2021 Ford Mustang: A Trim Comparison
The Ford Mustang is a classic American car with a long heritage and a well-earned reputation. Despite rumors of a redesigned seventh generation, the muscle car is entering the fourth year of its sixth generation with minor cosmetic updates. Instead, Ford focused bringing back the legendary Mustang Bullitt. This is what you can expect from the 2021 Ford Mustang’s trim offerings this year.
Comparing Mustang Trims
When it comes to choosing a Mustang trim, you’ll have more options than you might expect. It’s never as easy as choosing the sleekest mustang you can find.
The 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback has a starting MSRP of $27,155 and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but drivers can upgrade to a 10-speed automatic transmission for $1,595.
Feature-wise, you can expect a rear-view camera, four-way manual driver seat, two smart-charging USB ports, and push-button start. On the exterior, the EcoBoost Fastback has LED headlamps with LED signature lighting. On the rear is dual bright exhaust with rolled tips.
New for 2021 are driver assistance features that comes standard. These features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist, among other features.
The 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible returns from last year at a price of $32,655. It includes the same features as the EcoBoost Fastback but in a drop-top model. The biggest difference is the inability to fold the rear seat down, which helps accommodate the convertible top. Just in case you want to leave the top down when you’re out running errands, the center console now has an electronic lock.
EcoBoost Premium Fastback
If you’re looking for more out of your EcoBoost engine, the 2021 Ford Mustang Premium Fastback trim may be the perfect option. It has a starting MSRP of $32,175 and comes with an enhanced engine to improve handling.
On the inside, the cloth seats are exchanged for heated and cooled leather-trimmed front bucket seats. Dual-zone electronic temperature control for driver and passenger also improves rider comfort. The EcoBoost Premium Fastback’s infotainment system is faster, more responsive and better than ever. Drivers will also appreciate the selectable drive modes with toggle switches. The exterior integrates heated mirrors and turn signal indicators.
EcoBoost Premium Convertible
An available 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible is also available—a convertible version of the EcoBoost Premium Fastback. It has a starting MSRP of $37,675. Like the other convertible Mustangs, you lose the split-folding rear seat and gain an electronic locking center console. The trim features, however, remain the same as the non-convertible model.
The 2021 Ford Mustang GT Fastback has a starting MSRP of $36,120 and is designed for power. It has a much stronger engine with its 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. This does lower the fuel economy, but it also gives you a whopping 460 hp and 420lb-ft of torque. Handling also improves with larger front and rear brake rotors. The electronic line-lock, for locking the front brakes for a burnout, is a perfect addition to this performance trim.
The interior includes power seating for the front passenger seat but tones down some of the “comfort” features. The seats are cloth rather than leather, and it comes with Sync, instead of Sync3. The performance design is further enhanced by dual exhaust with quad tips in the rear. The standard transmission is also manual, but an automatic is available for an added cost.
There is no GT Convertible offering.
GT Premium Fastback
As you might guess, the 2021 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback is a step up from the GT Fastback and has a price of $40,120. It comes with the GT Fastback engine, but handling improves with the addition of selectable drive modes. The biggest changes are in the interior, which includes heated and cooled leather-trimmed front bucket seats. On top of this, both the driver and passenger seats are equipped with six-way power adjustment.
The entertainment system is also improved with the addition of SiriusXM and Sync 3 technology. The GT Premium Fastback also introduces nine-total speakers, which allows for clearer sounds. It also has intelligent access with push-button start and a universal garage door opener.
GT Premium Convertible
The GT Premium also has an available convertible trim has a starting MSRP of $45,620. The Mustang GT Premium Convertible has the same features as the fastback model, just in a body style where the top drops down to enjoy the sunny weather.
New for 2021, Ford is introducing the Mustang Mach 1. At a starting MSRP of $52,720, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has a v8 engine that generates a whopping 480 horsepower. it offers a higher top speed, an active exhaust system, MagneRide, heavy-duty front springs, a rear-spoiler, summer tires and other cool, sporty features. It also has a 12-inch digital instrument cluster.
The Shelby GT500 is an American favorite and has a starting MSRP of $72,900. Naturally, it has more power thanks to the supercharged V8 engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It produces an impressive 720 horsepower.
The vehicle is a beauty inside and out. the exterior features a race-inspired chassis and suspension system. High-performance tires, a carbon-fiber spoiler and wheels are all included. The interior of the Shelby GT500 is just as impressive with its RECARO sports seats.
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