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The 2010 Mustang marks the 45th anniversary of the iconic pony car, and though it still resonates with the past, a number of upgrades and updates have helped bring it into a competitive position with its 21st-century competition, the new Camaro and Challenger.
By definition, the 2010 Ford Mustang is a rear-wheel drive available in two body styles: a 2+2 fastback coupe and a 2+2 soft-top convertible. For those that find a coupe cabin confining, there’s a unique glass roof option available - check out our review of the 2009 glass roof model to see the advantages and disadvantages of that configuration.
A 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 is the standard engine on the Mustang, but V-8 GT models now get a higher-output V-8 making 315 horsepower, the same as the 2008 Bullitt special edition, though the 2010 model doesn’t get a shorter rear differential ratio or other special Bullit-specific equipment.
From what we’ve seen in the past, the V-6 should deliver decent but not sporting levels of fun, while the new V-8's beefy sound and quick throttle response promises much more entertainment. Both engines can be had with five-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Over our nearly 200-mile stint with a manual-equipped 2010 Mustang GT - also shod with the newly available 19-inch aluminum rims - we noticed acceleration was immediate and powerful, while the action of the five-speed's linkage was smooth, each gear slotting into place with a clean, positive engagement. Mustangs of the past haven’t been especially known for their quiet cabin or comfy ride, but the 2010 Mustang benefits from new chassis bracing and a recalibrated suspension that yields a more refined ride and gives it more stick in corners.