When I first learned that I would be driving the new 2011 Ford Mustang V6 I was very excited. I had been covering the car for the past 6 months, knew everything about it but just didn’t have any seat time in it. On paper the car is pretty impressive with its 305 hp V6 and 31 mpg rating on the highway, but until you actually drive a car you truly have no way of knowing. The car I was driving was a maroon V6 with Ford’s 6-speed automatic transmission. I was really hoping for a manual, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. Upon entering the car the first thing you’ll notice is that the materials are much better than those used on the 2005-2009 models. Sure there is still a liberal amount of plastic, but nothing compared to the outgoing cars.
The door panels now come with soft vinyl inserts and chrome trimmed speaker rings. Nothing crazy here but little things like this really help to spruce up an otherwise drab interior. The seats are firm, comfortable and offer a decent amount of bolstering to keep you in place once the roads get twisty, they also offer eight way adjust ability.
The back seats in this car are a joke, so unless your friends don’t have any legs I wouldn’t suggest trying to fit them back there. This particular Mustang was loaded with just about every option including GPS, back-up camera, leather seats, xenon headlamps, etc. The problem here is that this car is not cheap. In fact when I went to the Ford website to price it out, it came to a staggering $30,000, for a V6 Mustang!
Obviously the big news about this car is the fact that it makes 305 hp and these are big numbers for a V6. However when you consider the Mustang weighs in at 3,572 lbs. You begin to realize that 305 hp really isn’t that much. I climbed behind the wheel, put the 6-speed automatic transmission in drive and proceeded out onto the road. Right off the bat I liked this car. It’s big, has a nice stable feel to it and inspires confidence when driving.
The V6 is a bit buzzy, but nothing to fret over. Power wise, with the automatic transmission I am going to say that the V6 is adequate. I wouldn’t go so far as saying this is a fast car, but it does go when you put your foot down. I tried to break the rear wheels loose from a standing start with the traction control off and couldn’t do it. I’m going to go under the assumption that this is the automatic transmissions fault because with 300 hp, I should be able to roast the tires at will.
The suspension in the standard V6 is compliant over all types of road surfaces, soaking up bumps and road imperfections with ease. It’s also up to the task of playing in the turns as well. I had a blast flinging this thing all over the tight twisty roads of Bear Mountain State Park and was even able to hang the tail out on occasion. When I first thought about the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 I was thinking that it may in fact make the perfect track car, but now after driving it in its current trim, I must unfortunately bury that thought. This is not to say that you couldn’t use this car on the track, in fact it’s my understanding that you can purchase the V6 Mustang with the GT’s track package which includes Brembo brakes, a firmer suspension and a 6-speed manual transmission. Do this, and maybe, just maybe you’d have a nice daily driver/track machine on your hands. At the end of the day the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 is a great car for those who want a sporty, great looking and reliable ride that is well built and gets great fuel economy. For those that are looking for a more serious sports car than I would recommend looking at the V6’s older brother, the 5.0-liter GT.