2015 Ford Mustang GT: Interior Quirks Make Me Smile
May 28, 2015
I chuckled when I first saw the 2015 Ford Mustang GT's speedometer. And then I made it purple. "Ground Speed" is a cute reference to the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, which inspired some design elements of the original pony car. It's one of many interior cues meant to remind you that this car has some history. Other pieces aren't so subtle, like the plaque above the glove box that reads "Since 1964," or the aforementioned ability turn the instrument cluster and doorsills lights purple. Or green. Or red.
Straddling the line between cute and obnoxious design touches is difficult. The interior of the fifth-gen Camaro did it poorly, though it improved later on. Its overall appearance evoked memories of the original, but sacrificed usefulness with several palm-to-forehead decisions like hiding oil temp and pressure gauges in front of the shifter where you'd never look when you'd need them.
Modern Jeeps reference the company history with greater success and some humor, putting little silhouettes in the windshield, grilles embossed in the speaker surrounds, topography maps in the seats, and a Sasquatch (yes, really) in the rear window.
And the Mustang? It pulls it off, giving off a modern vibe that remains true to its heritage. I like the engine-turned aluminum dash and the brows on top that poke out towards the occupants. The design of the plastic surrounding the dome lights is nifty, too. Sure, the Horse Lasers, as Jason Kavanagh dubbed them, are enormous (see below), and the color-adjustable gauges and doorsills are a novelty. At least you can choose basic white, as I did after tiring of purple after a few miles.
My foot for scale
Regardless of my tastes, these little touches have value. They're good reminders of the long histories these cars have and make driving them seem a bit more special. For the record, I like the Horse Lasers. Also, "Horse Lasers" would also make a great band name.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 6,621 miles
(Editors Carlos Lago and Josh Sadlier joined the Edmunds.com Editorial crew last week. This is Carlos's first post for our Long Term Road Test Updates).