Jul 23, 2003
Reviewed By Bengt Halvorson
Price as Tested $29,330

Ford’s ubiquitous 4.6-liter V8 is a heavy breather here, with 305 hp and gobs of torque just off idle; great muscle-car sound; slick-shifting short-throw gearbox and smooth clutch—for a muscle car; beautiful flat-blue paint drew compliments all around; back seat better than a 2+2, with enough space for children or small adults.


With the exception of the nice matte-aluminum shift knob, the outdated interior gear reeks of cheapness; poor fit and finish inside; “shaker” hood-scoop air intake is functional but acts as a magnet for traffic officers; poor wet-weather traction; disappointing, muddy sound system.


Driving the Mach 1 provices an instant shot of adrenaline, but for many the novelty might soon wear off. With street-racer types revving their engines alongside and teenage cruisers staring lustfully, the Mach 1 tends to attract all the wrong kind of attention. As a daily driver, most would tire of the bad-boy exhaust, cramped interior and dubious traction once away from smooth, dry pavement.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating