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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  • Name Boss 302 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 40310.00 Engine 5.0L/302 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name GT Premium (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33710.00 Engine 5.0L/302 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name GT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29710.00 Engine 5.0L/302 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name V6 Premium (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26310.00 Engine 3.7L/227 City/Hwy MPG 19/31
  • Name V6 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22310.00 Engine 3.7L/227 City/Hwy MPG 19/31
  • Name Shelby GT500 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 48810.00 Engine 5.4L/330 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
  • Name V6 (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27310.00 Engine 3.7L/227 City/Hwy MPG 19/30
  • Name V6 Premium (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31310.00 Engine 3.7L/227 City/Hwy MPG 19/30
  • Name GT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34710.00 Engine 5.0L/302 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name GT Premium (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 38710.00 Engine 5.0L/302 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name Shelby GT500 (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 53810.00 Engine 5.4L/330 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
  • Unique cloth sport bucket seats -inc: gray embroidered Boss logo
  • Rear split fold-down seat
  • Locking center console -inc: armrest, storage bin
  • (2) Covered cupholders
  • Front black floor mats
  • Driver footrest
  • Bright aluminum pedal covers
  • Unique door scuff plates
  • Alcantara suede-wrapped steering wheel
  • (4) gauge unique dark aluminum instrument cluster
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • MyKey system
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system (PATS)
  • Air conditioning
  • Satin-aluminum register surrounds -inc: black vanes
  • Rear window defroster
  • Vinyl-wrapped door trim
  • Satin-aluminum door release handles
  • Unique black shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake handle
  • Leather front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, 4-way adjustable head restraint, pwr lumbar
  • Front seat-back mounted map pockets
  • Aluminum pedal covers, aluminum scuff plates
  • Leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel w/brushed spokes
  • (6) gauge instrument cluster
  • Bright aluminum accent dash appliques
  • MyColor customizable interior lighting system
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • (2) Pwr points
  • Door trim panel inserts w/chrome speaker surrounds
  • Bright aluminum-accent shift knob
  • Sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors -inc: multi-purpose storage system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Center dome lamp
  • Map pocket lighting, sill plate lighting, cupholder lighting, front & rear footwell lighting
  • Cloth front bucket seats -inc: 4-way manual driver seat, 2-way manual passenger seat, 4-way adjustable head restraint
  • Tilt steering wheel w/cruise controls
  • (4) gauge chrome-accented instrument cluster w/air registers
  • Bright aluminum pedal covers -inc: bright aluminum scuff plates
  • Leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel w/aluminum spokes
  • Message center
  • Illuminated entry
  • Leather sport bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar, 4-way adjustable headrests, racing stripes coordinated to exterior stripes, Alcantara suede accents
  • Front floor mats -inc: silver stitching & GT500 logo
  • Bright pedals
  • Leather & alcantara suede-wrapped tilt steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Brushed aluminum accented 6-gauge instrument cluster -inc: message center, compass, SVT graphics
  • MyColor 125-color gauge backlighting system
  • Pwr windows -inc: global front window open feature
  • Active anti-theft system -inc: perimeter/intrusion alarms
  • Manual climate control
  • Sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors -inc: multi-purpose/interchangeable storage system, universal garage door opener
  • Rear bench seat
  • Lighted bezel
  • 19" black painted aluminum wheels -inc: 19" x 9" front wheels, 19" x 9.5" rear wheels, summer tires
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Modified front facial w/splitter
  • Black decklid spoiler
  • Unique hood stripe & reverse "C" side stripe *roof painted to match stripes*
  • Unique front grille
  • Black pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirror
  • 18" x 8" wide-spoke painted aluminum wheels
  • Mini spare tire
  • Rear spoiler
  • Dark chrome grille pony emblem
  • Complex reflector halogen headlamps
  • Auto headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED sequential tail lamps
  • Body-color pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirror
  • 17" machined aluminum wheels w/painted pockets
  • 17" x 7" painted aluminum wheels
  • 19" x 9.5" aluminum wheels
  • P255/40R19 front & P285/35R19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires
  • Aluminum hood w/single large heat extractor
  • Unique front/rear fascia
  • Unique rear decklid spoiler
  • Over-the-top racing stripes & GT500 side stripes
  • Unique Shelby rear diffuser
  • Auto headlamps -inc: HID
  • Pwr mirrors w/blind spot mirror
  • Pwr folding soft top
  • Convertible boot
  • 5.0L 4V Hi-Po Ti-VCT V8 engine -inc: unique engine cover w/production number plate
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 3.73 limited slip rear axle
  • Adjustable front/rear shocks
  • Unique front/rear springs
  • Unique strut tower brace
  • Electric power-assist steering (EPAS)
  • Pwr vented 4-wheel disc brakes -inc: Brembo front rotors & calipers
  • Unique side/rear exit quad exhaust
  • Easy Fill capless fuel filler system
  • 5.0L 4V Ti-VCT V8 engine
  • Selectable effort electric pwr-assist rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Stainless steel dual exhaust system -inc: dual bright rolled tips
  • 3.7L 4V Ti-VCT V6 engine
  • Stainless steel dual exhaust
  • 2.73 limited slip rear axle
  • 5.4L 32-valve 4V DOHC supercharged & intercooled V8 engine
  • 6-speed Tremec manual transmission
  • 3.55 limited slip rear axle
  • Stainless steel exhaust w/4" tips
  • Strut tower brace
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Driver/front passenger airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver & front passenger w/head extensions
    • LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) system
    • SOS Post crash alert system *Activates hazard lights & sounds horn upon airbag deployment*
    • Personal Safety System -inc: seat belt pretensioners, load limiting retractors
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Interior trunk release
    • Traction control
    • Premium AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: clock, auxiliary audio input jack
    • Shaker 500 audio system -inc: AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, (2) 90-watt amplifiers, (8) speakers w/(2) 8" subwoofers
    • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, USB port, audio input jack, 911 assist, vehicle health report, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic
    • SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: 6-month subscription *N/A in AK & HI*
    • Rear quarter-mounted antenna

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