2012 Ford Mustang named best “sporty car” by Consumer Reports

This past week, Consumer Reports, the publication issued monthly by Consumers Union, issued its top picks for the best models of 2012. Overall, the selections were chosen from a field of more than 250 vehicles that were recently tested by the organization. Perhaps the most notable entry for car enthusiasts, however, is that the 2012 Ford Mustang was picked as the best "sporty car" by the magazine.

According to the magazine's staff, the GT coupe and convertible test cars didn't disappoint given the high standards that the new Mustang line needs to live up to. Providing great handling, a powerful exhaust sound and a competitive fuel economy, the Coupe Premium V6 MT and Coupe GT Premium V8 MT both were given an overall rating of more than 90 points by the organization.

"Even the 3.7-liter V6 is punchy and refined, and it's more fuel efficient than the V8. But, now there's more to the Mustang than power," the report said.

In addition, the test drivers found that the car offered comfortable seating arrangements and agile handling. And even if the rear seats were a bit tight, priced at roughly $22,000 to $44,000, the cars can be an affordable purchase for those looking to add a new model to their current collection of classic automobiles.

However, not everyone is Mustang fan. (If you don't think they're out there, here's a list of Mustang jokes that's sure to entertain). So, for those of you who would rather eat your own hub cap than purchase a new Mustang, there is another new version of a classic car that garnered similar reviews.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 288 V8 MT coupe – which can also be paired with a 3.6-liter V6 or automatic transmission – was also given an overall rating of 97. However, it's important to note that if you're planning on making a trip to the dealership, the convertible versions of both offers fared much worse than coupes in the study.