2010 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible Road Test Review

Arv Voss - CAP staff
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Since it was first introduced in 1964, more than nine million customers have contributed to the Ford Mustang's cultural icon status.  The 2010 Mustang continues to improve across the board after 45 years as one of North America's favourite muscle cars.  The 2010 model represents a more modern evolutionary take on the Mustang's heritage, with a new, muscular, exterior design approach that includes upgraded materials and technology, and a bold new interior execution.  Choose V6 or V8 power for your coupe, convertible or unique glass roof Mustang, all available with several new optional features, allowing owners to personalize their rides. 

Exterior sheet metal is all new for 2010, and new headlamps, lower fascias, and grille capped by a powerdome hood add to the car's athletic look. The more aggressive grille is adorned by the first new "Galloping Pony" emblem since 1964.  The nose is shark-like in appearance.  The fenders display tight, sculptured wheel flares.  A classic "spear" character line on the doors leads to a modern indication of "hip" rear fenders.  Rear end styling exhibits angled corners, integrated deck spoiler and prominent rear emblem.  A notable new taillamp design features Light Emitting Diodes firing sequentially from inside to outside for turn signal indication.  This feature is very cool, and is a modern version of the sequential taillights on some late 1960s Ford products.  Wheel and tire combinations are bigger this model year, helping to improve handling and braking.  Shocks have been retuned on all models as well. 

My test 2010 Mustang was a Convertible powered by the 210 horsepower V6 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission; a five-speed manual is standard.  The exterior was finished in Sunset Gold metallic with a Black cloth top and Charcoal Black leather interior.  The base price was set at $30,199, while the Pony Package, Security Package, Interior Upgrade Package, heated leather seats, convertible boot cover, cloth top, HID headlamps, engine block heater, automatic gearbox and destination charge bumped the final amount to $37,128. 

The single right side exhaust denotes that a V6 lies beneath the power-dome hood (dual exhaust on V8 models), but the exhaust note that emanates from the chrome tip is a sweet rumble that sounds surprisingly like that issued by a V8 – not as raucous perhaps, but pleasing nonetheless. 

Acceleration was also surprising thanks to 240 lb-ft of torque, with plenty of Mustang attitude, and the ride quality smooth and comfortable.  Handling was sporty and quite nimble. 

The Mustang interior is very luxurious.  The aluminum trim and chrome ringed instruments provide an upscale appearance, while the analogue gauges give off a soft blue illumination at night, with matching door sill plate logo lighting, lest you forget that you're in a Mustang. 

The top lowers easily at the push of a header-mounted switch after releasing manual side latches.  Raising the top requires manually pulling down on the top to allow proper re-latching. 

The 2010 Mustang Convertible is a refined, comfortable and powerful vehicle without losing any of the original Pony Car's spirit and appeal.

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Topics: Convertible, Ford, 2010, Mustang Convertible, $30,000 - $39,999,

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