Yes, there are some Mustang enthusiasts that do not like the new design. It is quite different from previous years models. My opinion, the new body design is beautiful and even if you don't like the new design just drive the car and you will be hooked. There is nothing that I don't like about my 2016 Mustang GT. The car is awesome. The interior is made of high quality parts and materials. The previous years Mustangs did not have this kind of quality in the interior. This is why I never bought a prior generation Mustang. The car is a joy to drive. I was back and forth on the question of automatic vs. manual transmission and I opted for the automatic. Now days I believe there is more emphasis on quality automatics than manuals. I just don't want to deal with clutches in the future. I drove a 2015 Camaro on the same day that I drove the 2016 Mustang. The Mustang was the hands down winner in my opinion. Ford did a great job on this car.
I have the new 2016 Ford Ecoboost Mustang with the premium and pony package. This car was love at first sight. There are so many things that Ford added as little eye catchers that make it very appealing. The new Ecoboost engine is very quick off the line and with 310 HP and 320 FTLBS of torque it is competitive with most muscle cars with bigger engines. The Sync 3 with voice navigation is excellent, it will read me my incoming text messages from my iPhone 6. I am 6'2" and I fit well in the drivers seat but there are times that my foot will catch the door while getting in or out. The rear seat isn't for the tall folks on long drives. There is a cutout design in the headliner and seat backs that accommodate a few more inches of room but anyone over 5'9" will have the head hitting the top. The traction control modes are excellent. I live where we get snow and the snow/wet pavement mode gives you the feeling of comfort, the tires with the pony package also help with this feature. I have less than 1,000 miles on it and driving around town the gas mileage is awesome. The different dash instrumentation layout options with color is a neat feature. I would buy another tomorrow if given the option. The only issue or challenge I had before buying was the stock exhaust sound. No worries there, there are so many aftermarket exhaust options that I am sure I will get the sound I like. Additionally, the mods for this car you can see on youtube and ecoboost models are already hitting the 500HP mark... awesome car, turns a lot of heads, and very fun to drive.
2016 Mustang GT Premium ? The Pony Car that Could!
written on 11-09-2015
GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
As an avid motorist, I've owned many vehicles in my lifetime. From pickup trucks to sports cars, from economy cars to luxury imports. The past three vehicles I've owned have all been Fords, as they're nearly unbreakable and they're every bit as good and better than many imports costing much more money. There's the prestige that comes from owning a high-end, imported luxury automobile from the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti and others, but the novelty wears off and in the end, they're just cars that are expensive to own and maintain. Some handle, corner and drive very nicely, and the interiors of such brands as Audi are hard to beat (I've owned several Audi's, and I can attest to the interior design and quality).
My most recent purchase, a 2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium with the 6 speed manual, Sync 3, Kicker Audio, California Special Package with BLIS and very comfortable heated and cooled leather seats with Miko Suede insets is one of my favorite automobile purchases ever. I considered holding out for the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS, but they're selling at full MSRP and the interior comfort, visibility and usefulness doesn't compare to Ford's Pony Car. Yes, I admit that I love the 2016 Camaro, and wouldn't hesitate to purchase one (I owned a 4th gen Z28 in the past and it was a great car). If the reported 1/2 second faster from 0 - 60 mph is your most important consideration, the Camaro SS is an awesome car. But, at nearly $4,000 more than a comparably equipped and loaded Mustang GT Premium, it's almost a no-brainer. I can use half of the $4,000 I saved and install Ford Performance parts to the 'Stang and it will outperform the Camaro SS in every respect.
The new Sync 3 audio/infotainment system is much easier to use than the previous My Ford Touch, and should alleviate any hesitation that buyers may have concerning the My Ford Touch system, though I've had the Sony system with My Ford Touch in my previous Ford products and it was very simple to use. I could never figure out why it was difficult for some people to use, as there were redundant knobs and switches you could utilize if the voice or touch commands were too difficult to live with. It was much easier to use than an Android smartphone, and I haven't heard the reviewers complain about them.
As for performance, my Mustang GT is a blast to drive. You can drive it like a "commuter car" and it does a fine job, or put your right foot on the accelerator and it will more than satisfy your appetite for a thrill ride. It's also remarkably economical if you drive it with economy in mind. I'm already seeing 24mpg highway in the real-world, and the time honored 5.0 engine hasn't even completed it's break-in period. As for the the sound of said engine - let's just say Ford really dialed it in perfectly. It's got that unmistakable 5.0 Liter Mustang sound, which is to say it sounds incredible! A true muscle-car sound that's long been a favorite in the Pony Car world.
The fit and finish are also right up there with the best of the best, though I could stand for a little less faux stitching on the padded dash components, and some of the plastic bits are like most cars in this price range, but not obtrusive. The only small gripe I have is the lack of height-adjustable seat belts. Though they suit my 5'11" body frame pretty well, it would be nice to have the option to adjust them for height.
To sum it up, I think this may be one of those cars that I will keep for a long time. For me, a long time is typically three - four years, but I could see myself keeping this car much longer, and adding to it, as there are a gazillion accessories from Ford's parts bin, as well as many quality aftermarket manufacturers. Perhaps I'll keep it and add an Explorer or even Escape to the mix. One thing I'm fairly sure of, my future vehicles will be Ford's, because as they say, why mess with what works?
First of all, I would prefer a Mustang in a V6 Premium Package, which is not available. That said, the EcoBoost 4 cylinder motor performs much better than I thought it would. It has gobs of power and is very economical. During a two day rental for the purpose of taking an extended test drive, we got excellent gas mileage. The handling is superb. The Shaker sound system and the other electronic goodies are very nice. The big turn off for us was the level of road noise. I felt this may have been related to the tires installed on the car, but we would not purchase any car with this level of road noise. If I was positive this could be mitigated by changing the tires, I might feel differently, but we were not willing to make an investment this large on an unknown. We loved the looks and handling, but hated the noise level.
On the test drive I didn't put it through its paces. After taking it easy for the first 300 miles I was able to go down some higher speed (65-70 mph) roads. The drive train had a vibration. The dealer indexed the drive shaft. Didn't help. They ordered another one. Didn't help. They indexed that one and the problem was fixed. The bad part was that the dealer said the vibration was normal for a Mustang. I had to talk to the dealership owner to get it fixed. I checked online and found out it is a common problem. I really enjoy it now. The only real downfall now is that the passenger seat is very low and on mine it's not adjustable for height. My wife is short and has to sit on a cushion to see over the dash.