2015 Ford Mustang GT: I'd Buy It In Blue and Modify
August 24, 2015
If you're looking for a two-door, American muscle car, there are three top contenders on the market right now: the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. And if you aren't loyal to a particular brand, there are some details to consider before you decide. The way I figure, each serves a slightly different purpose and appeals to different buyers based on its strengths and weaknesses.
While I enjoyed our long-term SLP Panther Camaro (a 610-horsepower supercharged Camaro is hard to not enjoy) the standard Camaro doesn't quite do it for me. It does feel good around the corners though, especially if you opt for the track-ready ZL1.
The Dodge Challenger is the cruiser's choice in my mind. It's supremely comfortable, great for long road trips and the interior is the most modern. We recently tested a Challenger with the V6 in the SXT Plus trim, and I was seriously impressed by how well-trimmed it was and virtually silent on the highway. If you want bonkers, there's always the Hellcat.
If I was the tinkering type though, and I am, a Mustang GT would be hard to pass up. Every time I drive our long-term Mustang, I think "this would be great if I could change the seats, swap the wheels, take out the rear seat, put a louder sound system in it, tint the windows and make it faster."
I wouldn't buy one in the GT Premium trim we've got, but it hasn't soured me on the pony-car altogether. This blue Mustang in the photo (deep impact blue) is another GT we had in recently for testing. I lapped it around the Streets of Willow road course and drove it around in Los Angeles traffic. I loved it. Longer gears made for less-frequent shifting and the wheels aren't black so they don't look like winter steelies. And that paint is so much more attractive than our orange long-termer.
Basically, there's a good platform to build on. The staff here is split on issues like the Recaro seats, but none of us really hate the Mustang. Our ratings for the Mustang vary depending on how it's equipped, from an "A" all the way down to a "C", but that just proves the point that this car has lots of potential.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor