The best Ford vehicle in 1979, notes Car and Driver magazine, was the Ford Mustang Turbo. The magazine gave the two-door sports car high ratings, referring to it as "the best Ford yet" in its October 1978 issue.
The 1979 Ford Mustang was available in two body styles: hatchback and notchback. The Mustang came standard with a four-speed manual transmission and was a front-engine, rear-wheel drive car that was capable of carrying four passengers: two in the front and two in the back.
Engineers for Ford noted that this Mustang would have the best handling capabilities of any Ford production vehicle ever, noted Car and Driver. The car was powerful, coming standard with a 2.3-liter, overhead cam inline-4 engine. A 2.8-liter V-6 engine was available as an option as was a 5.0-liter V-8 engine.