A Vacation On Wheels, and Sweet Details For Everyone
Oh my, how far this little beauty has come.
When it was introduced in the 1960’s it was purely a boy toy, but that was back in the day when boys loved to wrench, girls loved boys who wrenched, and girls were more often seen in the passenger seat rather than the driver’s seat.
But these days, girls are just as often behind the wheel. Ford gets that.
Why does Ford get it, you ask? Well, you’ll have to ask Marcy Fisher: she’s the design engineer who oversaw the redesign of the Mustang.
Yes, you read that right. SHE oversaw the design of this car.
And so, there are many things that Marcy made sure this car has. Like a dashboard that doesn’t crunch your knees when you move the seat up so you can reach the pedals. Marcy and her team made sure the curve of the dashboard is high enough to accommodate all types of knees—those of short people and those of taller ones.
And front seats that return to their original position after they’re flipped forward so you can put your bag in the back or to allow someone to climb in.
“When I put my purse in the back seat,” said Marcy, “and I put the seat back up, it goes back to its set position.” Ahhhh… the luxury of not having to readjust the seat back every time you put your purse in the back seat (or your toddler!).
More Room, Because You Gotta Take Your Crew Along
And speaking of that toddler, there’s more room for her, too: the Mustang’s interior space, especially in the back seat, has been increased (and yet the car is smaller and shorter in both height and length). In fact, you can —if you really want to—get two car seats in the back. Or you can put two adults in the back, and no one should get their toes squished because there is more legroom and more butt room than ever.
Then, those toddlers need strollers, and if you have two toddlers in car seats, well of course, perhaps you need two strollers. Luckily, they will both fit in the trunk. Ford made sure of that. (Oh, and two golf bags will fit in the trunk, too, just in case anyone asks.)
A Vacation On Wheels
But the real beauty of the Mustang isn’t its cargo and passenger space, of course. It’s all about the front seat experience: Ford wanted this car to feel like a vacation on wheels. So they focused on a beautiful interior with delicious leather appointments—thanks to interior designer Susan Lampinen who added Chanel-quality details such as stitching on the dashboard and leather and seats designed to ‘hug’ you. Then, they created two model types: a convertible and the iconic fastback. And, they engineered it for a thrilling drive, so no matter which model you choose—the base model with a 300 horse power engine or the top of the line with a V8, both available in manual or automatic with paddle shifters—when you step foot into this car, it’s not just a ride, but it’s an experience.
Marcy’s Favorite Feature
But what is Marcy’s favorite feature? That she can drive it in the snow.
A set of toggles at the bottom of the center console allows the driver to select a drive mode with a flip of a switch: wet/snow, track, sport and normal. So when the weather is messy or snowy, the Mustang will have extra traction and mastery. And when you find yourself on a NASCAR half mile oval, you can put it to the test in track mode. Or when you’re cruising the PCH you can set if for sport mode. And you can forget to tell your teenage son about this great little feature and leave in normal and not temp his inner speed demon.
Ford’s Best Feature (HeHeHe…) Talk about Being In CHARGE!
Which leads me to my favorite feature on the Mustang, and on all Fords in general: MyKey. You can keep this beautiful new car looking spiffy, and your teenager (or lead-footed hubby) safe by programming the key to limit the car’s speed. After all, the thrill of 0-60 is the same, even if you don’t go over 60MPH, but the pain of a ticket, or worse, stings for a long, long time.
How’s this for cool: The very first person to buy the very first Mustang (50 years ago!)
was a woman named Gail Wise. Ford recognized her during the unveiling of the new model.