The Ford Mustang is a powerful muscle car that has been making driving fun for generations. After a significant refresh in 2018, the 2019 Mustang carries over without any big changes except for the addition of the new BULLITT model and a new California Special trim. It has the refreshed version of the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine — which is now the entry-level powertrain — and if you want more power, you can bump up to the V-8.
There are benefits to each of the engines, so here are some details to help you decide if you should get the 2019 Mustang with the EcoBoost engine.
What is the EcoBoost Engine?
The EcoBoost is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that Ford revised for the 2018 model year to give it more power and better fuel economy. This engine generates 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and it comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic is also available.
The V-8 Engine
If you want more power than what you can get with the EcoBoost, Ford offers the GT model. It comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford tweaked this engine in 2018 as well to increase its horsepower by 25 and its torque by 20. The new ratings give it more power than other pony cars on the market. The six-speed manual transmission also received an update. It now has much better clutch-to-pedal feedback and allows more torque.
Choose the available 10-speed automatic, and you'll get a new Drag Strip mode for when you really want to push the limits. This mode limits the amount of torque you lose between shifts for unbeatable straight-line acceleration.
The EcoBoost Trims
Ford offers two different Mustangs
with the EcoBoost engine. The base level EcoBoost comes with a number of racy extras, such as a limited-slip differential, and the manual models come with launch control. The EcoBoost Premium adds 18-inch wheels to the EcoBoost and upgrades the interior with leather seats, a nine-speaker stereo system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
You Still Get All the Technology
The base 2.3-liter turbo engine has plenty of power for the driver who wants to hit the road in a classic muscle car, and you also get all the technology you need. Standard tech in the EcoBoost models includes a 4.2-inch center display screen, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Bump up to the Premium for an 8-inch touchscreen display and the Sync 3 infotainment system.
The GT Models
The GT models with the 5.0-liter V-8 come standard with the manual transmission and offer the automatic as an option. Also, the GT Premium gets the same comfort features as the EcoBoost Premium along with the larger engine. If you want to stand out, the BULLITT adds dark Highland Green paint, special wheels, and BULLITT badging both inside and out.
The EcoBoost engine is an excellent choice for any driver. It has plenty of power and the same transmissions as the GT models. If the 2019 Mustang is on your radar, be sure to weigh the benefits of both engine options. Either way, it is a fun drive.
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