The staff at Car and Driver just got through with their long-term, 40,000-mile road test of the sixth-generation Ford Mustang GT – a 2016 Premium fastback with black paint and the available 6-speed manual transmission. Over the course of 17 months, the crew got well-acquainted with the car’s strengths, weaknesses, and indifferent quirks.
One low point: the Recaro seats.
“The seats were our greatest source of frustration,” writes Car and Driver Road Test Editor Mike Sutton. “Their exaggerated bolsters impeded smooth shifting, and our drivers found it hard to comfortably settle into the chairs.”
The outlet also met several other issues with annoyance – namely, “a brake pedal that grew increasingly grabby on initial application,” and a tendency for the transmission/driveline to clunk audibly in the lower gears. Both of these vagaries prompted Car and Driver to bring the Mustang GT long-termer in to the dealer, who found no cause for concern.
Of course, the publication found plenty endearing about the blue-collar, 435-horsepower pony car, as well. The staff happened to get their hands on a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS concurrently with their Mustang GT loan, with C/D staffers’ preference being more-or-less tied to “which brand you’ve sold your soul to,” as Senior Editor Jared Gall put it. At the end of the day, both are strong, compelling enthusiast products.
For Car and Driver‘s full long-term road test writeup, click here.