2010 Ford Mustang Premium V-6 Convertible
The bottom line: The 2010 Mustang Premium V-6 convertible is an affordable fantasy car gifted with some utility, as represented by usable rear seats. It is slightly more fuel efficient but decidedly less prestigious than the Mustang GT V-8.
Complaints: That V-6 engine remains a bit of a gas hog. I averaged 21 miles per gallon, combined city and highway. I know Ford can do better. When do we get an EcoBoost Mustang, Ford?
Ride, acceleration, handling: Ride is excellent, thanks to some improved suspension work in the 2010 Mustang. Handling gets good marks, too. Acceleration is adequate.
Body style/layout: The 2010 Mustang convertible is a mid-size, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car with a semi-automatic (manually operated headliner latches) vinyl convertible top and seats for four people.
Head-turning quotient: It's a Mustang. But you'll get more attention in the Mustang GT.
Engine/transmission: The model driven for this column was equipped with a 4-liter V-6 engine that develops 210 hp at 5,300 rpm and 240 ft-lbs of torque at 3,500 rpm. It was linked to an optional five-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard.
Capacities: There are seats for four people. Luggage capacity is 10 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 16 gallons of recommended regular unleaded gasoline.
Mileage: An unimpressive 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic stability and traction control, side air bags.
Price: Base price on the 2010 Ford Mustang Premium V-6 is $28,995. Dealer's invoice price on that model is $26,671. Price as tested is $30,840, including $995 for the five-speed automatic transmission and an $850 destination charge. Dealer's price as tested is $28,387. A $1,000 consumer rebate is available. Prices are sourced from Ford, Edmunds.com and Cars.com, an affiliate of The Washington Post.
Purse-strings note: Compare with BMW 1-Series, Chevrolet Camaro, Infiniti G37 and Volvo C70.