Over the years, the used Ford Mustang has consistently delivered iconic American style and aggressive performance. Our comparison guide is here to help you better understand how these muscle cars have evolved and what you’ll find on the used lot.
Sixth Generation: 2015-Current Model Year
When it comes to performance and modern comfort, these used Ford Mustang models are the best yet. Compared to previous renditions of this iconic American muscle car, the sixth generation supplies more engine options, a sportier independent rear suspension, and increasing interior refinement. In addition to the V6 and V8 engines on offer, you’ll also find a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s designed to balance sporty speed with modern fuel economy.
Like every generation of Mustangs, this one features iconic styling cues. You’ll recognize its fastback roofline and tri-bar tail lights. But these sports coupes also feature more aggressive styling, setting them apart from predecessors. Inside, you’ll also enjoy more elbowroom, thanks to a slightly larger cabin. And new, higher-quality materials give the Mustang cabin an upscale vibe.
For this generation, performance is at an all-time high. The new independent rear suspension adds to the Mustang’s sporty performance, but it also doubles down on ride comfort. The steering was also recalibrated for greater precision. Finally, this Mustang feels increasingly stable during acceleration and braking.
No matter which engine is under the hood, this generation sets you up for a speedy ride. The new EcoBoost four-cylinder engine makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, the 5.0-liter V8 still maximizes speed. During this generation, Ford re-tuned this engine to squeeze more horsepower out of it. The V8 made 435 horses for 2015, but, by 2020, it was even quicker, delivering 460 horses.
Fifth Generation: 2005-2014
With its sporty engine options and retro style, the fifth-generation used Ford Mustang is a big draw for used shoppers. Its new styling – including a bigger grille, fastback roofline, and distinctive side sculpting – harks back to Mustangs from the 1967 and 1969 model years. The cabin also features old-school styling cues, with its large, circular gauges and circular air vents. The dash’s multicolored backlighting gives the cabin a modern vibe, letting drivers choose between orange, blue, green, and white lights.
On the road, you’ll command plenty of speed. Base models feature a 210-horsepower V6. And the fifth-generation Mustang GT model was even more powerful, thanks to its 300-horsepower 4.6-liter V8.
Compared to previous Mustangs, this generation puts a greater emphasis on performance. Its lighter suspension, stronger rear axle, and bigger brakes all work together to enhance driver precision and ride comfort. Altogether, these Mustangs are an excellent blend of power, performance, comfort, and sporty style.
Fourth Generation: 1994-2004
The fourth-generation used Ford Mustang will look familiar, thanks to iconic styling cues like the side scoops and tri-bar tail lights. Inside, you can settle in behind the dual-cowl dashboard, another stylish staple of this American muscle car. As with other generations, these Mustangs are available in coupe and convertible body styles. And they were also built for speed, with muscular V6 and V8 engines on offer.
Compared to previous used Ford Mustang coupes, the fourth generation introduced a convertible body style with a removable hardtop. The base engine came standard with a 3.8-liter V8 engine, and the other models’ V8 engine offered increasing horsepower. Because antilock brakes were optional equipment during this generation, you should check your used Mustang’s spec sheet to verify that it has this safety equipment.