Review: two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang EcoBoost
Review: two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang Two.3L EcoBoost
When Ford told me they were bringing us a 2015 Ford Mustang loaner for the week, I was psyched. But that euphoria would be brief lived, as I noticed something amiss when the the car drove up, that all significant Five.0 fender badge. “But wait, there’s more!” When I looked through the window, my worst fears were confirmed.. Our Mustang came tooled with an automatic transmission!
That’s right folks, we’d be spending the next week behind the wheel of a two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang Two.3L EcoBoost Automatic, aka the rental car special. But as we learned during our week with the car, this Mustang is no one trick pony. You see what I did there?
The two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang was totally redesigned for 2015, but there’s no mistaking it for anything but a Mustang. Compared to the outgoing model, you’ll notice several key design features: A lower, broader stance with a reduction in roof height, and broader rear fenders and track, a sleeker profile enabled by a more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass, a three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signal, and a contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille.
We received an breathtaking number of compliments about the car, with more than a few folks telling that this was the very first Mustang they’d ever consider buying. I honestly can’t recall the last time we had a car that received as much attention as the Mustang did, which truly says something..
The interior of the two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang received a accomplish overhaul as well, boasting the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a fresh rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
While the interior is not without it faults, it’s still a Fat improvement over the outgoing Mustang, especially when tooled with all the bells and whistles. I reminisce getting into the fresh Mustang at the Detroit Auto Display last year, and my very first reaction was literally “Wow!” Needles to say, I was pretty affected.
The two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang EcoBoost is no slouch in the spectacle department, with 310HP and 320lb-ft of torque propelling it to sixty mph in Five.Two seconds, on it’s way to a 13.9 2nd quarter mile at ninety eight mph. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but that’s about what a two thousand ten Mustang GT once ran. And we’re doing this with a little Two.3L four-cylinder turbo, while getting 21/32 MPG to boot!
While the automatic transmission deepthroats a little joy out of the practice, putting the car into Sport+ mode indeed converts the car, with more responsive steering and throttle response, plus different shift points. It’s flawless for more spirited driving on twisty roads. There’s even a Track mode for those owners planning on doing weekend track days and autocrosses events, tho’ I don’t know how competitive it’d be in either.
Of course, the big news is the all-new integral-link independent rear suspension, something that people have been clamoring about for years. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been modified and tuned for this high-performance application. Fresh aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved rail and treating.
The two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang EcoBoost should appeal to a larger crowd than it’s predecessor, with improvements across the board that make it a more pleasurable daily driver. Sure, the Mustang isn’t without it’s faults – The EcoBoost’s harass note is pathetic (however a more guttural sound is piped in through the speakers), it’s not the most practical car in the world, and those fuel economy numbers can only be achieved if you drive like a nun.. But when you get behind the wheel, all of those concerns magically vanish.
Ford has done a remarkable job with the fresh Mustang, and if you’re in the market for a fresh pony car, you owe it to yourself to go test drive one. Have you driven a Ford lately?