2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test - Interior

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: What I've Learned to Like About MyFord Touch

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 28, 2016

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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:

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Auxiliary Gauges Are Entertaining, If Little Else

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 21, 2015

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Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's optional Performance Pack includes these two auxiliary gauges. They show oil pressure and vacuum (boost on Ecoboost models), and they are superfluous on a stock car.

Brent Romans gave an overview and debated their usefulness, but I want to take a closer look. Some might argue that a vacuum gauge is helpful for driving in a more fuel-efficient manner. This is true, but this argument vanishes like tire smoke when you're pairing 435 horsepower with a 3.73 final drive.

Monitoring oil pressure helps when you're worried about it dropping, like when sustaining more than 1.0 g in a long corner. Two problems, however:

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Those Seats, Though

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 23, 2015

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Something changed between our last Mustang and our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Either the Mustang's pedal box grew further apart from the steering column or I shrank a couple of inches. Or I'm just imagining things.

Or it could be those seats.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: 15,000 Miles and Counting

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015

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We usually try to document our long-term cars exactly as they turn the odometer over every 5,000 miles. To the zero. A bit silly, yes, but it's one of our things. And ya gotta have "things."

During the reporting of my award-winning four-part series “A Hike, a Bike and a Track-Day Wedding,” I was aware our 2015 Ford Mustang GT was approaching the 15,000-mile mark.

Yet I can't tell you what was consuming my time on the drive home from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that kept me from noticing the exact moment. Maybe Senior Editor Josh Jacquot, driving the 2015 Dodge Viper GT, was talking my ear off on the phone about where he wanted to eat lunch (for a scrawny guy, he gets awfully cranky when he's hungry). Or maybe I was rockin' out to Shania Twain on the stereo. I have no idea. But I completely missed the turn-over point. Off by 96 miles, in fact.

"Swim, swammy, slippy, slappy?oh, Samsonite. I was WAY off."

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Path to Performance Continues With Short-Throw Shifter

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 22, 2015

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The suspension isn't the only thing sitting lower on our 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

While it was up on the lift at Galpin Auto Sports getting the Track Handling pack installed, we also installed a short-shift kit from Ford Performance Racing Parts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Keeping the Wrong Company

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on October 20, 2015

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I've been pretty open about my affection for our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It's a car I'd absolutely buy if I felt like dropping $40k on a brand-new ride.

I managed to find something I don't like, however. If it were my $40k on the line, our long-termer's rough, hard-plastic upper door panels would feel like a slap in the face.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: In Support of the Recaros

August 11, 2015

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It's been a pretty common theme for Edmunds staffers to knock the optional Recaro sport seats in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and not just in long-term updates. There's been a lot of grumbling around the office that's never made it into print. I'm here to disagree. Not in general; that would be, well, disagreeable. But I think these Recaros are superb and I'm glad we opted for them.

Of course seats are a personal, extremely body-specific part of cars. No seat is going to fit every body perfectly. We come in too many shapes and sizes for that. But here's what I realized after reading through old posts: Most of the issues aren't even related to seat fitment or comfort.   

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: A History of Competition

July 15, 2015

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"Competition has been an integral part of the Ford Mustang lifestyle since its earliest days 50 years ago," says Steve Ling, Ford Car Marketing Manager. And you don't have to take his word for it.

Back in the 60s, Ford used an advertising campaign it called "Total Performance." Like other manufacturers, it followed the principle of "race on Sunday, sell on Monday." Ford hyped up everything. From Galaxies to GT40s, anything that ran a Ford badge or a Ford motor was fair play. So when the Mustang came out, you guessed it.

And now, with the 2015 Ford Mustang's trick new rear suspension and bonkers FPC V8, the Mustang might be at the crux of a return to truly international competition. Let's see how this all went down 50 years ago.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Rear Seat Great for Dogs, Not Adult Humans

July 13, 2015

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If you're an adult human, it's rather unlikely you'll be happy in the 2015 Ford Mustang's back seat. There's both minimal leg- and headroom for anyone taller than a child. It makes a Dodge Challenger seem like a Mercedes-Maybach. On the other hand, as I discovered this weekend, the little pair of rear seats is absolutely perfect for a little pair of dogs.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Interior Decorating 101 - Maximizing Your Wallpaper

June 16, 2015

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If you're following our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT updates, you've noticed that it comes with a few interesting, somewhat quirky and borderline bedazzling features (i.e. color-customizable gauges, Track Apps and (!)Horse Lasers TM). These configurable options band together to form a virtual playground that conspires to keep you more entertained than a top-20 GIFs-of-the-Week post.

And entertained we remain, especially after discovering the wallpaper configurator.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Will Monty's Little Road Bike Fit?

June 12, 2015

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I've struggled to fit bicycles into Mustangs before and was curious if the 2015 Ford Mustang GT would also pose a hassle. It's a crapshoot anytime you're finagling with a trunk instead of a hatch and it all comes down to the size of the pass-through and how flat the rear seats will fold.

I needn't have worried.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Interior Quirks Make Me Smile

May 28, 2015

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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.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Sizing It Up

May 26, 2015

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Well, it's been a while since my last long-term post, and before last night, I had only driven a 2015 Ford Mustang GT once, at a manufacturer-sponsored event on the big track at Willow Springs. After a few medium-hot laps, I recall walking away as impressed as Mr. Edmunds by its capabilities.

But even on a wide-open track, I thought the new Mustang seemed awfully large.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Tells Us When the V8 Is Running

May 13, 2015

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I was doing a little spring cleaning on my phone, and I'll admit it took me a moment to remember why I took this picture. Then I did.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Pedal Placement Keeps Lost Art of Heel-and-Toe Alive

April 24, 2015

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Realistically, with some work and/or practice, you can perform heel-and-toe downshifts on just about any manual transmission car. But some cars definitely make this soon-to-be-lost-art easier than others. There are two keys to heel-and-toeing, besides lots of practice: Good brake-to-gas-pedal placement and a responsive throttle.   

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT has both.

In olden times, people really did the true heel-and-toe action, with the ball or toes of their right foot on the brake pedal and the heel blipping the throttle.

These days — and the Mustang is a good example of this —the pedals are arranged so that you do it more with the left side of your right foot on the brake pedal and the right side of your right foot on the gas, instead of a true heel-and-toe. We still call it heel-and-toe anyway.      

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Bigger Space for Smaller Items

April 15, 2015

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There's no question that Ford made big changes to the interior of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It's obvious as soon as you open the door. Okay, so they made it look a lot nicer. But how much better does it function?

When I sat down in the driver's seat and could easily put my wallet in the door pocket I realized, "yep, they made real improvements here."

I found an old post on our 2011 Ford Mustang GT long-term car, and if you look at this re-enactment of the events of 2012, you can see the differences.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: More Gauges, Debatable Usefulness

March 25, 2015

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Pretty much every car is going to come with a basic set of gauges, including a speedometer, tachometer, fuel level and coolant temperature. Sport-oriented cars often have a bonus collection of gauges. Presumably, the idea is that an enthusiastic driver will want to monitor the condition of his or her car more closely. Or, it could just be that automakers and people find more gauges to look cool. Or both.

Well, our 2015 Ford Mustang GT comes stocked with gauges. In addition to the usual ones there are two more on the center stack plus many more available in the driver information display. But how useful many of these gauges are is open to debate.

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2015 Ford Mustang: Interior Storage Drawer

January 15, 2015

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Here's a little surprise-and-delight (does anyone else loathe that expression like I do?) feature I discovered in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang. The squareish panel shown above looks like an innocuous little something. I wonder what it is...

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: I'd Skip the Recaros

December 26, 2014

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The Recaro "racing-inspired" seats on our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT are a $1,595 option that "provide added support, even in the most severe lateral G's," according to ford.com.

They look cool, have side airbags in them and have the benefit of being covered under the factory warranty.

I have a thin build and I fit just fine in them. But here's why I'd never get them if it was my car.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Off the Hook

December 22, 2014

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Coupes with rear seats generally suffer from a common but minor annoyance, and that's placement of the front seatbelts. With a long door to allow passengers access to the back seats, the front seatbelt has to be anchored further back as well.

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