Ford threw us the keys to one of these Stangs, and the first thing the parking lot attendant said to us when we showed up to pick up the car was, “Oh, the green one”, with a beaming smile on his face. Now, he sees a lot of cars, so that’s saying something. When the car pulled up, we could see why. While the color may not be for everyone, it is the only color to get if you need to add some “Likes” to your Facebook page. To say it attracts attention is an understatement. It stops traffic, and encourages complete strangers to start conversations with you… Even in New York City!
And if the paint job alone does not do it, wait until you see what happens when you click on the key fob to get into the car at night. Let’s just say a lighted prancing pony will be there to greet you.
Ford made some updates to the 2013 Mustang exterior, which gives it a more aggressive look. The nose clip is inspired by the Shelby GT500, HID projector headlights are sinister, and the blacked-out LED taillights are slick. We were driving the “Mustang Club of America” edition, so it had some additional appearance upgrades, like the billet grill, which really works on the new front end.
The leather seats were supportive and very comfortable. The interior materials and fit-and-finish were top-notch, rivaling pretty much anything out there. The navigation system with back-up camera is a must-have these days, and works splendidly. Road trip, anyone... anywhere, anytime!
The 6-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth, and now you have the option to put it into “sport mode”, and shift through the gears yourself via +/- buttons on the shifter handle. While this works as intended, paddle shifters would be a welcome addition for a sporty car like this.
Our tester had the 19” wheels, which had an amazing grip on the road in the dry weather, and surprisingly good in the wet also. The handling, even with these low-profile tires, was super tight, and not punishing at all. Ford engineers get a big thumbs-up for their suspension calibrations.
Ford engineers also get another thumbs-up for somehow figuring out how to make a car that has been around since 1964, and awesome back then, improve from year to year. Every year, we think the Mustang cannot get any better, and every year we’re happily proven wrong.
At the end of our week with the “green machine”, we will now have to get used to blending back into society. We are no longer rock stars.
It sure was fun “going green”...
- 2013 Ford Mustang V6 Premium: $26,200
- 3.7L 4V TI-VCT V6
- 6-Speed Automatic Transmission:
- V6 MCA Edition: $995
- Gotta Have It Green: $495
- Electronics Package with Navigation: $2,340
- RR Sensing System/Security Package: $695
- Comfort Package: $650
- V6 Performance Package: $1,495
- Rear Video Camera: $240
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