by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on February 9, 2016
Time is winding down for our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT, signaling my long slide into depression. It'll be leaving just as things were getting fun with the suspension and exhaust upgrades.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 26, 2016
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the optional 3.73 final drive in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It makes the powertrain more exciting and rewards you for using the shifter more frequently, so we drive it harder.
The primary downside is fuel economy: Our lifetime mpg is hovering around 15 (!!) mpg. The other downside is that the frequency with which you want to shift actually slows the Mustang down when you're leaving from a stop light. The windows of useable acceleration in first and second are tiny, such that it seems you spend more time engaging and disengaging the gear than actually using it for acceleration.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on December 9, 2015
Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's awesome new Ford Racing exhaust continues to be, well, awesome. I found myself driving in third and fourth on the highway this morning just to revel in the noises that so wonderfully enhance the big 5.0 V8.
When I told this to some fellow editors they all nodded their heads with a knowing smile as if to say, "Oh yeah, I do that too."
In related news, our lifetime fuel economy went down in October and November to 15.7 mpg. True, that's only one-tenth of an mpg, but it's still quite awful given the EPA rating of 19 mpg combined.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 18, 2015
If you've followed our road trip adventure in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT then you'll know at this point we still had yet to set tires on track. We've hiked in Yosemite, mountain biked on the trails outside of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and even attended a wedding on the Corkscrew. But we had yet to burn up rubber and brake pads in anger.
That changes now.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 8, 2015
You can almost hear Captain Obvious: "If you wanted better fuel economy from your 2015 Ford Mustang GT, you shouldn't have optioned it with a 3.73 rear end, installed a loud exhaust, and taken it on a track day!"
Our Mustang covered 1,706 miles in September and consumed 118.2 gallons of high-octane gas, making for a 14.4 mpg month average. That's the third lowest we've recorded in our 10 months of ownership.
By Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 18, 2015
I can't tell you what the "GT" officially stands for in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT's name. I asked the Internet; it didn't know.
What I can tell you is that GT has historically stood for Gran Turismo, or Grand Tourer. Wikipedia says a Grand Tourer is a car that's "able to make long-distance, high-speed journeys in both comfort and style."
Man, this Mustang is almost there. There was plenty of comfort and style on my trip to Monterey, and I dig the car's high-speed composure and refinement.
But to me, a proper GT machine needs a real-world driving range of at least 400 miles. And that's where the Mustang comes up short.
July 17, 2015
June was a big month for our long-term 2015 Mustang GT. We welcomed the summer with two road trips. John O'Dell took a tour of California's Wine Country and I took a few days to check out Sedona, Arizona
June 18, 2015
The first new car I bought myself was a 1967 Mustang GT 2+2. I've got a 1965 coupe in my garage. I may be Edmunds's green-car editor, but I still do love me a V8 on occasion. So it was only right that I pick our 2015 Ford Mustang GT for a recent 1,500-mile California road trip.
I'd been a bit worried after a few of my fellow editors poked at the pony for being a bit bloated with, as Josh Sadlier put it, a bulbous hood and the overall feel of a fatsuit, not to mention Kurt's rant against its color and habit of pogoing on concrete freeways and over Southern California's increasingly deteriorating surface streets.
But it turned out to be a great ride for a long trip up the middle of the state, to the coastal redwood forests and wineries of Sonoma County and back.
June 9, 2015
We put 1,371 miles on our 2015 Ford Mustang GT in May, using 84.7 gallons of 91-octane fuel and averaging 16.2 mpg for the month. This bumped the car's lifetime average from 15.3 mpg up to 15.5 mpg.
Our worst fill-up for the month was 14.0 mpg and our best was 20.5 (that's still less than our best-ever of 22.8 mpg, though).
May 29, 2015
The $2,495 Performance Package on our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT includes a bunch of upgrades, but the biggest change on the day-to-day driving experience comes from its 3.73 final drive.
May 15, 2015
That 5.0 might just stand for its average mpg by the time we get through with it.
It's really not that bad, though. In April, the Mustang spent most of its time commuting our editors around Southern California, so it's hard to expect any kind of fuel efficiency heroics from our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's five-liter motor. That said, we did add another 1,200 miles onto our not-so-little pony (yeah, I went there) and managed a minor improvement in fuel economy.
April 3, 2015
The very first fill-up of March was a lost cause. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but our 2015 Ford Mustang GT fuel logbook contains the simple note "pump issues" where the gallons-added entry should be.
I suppose we'll never know the fuel economy of those 227 miles.
And I think I should also exclude another 90.9-mile fill-up, even though no mistake was involved. It was a full fill, too. I personally added 15.363 gallons of premium with just three miles to go on the distance-to-empty meter.
How could this be?
I was at a track-day fundraiser at Willow Springs raceway that you'll read about in a future post. Near the end of the day, the car stumbled while cornering hard in Turn 5, whereupon I returned to the pits and drove straight out the gate to the nearest gas station. The in-car gauge read 6.3 mpg, but the math worked out to just 5.9 mpg.
Not a very representative activity, I must admit.
March 10, 2015
Ford pioneered the Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler back in 2008 (on the 2009 Explorer), and we've lived with a few Fords with it since, including our long-term 2009 Ford Flex, 2010 Ford Mustang GT, 2011 Ford Explorer and 2013 Focus ST. Our orange long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is the latest.
Basically there's no cap to unscrew or hang while fueling. Just insert the gas pump nozzle and start gassing up.
Seven years ago I thought this was gratuitous engineering at its worst. An answer to a non-question. A dismissal of all that is holy.
Are we really that lazy? What's next, a car that drives itself?
March 4, 2015
In the month of February we drove our 2015 Ford Mustang GT a total of 624 miles. It had a lengthy stay in airport parking and the remainder of the month limited to city driving. We still managed to set a record this month, however...
February 5, 2015
In the past month, our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's fuel economy went up by more than 2 mpg! Unfortunately, it's still pretty abysmal.
January 8, 2015
We started tracking fuel economy in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT in mid-December with 171 miles on the odo. Since then, it's been easy sailing as we nurse this big V8 through its break-in procedure. No hard driving. No high revs. Should be a slam-dunk to hit the EPA's 19 mpg combined (15 city / 25 highway) rating. Right?