2005 Ford Mustang Review

At the start of 2006, both Avis and Budget will begin stocking their rental fleets with the new Ford Mustang. The Ford Mustang will be offered both as a hard top intermediate vehicle as well as a convertible.

When Ford first introduced the Mustang in 1966, it was said that it looked like it was moving even when standing still. Nobody had seen anything quite like it. The look has become a classic causing car aficionados to collect them, driving the prices up into the mid-$20,000 range on the more desirable convertibles. The rarer Shelby models easily command prices 2 and 3 times that.

Over the years, Ford has re-introduced the Mustang in a variety of configurations, some better than others. Always, the newer model Mustangs have been held up against the original as the standard bearer for good looks and performance.

The 2005 Ford Mustang is all-new from top to bottom. Ford has altered the frame, extending the wheelbase by an additional 6 inches for better stance and balance. The increase in length has also added room to the interior for better leg and head room.

The 2005 Ford Mustang is offered as a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible, both of which seat four adults. The base model V6 includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt steering column, full-length center floor console, remote keyless entry and interval windshield wipers as well as an AM/FM/CD player. The V6 engine is a 4-liter SOHC that pumps out 210 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. More than enough to have a lot of fun with!

However, it is the looks that are so wonderful. The styling on the 2005 Ford Mustang evokes the classic 1960 styling that put the Mustang on the map in the first place. The car comes with those wonderful rear quarter-panel windows and the fastback. The new Ford Mustang has the signature long hood and short rear deck accompanied by C-scoops in the sides, three-element tail lamps and the galloping horse badge in the center of the grille. The shark-like nose echoes the 1967 model. The jeweled, round front headlamps are very fetching sitting in trapezoidal housings.

All in all, the looks are gorgeous. The retro styling has captured all the best elements of the 1960s Mustangs, while the handling and horsepower are outstanding. Look for these cars in early 2006 on the Hawaiian Islands through both Avis and Budget for a fun and rewarding rental experience!