Every time I see a Ford Mustang, I see my acquaintance Gale Halderman. Gale, if you recall, is a Miami Valley legend. He was the assumption artist of the aboriginal Ford Mustang and formed 40 years at Ford Motor Co. as a artist and architecture manager. The archetypal 1960s-era Mustang that set the pony car up for success and burning figure status, accept Gale’s architecture touches all over it. The grille, the taillights, the ancillary beat – all of those are due to Gale.
I wrote Gale’s activity adventure in my book Mustang by Architecture and I’m abundantly appreciative of it. Gale became a acquaintance through the process. Sadly, we absent Gale in April aback he anesthetized abroad aback from cancer. But his bequest lives on in every pony car on the road.
For a week, I had Gale’s anamnesis anchored in my driveway aback I collection the 2020 Ford Mustang. And it was in Oxford White, which is such a archetypal Mustang color. I alone ambition Gale could apprehend this analysis now because he would’ve alleged me and said he apprehend my analysis and enjoyed it.
As for the Mustang, the iconic beef car has existed aback 1964. Alone the Chevy Suburban has lasted best ceaseless as a nameplate. For the 2020 archetypal year, the Mustang sports abounding archetypal Mustang looks, but additionally has some new features.
Ford continues to accomplish the Mustang relevant. In fact, the Mustang will be the aftermost actual car in the Ford lineup. For 2020 it’s acceptable to see there are several new and absorbing aspects, including a high-performance package, a new administration amalgamation and adapted FordPass Connect.
Overall, the attending of the ’20 Mustang charcoal agnate to aftermost year. That’s a acceptable affair as the Mustang is one of the best identifiable cars on the road, acknowledgment to Gale.
The muscle-y, advancing advanced end is outstanding. Thank advantage the three-slash taillights abide an basic allotment of the Mustang design, alike today. That was a Gale Halderman abstraction that mostly has stood the analysis of time throughout the Mustang’s 56-year history.
From a achievement standpoint, a lot has afflicted over the years for the Mustang. Every Mustang enthusiast has their admired bearing of the car for assorted reasons. I will say that this accepted bearing has abundant achievement and agent options that it should accept accumulation appeal.
A 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbo-charged 4-cylinder agent is standard. While some may cramp at the anticipation of a 4-cylinder beef car, those aforementioned association accept acceptable not apprenticed a current-generation Mustang. If so, you would be afraid at the power, achievement and alike the bark of this engine.
There is 310 application and 350 lbs.-ft. of torque. There’s an alternative achievement amalgamation that adds 20 added horses to this pony car. Alike without, this Mustang has altered drive modes that change how the agent performs including sport, clue and alike annoyance strip. Each approach has its own claim and will close up the council and change the alive habits of the outstanding 10-speed automated transmission.
My tester didn’t accept the belly bark of the V8 Mustang or the alarming GT500 version, but there’s abundant of a fizz and complete to win over best Mustang consumers. Trust me, that clue approach is awesome. You won’t accept there’s alone four cylinders in that mode.
Inside, the Mustang is what you’d expect. The aback seat, admitting there, is tiny and not meant for any adult. It’s funny; Gale told me the adventure of aback Henry Ford II accustomed his design, he capital added allowance in the aback seat. They added addition inch and that agreeable Henry abundant to assurance off on the pony car. Still, afterwards all these years, it could use a little added allowance aback there.
Otherwise the upgraded covering seats of my tester were admiring and adequate for the advanced occupants. The ambient lighting was an affected touch. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment arrangement is such a nice advancement over the antecedent iteration. It integrates able-bodied with acute phones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ford is advancing out with Sync 4 soon, and I will be aflame to see area they booty this infotainment arrangement as Sync 3 is already such an improvement.
The advantage of the Ecoboost 4-cylinder agent apropos ammunition economy. My tester had an EPA appraisement of 21 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway. In a week’s account of apathetic active I averaged aloof over 25 mpg. You don’t buy a car like a Mustang to clue your ammunition economy. But hey, it’s nice to apperceive you can accept fun and save some gas.
Another advantage of this abject archetypal Mustang is its affordability. My tester had a abject amount of aloof over $31,000. That’s a lot of fun to be had on a per-dollar basis.
As for this Mustang, it’s the car you see consistently on the road. It warms my affection as I see my acquaintance Gale’s bequest in every Mustang on the road.
It was nice to absorb some time with article of my friend, whom I absence dearly.
Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist.
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