The first Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17, 1964 and 2014 will mark the model’s 50th anniversary. It was to be expected for the Mustang to offer the greatest features for this model year. Ford is offering new packages for both the interior and the exterior, new paint colors and for the interior new cleaner, easier-to-read instrument cluster graphics.
The crazy thing about the Mustang is that its first concept, the T-5 Prototype, was a two-seat roadster with a mid-mounted V-4 engine; imagine that... Things evolved during its development and the Mustang eventually morphed into the pony car we know with the choice of either a V-8 or six-cylinder engine. This tradition carried on through the years, with exception of a handful of years through the 1970s and 1980s when four-cylinder engines eventually made their way into the `Stang.
Since 1994, however, the Mustang regained its original offering of a six-cylinder — albeit a V-6 as opposed to an I-6 — and a V-8 engine. To sweeten the Mustang pot last year, the the 2013 Shelby GT500 became the most powerful Mustang ever built, thanks to its 662-horsepower V-8 engine.
Through its long life, the Mustang has been one of the best-selling models in America, but it has the new Chevrolet Camaro and the retro-styled Challenger beating down its door for muscle car supremacy.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Mustang.
For the 2014 model year, the Mustang will continue to offer the same prominent grille that Ford added last year. It features a more powerful splitter and functional heat extractors on the hood to help move hot air out of the engine compartment. Also added for 2014 are two new exterior colors: Ruby Red and Oxford White. Two new package are also available for the Mustang V6 and GT: FP6 and FP8. The Mustang V6 has the FP6 package available and it adds in black-painted side mirrors and rear spoiler, body-color rear quarter window louvers and 18-inch black-painted aluminum-alloy wheels. The GT model’s FP8 package carries all of the same upgrades as the FP6, but its wheel are 19 inches.
|Width - Excluding Mirrors (in)||73.9|
|Width - Including Mirrors (in)||80.1|
|Front Track (in)||62.3|
|Rear Track (in)||62.9|
Mustang V6 Exterior Features:
- Easy Fuel capless fuel filler
- HID headlamps
- Rear sequential LED turn signal lamps
- Rear-window defroster
- Side-view mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors
- 17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels with P225/60R17 all-season tires
- Black power sideview mirrors
- Stainless steel dual exhaust tips
- Vinyl top on convertible
Mustang V6 Premium Exterior Features:
- All V6 standard features, plus:
- 17-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets
- Body-color power sideview mirrors
Mustang GT Exterior Features:
- All V6 standard features, plus:
- 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
- with P235/50R18 W-rated tires
- Automatic headlamps
- Body-color power sideview mirrors
- Bright rolled dual exhaust tips
- Dark-chrome Pony badge located in grille
- Hood-vented heat extractors
- LED fog lamps
- Rear spoiler
Mustang GT Premium Exterior Features:
- All GT exterior features, plus:
- Cloth top on convertible
- Soft boot for convertible top
The 2014 Mustang gains cleaner and easier-to-read instrument cluster graphics. This cluster includes a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen that offers details on the fuel economy and vehicle performance, including: 0-to-60 mph time, 1/4-mile time, G force and stopping distance. There is also an optional Shaker audio system with eight speakers and a Shaker Pro version with nine speakers for a premium, stage-like listening experience.
|Head Room - Front (in)||38.5||38.8|
|Head Room - Rear (in)||34.7||36.5|
|Leg Room - Front (in)||42.4||42.4|
|Leg Room - Rear (in)||29.8||29.8|
|Hip Room - Front (in)||53.4||53.4|
|Hip Room - Rear (in)||46.8||45.2|
|Shoulder Room - Front (in)||55.3||55.3|
|Shoulder Room - Rear (in)||47.8||45|
Mustang V6 Interior Features:
- 12-volt powerpoints (2)
- Cruise control w/ steering wheel-mounted buttons
- Power door locks and windows with one-touch-up/-down feature
- Sun visors with multipurpose storage system and illuminated vanity mirrors
- 4-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with height adjustment and 2-way manually adjustable front-passenger seat
- 4-gauge instrument cluster with chrome accents
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Message center
- Premium AM/FM stereo/single-CD audio system w/ auxiliary audio input jack
- Single-zone manual air conditioning
Mustang V6 Premium Interior Features:
- All V6 standard features, plus:
- 6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar
- Leather-trimmed front seats
- 4.2" color LCD display in instrument cluster with MyColor illumination and Track Apps
- Ambient lighting
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Bright-aluminum instrument panel, pedal covers, door-sill scuff plates and shift knob
- Bright-chrome door speaker surrounds
- Ford SYNC
- Shaker™ Audio System with AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability and 6 speakers
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 6-month trial subscription
- Steering wheel-mounted audio and 5-way message center controls
- Universal garage door opener
- Vinyl door-trim panel inserts
Mustang GT Interior Features:
- All Mustang V6 standard features
Mustang GT Premium Interior Features:
- All V6 Premium standard features
For the 2014 model year, the V6 and GT models will continue with the same enginesas 2013. The V6 versions use a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 305 horsepower, while the GT version gets a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of 420 horsepower.
Both engines mate to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmissions with SelectShift.
The optional Performance Package adds in a little extra quickness on the V6 with a 3.31-to-1 limited-slip rear differential.
All combined, the base V6 model has been independently tested at 6.8 seconds to 60 mph with an automatic transmission and the Performance Package drops that to 5.7 seconds. The fastest of the group is the manual-transmission-equipped GT model at 4.7 seconds to 60 mph.
|Engine Type||3.7L Ti-VCT V-6 Engine||5.0L Ti-VCT V-8 Engine|
|Displacement||3.7L (227 cu. In.)||5.0L (302 cu. In.)|
|Horsepower (SAE net @ rpm)||305 @6,500||Premium Fuel: 420 @ 6,500|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)||280 @4,250||Premium Fuel: 390 @ 4,250|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||95.5 x 86.7||92.2 x 92.7|
|Valve Lifters||Direct Acting Mechanical Buckets||Roller Finger Followers|
|Fuel Delivery||Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection||Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Recommended Fuel||Unleaded Regular||Unleaded Premium|
|EPA-Estimated Ratings (Actual mileage will vary)||19 city/29 hwy EPA-estimated||15 city/26 hwy EPA-estimated|
|Transmission Type||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Acceleration (0-60)||6.8 Sec (Automatic); 5.7 Sec (With Performance Pack)||4.7 Sec (Manual)|
Suspension and Brakes
Both the V6 and the GT models come with an independent MacPherson strut suspension combined with a constant-rate coil springs for the rear. Both versions will also include a selectable steering with three driving settings that will allow the driver to select how the car reacts to the road.
As an option, Ford offers a GT Track Package that includes 19-inch alloy wheels combined with 14-inch vented front discs and a Torsen differential. Customers can also opt for a Brembo Brake Package. On the V6 and V6 Premium models, the Performance Package adds in a slew of handling components, including: a strut-tower brace;
a larger front sway bar and SVT rear sway bar; upgraded front springs; performance front and rear calipers with performance friction pads; 19-inch painted machined aluminum wheels with 255/40R19 summer-only tires and a stability control recalibration.
|Mustang V6 Premium||$27,095|
|Mustang V6 Convertible||$27,995|
|Mustang V6 Premium Convertible||$32,095|
|Mustang GT Premium||$35,795|
|Mustang GT Convertible||$36,695|
|Mustang GT Premium Convertible||$40,795|
|Premier Trim with Color Accent Package||$395|
|California Special Package||$1,995|
|Exterior Appearance Package||$295|
|V6 Pony Package||$995|
|Mustang Club of America Special Edition||$995|
For the 2014 model year, the Camaro LS and LT versions come with a 323-horsepower V-6 engine, and SS version that gets a 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering up to 426 horsepower.
The Camaro is priced from $23,345.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
The 2014 Challenger carries on with only very minor revisions. So, we expect to see the same retro design with a base 3.6-liter V-6 engine pushing out 305 horsepower, a 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 376 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, and a 6.4-liter V-8 with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque on the SRT8 model.
Gallery Dodge Challenger
Ford Mustang has been out there for 50 years now and in recent years it has really become a muscle car once again. The 2014 model year only continues the success of the Mustang as we sit and wait to see what Ford has up its sleeve for the next-gen Mustang .
- Two engines
- Lots of standard and optional features
- Quite powerful in GT version
- V-6 engine is underpowered next to the Camaro’s base V-6
- That live rear axle hinders handling
Gallery Ford Mustang
For its 50th year of production, the 2014 Ford Mustang continues to deliver performance, style, substance, technology and driver tools.
“Mustang is the perfect example of continuing to build on excellence,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “It takes the greatness of the 5.0-liter V8 and V6 and pushes refinement to the next level. The car has been spot-on functionally, and now offers features and technology to further improve the driver’s experience.”
The 2014 model carries on the distinct Mustang style with an aggressive design featuring a prominent grille. A powerful splitter adds to the appearance, while functional heat extractors on the hood of the GT are specifically designed and placed to help move hot air out of the engine compartment and cool the engine.
“With this Mustang, we are delivering a distinctive and emotional design presence that celebrates the total performance of Mustang,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its heritage while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and modern look.”
For 2014 the FP6 and FP8 Appearance Package is available for V6 and GT models respectively. The package includes black-painted side mirrors and rear spoiler plus body-color rear quarter window louvers. All Mustang models with the Appearance Package get black-painted aluminum alloy wheels, 18 inches in diameter on the V6, 19 inches on GT.
Two new colors are available for 2014 – Ruby Red and Oxford White.
Inside, all 2014 Mustang models get new cleaner, easier-to-read instrument cluster graphics.
The 2014 Mustang maintains the outstanding balance and driving behavior Mustang owners expect. The 5.0-liter V8 engine delivers 420 horsepower and even the standard 3.7-liter V6 offers 305 horsepower.
All Mustang models feature six-speed transmissions with a SelectShift® automatic as an alternative to the standard manual. This advanced control strategy offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control.
“This lets owners take an automatic out on a track day or whenever they want to drive sportier, and lets them have the convenience of switching to manual control,” said Tom Barnes, vehicle engineering manager for Mustang.
Unlike some competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t second-guess the driver with an override shift. With SelectShift, manual control is truly manually controlled, allowing the driver to hold a gear right up to redline if desired.
The GT Track Package is available only on manual Mustang GT with a 3.73 axle, giving track enthusiasts an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads and a Torsen® differential for improved power delivery to the pavement. The package includes 14-inch vented front discs, unique 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.
Other optional packages include the Brembo Brake Package on both manual and automatic Mustang GT models and the V6 Performance Package.
Hill Start Assist makes driving a manual-transmission Mustang in hilly terrain easier and more convenient. The feature helps keep the car from rolling backward, making it easier to pull away when on a grade. With the brake pedal pressed, if sensors detect the car is on a slope, the system is automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the braking system and the car remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.
Mustang also offers customers selectable steering that tailors the driving experience to fit their needs. With a choice of three settings, the feature allows a customer to select the steering effort, depending on his or her style of driving.
Sport mode provides the most road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the highest level of steering effort, allowing the driver to be more in tune with how the car reacts to the road. Comfort mode provides the least amount of road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the least amount of steering effort, which is ideal for long, relaxing drives.
A standard mode provides a balance between the comfort and sport settings. The settings are accessed and programmed through the message center.
A 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen lets Mustang drivers access information related to fuel economy and vehicle performance. The screen is navigated through a five-way control button located on the steering wheel and offers Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics for drivers right from the factory. The app measures g-forces, shows acceleration times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments, and displays braking times, complete with automatic and countdown starts.
The Shaker audio system offers eight speakers while the Shaker Pro offers nine speakers for a premium, stage-like listening experience. Standard SYNC® AppLink™ gives drivers voice control of selected smartphone apps such as Pandora, Destinations, Audible and many more.
The 2014 Ford Mustang is built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.