating of 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. If you want this engine to pack a little more punch, you can upgrade to the High-Performance Package, which has a larger turbo compressor, a larger radiator, and different calibration in order to bring its figures up to 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, with 90% of available torque from 3,000 RPM to the redline, so you’ll get that traction where it really counts.
Now if you really want to experience the Mustang’s peak performance capabilities, you’ll want to opt for a V8 under the hood. The GT 5.0L V8 engine delivers 450 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and features port fuel direct injection. With the GT Performance Package, you’ll also get summer-only tires for extra grip, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers that feature large rotors, heavy-duty front springs for an ideal suspension, and more.
At the top of the pack is the Mustang Mach 1. This trim takes the 5.0L V8 engine to the next level with unique calibration that’s designed specifically for the Mach 1. You can also get the Mach 1 Handling Package for sharper turns and bigger thrills. With up to 470 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, you’ll have plenty of power at your disposal. A six-speed manual transmission lets you stay connected to and in control of the car at all times. Two side heat exchangers help you stay on the track at high speeds for a good long while, and the Mach 1 features 22% more downforce than the Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1, so you’ll feel connected to the road at all times.
Across all trim levels, the Mustang comes standard with an independent rear suspension for optimal handling and enhanced ride quality, even if you have to deal with a few bumps in the road. If you opt for an automatic transmission rather than a manual, you’ll get a ten-speed one that’s designed for top-notch performance and smooth ratio progression. You can use shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel to upshift and downshift manually for an extra degree of control.
The Mustang’s main appeal may be its outstanding power and handling, but don’t think that this pony car is only practical for driving around a racetrack. It has plenty of tech features that make it a comfortable and convenient ride for day-to-day driving. Safety features like pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, a rear view camera, lane keeping system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard across all trim levels so you can drive with confidence. Other standard features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror that provides a great view any time of day, a push-button start, and a remote start system that lets you get the climate control going from a distance, so the car is just the right temperature by the time you climb in.
Of course, tech can be helpful on the track too. All Mustang models come standard with Track Apps, which lets you keep an eye on your performance metrics in the digital instrument cluster. In addition to the usual metrics like speed and RPM, you’ll also be able to see acceleration time, lap times, and lateral and longitudinal g-forces at a glance. Other tech features designed for use on a racing track include electronic line-lock, which keeps the front brakes locked while in gear in order to warm up the rear tires, and launch control, which optimizes your powertrain control, traction control, and brakes in order to make your starts as smooth and consistent as possible.
Plenty of other available features are there to make sure that you’re nice and comfortable in the cockpit. Dual-zone automatic climate control lets you and your front passenger pick your own individual temperature settings, so you don’t have to fight over control of the AC. Heated seats and a heated steering wheel can help keep you warm when the weather gets cold. An available 12-speaker premium sound system by Bang & Olufsen can bring your experience to the next level by letting your music come through crystal clear. It includes an HD radio as well as a CD player for those who still prefer to curate a physical music collection.
The most important job of any performance car is to deliver a great driving experience, and the Mustang does that with aplomb, but a good pony car should also look the part. If you’re an auto enthusiast, then, of course, you want a car that you can be proud of, both in terms of powertrain and appearance. Well, when you roll up in your 2023 Mustang, whether you’re arriving at a work event or a driving club, you’re sure to turn heads.
Ford offers 18 different wheel styles on the Mustang, so you can customize the car’s exterior to fit your style and stand out, even among fellow Mustang drivers. Options range from the machine-face polished aluminum wheels with high-gloss black painted pockets available on the EcoBoost and standard on the EcoBoost Premium and forged-aluminum painted with luster nickel available on the 2.3L High Performance Package and GT Performance Package to ebony black-painted aluminum wheels included in the Nite Pony Package and machine-faced aluminum carbonized gray-painted wheels that come with the California Special Package.
There are plenty of other ways to make the Mustang fit your aesthetic. You can choose between a coupe body that looks ready to hit the track and a convertible model that’s at home cruising along the road with the top down. There are also plenty of colors to choose from, including Race Red, Shadow Black, and Grabber Blue Metallic. Other things are the same on every trim, like standard LED headlamps that are able to provide plenty of light while also having a sleek, slim shape.
Beyond its track-ready tuning and roaring powertrain, the Mustang Mach 1 also delivers plenty of style. Its streamlined design projects its ability to achieve high speeds. Its front fascia and grille are both functional, providing improved cooling and aerodynamics, and fashionable, giving the Mach 1 an athletic look. Low-gloss black and magnetic accents and stripes painted on the hood and sides pay homage to Mustang models of yore, connecting this modern marvel with its rich history. Unique badging lets the world know that you can handle the most powerful Mustang in the lineup.