1990 Ford Mustang: Ultimate In-Depth Guide

History, Specs, Options, Performance & More

1990 Ford Mustang

1990 Ford Mustang

1990 Ford Mustang Overview

The 1990 Mustang continued, again pretty much unchanged. Unit sales were declining in the midst of a recession but the reality is that Ford was in trouble with the Mustang due to a lack of new investment and limited updates each year. Most of the changes this year were safety related.

Model: 1990 Ford Mustang
Generation: 3rd Generation Mustang
Type: 2 Door
Body Styles: Coupe, Hatchback, Convertible
Engines: 2.3L EFI 4 cyl, 5.0L EFI V8
Original Price: $9,753 (Base Coupe), $10,259 (Base Hatchback), $14,810 (Convertible)
Units Produced: 128,189

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Background & Details

There were no significant changes to the exterior styling for the 1990 Mustang. Most of the interior changes for the year, were related to safety and weight reduction. The latter being an always important benefit for both performance and fuel economy. Some additional interior changes include color changes, with a combination of 4 single tone colors and 4 two tones for the convertibles.

Shoulder belts in the rear became standard, and a passenger side airbag was available. A safety dictated headrest was added to the seats. The driver side airbag was made standard equipment in 1990 to satisfy a federally mandated requirement that all cars have a passive restraint system. This change eliminated the tilt steering wheel option but the added safety measure was worth the sacrifice of convenience.

The following were feature changes in 1990;

  • The driver received an airbag.
  • The fuel filler door was no longer unlocked by a button inside the glove box door.
  • The LX and GT model got 140 MPH speedometers.
  • The LX got a drivers foot rest.
  • They removed the armrest on the console and added map pockets on the doors.
  • The tilt steering wheel was no longer offered.
  • Shoulder belts for rear passengers became standard
  • Headrests for front seats became standard
  • Passenger side airbag was available

The two only engine choices remained. The 2.3 liter inline 4 cylinder engine and the 5.0 liter V8. The V8 still posted an impressive 225 horsepower, making for solid performance and a relatively big power bang for the buck when you consider that the car could be had in coupe form for little over $10,000.

To celebrate the Mustang’s 25th anniversary, all Mustangs manufactured between April 17, 1989 and April 17, 1990 received a dash plaque decorated with a galloping pony badge, the three tribars and 25th anniversary stamped at its bottom. In 1990, there was also a limited run of 4,103 cars. They were 5.0 LX convertibles produced for a contest held by 7-Up, but the contest was cancelled at the last second. This package included a white leather interior, white convertible top, the turbine wheels from the GT, and special deep emerald green metallic paint with colour-keyed bodyside moldings and door mirrors. Collectors refer to these cars as 7-up cars. Never one to miss an opportunity, Ford used these cars to promote the 25th anniversary of the Mustang.

The one-two combination of a recession and lack of investment by Ford saw volume take a big hit.  market and an unimproved car, resulted in a drop of almost 80,000 cars.

Special Edition Models & Variants

1990 Ford Mustang GT: Ultimate Guide


The 1990 Mustang GT came standard with 16 spoke sport wheels, color matched body-side moldings, solid front grille, and 225hp 5.0L high-output V8 engine. Performance upgrades included stainless steel exhaust and headers, 10.84 inch front brakes, progressive springs, 1.3 inch front anti-sway bar, 0.83 inch rear anti-sway bar, performance struts and shocks, and 15 x 7 inch wheels with performance P225/60VR-15 Goodyear tires.

Learn more about the 1990 Ford Mustang GT

1990 Ford 25th Anniversary Mustang

25th Anniversary

Starting in mid-April and running through the late 1990 model year, Ford placed 25th anniversary, tri-bar pony badges on the passenger side dash of all LX and GT Mustangs. The called it the 25th Anniversary Mustang but since the changes applied to all cars it was hardly a special edition model. We count it as both an 1989 and 1990 model on the site. If manufactured before April 17, 1990 the emblem on the dash commemorating the Mustang’s 25th anniversary will have been put on the car.

Learn more about the 1990 Ford 25th Anniversary Mustang

1990 Ford Spring Feature 25th Anniversary 7-Up Convertible

Spring Feature 25th Anniversary

The Anniversary 7-Up Convertible was a special edition car for 1990 only. The car was originally developed as a promotional “give away” for the 7-Up brand. The plan was to build 30 cars for the competition, but after only 2 had been built, the whole promotional scheme collapsed in a heap. In the end, Ford went ahead with production, but for an entirely different reason. It became known colloquially as the “7-Up Mustang.”

Learn more about the 1990 Spring Feature 25th Anniversary 7-up Convertible

Specifications, Options & Detailed Stats

Production Numbers

With its age comes obsolescence and with lack of investment that was true for the Ford Mustang. The result was a big drop in sales as the Mustang stayed where it was and competitors built newer, better products. Sales fell to 128,189 units, down 39% versus the prior year and the recession didn’t help. The convertible GT and coupe models continued to lag in sales behind the 5.0 liter V8 equipped LX models. And the reason was as before, due to the fact that loyal 5.0 V8 performance fans had figured out that the same high output engine and even slightly better performance could be had at a lower price by choosing the LX model. To dive into the model and body splits as well as see charts and percentages, check out our 1990 Ford Mustang Production & Sales Numbers deep dive.

Options and Pricing

The base prices kept going up despite no changes to the cars in 1990. Base sticker price for 1990 coupe edged up close to the $10,000 mark at $9,753. The hatchback passed the magic $10,000 mark and was listed at $10,259, while the convertible continued to be priced at premium at $14,810. For more detailed options and pricing, please check out our 1990 pricing and options research.

Exterior & Interior Colors

A total of 12 colors were available for the 1990 Mustang model year. The colors certainly switched from bright and bold to lots of blue and black hues in 1990. There were three shades of red, one yellow, one white and the rest were blues and blacks with the exception of a single dark green. For detailed colors, color palettes, codes and interior colors please check out our in depth 1990 colors information post.

Dimensions & Weight

The 1990 Mustang had the exact same dimensions and weight as the prior year model.

Engine Specs

The engine options were unchanged for 1990. The 90-horsepower four cylinder kept the awesome upgrades from the 1987 model year which greatly improved drivability with easier startup and a smoother idle. The hard-charging 5.0-litre H.O. V-8 kept its horsepower and torque number, now up to 225-horsepower and 300 pound-feet respectively and really started to pick up in popularity amongst buyers. For more information on engines for 1990, you can find the information here.


Below is the performance data for the 1990 Mustangs that we could find. The improvements in 1987 stuck for 1990 and that was a good thing for Mustang owners. Below we have included 0-60 mph times, 0-100 mph times as well as quarter mile times and top speed where available.

VIN Information

Vin Decoder Mustang 1990

This link will take you to a page which contains the VIN tag information for all years of Mustangs. Previously this information appeared on each Mustang’s year page, but consolidating it has significantly reduced page loading times. To decode the build sheet, check out our 1990 VIN & Data Plate Decoder sheet.

Videos & Picture Galleries

We managed to find some great video reviews of the 1990 Mustang so definitely check those out. We also have a picture 1990 Ford Mustang Picture Gallery and photos of real Mustangs in each color that was available.