2015 Ford Mustang GT: Better, But Good Enough?
August 25, 2015
Full disclosure: I've owned two Mustangs in the past. It can be said that I'm a "Mustang Guy."
Back in November I wrote up the full test on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and noted that this latest generation has improved across the board. I still stand by that assertion, but I'd also like to add that I expected more.
I'd hoped the new Mustang would weigh significantly less. It doesn't. In fact, it's 132 pounds heavier than the last V8 Mustang we tested. I'd hoped that it'd be more fun to drive hard. It's not. It's more settled thanks to the independent rear suspension, but now it takes a lot more to whip the tail around. To me, that's fun.
It's really quiet, but I think it's too quiet. There's no theatrical payoff in stock form. If it has a V8, I think we should really feel and hear it. Yes, it's far more refined and easier to live with on the daily commute, as well as on a long road trip. Perhaps for most drivers and owners, the added comfort and easy-to-drive nature are exactly what they need. But I want more fun, a little more madness.
I like it, but I don't love it. I'd still pick a Mustang over the last Camaro, but that may change once I drive the next-gen Camaro. Maybe once we add a few performance upgrades, I'll get that old Mustang giddiness of our previous GT long-termer or the Boss 302. I'm confident the GT 350 will give me the appropriate thrills, but at $50k, it's in a different league.
Yes, the new Mustang is better. It's more sophisticated, mature and probably has a broader appeal. But if you're a meathead like me, you'll want more. Maybe a new trim level that yanks out some of that pesky refinement is the answer.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor