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Is a Cold Air Intake for my Mustang Really Worth It?

Created by Phillip Perez
Last Updated 5/17/2021

There are a lot of myths and theories out there regarding aftermarket Mustang cold air intakes. Our goal of this article is to explain to you the benefits and type of gains you can see with an aftermarket air intake kit.

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First off, lets go over the basics.

What is a Cold Air Intake?

A cold air intake is an aftermarket assembly of parts used to bring relatively cool air into your Mustang's engine. Thus increasing HP & TQ while bringing down inlet air temps.

Benefits of a Cold Air Intake

  • Increased Acceleration
  • Greater Fuel Economy
  • Enhanced Sound
  • Better Overall Performance

Mustang Cold Air Intake Brands

While many Mustang enthusiast stick to a single brand for most of their build, some of your favorite brands may not manufacture air intakes.
You are left with the decision of window shopping while scrolling through your favorite Mustang parts supplier and basing your decisions off the reviews of others.
Here are some of the most common brands that you can trust in giving you the best bang for your buck in overall performance and looks.
The Mustang Airaid cold air intake is computer designed to give your engine maximum air flow, which means more horsepower, torque and improved performance. An Airaid cold air intake kit features AIRAID® Premium Filters that are constructed using the finest materials available today. These direct bolt on CAI kits feature a 50 state emission legal stamp and do not require a custom "tune" for installation.
Adding a BBK cold air intake to your Mustang is a great way to increase horsepower and add more torque. Choose from a variety of different style and setups for your 1979-2014. With a fender well cold air kit, the filter is relocated outside of the engine bay to bring in cooler air to prevent heat soak.
Ford Racing:
Ford Racing cold air intake kits replaces the factory tubing between the air box and the throttle body, all while upgrading the established look inside your Mustang's engine bay to a more organized look. These cold air induction kits do require a tune for the 2005-16 Mustangs so keep that in mind when shopping.
These kits feature bigger plastic tubing and high flow air filters to make sure you get the most air possible.
Steeda makes high performance cold air intakes kits that effectively opens up the intake system of your Mustang and allows it to breath much more freely than the stock intake system allows. Steeda cold air intake kits fit great and are made from high quality materials giving you years of worry free performance.
This is our in-house brand which combines quality parts with a budget friendly cold air intake set up. This brand Mustang CAI pulls cooler, denser air from inside the inner fender well to make more power that you can feel.
With this many choices, choosing a cold air intake can be overwhelming. So simply ask yourself "what will be your over all purpose of the vehicle be?". Will you be attending the drag strip or road course regularly? Or will this be your weekend cruiser? Overall you can expect nothing but the best from these brands with guaranteed HP, TQ, and MPG gains!


There are many reasons why you should buy a new air intake for your Mustang. This is why replacing the air intake system is often the first bolt-on a new Mustang owner installs. You can rest easy knowing that a new cold air intake will bring in more air and cooler temps to help your Mustang's motor perform more efficient.