Here are the best sixth-generation Ford Mustang trims to buy used

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The iconic ford Mustang needs no introduction. Since its debut in the 1960s, the eye-catching pony car began to redefine what American Muscle stands for. To this day, the first generation of the Mustang is one of the most sought after classic muscle cars in history.

Ford recently unveiled the next-generation Mustang, which will go on sale in summer 2023. Known as the S650 generation, the pony received mixed reviews from many old-time muscle car fans. Still, we are grateful for that Ford has continued to produce gas-guzzling 5.0 V8 powertrains despite most companies switching to batteries.

Yes, the latest Mustang looks chic and comes with the latest technology. However, many may prefer the previous generation look to quirky curves and a shocking screen that dominates the dashboard.

If you’re in the market for a sixth-generation Mustang, you might find the plethora of models and options available overwhelming. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most striking finishes available on the used market.

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Best Performance: The 2022 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is a certified supercar killer

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The 2022 Ford Mustang brings the image of a perfect Shelby GT500 closest to reality with Ford’s most powerful street-legal powertrain in history. The 5.2L supercharged V8 boasts 760 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque. It’s insane to think that all that power is sent to the rear through a dual-clutch automatic transmission system. If an automatic is a deal breaker for you, compromise for two years and opt for a 2020 GT500.

As long as you’re willing to pay, Ford is happy to offer the Carbon Fiber Track Pack for an additional $18,500. The package includes 20-inch carbon fiber rims, a carbon fiber spoiler and weight-saving measures. In addition, the handling package includes a sportier front suspension.

No doubt all that power comes at a high price in regards to gas mileage. According to official government ratings, the 2022 Mustang GT500 will give you 12 miles to the gallon in the city and 18 on the highway.

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Most Cost-Effective: The base-model 2016 Mustang V6 still packs serious power

Red 2016 Mustang V6
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While 2015 Mustangs are relatively more affordable on the market, we strongly recommend skipping them due to numerous owner complaints. According to the Car Complaint website, with over 100 complaints registered, 2015 is the sixth-generation Mustang’s most problematic model year.

The most commonly reported problem is paint problems. Many owners have complained about the paint peeling prematurely, requiring hundreds of dollars to repaint each panel. Aside from that, several owners said they experienced abnormal engine vibrations that led to stalling while the vehicle was in motion.

The 2016 Ford Mustang V6 comes with significantly fewer problems and headaches. Even though it’s the lowest trim, the V6 model still manages to put out 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel economy, the V6 powertrain sticks out 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway (21 MPG combined).

Based on your preference, the 2016 Mustang V6 can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission system.

According to Kelley Blue Book prices, you can find a used 2016 Mustang for just over $30,000.

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Best Value: The 2018 Mustang GT comes with a soulful V8

2018 Ford Mustang GT Silver
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Last but certainly not least, the 2018 Mustang GT offers great value for money on the used market. The Mustang GT has a 5.0L V8 engine that generates a whopping 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than enough to put many foreign straight-line sports cars to shame.

While it’s not the most fuel-efficient sports car out there, you can expect 15 miles per gallon in the city and up to 15 miles on the highway.

Newer Mustangs are built to last. According to several reputable automotive sources, the 2016 Mustang GT has no problem putting 200,000 miles on its original engine and transmission. At least, if you regularly maintain the car. The average American drives about 14,000 miles a year. Even if you plan on driving your Mustang every day, that means more than 14 years of reliable service.

On the other hand, 2016 Mustangs usually cost more than other year-old sports cars to maintain. Based on the estimates from the Repair Pal website, the annual cost of ownership for a 2016 Mustang is somewhere between $746 and $912.

Finally, consult a trusted mechanic to make sure the engine and transmission have not been subjected to too much abuse from the previous owner. After all, it’s easy to give in to the temptations of a robust V8 powertrain.