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2015 Ford Mustang Review

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Review of the 2015 Ford Mustang

  • The 2015 Ford Mustang brings the iconic pony car into a more fuel-efficient future without sacrificing any of its trademark swagger or performance.

  • Safety | Reliability
  • Pros

    Wide range of engine options; new rear suspension provides better handling and ride dynamics; more refined interior.

  • Cons

    No lighter than before; cramped rear seat.

  • What's New for 2015

    The Ford Mustang has been fully redesigned for 2015.


2 of 8 people found this review helpful

First and last ford product

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Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I was in the market for a new car right around the time the mustang first arrived. If I could turn back time, I would undo the mistake I made by buying this car. Several things keep me from liking it; cold brakes that squeal so loudly it literally hurts your ears, SUV/truck gas mileage, uncomfortable driving position, and the huge hood. I cant get more than 300 miles to a tank, unless it's all highway, where mileage stretches to a whopping 29 mpg, best. As for the brakes, their answer after two days of "diagnosis" was, "they all do that." Its impossible to get comfortable, and hard to see over the landing dock of a hood. There's no way I will keep this thing the full 36 months.




Decidedly unimpressed

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Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

So far had mustang for a week. Just cannot for the life of see what the hype is about! Sure it stands out in the car park but is that it? I expect performance - what I get is hardly better than any other car on the road! Fuel economy is a joke! - so heaven help u if the price of gas increases! Getting in and out is fine - if you are under 5ft tall otherwise you need to be a acrobat in the hardtop! doorway is tiny! and forget about using the back seats for people I'm getting 20 mpg - in europe I would expect as a MINIMUM - 30-40 MPG. Basically if you want a striking looking car on your drive fine - but if you want something you can USE on a daily basis - forget it! AVOID!!!!!1!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1st mustang - worth the

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Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I was looking for a fun, sporty car earlier this year to supplement my DD (Audi A6). Looked at Suburu BRZ/Scion FRS (ride a bit stiff & only OK power) Hyundai Genesis Coupe (ride too stiff & only OK looks) and Camaro (lousy visability). Reading the car show reviews of the new Mustang and seeing pics I was intrigued. I've had my Mustang for about a month. WOW! It's beautiful inside and out. Great lines, fit & finish top notch. Premium level interior. Very sporty - clearly a Mustang but updated for the 21st century and much more refined. Ecoboost power is great / very responsive, the handling is outstanding with great visibility. Front seat comfort = to my A6. Comfortable ride.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great update

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Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I got my 2.3 EcoBoost Auto 2 days ago and it is great. I preordered before I had the chance to sit in one! External look: Sharp, Aggressive, Smooth. Internal: Updated from prev years. Better lookingand feeling material. Comfortable, feels bigger in the front, still no space in backseats, Great console compared to prev ones. Engine: Very Powerful, more than my 3.7V6, probably louder too which is good. Better Acceleration. Tech: Can switch between different Steering and Driving Modes. Smart Key, Keep in ur pocket and u can open the door and drive without using it. Music sound is good. Rear view camera standard Auto has tip-tronic feature. Aired and heated leather sts



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun!

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Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium 2dr Coupe (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I picked up a new EcoBoost Premium yesterday and so far I really like the car. Having owned over 40 new cars over they years this is my first Mustang. I looked at 2014 models a couple of times but was turned off by the cheap interiors and this is something Ford has addressed in the new 2015. I selected the EcoBoost Premium over the GT because I don't need all that horsepower and the high insurance bill that comes with it. The EcoBoost has more than enough power to put your drivers license in danger!



Full 2015 Ford Mustang Review

What's New for 2015

The Ford Mustang has been fully redesigned for 2015.

Introduction

The 2015 Ford Mustang marks the model's 50th anniversary. To celebrate, Ford has decided that there's no better way to honor this sporty American icon's birthday than by putting something special underneath the hood. A 700-horsepower V8, maybe? A jet turbine, perhaps? Well, how about a four-cylinder engine? Yes, it is true: The fully redesigned 2015 Mustang can be had with a four-banger under that long, proud hood. But before you fire off an angry e-mail or tweet to Ford, you should know a couple of things. First: a muscle-bound V8 is still available, as is a V6. And second: This EcoBoost four-cylinder is turbocharged, and it's anything but a wheezing weakling.

Mustang mavens will know that this isn't the first time a 2.3-liter turbo-4 has been offered in the original pony car. But unlike those best forgotten mills of the late-1970s and early 1980s, this one packs much greater refinement and higher fuel efficiency, not to mention double the power. Specifically, this little powerhouse cranks out 310 hp and up to 320 pound-feet of torque and still rates up to 26 mpg combined. A peppy 3.7-liter V6 once again sees duty in the entry-level Mustang, while V8 fans can still enjoy the power and the glory of a 5.0-liter V8 in the GT model. Regardless of engine, one may choose either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, the latter fitted with paddle shifters.

Underneath, the Mustang lineup finally gets an independent rear suspension. True, the Mustang has gotten along quite well with its old-tech solid rear axle design the past few years. But this independent rear suspension brings welcome enhancements to the Mustang's on-road demeanor, particularly for ride comfort and handling. Ford claims the 2015 Mustang is more stable during braking and acceleration and steers more precisely, and although we've only had limited time in the car so far, we have to wholeheartedly agree. Despite rumors that the new Mustang would weigh significantly less, though, it has instead gained a few pounds, anywhere from about 20-80 depending on the model.

The new Mustang's styling is pretty distinctive, and it gives the car a more aggressive look. Although the side window design calls to mind a modern Aston Martin (certainly not a bad association), classic Mustang styling cues abound elsewhere, from the large trapezoidal grille and angled-back headlights to the fastback roof line and three-bar taillights. The wheelbase and overall length are similar to the outgoing car, but the new one sits about 1.5 inches lower, is about 1.5 inches wider and has a 3-inch-wider rear track. Meanwhile, the cabin boasts higher-quality materials, more elbow room and a sportier, smaller, leather-wrapped steering wheel that both tilts and -- finally -- telescopes.

Our preliminary take is that the new Mustang drives notably better, has a nicer interior and still looks cool. But the 2015 Mustang has, in keeping with tradition, formidable competition from the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Like the Mustang, they both offer eye-catching styling, rear-wheel drive and thrilling V8 power. The Chevy is a more direct competitor, given its similar proportions and small backseat, while the larger Dodge offers an adult-friendly backseat. Those shopping this segment may also consider the well-rounded Hyundai Genesis coupe. But should you place your money on Ford's horse, we think you'll be pretty happy with the ride.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Ford Mustang will initially be available only as a coupe, with a convertible version set to follow around three months after the coupe goes on sale. There are six trim levels: V6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and GT 50 Years Limited Edition.

The Mustang V6 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, a limited-slip rear differential, keyless ignition and entry, integrated blind-spot mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, the Sync voice control system (with 4.2-inch multifunction display) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.

Options include 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, rear park assist, a power driver seat and an anti-theft system.

The EcoBoost includes the V6's standard features along with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, foglamps, a rear spoiler, six-way power front seats, aluminum dash trim, active noise cancellation and a "tracks app" system that can provide performance data such as 0-60-mph and quarter-mile times, lateral acceleration and stopping distances from 60 mph or 100 mph.

Options echo those of the V6 but further include an EcoBoost Performance package (19-inch wheels with summer tires, firmer suspension calibrations, upgraded brakes, aluminum dash trim, added gauges and unique steering and chassis tuning) and Recaro sport seats.

To the EcoBoost's standard equipment, the EcoBoost Premium adds 18-inch wheels, selectable drive modes, aluminum and chrome interior accents, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio and an 8-inch touchscreen with the MyFord Touch interface.

Options for the EcoBoost Premium echo those of the standard EcoBoost but further include different wheels, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver memory settings, an upgraded 12-speaker audio system, a navigation system, special interior trim and a 50 Years Appearance package (unique grille, wheels, gas cap and upholstery).

The Mustang GT includes all the EcoBoost's standard features along with the V8 engine, 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tips, line-lock (for track use), launch control (manual transmission), upgraded brakes and hood vents.

Options for the GT are similar to those for the Mustang V6. Also available is the GT Performance package that gets you 19-inch wheels with summer tires, a rear spoiler delete, a Torsen limited-slip differential, firmer suspension calibrations, upgraded Brembo brakes (manual transmission), additional bracing, added gauges, and unique steering and chassis tuning.

The GT Premium comes with the same added and optional features as the EcoBoost Premium.

The Mustang GT 50 Years Limited Edition includes all the GT Premium's features along with exclusive paint colors (Wimbledon white or Kona blue), unique 19-inch wheels, added chrome exterior trim, the GT Performance package, unique upholstery, the 12-speaker sound system, the navigation system and unique "50 Years"-emblazoned grille, gas cap, door sills, dash and floor mats.

Powertrains and Performance

A 3.7-liter V6 engine with 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque is standard on the base Mustang. The EcoBoost has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine packing 310 hp and 320 lb-ft. The GT boasts a 5.0-liter V8 boasting 435 hp and 400 lb-ft. (Note that those outputs for the EcoBoost and V8 reflect the use premium gasoline.) Any engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 26 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway) for the EcoBoost with the manual. With the automatic, EcoBoost numbers are 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway). The V6 manual rates 21 mpg combined (17/28) while the automatic version rates 22 combined (19/28). The V8 manual earns a 19 mpg combined estimate (15/25) while the automatic is the same but with 1 mpg better in the city.

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2015 Ford Mustangs include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe only) and a driver's knee airbag. Also standard are Ford's MyKey system (which allows owners to limit speed and audio volume levels for young drivers) and, for manual-transmission models, hill-start assist.

Optional on the "Premium" trim levels and standard on the 50 Years Limited Edition are blind spot and cross traffic warning systems.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2015 Ford Mustang's interior pays homage to Mustangs past with its dual-cowl-style dashboard while still offering all the latest modern conveniences. Depending on the trim level, even high-end luxuries such as adaptive cruise control and heated and ventilated front seats can be had. Materials quality is generally improved, and drivers of all sizes should be able to get more comfortable behind the wheel of the latest Mustang, as that wheel now features a telescoping function in addition to tilt adjustment.

Ford's "Sync" voice activation system greatly simplifies operation of the audio, phone and navigation systems. The MyFord Touch interface is more controversial, however. There's a learning curve for getting the most out of the system, and operating the touchscreen can be distracting at times. In general, we prefer the easier-to-use touchscreen interface in the Dodge Challenger.

There's a more spacious feel in the 2015 Mustang, thanks to the new car's less-imposing dashboard and slimmer center console. The steering wheel's contoured grips and tidier size means it's nicer to use than the old-school wheel and a soft elbow pad on the console adds comfort to the cockpit. The gauges are significantly more legible than the previous setup, and they don't reflect on the inside of the windshield like the old ones did. Outward visibility is better than a Camaro or Challenger, though the thick rear roof pillars block everything over your shoulders. Thankfully, all Mustangs come with a backup camera as standard equipment, and a blind-spot monitoring system is available.

Both coupe and convertible body styles can accommodate four adults, but rear passengers will likely be cramped. If you regularly carry around larger folks in the backseat, the Challenger would be a better choice. The coupe's trunk provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space, fairly generous for a sport coupe, while the convertible offers 11.4 cubes. Standard split-folding rear seats on the coupe expand cargo capacity.

Driving Impressions

Based on our initial drive of a 2015 Mustang EcoBoost equipped with the optional Performance package, the new Mustang is a significant step forward in terms of ride and handling. The turbo-4 puts forth a fairly smooth and impressively broad-shouldered spread of power that gives the car robust thrust around town.

Being 100 pounds lighter over the front tires than the V8, the EcoBoost's front end feels spry, turning crisply into corners with enthusiasm. Body roll is well controlled, too, and the summer tires' cling on the pavement is tenacious.

The new independent rear suspension has given the Mustang a big shot of refinement in the way it handles the blacktop, whether that pavement is smooth or riddled with ruts and bumps. The previous Mustangs' oftentimes jostling demeanor over broken pavement has been replaced with a supple, confident demeanor. The steering is precise and quick, though driving enthusiasts will likely desire more road feel.

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