2015 Ford Mustang

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What's New for 2015:
  • Completely redesigned
  • Available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • More powerful V-8
  • Revised manual transmission
  • Automatic transmission with rev-matching and paddle shifters
  • Upgraded interior materials
  • Re-engineered chassis including independent rear suspension
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Launch control and electronic line-lock (GT)
  • Added safety features
  • Improved top and quieter cabin (convertible)
  • 50 Years Limited Edition version based on GT

The all-new, 4-passenger 2015 Ford Mustang is a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports car available in fastback and convertible body styles powered by one of three engines. The iconic pony car competes against the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and, to a lesser degree, the Nissan 370Z.

Models and Features
Ford starts off the 2015 Mustang lineup with a version simply named V-6, which comes well-equipped with standard HID headlights and LED taillights, 17-in. alloy wheels, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, push-button start, rearview camera, and the company's Sync infotainment system. The V-6 model is followed by the Mustang EcoBoost. As its name implies, there's a turbocharged engine under the hood, as well as additional features including LED foglights, rear spoiler, and power front seats with 6-way adjustment.

Moving things a bit more upscale is the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost Premium. Here, Ford has added heated turn-signal mirrors, 18-in. alloy wheels, rear diffuser, alloy foot pedals for an even sportier appearance, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and an 8-in. touch-screen Sync infotainment system with upgraded audio.

At the top of Mustang hill is the iconic GT, now fitted with an electronic line-lock feature (keeps the front brakes locked to allow for easy burnouts...at the track only), V-8 engine, new launch-control system, hood vents, and distinct 18-in. alloy wheels. Ford is also offering a special 50 Years Limited Edition version of the GT, boasting a beefed up chassis, larger radiator, 19-in. performance tires, oil pressure and vacuum gauges, 12-speaker premium audio system with HD Radio, and navigation.

Among the 2015 Mustang's many optional items are performance packages with more enthusiast-oriented chassis tuning, leather-clad sport bucket seats, recalibrated stability control, and a remote-start system.

Under the Hood
As was the case previously, the 2015 Mustang's base engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, all directed to the rear wheels by a 6-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist that's been revised to provide smoother shifts, or a 6-speed automatic including paddle shifters and a downshift rev-matching feature.

Slotted above the V-6 is an all-new, direct-injected and turbocharged, 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that generates 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. At the top of the engine hierarchy is the GT's familiar 5.0-liter V-8, which puts 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at the driver's disposal. Again, shoppers have their choice of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
Ford has developed its EcoBoost engines to reward drivers with turbocharged power coupled with smaller-displacement fuel economy, as evidenced by the Mustang's new 2.3-liter 4-cylinder example. According to the EPA, buyers can expect to average up to 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg overall when they select the automatic transmission; opting for the manual drops the highway rating to 31 mpg but actually increases combined fuel economy to 26 mpg.

Not surprisingly, the 5.0-liter V-8 proves to be the thirstiest of the Mustang's power plants, yet even with its 435 horses it manages an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg overall. Covering the middle ground, the 3.7-liter V-6 boasts EPA ratings as high as 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in mixed driving.

Safety and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

That said, Ford has certainly built the new Mustang with safety in mind, as demonstrated by the availability of HID headlights, driver's knee air bag, rear park-assist sensors, intelligent cruise control, forward-collision warning, rain-sensing wipers, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.


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