Smoking the Competition: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Review


I mentioned in my first Instagram post on this car that I couldn't help but listen to AC/DC's Back in Black as I was editing these photos. And no... definitely not kidding. This car was pure BAD...well...you know what I mean. ;-) Let's get into how this baby performed though!


Under the hood of this redesigned 2018 Ford Mustang GT lies a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 460 hp at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. Need any translation? Let me help you with that. FAST and POWERFUL. The model I was driving had the all-new-ten-speed automatic—a $1,595 option on all Mustangs. Plus, the Mustang team added a new drag strip mode which can help you reach 60 mph in under 5 seconds. Did I test this? Yes. 


The exterior changes from the 2017 to the 2018 include a flattening of the hood for better forward visibility and standard LED lighting all around. This model had the added GT Performance package and these 19-inch Ebony Black-Painted aluminum wheels helped take this look over-the-top. Fun fact for you: This package also added the performance rear wing, but it is for looks only! Ford's wind-tunnel group already had the Mustang's high-speed, front-to-rear aero balance where they wanted it. 


Inside, the 2018 model doesn't change much from the 2017 model. Although I didn't have this option in the model I was driving, the new, optional 12 inch digital instrument cluster with a reconfigurable screen keyed to the selected driving mode (Normal, Sport+, Drag Strip, Track, or Snow/Wet). These were still accessible via the toggle switches in the center console. 


This was exhilarating to drive and I thoroughly enjoyed putting it to the test on the city streets of both Dallas and Austin. While driving on the highway, cruise control was a must for those with a lead foot. And yes...I'd be describing myself.

Nice work on the redesign, Ford! Classic lines. Modern attitude. 

*Photography by Weston Carls
*Review vehicle provided on behalf of Ford Motor Company

America's Favorite Truck: 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch


After my off-roading experience back in August 2017 with the brand new, redesigned 2018 Ford F-150, I was excited to have an opportunity to drive it here in Austin, Texas next. Although my time was short due to me heading off to hang out with Ford at NAIAS, it was plenty of time for me to fall in love all over again with this truck.


Let's chat about this new mug you are seeing here. Up front, the changes include new lights, bumper, and at least seven new unique grills (one for each model), as well as six new wheel designs to choose from. Altogether, they really go a long way to make the truck look better than ever. Inside, there are four new interiors to choose from and going even further, inside the hood there are five engine options.

There's a load of new tech and safety features to take in, too! The latest Sync3 is better than ever and when you have a sweet Bang and Olufsen sound system to blast the tunes, you'll be rolling down those windows and jamming out. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices.


To cover safety, there is a 360-degree camera to cover every angle which is VERY useful when backing up and parking or even navigating through tight turns while off-roading. Still feels unreal to give that type of example, but if you watch the video, you'll see us using it! Other features include pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, blind-spot indicators that work with a trailer and adaptive cruise control. 


Can we also talk about this lavish interior? The trim was Java color leather with black accents. The contrasting stitching catches your eye! While sitting in the seats, you'll be living large while getting a massage and also enjoying the heated and cooled options. Even the second row had heated seats!


For this drive, the truck was the 4x4 SuperCrew, 3.5-liter EcoBoost with the King Ranch trim. At some point, I know my husband is dying to test out the Trailer Backup Assist, so next time we have this truck, we'll have to rent a boat for a day of fun! All-in-all, the new F-150 was fun to drive and do cool things like dropping the tailgate and hanging out in the back for lunch with our boys. My husband is already begging to have it back, so at some point, I can see a Ford F-150 in our garage. 


*Photography by Weston Carls
*Review vehicle provided on behalf of Ford Motor Company

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