Like most teens, I was 16 when I got my first new-to-me car. It was a ’92 Ford Tempo and it was an ugly little thing. The car cost me a little over 4 grand and it was worth every penny. What it lacked in visual appeal, it made up for in dependability. That car lasted for years without a single mechanical problem.
A few years later I got my second new-to-me car, an ’01 Oldsmobile Alero which turned out to be a bit possessed. I had a couple of good years with it then one day all of the electrical stuff went absolutely crazy and it died right in the middle of the road. And finally, the last car I ever owned which also happened to be my first brand new car, a 2007 Saturn Aura. Looking back, I find a bit comical that every car I ever owned no longer exists. I sure hope it’s more about bad luck than a sign of aging.
Years went by and we’ve had several “family” cars but I haven’t had one of my own since the Aura. There’s something about driving a family minivan that just kinda sucks the fun out of driving for a girl. Call me crazy but I just had to have my own car. I didn’t just want one, I needed one! I’ve spent so many years sacrificing my own wants and needs for the family that I just let loose and bought myself a car. Not just any car but as close as I could afford to my dream car. A 2014 Ford Mustang.
I’ll admit, I spent most of the 2 hour drive from Missouri back to Illinois contemplating returning it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the car but the price was scary. I’ve never bought a car with a sticker price over 20k and here I was driving one with a nearly 30k price tag. Nothing makes you feel grown up and committed quite like that. But being behind the wheel of a Mustang also makes you feel young, excited and free! I’d say it’s worth the trade-off.
So it’s been about a month since I brought the Mustang home and I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite features. All of the details below focus on interior features. I’ll cover the exterior and driving later this week. I’ll also share some of the custom work I had done.
MY COLOR PERSONALIZATION
There’s a lot to love about this car but the teenager in me says the coolest feature is the ‘My Color’ custom colored gauges and interior lighting. The LCD message center in the dashboard offers an entire menu of choices. In the MyColor section you can choose from a selection of color choices for the gauges and the halo (the outer ring). Right now I have mine set to purple with the icy blue halo but as you can see below, the color combo is completely up to you!
Your main color choice is also reflected in the ambient lighting around the car like the cup holders.
SEATING FOR FOUR
When it comes to seating, this really isn’t a family car, which is exactly why I bought it. The driver and front passenger seats offer a lot of space and comfort with power seating. There’s even heated seats!
There are times I need to take one or two of the kids with me so I find the lever on the back of the seats to be really convenient. Rather than use the recline lever on the base of the seat, this one is within easy reach.
The rear bucket seats are comfortable …. if you don’t have legs. My 12 year old son barely fits back here and my younger daughters fit uncomfortably with their feet pressed up against the front seats. Like I said … not a family car.
RADIO AND MEDIA
The audio center is lacking. There are models that offer a nicer, touchscreen audio center but this wasn’t one of them. I had to go out of state to find the Mustang with as many of the features that I could find but had to give up the touchscreen. But it does offers lots of buttons for present stations on FM, AM and Sirius Satellite Radio. There’s a CD player as well but honestly, I don’t even own a CD anymore so it’s kind of a waste of space for me.
You’ll also find audio, cruise and Sync controls on the steering wheel. Definitely convenient! The Sync, hands-free calling system was a bit of a learning curve for me but I’m glad it’s available. Before having this available I would typically ignore calls while driving but now I can answer them without compromising safety.
This particular model also came with the optional Shaker audio sound system which delivers fantastic, crisp sound! My only minor complaint is my left leg rests on the speaker which vibrates quite a bit. It’s a minor annoyance.
Inside the center console is the media center where you can plug in your iPhone or other media players with the USB cord.
The biggest surprise for me was when I popped open the trunk and discovered just how spacious it is. Even with my car care organizer, I’ve got plenty of room for groceries or whatever else I need to haul around.
Another nice touch was the lighting in the visor mirrors. That’s not a convenience option I’ve had in other vehicles I’ve owned.
While I haven’t had any mechanical problems yet (knock on wood), there have been a couple of inconveniences. For starters, the seat belt. I don’t know if it’s my height, the way I like to sit or what, but the seat belt cuts into my neck. There’s no vertical adjustment like I’ve experienced in other cars. I’ve had to resort to a fabric seat pad that wraps around the strap to keep it from hurting my neck.
Also, if you scroll back up to the photo of the steering wheel you’ll notice the silver accents. When the sun hits it just the right way it becomes almost blindingly reflective.
Clearly this is just a highlight of some of the interior features but you can learn more about the finer details on the Ford Mustang website.
I’d love to hear from you … what was your first new car? Do you have your own car now or a family car?