A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang has been an iconic vehicle for half a century, and its latest styling and updates only make it more attractive and more popular with American drivers. While its exterior may not be quite as eye-catching as the Chevy Camaro, its interior is nothing but class, and its engine is definitely a match for the competition. Standing up to the likes of the Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and others, the Mustang is one of America’s favorite muscle cars, and we don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.

Key Features

The 2012 Ford Mustang’s 3.7-liter V6 engine has enough power and torque to compete against most V8 engines, and it just keeps getting better. This year’s engine outperforms previous Mustang GT engines. In addition to a great engine that delivers a lot of power, you’ll also get other standard and optional features, like cruise control, electronic stability control, Ford’s SOS alert system in case of an accident, the SYNC voice-command infotainment system, and Sirius XM satellite radio, among others.

Changes for 2012

Want to really feel the road some days but enjoy a comfortable, relaxed ride on others? The selectable steering on the 2012 Ford Mustang lets you switch between standard, sport, and comfort modes. The 2012 model year also brought us a limited run of 444-horsepower Mustang Boss 302 models.

What We Like

Ford has stayed true to the spirit of the Mustang over the years, and the 2012 model year is no exception. Plus, they’ve actually increased fuel economy without compromising performance, too.

What Concerns Us

If you’re not a fan of loud, throaty engines, this isn’t the car for you. It’s not exactly subdued, and it lets people know you’re coming. Also, the 2012 Ford Mustang isn’t available with an independent rear suspension, which is a turn-off for some car buyers.

Available Models

You can choose from three engines for the 2012 Ford Mustang, including a 3.7-liter V6, a 5.0-liter V8, and a supercharged 5.4-liter V8. The V6 starts at 305 horsepower and gets 30 MPG on the highway (automatic transmission), while the supercharged V8 has 550 horsepower and gets 23 MPG on the highway.

Major Recalls

Some models have been recalled due to a problem with the car failing to shift into reverse or failing to indicate that it is in reverse when it shifts properly. A few other models were recalled due to a chance of the airbag rupturing.

Common Issues

The most common issue that owners complain about is corrosion or peeling paint on the hood or bumper.

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