Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
10/23/08 12:00 a.m.

It seems like lately, every press vehicle that has arrived at our office has been served with an automatic transmission. You can imagine our delight when we saw that our latest test subject was equipped with a good old-fashioned clutch pedal.

As a sporty convertible, the Mustang works well for short trips and relaxed drives around town. The V6 provides enough power for commuting, and its engine produces a terrific note, especially considering that it's two cylinders shy of its big brother.

Earlier Mustang convertibles are plagued with cowl shake when they encounter expansion joints and uneven pavement, and that issue hasn't entirely disappeared from this car. For the most part, however, the Mustang V6 is an easy, comfortable cruiser.

If you can't spring for the big, bad GT model, the V6 offers most of the look, sound, and feel for about five grand less.

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