The fifth-generation Ford Mustang was the last of the rudimentary muscle car-like ‘Stangs, as the car that followed it was much more of a refined sports car. Even so, for many the previous-gen car exudes strong appeal specifically because of its simple, no-nonsense engineering... and traditional live rear axle.
Even by the standard of the mid-to-late 2000s, the Mustang’s interior, ride comfort or tech level were nothing to write home about. It made up for that through its brash, unmistakable styling (which was oh-so “retro-futuristic”), the wide array of different models, attainable nature and, of course, its performance.
The car was updated and modernized for the 2010 MY when it also gained a new and much-improved V6 engine in 2011, a base unit that could finally be recommended. New transmissions were added too and the hydraulic power steering was replaced by an electric system.