Lee Quinones Dances with the 2013 Ford Mustang
Artist and Detroit-made car lover Lee Quinones muses on the design of the very noticeable 2013 Ford Mustang.
Composition and overall design: Let’s start with the Ford Mustang dash. I see a well composed layout of dials, gauges and lights just below the brushed aluminum facade panel that stretches across from side to side. The aluminum panel also brings attention to the most important of gauges that are rescest into the dark caverns of the dash. I particularly liked the Speedo gauge with half its face dedicated to speed numbers and the bottom half for the rest of the traditional idiot lights. If only real estate for the seating could be as carefully thought out. More on that later. The steering wheel was retro rod looking and had all the appropriate dials and flick buttons for other features in the car. The display screen was simple and effective with real knobs and buttons. The glovebox was nothing short then short. If you could even find it at all, it barely accommodated the owners manual and registration papers. LOL. The projected horse icon that illuminates on the side walk when you approach the car with remote in hand was cute, but if you can not tell that this is a Mustang from the moon, you need to go a grow corn in Idaho.The trunk was very spacious, and with the added collapsing rear seating it can hang with most full size sedans trunk footprint.
One very minute feature on the rear seats was the fold-down headrest that in most cases serve as nothing more than a blind fold spot when you are trying to keep peeps on activity beyond the back window. I hate looking in my rear view mirror and being confronted with the obstruction of a head rest for non existent rear passengers, PPPPLLLLEEEASE.Color:
The Color of black for the interior in this particular paint scheme of what I call “Sassy Pearl Green” complimented the roll and pleaded lines on the seat surfaces and brought back the memories of those pesky Boss 302 Mustangs of yesteryear.
Touch: The touch of cow hide seats and side door panels gave a sense of durability that should come with such a car. They added to the firmness of the interior mounting. It was as if the interior would not roll or slide your pants off when negotiating corners, but it gave a sense of the interior being glued to the pavement with the rest of the suspension.
Use of space: Use of space is a miss-understatement. It is as if the designers of the first Mustangs never left the interior design labs. Of course the exterior panels dictate the interior to some extent, but as always with these Mustangs, no back seat driver could ever loiter back there because they are not warranted by the crushed spacing between the front seats and the back. In other words, just turn it into a two seater at best and call it a day.
Comfort and Climate: Very comfortable and the climate control worked flawlessly. Fogged windows would clear up NOW. What it reminds me of: A Boss 302 Mustang and a Boss 351 Mustang and a Boss 429 Mustang, interior that is.
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