2015 Ford Mustang GT: Threw It Back in the Water
July 29, 2015
I fished out a 2015 Ford Mustang GT from the Edmunds long-term pool last weekend. It seemed nice enough at first glance. V8 engine, manual transmission - what's not to like?
Then I drove it in typical Los Angeles conditions, Friday evening, near the tail end of rush hour. My evening plan was to have dinner with a friend who lived nearby.
After 20 minutes of driving, I regretted taking the Mustang.
There was a fair amount of stop-and-go traffic and plenty of stop signs on the way to my destination. The Mustang's brakes felt too grabby and I couldn't seem to shift it smoothly, no matter what I tried. Then I started to feel the early stages of motion sickness, something I've never experienced as a driver. All the lurching back and forth was taking its toll.
After dinner, I decided I'd had enough. I didn't want to deal with this for two more days so I drove back to the office and signed out the Dodge Charger SRT8 instead.
I was really disappointed with this Mustang. The last one we had was such a blast to drive and I never had any issues with the brakes or clutch. I suspect the Performance package is to blame here. It might be great on the track, but for the other 95 percent of the time, you'll have to live with its potentially nauseating side effects.
I've yet to try a Mustang without the Performance pack, but from what I hear, the default Mustang GT is much easier to live with as a daily driver.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 11,400 miles