I like the Mustang. It's rude and crude but huge fun to drive. I love the sound, the purity of the car. I don't think I would buy one over a VW GTI or a BMW 128i, but I'd be tempted. I prefer the way the Shelby GT version handles, and I like the upgrades offered on the Bullitt edition, but the base car offers a lot of fun for the money. If I were to buy a Mustang, I would go for a base car with no options and fit the upgraded suspension that came on the Shelby GT.
Sure, the live axle limits the Mustang's ultimate abilities, and the interior isn't terribly high quality, but I still can't help being drawn to the aging Ford coupe.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor