2010 Ford Mustang GT

My sincere compliments to Ford for a job well done. This is one of the more effective face-lifts I've experienced. The 2010 Mustang GT has the legs to run with (though not ahead of) its Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger mortal enemies. The 0-to-60-mph sprint of 5.3 seconds, combined with a quarter-mile run of 14.0 seconds at 103 mph, places Ford third in acceleration, but there are sufficient endearments - decent handling, attractive pricing, appropriate styling - to make up that difference. Considering the simplicity of its chassis, this Mustang shows commendable agility and a lovable personality. Heading my gripe list are a lazy electronic throttle and the heavy effort needed for quick 2-3 and 4-5 shifts. A lump in the floor under the accelerator pedal and headrests canted too far forward also annoy. But overall the Mustang GT is a viable alternative to not only the Camaro and the Challenger but also to Ford's own Shelby GT500.

Don Sherman, Technical Editor

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