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2021 Ford Mustang Is Consumer Reports’ Highest Rated American Sports Car

While the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E gets plenty of press these days, lest we forget, the original pony car – the Ford Mustang – is still going strong. The second most American vehicle in the world will also be available with proper V8 power for the foreseeable future, as Ford Authority reported back in May, and has historically outsold its rivals handily. Now, the 2021 Ford Mustang has yet another feather to add to its proverbial hat, as it has been named Consumer Reports‘ highest-rated American sports car.

The criteria for this distinction is simple – CR ranked all of the American sports cars it has tested by its overall score, which is comprised of multiple categories including safety, road tests, owner satisfaction, and reliability. In that regard, the 2021 Ford Mustang tops its rivals with an overall score of 76 out of 100.

Consumer Reports calculated that overall score using the Mustang’s road test score of 84, predicted reliability of 3 out of 5, and a predicted owner satisfaction of 5 out of 5. The Mustang also has a bevy of safety features available, including optional Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking.

By comparison, Consumer Reports gave the Dodge Challenger a road test score of 70, a predicted reliability score of 5 out of 5, a predicted owner satisfaction score of 4 out of 5, and an overall score of 73. In terms of safety features, the Challenger offers Forward Collision Warning as an option, but not Automatic Emergency Braking.

Finally, the Chevrolet Camaro – perhaps the Mustang’s most bitter rival – fell far behind these two competitors with an overall score of just 63. It did well in the road test, scoring an 85, but only managed a 2 out of 5 in predicted reliability and a solid 4 out of 5 in predicted owner satisfaction. As far as safety features go, Forward Collision Warning is available as an option, but Automatic Emergency Braking is not.

Sales Numbers - Two-Door Muscle Cars - Q2 2021 - USA

MODEL Q2 21 / Q2 20 Q2 21 Q2 20 Q2 21 SHARE Q2 20 SHARE YTD 21 / YTD 20 YTD 21 YTD 20
DODGE CHALLENGER +52.35% 15,052 9,880 46% 31% +36.92% 30,148 22,018
FORD MUSTANG -6.62% 14,676 15,717 45% 49% -5.43% 31,950 33,786
CHEVROLET CAMARO -58.17% 2,792 6,675 9% 21% -28.71% 9,881 13,860
TOTAL +0.77% 32,520 32,272 +3.32% 71,979 69,664

The Mustang has faced some production cuts in recent months as a result of the semiconductor chip shortage, which undoubtedly played a role in its nearly 7 percent decrease in Q2 sales in the U.S. That caused it to fall behind the Challenger by just 376 units, though the Mustang outsold the Camaro by roughly 12,000 units. Challenger sales jumped 52 percent while Camaro sales dove 58 percent. Regardless, the Mustang is still in a good position to earn the title of best-selling sports car for 2021, so long as production woes don’t get in the way.

We’ll have more on the Mustang soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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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  1. Derek McQuarrie

    I drive a VW Golf R at home. I drove a Mustang Convertible on Kauai last week. It is quite possibly the worst car I have driven in my life. Interior quality is basic. The ride is harsh. Road nose appalling. Ride comfort awful. Throttle response weak. Back seat unusable. Steering unpredictable. Complete garbage.

    1. Phillipsinclaire

      How much money did you get paid to spout these words of stupidity? I just drove my 2021 Mustang convertible across the country and had the best time of my life. The only point that you maybe close on is the lack of expensive knobs,leather, silver plated switches etc. To get that feel head for BMW or expensive Foreign sports cars that can go up to 100s of thousands dollars or more.

    2. jsullyboy

      I have owned and driven many brands including Porsche (10+ year member of Porsche club) and I think your assessment is a little harsh. The Mustang has a much more visceral feel than something like a Porsche or potentially your Golf R (never driven one) . But the handling, ability to put down power is very, very good and most professional automotive reviews I have read/watched would support this. Perhaps you should consider that the rental you drove and the comparison you made is the equivalent of comparing a Golf (base) to a Civic Type R.

  2. Derek McQuarrie

    *road noise

  3. Eric

    The Ford mustang is one of the best American sports cars ever made. There is a big difference if you’re driving a ego boost mustang compared to a GT. Of course the GT handles much better and has more bells and whistle‘s and I’m sure your rental car had none of the above. Rent the higher in Mustang and I’m sure your comments will be different.


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