We are here today to speak about the 2013 Ford Mustang V6 Premium. A car that, for all intents and purposes, used to be classified as something of a full-time rental or chick car. It used to be that you bought the V6 ‘Stang because either you couldn’t justify or afford the price of the GT, or you just didn’t want to pay the extra moola’ for fuel. As a red blooded American male I was a bit skeptical of Ford’s new V6 pony, however after spending some time with it, I came away with some pretty good thoughts.
First off, this isn’t the old V6 of yesteryear that only produced 210 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. This is 2013, which means this new 3.7-liter V6 pumps out 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Impressive numbers for any V6 powered machine. The Mustang is not a sports car in as much as it’s a sports coupe, meaning that it’s got plenty of power to get you into trouble, but not enough for you to go buck-wild crazy.
Clad in deep impact blue paint with saddle interior and a 6-speed manual, this car was a looker and I was amazed at how many compliments we received. It was also fitted with the optional V6 Performance Package which meant 255/40/19 Pirelli summer tires (same as GT track pack equipped cars), a 3.31 limited slip axle ratio and a set of nicely painted 19-inch wheels.
From a performance standpoint the V6 Premium did very well. 0-60 mph comes up in under 6-seconds with the quarter mile rolling by in about 14 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 113 mph, which, and let’s face it, is more than fast enough for a daily driver. If tracking a car is your thing, then go buy a Track Pack equipped GT, Boss 302 or GT500. The V6 Mustang was built to give you a great compromise between performance and economy and it does that very well.
Fuel economy is rated at 19 city / 29 hwy with a manual transmission, and 19 city / 31 hwy with the automatic. I was seeing a consistent 24-25 mpg in combined driving with my 6-speed manual car which honestly, isn’t too bad. Keep in mind I actually own a 2013 Mustang GT with the track pack and if I get 250 miles out of a tank I’m ecstatic, so the mileage in the V6 was quite welcome.
Jump on the accelerator and the Mustang runs up through the gears nicely with smooth shifts, however at higher RPM’s the engine does sound and feel a bit buzzy. Handling manners are more than capable, however when pushed hard the Mustangs 3,501 pounds and solid live axle (especially on bumpy roads) do become apparent.
Steering feel is nicely weighted and thanks to the optional performance package (which I highly recommend) with 19-inch wheels and Pirelli tires, the driver is treated to great feedback. Brakes feel firm and stable and bring the Mustang to a halt with no surprises. Even after repeated hard stops, the V6 ‘Stang never exhibited any pedal fade.
From a mechanical and performance standpoint, the 2013 Mustang V6 Premium is a great car. It’s a solid driver that gets great fuel economy for a sports coupe, with looks that make you feel like a million bucks. However there are a few things I have issues with. If for instance you go for the Premium Package, you get items like leather seats, nicely stitched door inserts and the Ford “Track Apps” which tell you things like 0-60 mph time, oil and intake temperature and instant fuel economy. All nice features no doubt, however it’s the gimmicky things that drive me crazy. The Illuminated door sills, the fact that I can change the color of my gauges, and of course the mirrors that show a little illuminated Mustang on the pavement just bother the snot out of me.
All of this reminds me of the 1980′s when cars came out with digital voice commands, electric seat belts and options that did nothing but add unwanted cost to the car. I get why Ford does this, but with an as equipped price of $32,025.00, it just cheapens the cars interior and makes it feel tacky.
As for the rest of the interior, I have only a few comments. Front seats are nicely bolstered and very comfortable, even on long trips and offer electronic adjustments for forward movement and mechanical if you want to recline.
The back seats work in a pinch for adults over short distances, or work fine for small children. The trunk is small, however there is enough room to allow for a weeks worth of luggage. And the steering wheel in all Mustangs still does not offer a telescoping option which is ridiculous in this day and age.
When it comes to electronics other than the Track Pack stuff, the Mustang does not disappoint. Some testers complained about Ford’s Sync System, but I found it quite likeable. Everything from the navigation and Shaker stereo, to the climate controls were easily accessible and intuitive. Listen, each manufacturer offers their version of the latest and greatest navigation and stereo systems, but at days end all they have to do is work properly and the Sync System in this Mustang does not disappoint. In short, it’s a worth while option if you want a kick-ass stereo and navigation.
Ford’s Mustang has come a long way over the last few years. It’s a great looking automobile that provides high style, a nice interior for the money, and a host of different performance options with all the bells and whistles you could ask for in a package that won’t break the bank. These are no longer secretary or fleet cars, but nicely rounded sport coupes that deliver on what Ford promises – FUN!