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Paint It, White: The 2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost front 3/4 view

2023 is going to be a short model year for the Ford Mustang. Essentially just a carryover of 2022, with an all-new 2024 Mustang due this summer.

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost rear 3/4 view

And so, it's time for (probably) one last ride in the current Mustang, and the fact that this particular example is a '22 really doesn't matter, since the '23 will be exactly the same (minus two paint colors and the Shelby GT 500).

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost hood up

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost engine

This is the Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. It makes 310 horsepower. It can do zero to 60 in five seconds flat. It gets an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon combined city/highway while doing so. It's a modern marvel. And way too many Mustang fans turn their nose up at it because it's a four and doesn't make the same big engine sounds as the 5.0. Look, I like the 5-liter as much as anyone else---check my summer, 2020 review of the now-discontinued Mustang BULLITT---but speed and efficiency are a potent combination, too. And the EcoBoost is a fine, fun-to-drive Mustang.

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost trunk open

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost front seats

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost front seat detail

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost instrument panel

Among the joys of the Mustang EcoBoost is the low price of entry. Our tester was a Premium model, with nicer interior appointments. Base price: $33,420 including destination. That price brings with it a six-speed manual transmission, LED headlamps, heated power exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting, a digital instrument cluster, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Ford's Co-Pilot360 active safety suite, complete except for adaptive cruise control, which is part of an extra-cost option group.

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost center stack

Our car had that option group (Premier Trim with color accent), which in addition to the adaptive cruise control also had voice-activated navigation, for $2,700. Other extra-cost options---an active valve performance exhaust for $1,225, the Mustang Ice White Appearance Package (19-inch white-painted wheels, clear taillamps, Ice White interior accents and a performance rear wing) for $1,995 and an AM/FM/CD unit for $995. Total as-tested price: $40,335.

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost front view

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost side view

2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost rear view

This generation of Mustang has proven to be one of the best. At $40K well-equipped, owning one of the last ones sounds like a pretty solid choice.


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