2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium

Competition is a wonderful thing. Their longstanding rivalry has made the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang viable alternatives to expensive imports. I am especially impressed by the Mustang GT's snappy shifter and overall character considering the relative simplicity of its underpinnings. While a live axle was once a serious liability, it lives a low-profile, barely noticeable existence here. The extra power that comes with Ford's new 5.0-liter V-8 definitely gives the Camaro SS a run for the money. I'd say that the Mustang is edging closer to perfection for its ilk with very few serious warts.

That said, allow me to pick three nits. The driver's left-foot/dead-pedal area is neither flat nor at an appropriate angle. The headrests are angled annoyingly close to front-seat occupants' heads. And the area where a driver would otherwise be inclined to rest a right elbow is fraught with pain-inducing edges and hard surfaces. I can hardly wait to drive a Camaro rising to this Mustang GT's challenge.

Don Sherman, Technical Editor

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