Automotive valuation site Kelley Blue Book summarized the all-new Ford Mustang best: “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.”
Ford redesigned the iconic muscle car, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Wheelbase and length remain unchanged, but the body is now 1.5-in. lower and equal amount wider. The Mustang’s rear track has been lengthened by 3-in. as well.
It’s the exterior, though, that underwent the most change. Ford designers tapped the 2011 Ford Evos Concept as inspiration for the revised front fascia and headlamps. Interior is more luxurious than ever with greater elbow room and – finally – a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is available in both coupe and a convertible bodystyles. Six trim levels are on tap: the base Mustang V-6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and the GT 50 Years Limited Edition. Base models come equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 underneath the shapely hood. Output is 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy with the six-speed manual transmission is an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.* Those equipped with the six-speed automatic see an uptick to 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Ford Mustang GT models gets a 5.0-liter V-8. Output from this mill is a jaw-dropping 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Those are high figures especially in this segment. Fuel economy is still a competitive 15 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with the manny and 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with the automatic.
The newest engine to the lineup is a 2.3-liter turbo-four. It’s a part of Ford’s fuel efficient and powerful EcoBoost lineup. Output is 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque with mileage figures of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway (manual) and 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (automatic).
With six trim levels to choose from, there’s literally a Mustang for almost any type of buyer. Notable features found on the base V-6 include keyless entry (“fob”), a backup camera system and the above mentioned tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Mustang EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium get the new engine as well as an active noise cancellation system, trunklid spoiler and a tracking system to record performance data when on the raceway. The Mustang GT builds on the lower trims’s lists with such niceties as hood vents and a V-8 engine while the GT 50 Years Limited gets exclusive bits like 19-in. wheels and unique colors. Your local Ford dealership will happily go over the 2015 Mustang’s standard and optional equipment lists with you. After you finish your test drives, of course.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.