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Steeda Cold Air Intake (11-14 V6)

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  • Gain Up to 20hp and 30ft/lbs of Torque
  • Superior Quality
  • Reusable, Lifetime Filter
  • Easy Installation
  • Made in the USA
  • Computer Tune Required - Why is a Tune Required?
  • Fits 2011-2014 V6 Mustangs
Gain Up to 20 Horsepower. Gain up to 20 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque with Steeda's cold air intake for your 2011-2014 Mustang V6. Think adding 20 ponies out of your 3.7 sounds too good to be true? These impressive numbers have been dyno-proven by Steeda, ensuring your Pony will also achieve significant gains with this system and a custom tune.

Innovative Design. A result of Steeda's unique partnership with Ford, this intake keeps the factory cold air feed ducting from the front bumper and uses a stainless steel heat shield to prevent hot air from entering your engine bay. Combined with their "ProFlow" intake tube, your Mustang will keep its factory noise tube and PCV tubes for less mess in your engine bay, less noise, and less heat.

Reusable High Flow Air Filter. The included Steeda dual cone air filter has more surface area than competitors single cone filters to allow your Pony to breath much easier for more power. And best of all the filter is reusable, just clean it, re-oil it, save money and go.

Easy Installation. Installing the Steeda Intake for your 2011-2014 V6 takes about an hour, and requires only basic tools.

Application. This Steeda ProFlow Cold Air Intake is specifically designed for use on the 2011-2013+ V6 Mustangs, both manual or automatic transmission, with the 3.7L TiVCT V6 engine. Requires a new computer tune.

Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.

Technical Note. Installation of this Cold Air Intake will require the use of a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for operation.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Air Filter
  • (1) Intake Tube
  • (1) MAF Housing
  • Heat shield/Air box
  • (3) Clamps
  • (2) Brackets
  • Weather stripping
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2011-2014 V6 Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: Plastic Finish: Black
Manufacturer: Steeda Computer Tune Required: Yes
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14

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Only Intake Worth Your Money

This cold air intake was recommended to me by a friend. Originally, I was just going to get a BBK or Airaid, and there is no possible way any of the other air intakes would give you the gains you were ...

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Numbers don't lie

I was like the rest of you v6 owners, unsure which CAI to go with. let me assure you, the Steeda CAI is by far the best! i wasn't sure if i wanted to pay twice as much for a CAI, but after looking at the ...

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Mpg How many miles per gallon can this intake get you?


  • It doesn't give an exact number, but with my v6 My mpg jumped 1-2 mpg I do most of my driving in the city, a lot of etop and go traffic In conclusion, you can expect anywhere from 1-3 But at first you won't be able to keep your foot off of the gas :p


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when to apply the new tune should i put the new tune on my car for this CAI before or after i install it, or does it not matter? i just don't want to throw an engine light


  • You shouldn't upload a tune to your Mustang that will include parts not yet installed. The best time to upload a new tune for your CAI is at the time you install your CAI. If you can't do them at the same time, you should upload the new tune after you install the CAI. You will have a CEL light until the new tune is loaded, but won't cause any harm. My advice: put in your new tune order for the CAI and order the CAI at the same time. This way, by the time you receive your CAI, the updated tune will be complete and ready for you as well. Then just install the CAI, upload the new tunes and you'll be all set! If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call!


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Can i use my friends tune instead of buying a new one? if my friend allready has a bama tunner do i have to buy one or can i just use the tunner he has?? he works at a dealership so he can hook me up with a tune up but i dont know if i have to use a new one


  • No, you can not share his tune files. Once a custom tune is loaded, the tuner is locked to that Mustang's VIN number. Two cars can not be tuned using the same tune files. You would need to get a custom tune for your own Mustang to accompany this Steeda Cold Air Intake.


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Do I have to replace my MAF? This is my first time ever putting anything extra on a car, and my buddy said I might need to change my air flow sensor out? Is that true with this intake?


  • I reused the stock MAF sensor and it works fine. If your strictly racing you might want to upgrade, but it's fine for daily driving.


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Does this give a louder note for the exhaust and engine then other intakes like Airaid? Since the intake tube is larger does this give better engine and exhaust notes then other non-tune required intakes


  • Yes it makes your exhaust tone sound like you have a set of axle backs on your car it's an amazing product.


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requires a minimum of 91 octane fuel for power gains? I heard it requires a minimum of 91 octane fuel for power gains. Is it true?


  • The instructions say minimum of 91 octane I have not tried to use lower as I use a 93 performance tune.


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Overall Rating 4.9

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Performance Gain 4.931035 4.9
  • Fit 4.448276 4.4

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 01, 2016

    Only Intake Worth Your Money

    This cold air intake was recommended to me by a friend. Originally, I was just going to get a BBK or Airaid, and there is no possible way any of the other air intakes would give you the gains you were looking for compared to this one. While the Steeda intake is more expensive, you are getting more horsepower and torque per dollar than you would with a cheaper intake. I got this with a 93 octane tune from Bama, and I got on the throttle just a little bit when we took it out and instantly my Mustang was already 10 times better, and go great with my Borla ATAKs. I 100 recommend this intake just because of the fact that it requires a tune


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Saint Louis

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 31, 2012

    Numbers don't lie

    I was like the rest of you v6 owners, unsure which CAI to go with. let me assure you, the Steeda CAI is by far the best! i wasn't sure if i wanted to pay twice as much for a CAI, but after looking at the numbers i decided to go with this one. the numbers don't lie. I noticed massive performance gains. I whooped my buddy's 2010 gt. something us v6ers are very capable of :)


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Alabama, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 23, 2012

    Great performance and sound, bad fit

    product works great. really increased throttle response and power. sounds great and makes a nice whistle. main problem was the fitment. the MAF sensor tube was not big enough to fit through the heat shield. other than a few other small fitment issues, product is good.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 E.B. NJ

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 04, 2012

    Fantastic Sound

    2 hours to install, should be an option. Still, 2 hours well spent. The installation was easy, the directions were clear enough. I was able to figure out the fuzzy bits without too much trouble. Building the intake before putting it in the car was easy enough. putting it in after it was built took all of ten minutes. For the record, IT DOES fit with a TB spacer. The setup with a performance tune sounds amazing. You might think I had an exhaust kit on the car. Exhaust is totally stock. (for now) It pulls WAY harder now and ROARS above 3000 RPMs. still nice an quiet at the lower RPMs. SO I can drive through my neighborhood at night without annoying the neighbors. Two other notes. I did NOT need to cut any metal to make anything fit. It all fit perfectly. Maybe Steeda fixed the problem that the other reviewers was talking about. maybe I got lucky. who knows? The Tru-Fiber Venom hood ram air intake lines up perfectly over the intake. My ram air was never functional before because the stock airbox is sealed on top. AM was as fast as always. Nice service!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Northern VA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 17, 2012

    Read THIS Review!!!

    I already had the SCT tuner and was getting 35mpg @ 70mph (93 Street tune). After installing the Steeda CAI (along with new tune), I took this bad boy out on the interstate. Got 37.8mpg for 15 miles @70mpg (93 RACE tune). The throttle response is greatly improved as well. The air intake sound is amazing...and the exhaust...OH MY GOD the exhaust...has changed. My car has a rumble and sounds better than a stock 2011 GT. Get the Steeda CAI and you might not want an aftermarket exhaust anymore...I still do...but that's because I'm young and wild. I feel like I bought a CAI and axleback...but only spend $380. Great product.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Galveston, TX

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 24, 2012


    So as everyone here, i was also afraid to spend more than twice the money from other intakes without knowing much about it or seeing a video online explaining in detail the power gains. I am 100% happy with this purchase. 2 main reasons. 1. Power gain. I installed it with a custom tune, and the gain is very noticeable and changed my car completely. Thing is, the tune does that with other intakes too. But i believe this one provide more power and here why. Compared to other intakes like AIRAID and C&L, they are open in the front, therefore letting hot air from engine in. This intake is completely sealed. Even though the top is open, once hood is closed the hood itself protects the top from hot air. It uses the stock system from stock airfilter, so it is always pulling in cold air. 2. it is HUGE. I love the size of this intake it really does change the look of the engine. Not only that, but the engine sounds so much more throaty and the best part (in my opinion) no lie, every time you hit accelerator, you hear the intake take in air (sounds like a mini blow off valve) and makes your mustang sound mean, and different from other V6s. ONLY ONE CON: Not a big deal since I did this at my shop but, the small tube with sensors the goes in airbox did not fit. I had to cut a very very small piece of metal so it would fit. VERY HAPPY AND WOULD NOT CHANGE THIS FOR ANYTHING.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Miami, Fl

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 19, 2013

    Steeda or NOTHING

    I've had this on my 2012 V6 for a few months now. I also have a tune on my car. This CAI was easy to put together and install. I used a bit of rubber cement to keep the rubber seal on the shroud. I already had a tune on my car and when I installed the CAI. I flashed over the new BAMA tune file and I noticed immediate power gains. The reason I went with Steeda is because they are a recognized Ford aftermarket provider. BUY THIS CAI, you will not be disappointed.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Newark, DE, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 26, 2012

    Great Upgrade!

    I had the C&L cold air intake before for almost a year and I personally was not quite satisfied with the fit with the Airaid throttle body spacer. I knew this cold air intake is much more of a solid and factory-like fit, and I was able to fit it perfectly with the throttle body spacer! However, I gave the fit 4 stars because the MAF housing wouldnt fit through the hole of the stainless steel housing. So I filed a spot down a bit and got it through. Also a few washers were missing; overall just a few minor things were missing, but were easily fixable. Since it requires a tune, I have notice a bit more in off the line throttle response, and pulls more past around 40mph. Overall, it looks great in the engine bay, fits like a glove, and performance gains are great!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 St. Paul, MN

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 12, 2011

    Love this air intake super easy to install and sounds great .

    Love it definitely recommend it even though it is a little pricy go ahead and spend alittle bit more trust me you'll love it. It was super easy to install and has a perfect fit. Gives the car a nice deep sound when u hit the gas and you can definitely tell it has more power when you also install the tuner.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Destin FL

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 21, 2015

    Looking for a CAI... This is the one you need!

    Im new to adding mods to my Mustang, but I knew starting off with a CAI would be a great way to start to add some extra hp. But I wasn't expecting the performance gain like a received from adding this amazing piece of equipment. Turning on your car right after installing it, you can hear the whistle and you can really feel and hear the power being sucked once you hit the gas pedal. Putting it on was a little tough do to the size of the CAI but I also had a Throttle body and a spacer with it as well. Recommend this to everyone!


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Hot Springs, AR

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 03, 2015

    Top quality!

    i had the JLT intake as it came with my X4 with BAMA tunes. it worked well. but i have to say after installing the Steeda intake there is a big difference. the fitment is very precise and thought out well. the stainless was well put together and the filter is very very big. just material wise this intake is much better than stock and the JLT intake kits. i highly recommend the Steeda kit, i feel there is a significant amount more power than jlt when compared. although the sound is slightly quieter with steeda and has a very subtle whistle sound the feel is stronger. i know its a very expensive intake, but the looks you get under the hood and the quality is unmatched for the 3.7 V6. you get what you pay for.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 euless, TX

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 21, 2013

    Nice CAI, but a few nitpicks here and there

    Pros: The build of the CAI is great, it looks great in your engine bay, and it makes a noticeable, yet not too loud noise when you stomp on the gas. Neutral: Instructions talked about a specific type of screw that wasn't included, but it turns out that I didn't need it anyways, so I'm not sure what that was about. Cons: I didn't have enough washers so I had to go out and buy some more. I also advise putting the intake tube on the filter end before screwing the intake into the car. Also, the metallic hose attachment (the last piece you put in the silicone tube) has one end that has a lip on it, and one that does not, however the instructions do not say which end to put into the tube (hint: it's the end that has the lip on it).


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 11, 2013


    it took me a little longer than an hour but it was pretty easy, and after the installation and the tune, i can't paint the smile on my face. i can feel the gain and the get up and go feel of the car, in addition the sound of the cold air intake every time you step on the gas is like a blow off bulb, and the exhaust sound changed big time, it's like having a after market exhaust when the throttle is wide open.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Jacksonville, NC, USA

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  • 5/5

    September 05, 2016


    It's the best cold air intake, for all v6 mustangs.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    July 28, 2016

    Steeda cold air intake is a sweet deal.

    Love this steeda product and I recommend anybody that is looking for more power for their cyclone mustang.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 15, 2016

    Great product

    Definitely awakens the engine and makes a slightly louder exhaust note.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Toledo

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 20, 2016

    What a change!

    Before I get to the good parts, I do have to mention one bad issue I had with this. Putting this together would have been no problem if I had borriwed a screwdriver that wasn't broken. It lossened the screws fine when I had to redo one of the brackets that I had put on facing the wrong way accidentally, but would not lock to tighten all of the screws down. This became a bigger issue when for some reason one of the screws would not thread into the MAF housing correctly. There must have been some excess metal in the threads and it took almost a good hour until I was able to finally get the screw to tighten down to keep the MAF sensor in place. Other then that issue, and having to take the metal adaptor for the pcv tbe out and put it back in the opposite way for the hose to snap into place because the instructions really do not tell you which way it has to be installed, switchin out the stock part and bolting this on was a breeze. My girlfriend got the rubing onto the throttle body while I lined up the factory air inlet and bolted it all down in just a few minutes with no fitment issues at all. Now...for the good....Huge change in low end torque. Even with the stock 2.73 gears (changing down the road) and with the auto transmission, the car is much more eager to smoke some rubber, as well as kick the back end out a bit on a harder more agressive turn. As for the sound......paired with the borla S types....I've already had people ask me if it is a GT, or is it turbo or supercharged? Once the car gets to around 2000-4000 rpm, it sounds very much like the mid 90's cobras. Always loved hoe they sounded. Installing the tune for it was simple, now I just need to get her to the track to see how it does. Maybe a few backroads as well to see if the 0-60 time has changed a bit as well. Expect it should drop a bit. Pricey, yes, but worth it all completely!


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Venice FL

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 08, 2015

    THE CAI to buy!

    I picked the Steeda because it requires a tune. I figure that an engine mod that doesn't require a tune isn't much of a mod. There is quite a bit of assembly required, but it wasn't bad. The whole install took about 2 hrs start to finish. With my custom Bama 93R tune, it really made a difference. When you already have a tune, a CAI doesn't add the full amount of power advertised, but I can tell that I gained some. More importantly, the power delivery is smoother. The peaks and valleys in the curve are gone, it just pushes all the way through the range. The sound is amazing. There is a nice throaty roar when the engine is under load and you can really hear it pulling in air. Like others have said, it sounds almost like you added axle-backs. For an added bonus, I appear to have picked up more than 2 MPG. My only complaints are two fitment issues. As others found, the emission tube isn't in the factory position. The hose reaches, but I had to trim my engine cover to make it work. I also found that the unit sits a tad high in the engine bay. I have to push the hood down a bit to close it...and that is without having installed the seal on top of the housing. With the seal, it is much more pronounced. Not a big deal as it seams to flush up with the hood liner just fine without the seal. The Steeda CAI is definitely more money, but it is worth it. Spend the cash and get the right part the first time.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 McKinney, TX

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 04, 2015

    Steeda is the way to go

    So after debating a few months on which cold air intake I should choose and talking with a friend who has a v6 2013 mustang with the Airraid CAI, he recommended I go with Steeda. I was a skeptical on the price but bit the bullet. Assembly is a bit tricky since the instructions leave out a few good tips. In reality, this installation from start to finish should take about 2-3 hours, but it ended up taking me 4-5 hours since the seal would not stay on. I had to go buy contact cement to make it work. Once installed and tuned, you will notice gains right off the bat, and will hear this beauty at 2k rpms. It has such a loud growl and when you floor it, it roars. I am in love the sound! Can't wait to pair it with catback Borla ATAKS when I get the extra $$$.... Steeda CAI is the way to go compared to at least Air Raid!!!


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Dyess AFB, Texas

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 23, 2015

    Worth the Money

    Going with Steeda, I knew their products were reputable. Bought this intake and of course paired it with a tuner. Definitely noticeable difference in Throttle Response which is a big plus from stock. Also has as a nice sound when accelerating. All in all, Great product and would recommend this Intake to anyone owning a 3.7L. Best bang for you buck in my opinion.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Cumming, GA

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