Way back when, R&T were known for their ruthless criticism of the American automotive industry as seen here by the last paragraph in the first review of the 1964 Mustang. They were likely just peeved the mid engine, v4 powered Mustang I didn’t go anywhere.
We were disappointed, though, because the Mustang was so little different (except in appearance) from the typical American sedan. It seemed to us that Ford designers had a chance with the Mustang to genuinely improve the breed and introduce untold numbers of American drivers to the driving pleasures they’ve never before experienced. Instead, they simply built all the familiar characteristics for which the typical American sedan has been cursed so long, into a sporty looking package.