How does one measure perfection? How is it properly defined and exemplified? The answers to these questions might be subjective, and a definitive response will certainly depend on who you happen to ask. That said, if we were to look at one vehicle that might come close to defining this concept, it would be the Ford Mustang. When this model first rolled off of the assembly line back in the 1960s, few could have possibly foreseen what it would accomplish. Not only was the world introduced to the concept of the “pony car,” but the paradigm of high performance completely shifted, and the golden age of the muscle car began.
All these years later, the Mustang still embodies the uncompromising spirit of the American automotive industry. From the highway to the racetrack, there’s no shortage of drivers who hold this vehicle near and dear to their hearts. The arrival of the 2024 Ford Mustang is another chapter in the tome of perfection and pedigree currently being written. Seamlessly blending the old and the new, the most recent Mustang exhibits the same performance that made the world take notice during its debut, yet manages to possess all of the modern attributes that make Ford one of the leaders in technological innovation. While times have certainly changed a great deal over the years, the poise and pedigree of the Ford Mustang have remained consistent.
There’s no better place to start an examination of the 2024 Ford Mustang than by looking at what type of powertrain propels it forward and generates an otherworldly amount of momentum. In its formative era, the Mustang was exclusively geared towards performance, but as consumer demand has changed over the years, so have the powertrain options in this vehicle. The base offering is a testament to this commitment to meeting consumer needs, offering both power and efficiency.
The standard 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost engine is ideal for those who wish to make an economical purchase. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission for optimum performance, this powerplant's 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque shows that Ford can make big things happen with a small engine. While these performance attributes are certainly impressive, this engine also gives the 2024 Mustang fairly conservative fuel consumption for a pony car. The EPA-estimated fuel economy of the 2024 Mustang EcoBoost is 22 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
For those who wish to experience unconstrained performance, two other models, the GT and Dark Horse, are built with this purpose in mind. Both are equipped with a 5.0L V8 engine that’s ideal for breaking sound barriers and tearing up the track. The 2024 Mustang GT is rated for up to 486 hp and 418 lb-ft of torque and is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a ten-speed automatic. The Dark Horse edition of the Mustang, which is geared more towards performance on the race track, boasts 500 hp, which certainly places any competitor far behind it.
For those looking to maximize the experience behind the wheel, an available Performance Pack sees fine-tuning taken to the absolute limit. This option adds Brembo brakes for more stopping power, MagneRide active suspension, a front tower brace, and more. One of the most remarkable Performance Pack features is a revolutionary electronic drift brake, which replaces the traditional mechanical handbrake and can lock up the rear wheels more easily.
Once you have taken a few moments to look under the hood and see what the 2024 Mustang offers for performance, you will have the pleasure of getting behind the wheel. If the available powertrains of the Mustang made you think about the best of the past and present combined, then the interior of the vehicle certainly reinforces that thought. Bestowed with the latest and greatest technological innovations, the interior also retains the style and aesthetic that the Mustang has always been known for.
Sitting behind the wheel for the first time, you will instantly take notice of the vehicle’s new infotainment setup. The standard 13.2-inch center touchscreen sits at an angle, slightly tilted towards the driver for ease of use. This is paired with a standard 12.4-inch digital driver display, which can be configured to merge with the infotainment screen, giving the appearance of a single massive display. Equipped with the latest version of Ford’s SYNC 4 software, the 2024 Mustang boasts compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also includes Ford’s Power-Up software for over-the-air updates so your car always has the latest tech features.
While this futuristic feel is front and center and available for all to see, the chrome gear shifter and logo embedded upon the steering wheel take us back to the glory days of the Mustang's past, when it was driven by the likes of Steve McQueen in Bullitt. For those who are looking to enhance their experience when they’re behind the wheel, available features such as interior ambient lighting can provide that ideal setting and an available stereo system from B&O with twelve speakers and a subwoofer is perfectly suited for the driver who prefers music to the sounds of the engine.
When it comes to comfort, available leather seats can be added to maximize the luxurious aspects of the world's most beloved muscle car. Customizing the interior with different colors and patterns is also on the table, which means you can have the vehicle designed to your precise liking. As a matter of fact, custom ordering your 2024 Ford Mustang is one of the best ways to select the ideal features for not just the interior but the powertrain as well. This is an excellent way to make sure you get exactly what you want without having to settle for something that doesn’t agree with you.
Whether you plan on utilizing the 2024 Mustang for the race track or simply as your primary method of transportation to handle the daily commute, there’s one factor that ties both of these uses together—safety. Being safe on the road is one of the most important aspects of any vehicle. In recent years, Ford has been on the cutting edge in terms of developing the latest and greatest driver-assist features to afford its drivers peace of mind during their travels and provide oversight regarding the other vehicles and pedestrians they share the road with.
All three variations of the 2024 Mustang come equipped with a comprehensive suite of driver-assist features that Ford refers to as Co-Pilot360. Some of the features that come equipped are Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Brake Support. This combination of features can help you avoid front-end collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. Some other standard driver-assist features are a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert with Braking and a Lane-Keeping System with Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert, and Driver Alert.
There are also available driver-assist features that can be added to the 2024 Ford Mustang to enhance your experience on the road. Among these is Ford’s Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, a revolutionary setup that automatically alters your vehicle's cruising speed to safely match surrounding traffic patterns. Voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link can also help make your journeys more enjoyable than ever before by providing clear directions with live traffic updates.