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The ‘Hidden’ Compartment Many S550 Mustang Owners May Not Know About

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Many cars in the world today have what people like to call “Easter eggs,” or cool little details that pay homage to another vehicle or an automaker’s past. And then there are just plain old basic features that are often difficult to spot, not obvious, or unadvertised. All three apply to the “hidden” compartment present in the dash of the S550 Mustang.

The 2015-2021 Ford Mustang has what is intended to be a sunglass holder positioned in a strange place – directly to the left of the steering wheel, inside the dash. While most cars have a sunglass holder mounted in the overhead area close to the windshield, Mustang designers clearly wanted to do something different.

Problem is, it’s sometimes surprising how many S550 Mustang owners are not even aware that this compartment exists. It is clear by looking at it from the outside that this is a panel of some sort, but most assume that it’s there to cover fuses or something else. But when we push in on it, a little tray pops out as if by magic.

While this compartment was designed to hold sunglasses (albeit only smaller ones), many owners use it for other things. This includes keys, emergency cash or change, a multitool, garage door opener, micro SD cards or USB drives, snacks, business cards, and sometimes, illegal items that we won’t bother to mention here.

Regardless of what it’s used for, this little hidden compartment in the S550 Mustang is a nifty little feature that’s also quite unique. For whatever reason, designers just didn’t want to go with a traditional sunglass holder in the overhead area, and that led them to do something truly different. Unfortunately, it’s a cool feature that for whatever reason, many owners aren’t even aware exists.

We’ll have more nifty tips like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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    • My 2017 F150 has this. My Dad’s 2011 Raptor has this, plus holders for other things, such as an older cell phone. Pretty sure most new Fords with a console have that feature.

  1. Bought a vehicle once with a similar compartment that had a bad dash rattle. Opened the drawer to find it was crammed full of quarters. Got rid of the rattle and bought pizza.

  2. Currently own a 2018 mustang gt. Plain Jane as far as you can tell. When you line up against it.
    The 3 ltr. whipple kicks in along with the upgraded oil pump gear, timing chain sprocket, McCloud RXT 1000hp clutch, Steed 1000hp driveline, steel braid hydraulic line, “borla attack”~cat back exhaust. Steeds lowering kit with caster/camber & bump steer.
    $65 k so far stays right with a gt500.
    Destroys Hellcats and camaro’s!

  3. Just be careful. Once at a red light, I accidentally pushed the trunk release button instead of the sunglasses compartment. So I jumped out super fast to close my trunk lid, and accidentally closed it onto my finger which was stuck. The exterior trunk button above the license plate doesn’t work when the car is on… So I had to sit there until someone pulled over and popped my trunk from inside the car.

  4. Lol like someone else, what mustang owner doesn’t know this?…now the extra compartment in the glove box would make a better story.

  5. Reminds me of the “useless cubby” in the 08 Civic Si(similair location) I had. Ends up it was perfectly designed to hold a pack of cigarettes(never could find anything else that made sense for it). I wonder how many people leave the Intelligent Key in there?

  6. Yeah, even dealership cleaning crews don’t know about it. I found a 1/4 of dank and an 8-ball of coke in the 2015 GT PP I bought.

    My 2019 GT PP I traded the 15 in for didn’t come with that standard equipment. Sadly.

  7. The hidden tray, will break easily, just by everyday use. I used mine for about 4 months, then it broke, when you push it back in, it won’t stay in, it pops back out. So it’s not hidden to well.

  8. Nope don’t own the new Mustang or the new Ford truck I’ve had 60s Mustangs in the past nine of them for instance two fastbacks 1966 great comments though fun to hear the different uses for these compartments😉🏁

  9. Don’t drive this on Interstate 20 several law enforcement agencies will stop you and claim it can be used to conceal controlled substances and attempt to do a civil forfeiture of your vehicle. It’s been done to owners of Lincoln town cars watch the ABC 20/20 investigation.

  10. I used mine(2016 GT PP,) too hold my safe deposit box key etc… Big question is have you found the hidden second glove box compartment behind the existing glove box? Haha! Didn’t think so!

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