The Mustang looks very cool with this bright cobalt blue paint over black leather. I also like the interior: the seats are comfortable and handsome in a slightly retro way. The blind spot mirrors that Eric mentions consist of little inset mirrors in the side view mirrors; they were a surprising and welcome feature. I also appreciate the rearview camera image in the inside rearview mirror; it works well and it negates the need for a big screen in the center stack.
My colleagues have covered the Mustang V-6's dynamic strengths and shortcomings at length. All I can say is, yeah, this V-6 makes great power but just doesn't sound right. As for the manual transmission, despite what Phil says, I found heel and toe action to be very good, and the clutch pedal take-up is fine. The shifter itself, though, is a bit too notchy. As Rusty says, give me a Hurst shifter for a more genuine pony-car feel.
I had to pick up my nephew at the Windsor, Ontario, Canada, train station. We took the tunnel back to Detroit and the border-patrol guy was giving us a pretty thorough interrogation. These situations are always nerve-wracking because you never know what might trip you up or doom you to the special-inspection lane. It didn't help that my nephew is Canadian, while I'm a U.S. citizen. But, finally, the guy in the booth asked how I liked the Mustang and commented that he heard that the V-6 has more than 300 hp, and I immediately knew that we were home free.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor