Taking after such steeds as Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, Ford's iconic pony car came out on top in three major consumer surveys sponsored by J.D. Power & Associates. All three surveys -- the Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study and the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) -- chose Ford Mustang as the leader in its mid-size Sporty Car segment.
In early June, the Mustang galloped to an initial quality model segment award in the IQS report, which measures problems per 100 vehicles as reported by customers after three months. The Mustang joined the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Mark LT and the Mazda MX-5 Miata in sweeping their segments for top honors in the IQS, making Ford the only company with five initial quality winners this year.
In late June, Mustang backed that up with a top ranking in the APEAL study, in which customers rated their delight with the design, content, layout and performance of their vehicles after three months of driving.
And late last week, the Mustang earned the top ranking in its class in the VDS report, which measures the quality of three-year-old vehicles as reported by customers.