2015 Ford Mustang GT: What I've Learned to Like About MyFord Touch
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 28, 2016
A few years ago I was driving a Ford Escape on the freeway. I was using the recently introduced and often criticized MyFord Touch (MFT) infotainment system to juggle between navigation prompts and audio selections. Slowly getting acclimated, I started to appreciate how powerful it was. I thought, "You know, I think I'm coming around on this system."
Cue a complete crash. The screen went black, the music stopped, as did the navigation prompts. I wish I were making this up.
Now, years and many consumer complaints later, Sync3 is on the horizon. I can't wait to try it, but having lived with MFT in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT for a while now, I can report that using it gets easier with familiarity. I've learned to operate around its idiosyncrasies and find it unobtrusive during the daily commute.
These are three things I appreciate about the system:
It boots quickly. The more powerful these systems grow, the longer it seems to take for them to start working. MFT gets up to speed respectably quick. What's better, it posted one of the fastest results of our fleet in my impromptu Time to Bluetooth test late last year.
It has real dials and buttons. More and more automakers are integrating volume and tuning controls into touchscreen or "touch" switches and bars. These don't have the feedback of a physical switch, which makes them unwieldy when your attention is focused on the road, where it should be. MFT's touchscreen has this problem too, but mitigates it by dividing the home screen into fourths with wide spacing in between. It's seldom as aggravating as the stuff in a modern Honda.
The voice commands work, mostly. I rarely have to repeat or correct voice inputs to MFT. That being said, the process MFT wants you to follow is clumsy by today's standards. On my phone, I say "OK Google. How do I get to <place>?" and I'm ready to go. MFT's process has a few more steps, which makes it feel clumsy by comparison.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 20,460 miles