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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best High Performance Car

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Best High Performance Car:
2015 Ford Mustang GT

The 2015 Ford Mustang revitalized the venerable muscle car nameplate. Not only does it modernize the Mustang with new technology under the hood, in the chassis, and in the cockpit, but it does it all without sacrificing any of the essential "Mustang-ness" that's so vital to the car. New on the 2015 is a the first independent rear suspension on a Mustang, a choice of three different engines -- including a 310-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder -- standard pushbutton start, Ford's Sync infotainment system, and a plethora of options to make your Mustang more comfortable, faster, or both.

Topping it all off is the V8-powered Mustang GT's best-in-class Cost of Ownership, which handily beats its closest rival by several thousand dollars. Credit the new Mustang's lower entry price for unseating the Camaro in our cost-to-own calculations. That, coupled with very good projected resale value, gives it the edge over its rivals.

If the V8-powered GT isn't to your liking -- or if you just want to save on gas -- the 2015 Ford Mustang also offers a standard V6 engine with 300 horsepower or the new EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. All of it is wrapped in stylish new sheetmetal that admirably walks the line between retro and modern. If Ford had kept the Mustang's original silhouette in the same manner Porsche stayed with the original 911 shape, this is what it would look like. Couple the classic looks, excellent performance, and low cost to own, and you have a bona fide winner.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$49,545
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1/Z/28

2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1/Z/28

Last year's winner, the Chevrolet Camaro, is a strong runner-up in our 2015 Cost to Own awards, whether you're opting for the V8 SS, race-ready Z28, or supercharged ZL1.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$53,345
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Is there anything the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette can't do? Along with amazing performance coupled with classic looks and a (relatively) low starting price, it comes in third in Cost to Own.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$65,852
as of December 31, 2014

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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