The Ford Mustang is the original muscle car launched by Ford Motor Company in 1964. The most popular used Ford Mustang for sale is the fifth generation, built from 2005 to 2014. The current Mustang has a base V6 engine and the higher-end GT comes with a V8. Used Mustangs for sale in Pennsylvania is the most popular model in the state. Searches for used Mustangs for sale in New Jersey is second only to used the Honda Civic. The Ford Mustang is also one of the most Followed cars on Mojo Motors across all states.
In 2010, the Ford Mustang was released with a brand-new redesigned exterior to help make it more aerodynamic. Shoppers will notice Mustangs built after 2010 have a more aggressive, rounded front-end. Despite the refresh, the 2010 Ford Mustang and beyond is still considered a part of the fifth-generation along with the 2005-2009 Mustang because they share the same DC2 platform.
Mustang Camaro Comparison
The Ford Mustang has one real competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro. Sure, there is the Dodge Challenger, Nissan 350Z, or Hyundai Genesis but the muscle car heavyweights truly are the Mustang and Camaro. Even though the Chevrolet Corvette is sometimes tested against the Ford Mustang, the Corvette is technically a sports car while the Mustang is considered a “pony car” or muscle car.
The Ford Mustang had a V6 and two V8 engines between 2005 to 2014. From 2005-2009, the Mustang had a 4.0 V6 and a 4.6 V8. A 5.4 Supercharged V8 was also available in the super high end Mustang GT500 trim.
The later Ford Mustangs, from 2010-2014, were built with engines to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro which was introduced in 2010. The refreshed Mustang came with a base 3.7 Duratec V6 engine with 305 horsepower and a 5.0 V8 engine, pictured below, with 412 horsepower from 2011-2012 and 420 horsepower from 2013 to the present.
The Camaro comes with a base 3.6 V6 engine with 312 horsepower (or 323 horsepower on later models) and a variety of V8 engines including a 6.2-liter 400 horsepower for automatic transmissions and that same 6.2-liter engine with 428 horsepower for the stick shift.
The Chevrolet Camaro is slightly larger than the Ford Mustang in both length and width. The Mustang is nearly four hundred pounds lighter which is why the Mustang also gets better gas mileage than the bulkier Camaro.
Mustang Highlights & Facts
- The “pony car” is actually named after the P-51 Mustang, a fighter jet used by the U.S. in WWII and the Korean War.
- Modeling of the original Mustang only took 11 days.
- More than 7 million Mustangs have been sold since it was launched in April 1963.
- The fifth-gen Mustang is the last modern day sports car which still uses a solid rear axle. Both Camaros and Challengers use independent rear suspensions.
- The Mustang GT500 made our list of best used sports cars under $40,000.
Written by Max Katsarelas