2012 Ford Mustang

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What's New for 2012:
- Revived from the late 1960s Boss 302 trim
- Boss 302 Laguna Seca (limited-edition roadster)
- Adjustable power steering

Exterior Features
The classic \"pony car\" of the 1960s--a small, economical car with performance features--the Mustang continues to fill that role in the 21st century. For 2012, Ford has revived the ultra-powerful Boss 302 trim that it introduced in 1969, and the overall look of the car is slightly retro, but with plenty of up-to-date styling cues. The Mustang is available as a coupe or a convertible in the lower trims; as a coupe only in the Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca trims.

Interior Features
The base V-6 model has a basic menu of amenities and 17-inch wheels. The V6 Premium adds leather upholstery, power driver's seat, Sync interface, and an upgraded stereo system. The GT steps up to a V-8 engine and 18-inch alloy wheels, with dual exhaust tips, limited-slip rear differential, rear spoiler, and fog lights, with the V-6's standard features. The GT Premium adds the same upgrades as the V6 Premium. The Boss 302 trim includes a more powerful V-8 engine, Brembo brakes, cosmetic upgrades, and adjustable shock absorbers. Standard on the Boss 302 are cloth seats and the basic sound system. The Boss 302 Laguna Seca adds a stiffer suspension, race-compound tires, other performance enhancements, and unique gauges. Recaro seats are standard.

Optional Features
Many different options are available at all trim levels. The Boss 302 can add Recaro front seats and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential; also available on the V6 Premium and the GT are larger wheels and an upgraded sound system.

Under the Hood
The standard engine is a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. The GT trims employ a 412-horsepower V-8 engine; the Boss 302's V-8 delivers 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission is available on all but the Boss 302.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Mustang are:
- Mustang V-6 with automatic transmission: 19/31/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Mustang V-6 with manual transmission: 19/29/22 mpg
- Mustang GT with automatic transmission: 18/25/21 mpg
- Mustang GT with manual transmission: 17/26/20 mpg
- Mustang Boss 302 models: 15/23/17 mpg

Standard safety features on the Ford Mustang include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, and front side air bags.

In government crash tests, the 2012 Ford Mustang Coupe received 4 (out of 5) stars for overall protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 4 stars for frontal-offset protection; 4 stars for side-impact crash protection; and 5 stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mustang Coupe received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--in the frontal-offset test and an \"Acceptable\" rating in the side-impact test.


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