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2006 Ford Mustang

2006 Ford Mustang Road Test Review
by Martha Hindes

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang Interior

When Ford suggested it was time to replace the Mustang several years ago, it didn't take long for the reaction to set in. "No way!" was the response from outraged Stang lovers who populate annual Mustang classic events and have thrived for four decades in Mustang clubs. Ford listened. Smart move. According to the company, the vehicle now accounts for nearly one of two sports cars sold in the U.S. and is the top selling convertible.

Few vehicles have remained as instantly identifiable as Mustang among average drivers as well as enthusiasts. Today, the rear-drive pony car that has moved through several design iterations with such badging as Shelby, SVT Cobra R and the short-lived, downsized two-seater Mustang II, has returned to a more classic domination of the segment it alone never abandoned. A total redesign a year ago remained true to the '60s original concept. The legendary long hood, short rear deck, side "C" scoops, three element taillamps and galloping pony insignia remained intact, and won lots of Wows! and awards from enthusiasts and admirers alike. Adjectives have abounded from, "sassy" to "dominating" to "Bold," the theme of Ford's new company TV spot with a husky voiced Kelly Clarkson crooning in the background as it teases American Idol wannabees.

For 2006, Mustang adds a GT-inspired six-cyl "Pony Package" and available 18-inch wheels for the GT, the largest ever available for a V-6. Vista Blue and Tungsten Grey clearcoat metallics are added as new exterior colors. And a new dark aluminum interior trim is a model year latecomer. Buyers can accommodate individual styles by color customizing instrument panel lighting at a touch to achieve 125 different color backgrounds.

Standard power comes from a 4.0-liter, 210-HP V-6 with five-speed manual transmission, or optional five-speed automatic. Three-hundred horses stampede out of the 4.6-liter aluminum V-8. Safety equipment and standard amenities are enhanced in the '06 model, base priced just below $20 K for the high-volume V-6 coupe. Anti-theft is among many options.

Unlike the full-seated Dodge Charger, Mustang's rear seat is more accoutrement than a long-distance place to ride, assuming one can pretzel ones way inside. But that's expected. It's doubtful purist Mustang fans would allow it to be any other way.