Founder of HER Certified and co-founder of Smart Women Series USA, Cathy Droz has test driven over 520 cars for manufacturers and reviewed them on hercertified.com, radio, TV, YouTube and in print.

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Coupe

Whenever I have had the opportunity to test drive a Ford Mustang, I find a way to tell everyone around me that my first car was a two-year-old Ford Mustang. In 1970 I purchased a gently used 1968 Mustang that cost me $4,000. I was recently out of high school and starting a job, so I didn’t have $4,000. Fortunately, my parents lent me the money and I paid them off at $80 per week for 50 weeks. It was worth every penny of hard work and savings. I loved my Mustang and to this day I know I will own one again…hopefully a classic and a convertible. In the meantime, Ford lets me test drive theirs.

That was then, and this is now. The 2020 Mustang Ecoboost Coupe was a whole other “horse.” The smart team at Ford have added a Mustang High Performance Package for the EcoBoost-equipped model powered by Ford Performance’s high-revving 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that puts out 332-horsepower and 350-lb.ft of torque making it the most powerful four-cylinder sports car by an American automaker.

Powerful it is. Once I was able to go from first to sixth gear on the open road, felt the rush of shifting gears and heard the exhaust tunes from the rear, I was back to 1970 on my way to a Billy Joel concert.

At first, the Twister Orange color threw me off, I felt like it was too much. However, after one day of driving and getting so many positive comments, I realized I couldn’t picture it in any other color and certainly not an automatic transmission.

Because of my height, (short legs) I had to manually adjust the seat way up for me to reach the clutch and brake. It pulled me so close to the steering wheel that if the airbag deployed it would do some serious damage. The back seat, like most was tight but two 10year-olds never complained. The trunk fit two golf bags, snug but fine. The split row rear seat helps with larger cargo. It’s not a family car nor would I imply it was.

I feel like everyone should own a Mustang once in their life, I am glad I did.

For more, go to ford.com and to hercertified.com for more reviews.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dual Exhaust System
  • Raised Blade Decklid Spoiler
  • Hood Accent Stripe
  • Cloth Seating Surfaces
  • Split Fold Rear Seat
  • 4.2 LCD Center Stack Screen
  • AM/FM Stereo w/6 Speakers
  • Limited Slip Rear Axle
  • Rear View Camera
  • Sync with Applink
  • Airbags - Driver/Passenger Knee, Dual stage front, front seat, mounted side impact side air curtain
  • Latch Child Safety System

EXTIMATED PRICING – MY TEST VEHICLE “vehicle not for sale”

  • Base Price $26,670
  • Price as Tested: $37,765
  • Engine/Transmission: 332-horsepower 2.3-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
  • Fuel Economy: 20/27/23 mpg – City/Highway/Combined

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