2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – A Car I’m Thankful For

When we gather with friends and family in late November for Thanksgiving, most people will be expressing thanks for their health, job security, and any number of other good fortunes. I will add to that list with my personal expression of thanks: I’m thankful that this year I drove a Ford Mustang Boss 302.

I was fortunate enough to drive a 2012 Boss 302 last summer and a 2013 Boss 302 this year, and I’m thankful for those opportunities now that we know Ford will discontinue the Boss for 2014. Discontinuing the Boss after a two-year run will make the car even more special and even rarer, so I feel lucky to have had seat time while the car was still in Ford’s press fleet.

The Boss 302, for the uninitiated, is a thorough re-think of the Ford Mustang. Its 5.0-liter V-8 engine has an extra 24 hp (for a total of 444 hp), the chassis has more bracing and adjustable suspension dampers, and the interior gets snug Recaro seats and a grippy Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. It’s easily the best muscle car I have ever driven, and it’s also one of the best sports cars overall that I’ve driven. From the race-car exhaust snarl to the precise short-throw transmission, and from the taut ride to the ferocious acceleration, everything about the Boss 302 makes me grin.

I won’t deny that the car has some flaws: the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, so you’re forced to sit too close to the pedals, and the interior plastics and equipment are no more special than in a $22,995 Mustang V-6. The Ford Mustang Boss 302 isn’t the perfect car and it isn’t my favorite car of all time, yet it’s so much fun that I am thankful to have driven two versions of the Boss during its brief two-year production run.

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