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Ford Mustang Gas Mileage: 1978 – 2013

By all accounts, the Ford Mustang has had one heck of a run. The Mustang’s arrival in the 1964 model year brought on the pony car era, and while performance has always been at the forefront of the car’s appeal, gas mileage in the smaller displacement versions made a bit of hay over the years, as well. Although easily overlooked, the Mustang’s gas mileage ratings set a remarkable high point for fuel economy in 1983, touching the 40 mile per gallon (MPG) highway mark when fitted with the stingy 2.3 liter four cylinder engine.

1983 Ford Mustang Convertible

While the Mustang’s gas mileage ratings dropped considerably (or perhaps more realistically), a four-banger could be found under the hood of the entry-level ‘Stang for another decade. 1993 marked the last year for the 2.3 liter four cylinder engine, with a still respectable 30 MPG highway.

2009 Ford

The 2011 model year marked the arrival of the most fuel efficient V6 Mustang to date. We were invited to Bristol Motor Speedway to witness the Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge, where a stone-stock 2011 V6 Mustang circled the historic half-mile track to see how many laps (and miles) could be coaxed from one tank of gas. Check out our video …


We’d still like to see a return to the wicked turbo four-banging roots of the Mustang SVO – sold from 1984 through 1986 – but with a direct injected twist. Bring on the EcoBoost!

Ford Mustang Gas Mileage 1978-2013

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Trans. City Hwy. Comb. Fuel
2013FordMustang Convertible6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193023Regular
2013FordMustang8 cyl.5.8 literManual 6-spd152418Premium
2013FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 6-spd182520Regular
2013FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 6-spd152619Regular
2013FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193123Regular
2013FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literManual 6-spd192922Regular
2012FordMustang Convertible6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193023Regular
2012FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd152317Premium
2012FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 6-spd182520Regular
2012FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 6-spd172620Regular
2012FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193123Regular
2012FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literManual 6-spd192922Regular
2011FordMustang Convertible6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193023Regular
2011FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd152317Premium
2011FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 6-spd172620Regular
2011FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 6-spd182521Regular
2011FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literAuto 6-spd193123Regular
2011FordMustang6 cyl.3.7 literManual 6-spd192922Regular
2010FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd142217Premium
2010FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd172319Regular
2010FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162419Regular
2010FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd162419Regular
2010FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd182621Regular
2009FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd142016Premium
2009FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd152218Regular
2009FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2009FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd172620Regular
2009FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd162419Regular
2008ShelbyMustang GT8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152217Premium
2008FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd142016Premium
2008FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd152218Regular
2008FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2008FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd162419Regular
2008FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd172620Regular
2007FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd142016Premium
2007FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd152218Regular
2007FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2007FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd162419Regular
2007FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd172520Regular
2006FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd152218Regular
2006FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2006FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd172319Regular
2006FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd172620Regular
2005FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd162218Regular
2005FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2005FordMustang6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd172319Regular
2005FordMustang6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd172620Regular
2004FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162118Regular
2004FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd152117Regular
2004FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2004FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2004FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 6-spd152217Regular
2004FordMustang6 cyl.3.9 literAuto 4-spd172420Regular
2004FordMustang6 cyl.3.9 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
2004FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172520Regular
2004FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
2003FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162218Regular
2003FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162118Regular
2003FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162319Regular
2003FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2003FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 6-spd152117Premium
2003FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172520Regular
2003FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd172721Regular
2002FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162218Regular
2002FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162319Regular
2002FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172520Regular
2002FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd172721Regular
2001FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162318Regular
2001FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162318Regular
2001FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Premium
2001FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172520Regular
2001FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd172620Regular
2000FordMustang8 cyl.5.4 literManual 6-spd121714Premium
2000FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd162218Regular
2000FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
2000FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Premium
2000FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd182520Regular
2000FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd172621Regular
1999FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1999FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152218Regular
1999FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152217Premium
1999FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172520Regular
1999FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd172721Regular
1998FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1998FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162418Premium
1998FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
1998FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172620Regular
1998FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
1997FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1997FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162419Premium
1997FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd152418Regular
1997FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd182721Regular
1997FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
1996FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1996FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162519Regular
1996FordMustang8 cyl.4.6 literManual 5-spd162419Premium
1996FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd182721Regular
1996FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
1995SaleenMustang S3518 cyl.5.8 literManual 5-spd132416Regular
1995FordMustang8 cyl.5.8 literManual 5-spd122015Regular
1995FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1995FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
1995FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172620Regular
1995FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
1994SaleenMustang S3518 cyl.5.8 literManual 5-spd111913Regular
1994FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152318Regular
1994FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
1994FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 4-spd172620Regular
1994FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literManual 5-spd182721Regular
1993FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1993FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152218Regular
1993SaleenMustang8 cyl.4.9 literManual 5-spd121814Regular
1993FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192622Regular
1993FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd192722Regular
1992FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd162319Regular
1992FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1992FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192621Regular
1992FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd192822Regular
1991FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd162319Regular
1991FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1991FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192621Regular
1991FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd192822Regular
1990FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152318Regular
1990FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1990FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd182421Regular
1990FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd212623Regular
1989FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152318Regular
1989FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152218Regular
1989FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd182421Regular
1989FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd202622Regular
1988FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd162419Regular
1988FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd142317Regular
1988FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192521Regular
1988FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd222724Regular
1987FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd162419Regular
1987FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1987FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192421Regular
1987FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 4-spd192622Regular
1987FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd222824Regular
1986FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152418Regular
1986FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152318Regular
1986FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 3-spd172118Regular
1986FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 3-spd182320Regular
1986FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 4-spd212623Regular
1986FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd182420Regular
1985FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd152217Regular
1985FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152217Regular
1985FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 3-spd172118Regular
1985FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 3-spd172018Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 3-spd182220Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 4-spd212623Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd172419Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 3-spd192320Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 4-spd212723Regular
1985FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd172419Regular
1984FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd132116Regular
1984FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd152217Regular
1984FordMustang8 cyl.5 literManual 5-spd132015Regular
1984FordMustang8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd142016Regular
1984FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 3-spd172018Regular
1984FordMustang6 cyl.3.8 literAuto 3-spd172018Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 3-spd182220Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 4-spd192622Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd172419Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literAuto 3-spd172219Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 4-spd182521Regular
1984FordMustang4 cyl.2.3 literManual 5-spd172419Regular
Year Manufacturer Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
1983 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M5) Manual 15 26
1983 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M4) Manual 17 28
1983 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.8 liter (A3) Auto 19 27
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 22 38
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 24 36
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 23 37
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 31
1983 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M5) Manual 16 27
1983 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M4) Manual 16 28
1983 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.8 liter (A3) Auto 20 25
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 22 33
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 22 33
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 26 40
1983 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 31
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 22 33
1982 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M4) Manual 17 28
1982 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 18 26
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 22 33
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 22 31
1982 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M4) Manual 17 28
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 21 34
1982 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 4.2 liter (A3) Auto 19 25
1982 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 20 28
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 30
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 25 40
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 30
1982 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 21 36
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 22 31
1981 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 4.2 liter (A3) Auto 20 28
1981 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (M4) Manual 20 30
1981 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 20 28
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 21 36
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 23 33
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 22 31
1981 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 4.2 liter (A3) Auto 19 28
1981 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (M4) Manual 20 30
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 23 34
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 22 37
1981 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 31
1981 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 20 28
1981 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (M4) Manual 19 32
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 32
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 21 31
1980 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 4.2 liter (A3) Auto 18 26
1980 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 20 27
1980 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (M4) Manual 21 30
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 19 26
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 18 30
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 23 36
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 23 38
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 23 38
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 22 31
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 18 30
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 19 26
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 18 28
1980 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 18 25
1980 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M5) Manual 19 33
1980 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 4.2 liter (A3) Auto 18 25
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 17 27
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 18 26
1979 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (M4) Manual 15 27
1979 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 3.3 liter (A3) Auto 19 24
1979 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (A3) Auto 16 23
1979 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 2.8 liter (M4) Manual 20 31
1979 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 2.8 liter (A3) Auto 18 23
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 18 28
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 21 31
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (A3) Auto 21 29
1979 Ford Mustang 4 cylinder 2.3 liter (M4) Manual 17 28
1979 Ford Mustang 6 cylinder 2.8 liter (A3) Auto 16 22
1979 Ford Mustang 8 cylinder 5.0 liter (A3) Auto 15 20
1978 Ford Mustang II 4 cylinder 2.3 liter 20 30
1978 Ford Mustang II 8 cylinder 5.0 liter 16 21
1978 Ford Mustang II 6 cylinder 2.8 liter 16 23
1978 Ford Mustang II 6 cylinder 2.8 liter 18 25
1978 Ford Mustang II 4 cylinder 2.3 liter 19 26
1978 Ford Mustang II 8 cylinder 5.0 liter 16 23
1978 Ford Mustang II 6 cylinder 2.8 liter 20 26
1978 Ford Mustang II 6 cylinder 2.8 liter 16 20
1978 Ford Mustang II 4 cylinder 2.3 liter 22 31
1978 Ford Mustang II 4 cylinder 2.3 liter 23 33
1978 Ford Mustang II 8 cylinder 5.0 liter 16 23

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3 comments ↓

#1 PQB on 08.27.08 at 11:27 pm

I find it interesting that car manufacturers love quoting and advertising “highway” mileage. How many people actually drive to work everyday qualifying for “highway mileage”?

A 2004 Roush Stage3 Mustang (400 hp) can achieve 20 MPG COMBINED/CITY !!! (Which is the same for alot of 4 cylinders out there)

As Ford wrestles with its financial woes, I think they should focus on working smarter… not harder.

They don’t need to reinvent the wheel with batteries.

#2 mpg-o-editor on 08.28.08 at 8:44 am

Whoa, Nellie! 20 MPG was great for 2004, when gas was relatively cheap.

A tire-smoking plug-in electric Mustang would be way cool. This article from EV World on the Ronaele 300E electric Mustang is just a hint of things to come.

We’re about to see a wave of conversions coming from garages across the land. This propane powered Mustang is another avenue to a world where we can have muscle cars AND independence from imported oil. While this one’s not a Roush unit, I’d reckon that they’re not that far down the line, as Roush already converts F-150s to run on Propane.

#3 Mustang vs Camaro: Gas Mileage Battle on 09.08.10 at 10:04 pm

[…] not fuel efficiency. Flash forward forty years and things have changed. Folks are pitting Mustang gas mileage against Camaro gas mileage. The cutting-edge naturally-aspirated V6 engines in the current Mustang […]

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