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2024 Ford Mustang convertible: What We Liked and Disliked

Exploring the pros and cons of the latest Ford Mustang Convertible

  • The Ford Mustang 2024 is one of the few convertibles available at a relatively affordable price.

  • Consumers can choose between a 2.3 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 5.0 L V8 engine.

  • The Ford Mustang 2024 starts at $39,425.

For 2024, Ford has brought a host of new features to the Mustang, now in its seventh generation. Technically very similar to the outgoing generation, it appears to us, all in all, more modern and technological.

We liked that the Mustang is still available as a convertible

2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer

Right off the bat, it’s quite simple: We simply love that the Ford Mustang still exists. The 2024 model year is a special one for American sports cars. At the end of 2023, Dodge ceased production of the Challenger, and Chevrolet put an end to the Camaro adventure. As such, only the Mustang remains. Of course, the Challenger and Camaro are expected to be reborn eventually, but there will be a gap before they return. Fortunately, Ford has no intention of abandoning the Mustang any time soon.

What’s more, we like the fact that the Mustang is still available as a convertible. Summer is short in many places, and driving with your hair blowing in the wind is one way to enjoy it. For the author of these lines, it’s a real pleasure to drive on secondary roads without a roof. When convertibles were more widely available, they often represented only a small percentage of a model’s sales. They are also generally complex and costly to assemble. These a few of the reasons why manufacturers gradually abandoned them.

We liked the EcoBoost engine’s performance

Ford Mustang 2024 | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer

While many people turn their noses up at the basic mechanics of the Ford Mustang, it’s clear that they get the job done. The Mustang comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. It develops 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. 30 years ago, when Ford launched the fourth-generation Mustang, its V8 engine developed… 215 hp. Precisely 100 less. So, before you spit on the four-cylinder engine, think again.

It’s also worth noting that the range of low-cost convertibles on offer is limited, and that not everyone needs or wants the GT’s 480 horsepower under the right foot.. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Pontiac G6, Chrysler 200, Volkswagen Eos and other Sunday afternoon convertibles no longer exist. Consumers have to fall back on the Ford Mustang if they want a comfortable convertible. Of course, there’s still the Mini Cooper and the Mazda MX-5, but their size and purpose are quite different.

At the end of our test drive, we recorded an average fuel consumption of 9 L/100 km.

We like this Mustang’s styling

2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer

It’s completely subjective, and we admit it, but we liked the styling of the 2024 Ford Mustang we tested. It should be pointed out that this was a Premium version and that it was equipped with the High Performance Package. This included a 3.55 differential, 19-inch graphite wheels and Brembo brakes painted red. Red belts were added as an option, as was the Magnaride suspension. In short, with these few accessories, this Mustang didn’t look like the poor man’s Mustang. It looked good.

We didn’t like the 12.4-inch digital instrumentation

The switch to digital instrumentation is one of the major new features of the seventh-generation Mustang. Its retro-flavored dashboard has been replaced by a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster. With this element, we found that the Mustang had lost some of its charm and personality.

2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer

We didn’t like the sound of the EcoBoost engine.

Of course, it’s impossible for a four-cylinder engine to sound like an engine with twice as many cylinders. We consider ourselves die-hard fans of the 5.0L V8 engine. That said, we fully understand that this engine may not be for everyone. The Mustang 2024 we tested came with the option of an active exhaust system, priced at $1,495. In our opinion, this option is totally unnecessary. The system modulates the sound of the EcoBoost engine by four degrees. The engine’s sound is definitely one of the engine’s weaknesses, and we see no need to amplify it.

We didn’t like the high price tag

The Mustang with the smaller of the two displacements is not the bargain of the century. In its base version, the Mustang is priced at just under $40,000. An additional $6900 is required to make the leap from fastback to convertible. The Premium model is priced at $45,625 for the coupe and $50,925 for the convertible. We reckon that if you can keep your bill under $50,000 for a fastback and under $55,000 for a convertible, you’ve made an interesting purchase. The model we tested cost over $65,000.

In short, the 2024 Ford Mustang Convertible is a fun car to drive in the great outdoors. The base engine is quite sufficient if you’re not thirsty for performance. In our opinion, for a Mustang with an EcoBoost engine, you need to go easy on the option packages.

2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Ford Mustang | Photo: Germain Goyer


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