2015 Ford Mustang GT: My Favorite Car in the Fleet
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 22, 2016
I may have logged the most miles in our Dodge Viper, driving it across the country and all, but I've spent the most nights with our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Why? It's become my favorite car in the fleet. Like any car enthusiast, I have a predilection for fast, loud, and rear-drive cars. Our fleet has a few of these, but only the Mustang meets the obscure Venn diagram of things I look for.
For example, our Viper is loud, but it doesn't sound good. Our BMW M235i sounds good, but it isn't loud. The Mustang does both, and this sound adds to the overall character. It's a bright orange muscle car with black wheels and a lowering kit.
It gives off a vibe, man.
Its six-speed manual makes extracting the thrust accompanying that sound satisfying. The short-shifter feels positive and the exhaust makes a rewarding bark when you match revs. The short final drive means you have to shift a lot — sometimes to the detriment of overall acceleration — but you don't care, because the process feels good.
Crucially though, our Mustang combines old-school muscle car traits with creature comforts and tech features in a way that diminishes neither. Despite its faults, the Sync infotainment system remains a powerful tool. The surrounding switchgear and trim gives the overall interior a thoroughly modern appearance.
Plus, you're sitting in Recaro bucket seats. Having spent time in cars with cages, harnesses, and a HANS device, I've developed a mental association with safety and the bear hug of a bucket. Past that feeling, the lateral support means you can load the car up hard in a corner without needing to brace your knees against the tunnel and door.
Our Mustang does a great job of that, too. You may not suspect it, but the Mustang's capabilities on a real-world mountain road, whether to me or the car or motorcycle ahead, are always surprising. It's this performance, daily comfort, and gratifying driving characteristics that you might not expect from a Mustang.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor