Sporty/performance car; Built in
  • 2-door convertible
  • 2-door coupe
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $14,700 – $28,100*


2015 Ford Mustang Fastback


2015 Ford Mustang Fastback


2015 Ford Mustang


2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

Pros:
  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Interior materials
Cons:
  • Control layout
  • Price for topline models
  • Rear-seat room

The long-awaited sixth-generation Mustang satisfied both diehard enthusiasts and casual buyers who want a sporty, fun-to-drive coupe. The sixth-generation car rectified the primary shortcomings of its predecessor (a so-so interior and archaic solid rear axle) and added welcome technology features, all while retaining the fun-to-drive personality and familiar styling cues that made a Mustang a Mustang.

Overview

Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original “pony car” for 2015 with a redesigned, sixth-generation Mustang. Highlights of the new model included rakish new styling, an independent rear suspension (a first for a mainstream production Mustang), and a peppy new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine option. For Mustang, Ford’s turbo 2.3-liter EcoBoost had been tweaked to produce 310 hp and 320 lb ft of torque. The 3.7-liter V6 packed 300 horsepower accompanied by 270 lb. ft. of torque (both were down a bit from ’14). The top Mustang power offering was the 435-hp 5.0-liter V8 found in the GT. This represented a boost of 15 hp (and 10 lb ft of torque, to 400) over 2014. All engines were offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic, the latter with standard steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles for manual gear selection.

Yearly Updates

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive

For Mustang, Ford’s turbo 2.3-liter EcoBoost had been tweaked to produce 310 hp and 320 lb ft of torque. The 3.7-liter V6 packed 300 horsepower accompanied by 270 lb. ft. of torque (both were down a bit from ’14). The top Mustang power offering was the 435-hp 5.0-liter V8 found in the GT. This represented a boost of 15 hp (and 10 lb ft of torque, to 400) over 2014. All engines were offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic, the latter with standard steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles for manual gear selection.

dohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.7/227
Engine HP 300
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 280
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
17/28
19/28
Turbocharged dohc I4
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.3/140
Engine HP 310
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 320
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
22/31
21/32
23
27
dohc V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 5.0/302
Engine HP 435
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 400
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
15/25
16/25
14

Road Test

For Mustang’s interior, tradition plays an important role. Two round gauges still dominate the instrument panel, and they can again be optionally lit with a selection of different colors. But now the black dashboard is graced with real aluminum trim in a choice of three finishes – including a neat retro “engine turned” look – along with polished and chrome accents. Furthermore, the dashboard top and face are padded – as are the armrests and sides of the center stack – and an optional trim package brings padded door tops. Seats come with a choice of cloth or leather upholstery, the latter offered in black, red, and saddle brown.

Although the hardtop version has a decidedly fastback profile, it’s not a hatchback; rather it has a traditional trunk, as does the convertible. Ford says both trunks can hold two golf bags, even when the car is fitted with the optional trunk-mounted sub-woofers – which didn’t used to be the case. In the fastback, the rear seat backs fold to lengthen the cargo area, but they rest about 3 inches above the level of the trunk floor, making it difficult to slide long items all the way forward.

Although Ford feels that the Mustang’s rear seat gives it an advantage over some two-seat competitors, don’t expect to put full-size adults back there – at least, not for long. Headroom isn’t friendly to those over about 5’6 (and is less than it was in the previous Mustang), and legroom disappears if the seat ahead is more than halfway back. However, Ford feels that area is typically used more for cargo and pets anyway, and regardless of use, the company says the front seat backs now return to their pre-set positions after being moved forward for access. Conversely, there’s plenty of room up front, even for taller occupants.

Visibility has long been a Mustang strong suit – particularly in its class – and the new one carries on that tradition. Front pillars are thin, as are the center pillars (which are positioned far back for a great over-the-shoulder view). Rear pillars are also fairly easy to see around, something that’s too often exactly the opposite.

Although we didn’t get to test a base model (none were made available at the preview), both the EcoBoost and GT versions driven had unusually comfortable front seats, though only the driver’s had adjustable lumbar support.

In the otherwise retro-styled dashboard, the modern, high-tech audio and climate controls look a bit out of place. Also out of place are many of the controls themselves; the standard touchscreen is quite a reach, as are a number of the knobs and buttons. Volume and tuning have their own knobs (the latter being a stretch), with source and station selection being done through the touchscreen. Temperature is adjusted with a vertical rotary knob, but fan speed is by repetitive-step pushbutton, and mode is on the touchscreen. For elements incorporated into the touchscreen, it often takes multiple steps through hard-to-access virtual buttons to get where you used to go in one press of a physical one.

Interior storage is adequate, but no more. The glovebox is arranged so that the owner’s manual is out of the way, leaving a fair amount of space for stuff. Handier to the driver are a small forward console bin with USB and 12-volt plugs, two cupholders, a small console box with USB/Aux/SD card/12-volt plugs, a neat left-side dash bin for sunglasses, and tiny map pockets in the doors.

Whatever minor failings the Mustang has, none are where the rubber meets the road. Here the car impresses with a surprisingly compliant ride, grippy cornering, and serious power, particularly in GT guise. As is characteristic of such engines, the V8 pulls strongly throughout its rev range. Equally characteristic of small turbocharged engines is a moment of lag time from a full-throttle start before power comes on strongly, but the new EcoBoost suffers less of this than most; in fact, stabbing the throttle while turning left from a stop broke the rear tires loose and sent the tail flying about halfway through the intersection. (This would have been more fun had it not been so surprising.) The revised 6-speed manual is a joy to shift, with – at least when coupled to the GT’s V8 – very easy clutch action. The EcoBoost model driven carried the 6-speed automatic, which downshifted fairly quickly for more passing power.

In both models tested (GT and EcoBoost), the suspensions did a great job of soaking up bumps while still providing flat cornering and fine steering response. Credit the new independent rear suspension for some of that, and particularly for reducing the amount of “side stepping” in bumpy corners. All told, this is one impressive road car.

Along with the redesign comes a host of new features. On the safety front, curtain airbags are added for the first time (convertibles will get head-protecting side airbags), as are front knee airbags and a rearview camera, along with available blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. There’s also keyless access and starting, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, and MyKey, which allows parents to set limits on such things as speed and radio volume. Performance enthusiast might like Ford’s Track Apps, which allows for timing events, and every GT comes with launch control, which can make some of those times a little quicker.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2015 Ford Mustang GT

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 10
100%
Fuel Economy - 5
50%
Ride Quality - 5
50%
Steering/Handling - 8
80%
Quietness - 4
40%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Front - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Rear - 2
20%
Cargo Room - 3
30%

Other

Value - 8
80%

Total: 57

Specifications

2-door convertible
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
107.1 188.3 75.4 54.9 3572
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
11.4 16.0 4.0
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
37.6 35.7 44.5 30.8
2-door coupe
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
107.1 188.3 75.4 54.4 3526
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
13.5 16.0 4.0
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
37.6 34.8 44.5 30.6
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2015 Mustang 2-door coupe

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 4
80%
Front Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Rear Passenger Injury - 4
80%

Trouble Spots

Engine misfire
Description: Mustang with 3.7-liter engine may have loss of power. (2015)
Engine temperature
Description: Mustang with 5.0-liter engine may coolant leak at heater hose outlet. (2015)

Recall History

2015 Mustang
Description: An oil leak from the engine cooler hose may cause a sudden loss of engine oil and cause engine failure. An oil leak might also result in fire.
2015 Mustang
Description: A component within the door latches may break, preventing the doors from latching and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not. Doors may open unexpectedly.
2015 Mustang GT Roush Stage 3 equippedwith Roush Extreme Duty Half Shafts
Description: Rear brake caliper guide pins may be loose and reduce braking ability.
2015 Mustang w/2.3-liter engine
Description: Fuel tank or vapor lines may degrade from heat and leak. A leak could result in fire or reduce parking brake effectiveness.
2015 Mustang
Description: Fuel pressure sensor may leak, increasing risk of fire.
2015 Mustang
Description: Faulty safety belt tension sensor could improperly classify a passenger and in a collision result in improper airbag deployment.

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Pricing

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