For those who would prefer to listen to the engine of a Mustang over Duran Duran, Ford sells a $1,225 “Active Valve Performance Exhaust” system for both the 5.0-liter V8 and the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-

cylinder EcoBoost engine featured in GT and Dark Horse versions. It was an option on our test vehicle, the EcoBoost. Though the four more aggressive exhaust settings produce "engine" sounds that are

obviously not coming from the engine, the engine, which produces 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, seems more than capable of powering the 3,800-pound convertible. Aside from the

imaginative exhaust sounds, the new Mustang feels more assured and quick than ever, even with the basic engine. On our favorite winding routes, the vehicle exhibited solid, smile-inducing characteristics

thanks to the optional MagneRide active suspension system ($1,750) and the faster steering ratio on all

2024 versions. MagneRide is a must-have option for under $1,800 since it offers controlled body roll and a pleasant ride quality, depending on the driving mode.