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2015 Ford Mustang Expert Review

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With the arrival of the 2015 Mustang, Ford has successfully reinvented an icon. After 50 years of production, America's venerated ponycar has been revamped for modern times to raise the stakes among rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Gone is the archaic live rear axle, replaced by an all-new independent rear suspension and interior amenities fit for a premium car. And while some will scoff, the 2015 Ford Mustang is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in addition to the standard V6 or the GT's growling V8. Yet for all its updating, the Mustang coupe and convertible retain the power, value and dashing driving manners that have fostered 9-million-plus sales over half a century and countless more fans.

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What do a Mustang coupe and an F-150 truck have in common? They're reinvented for 2015, and they each have their loyalists. Ford allegiances aside, the Mustang attracts with its newly refined ride and amenities, retro-modern looks and the sheer appeal of owning a performance-car icon with a sub-$25,000 starting price.

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Beyond brand devotions, buyers who need 5-passenger practicality in their performance coupe should consider the Dodge Challenger. And until a higher-output iteration of the new Ford Mustang arrives, the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and 580-horsepower Chevy Camaro ZL1 have Ford's ponycar beat in the pony-count war.

How It Ranks

#9

out of 9

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#2

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Consumer Rating

9.3 out of 10
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2015 Ford Mustang Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

Marking its 6th generation, the Ford Mustang is all new for 2015. It features a fresh-yet-familiar exterior design, a revamped interior, and a new engine choice in the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that actually makes more power than the standard V6.

Driving the Mustang
2015 Ford Mustang Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

The new Mustang handles far better than past models. And we're not just talking about livelier cornering. The new independent rear suspension makes Ford's ponycar more nimble than its live-axle...

... predecessors. But just as important as performance, the Mustang's new setup is more comfortable in everyday driving. In our tests, a passenger could even apply makeup without smearing. All Mustangs are quick, we just wish that the 310-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder version sounded more muscular. Not so for the 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 GT, which packs an auditory punch, and enough power to pin you to your seat. But even the 300-horsepower V6 model is a solid choice for most buyers. 2015 Mustangs with the 6-speed automatic transmission come with paddles for manual shifting, and feature downshift rev-matching for smoother transitions. We're even more impressed with the revised 6-speed manual transmission – with short throws and a solid feel, it makes the new Mustang all the more satisfying.

SAFETY SYSTEMS
It's not just the Mustang's looks and powertrain that have been overhauled. The new car now offers safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision alert, which actively monitor conditions to warn drivers of potential hazards. They cost extra, but instantly become priceless when they take action.

IT'S BURNOUT-READY
If you're a Mustang 5.0 buyer, Ford's betting you like to burn rubber. That's why Mustang GTs allow – perhaps even encourage – drag-strip shenanigans. Manual-transmission models include launch control for maximum acceleration, while all 2015 Mustang GTs have the "line-lock" mode that locks the front brakes for standing burnouts.

2015 Ford Mustang Details
2015 Ford Mustang Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 6th-generation Mustang's interior is appealing and functional, especially if you step up to a premium trim. Modern yet retro, Ford's newest ponycar boasts easy-to-reach audio/climate controls, sturdy switches and comfortable front seats. The new Mustang distinguishes itself with a dash badge commemorating the model's 50th anniversary. The two rear seats are tight for adults, especially in headroom. Trunk cargo space is better than expected – 13.5 cubic feet in coupes, 11.4 in convertibles – and the rear seats fold flat to accommodate longer items. In convertible Mustangs, only one hand is needed to release the latch for the power-operated soft top.

Exterior
2015 Ford Mustang photo

Be ready to garner attention in your new Mustang. It's easy to see why: The 2015 Mustang simply looks fantastic. At once immediately recognizable as a Mustang thanks to its long hood, sloping fastback and tri-bar taillights, it's also thoroughly modern with sleek lines, aggressive headlights and windswept design. Ford has nixed the "hockey stick" side contours in favor of sleeker creases, and the results are beautiful. In functional terms, 2.3-liter models have active grille shutters that can close to direct airflow around the car to enhance efficiency. Mustang convertibles have a fabric top that's lined and insulated within.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible come in three major trims: V6, EcoBoost and GT. A base V6 model includes push-button start, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with an auxiliary input, rearview camera, Ford's Sync communication and entertainment system, high-intensity headlights, 17-inch wheels, and selectable-effort power steering. Also standard is Track Apps, which displays performance metrics such as acceleration times. EcoBoost models include the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 6-way power front seats and 18-inch wheels. GT models include the 5.0-liter V8, 19-inch wheels, the line-lock feature, and launch control on manual-transmission models.

Optional Equipment

There are many ways to make your new Mustang perform better, be more comfortable, or simply look meaner. Base V6 models can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission, power front seats, parking sensors, and 18-inch wheels. EcoBoost and top-line GT models offer a 12-speaker Shaker audio system, navigation, leather seats and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision alert. Adaptive cruise control is also now available on Ford's 4-seat performance car, as are heated and cooled front seats and performance packages. EcoBoost and GT models are available with a 50th anniversary package with leather seats and commemorative badges.

Under the Hood
2015 Ford Mustang Engine photo

Three engine choices are available in the 2015 Ford Mustang. The base V6 Mustang comes with - surprise! – Ford's carryover 3.7-liter V6 making 300 horsepower, while the top-line GT uses a revamped 5.0-liter V8 that now makes 435 horsepower. The newest member of the Mustang engine family is a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 310 horsepower. As the smallest engine in the lineup, it's also the most fuel efficient, garnering up to 32 mpg. Those peak power ratings, by the way, are obtained using 93 octane, though all the engines can run on regular unleaded if you don't want to spring for the pricier stuff. All Mustangs are rear-wheel drive and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28 mpg (manual), 19/28 mpg (automatic)

2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4
310 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
320 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg (manual), 21/32 mpg (automatic)

5.0-liter V8
435 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/25 mpg (manual), 16/25 mpg (automatic)

The 2015 Ford Mustang coupe has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $24,425 – an enticing proposition for buyers on a budget seeking a 300-horsepower performance car. EcoBoost Mustang models with the more-powerful 2.3-liter turbocharged engine begin just shy of $26,000, while the new Mustang GT debuts around $33,000. The 2015 Mustang convertible starts just under $30,000 for a V6 version. A loaded Mustang GT coupe can reach the mid-$40,000 range, while a loaded Mustang GT convertible nearly kisses $50,000. The new Mustang's prices are in line with those of the Chevy Camaro, which starts at $24,700, while its starting price is well under that of the Dodge Challenger's $27,990 admission price. To get the best deal, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price before buying. Since the 2015 Mustang is all-new, our number crunchers have yet to predict its resale value.

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2015 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 48 Ratings for the 2015 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

It's been a brilliant car.

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "All round brilliant car"

Cons: "Could do with the RS Focus power, same engine!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost Premium with performance pack for nearly 1.5 years. Never had any issues with it. The interior is very well put together. It's not a sports car but a very capable Grand Tourer as it's too heavy to be truly nimble. It handles brilliantly on roads like the Skyline Blvd 35. Put it in Trac mode and it's very quick, especially using the paddles. The dual clutch box is a dream, virtually instantaneous gear shifts. I have averaged 26 mpg city/long commutes/aggressive driving. If you spec the 265/20 tyres then expect expensive replacements $1200 for all corners. I have done 17500 on the originals but they have a lot of tyre left so I probably won't need to replace them until 25k miles. My only complaints are: The lighting that you can change in the car is great but you can't change the center display. So it kind of defeats the purpose when you select a nice colour for the interior and dials and yet the center info screen is bright white. It's not easy to turn off the main GPS/stereo unit when driving. You have to tap a few options before you can kill the screen display. When driving at night I like a black screen so it doesn't distract me. I have Sync 2 so perhaps they have a physical button for that now. Personally the Sync I have is great. Sure it's way from perfect but I don't know a system that is - I've had Merc, BMW, Honda etc. Never had issues with it and just except it does all the things I want but not brilliantly. Sync 3 is much improved. I wish though that they would just use Google/waze. Why bother making their own inferior versions! I really think they should release the power upgrade that the Focus RS has, same engine, so why can't I have the same horsepower and torque Mr Henry?! They could have made the dials for the turbo, oil temp etc be on the top of the dash. You can only choose them to be displayed digitally and individually in the center dash. Shame. I like seeing them on the non premium as physical analog dials. They pipe in the sound of a pretend engine when you drive at full chat. Again, BMW and others do this, the engine is very quiet. I wish they didn't bother. It's an inline 4 with a good exhaust system. However if you like more stupid noise then you will need to change the back box. Or get a proper V8. The boot is huge and very usable. The back seats are only good for tiny people. But you can squeeze a full size adult in. They need to be pliable or very drunk with a sense of humour. I din't need back seats as it's only a max of 2 people at anytime. We have a separate Ford Explorer Sport for sociable trips/towing. I love the Explorer too. Conclusion. The 2015 Mustang is a great car, and I've seen several 2016 ecoboost dual clutch auto's for $22k on dealer lots which is an insanely cheap brilliant coupe. People who insist on buying German or Japanese are missing a lot by ignoring Ford US. They make great cars with superb engines. Economical and powerful. Ford UK has used turbos for a very long time and they're great proven tech. Personally I can't see what the fuss is over German/Japanese. German is expensive and in my experience of owning several BMW's, they just cost huge amounts to buy and maintain. Japanese on the whole make good, underpowered and boring cars unless you get the GTR, WRX/STI or 350/370Z, maybe the Genesis Coupe. But we all buy what we want/need."

Nice Ride Great Looks Made In USA Feels Right

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good Bang for the Buck"

Cons: "Bottle Holder each door panel required."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just a few Quips Engine compartment LHS Shock Strut Tower Missing 2 Fastener nuts. RHS Shock Strut Tower has 5 Fastener nuts. Door Design Open to clear side walk curb: Design Rocker Panel 2 in higher and lower door 2 in higher.. * Engine Hood Prop Rod To Hot to handle * Center Dash has horizontal ribs. What is the Purpose?"

Very good car

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the basic car with an auto tranny. I drive 80 miles a day to work and back, mostly interstate. This car is fun to drive has plenty of pep for a v-6. I am getting about 27 mpg with a heavy foot. The traction control does a wonderful job even on ice. I had the cruise set on 80 mph hit an ice covered bridge was able to keep the car on the road. Yes i slowed after hitting that bridge and seeing 14 other cars that did not make it. Said bridge also had a sweeping turn in it you could not see around it. I did not want a mustang when i bought this car, but i'm old school and do not want a 4 door car. This is all that Ford has left in a 2 door car sorry to say. But i do love driving it, it drives and rides better than the past mustangs. I did however have to put my personal touch on it with a custom stripe."

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