2015 Ford Mustang

 
2015 Ford Mustang
 
2015 Ford Mustang
 

2015 Ford Mustang

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$24,625
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$23,705
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.7 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 300 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The 2015 Mustang may still have one of the most recognizable names in the automotive world, but with its latest redesign, it's become far more than just a pretty face and a familiar name. It now represents one of the best value propositions for buyers who just want the fastest car for their money. There is no longer a "slow" Mustang and a "fast" Mustang, there are just "fast" and "even faster" versions. The Mustang starts at $23,600, a price that undercuts most of its less powerful rivals, such as the Subaru BRZ. Even when optioned out beyond the $40,000 mark, the Mustang still represents a tremendous deal, with performance that excels relative to that higher price point as well.

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What's New For 2015

The Mustang gets a full redesign for 2015, its first complete redesign in a number of years. The styling is all new, looking far more modern and far less retro than the previous two generations. Despite this, one look is all it takes to instantly identify the new car as a Mustang.

For the first time in a number of decades, the Mustang will be available with a 4-cylinder power plant, helping to improve fuel efficiency. A turbo however, ensures that even the new 4-cylinder Mustang will be no slouch at the local drag strip.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2015 Ford Mustang

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Premium AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD Player -inc: 6-speakers and audio input jack
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Fixed Antenna
    • SYNC Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced recognition communications and entertainment system, 911 assist, 4.2" multi-function display, AppLink and 2 smart charging USB ports
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.5" Sparkle Silver Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P235/55R17 AS BSW
    • Spare Tire Inflator
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Cloth Bucket Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Inflator
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 16 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
    • 60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 3.15 Axle Ratio
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Engine: 3.7L Ti-VCT V6

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.5
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 99M
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.7 L/227
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 300 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 280 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 107.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 188.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 75.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 54.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 84.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 44.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 34.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 30.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 47.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Mustang
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/55HR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 44X
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.24
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.54
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.66
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.24
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.70
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.84
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.15
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.5 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3526
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2015 Ford Mustang Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Black Competition Orange Deep Impact Blue Metallic Guard Metallic Ingot Silver Metallic Magnetic Metallic Oxford White Race Red Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Triple Yellow Tri-Coat
  • Black
  • Competition Orange
  • Deep Impact Blue Metallic
  • Guard Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Triple Yellow Tri-Coat

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Introduction

This is not your father's Mustang. The wild pony has grown into a refined, capable thoroughbred, updated with the latest engineering and technological advancements. But not to worry, the iconic muscle car hasn't abandoned its roots. The 2015 Mustang is the logical evolution of a classic, with notable improvements in power, handling and interior features, while retaining every ounce of its visceral appeal. Without a doubt, the 2015 Ford Mustang is the best yet in the model's 50-year history.

At first glance, the redesign of the 2015 Mustang is not revolutionary. Lines and proportions are unmistakable, long in front, short in rear. The new Mustang is lower and wider, with a wider rear track and rear fenders, giving it a more aggressive, hunkered appearance. In a nod to Mustangs past, coupes return to the fastback rear window. The new design helps the Mustang achieve a lower coefficient of drag, which helps it slip through the air more easily and perform more efficiently. New design cues include LED headlights and accent lights, as well as a new three-dimensional interpretation of the classic tri-bar tail lights.15-mustang-50th

The 2015 Mustang gets power from one of three engines, including a new 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 Ecoboost engine that makes an impressive 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Base models use a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 300 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mustang GT gets a new 5.0-liter V8, with a new valvetrain and cylinder heads, as well as a new intake manifold for better low-speed aspiration. The 5.0 is no slouch, putting out 420 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.

Unlike many car companies, Ford still has love for the manual transmission, as do we. The standard gearbox on all models is a 6-speed manual with hill start assist, with just the right amount of feel through the gates, not too firm and not too sloppy. A 6-speed automatic is optional, which we found to be quite good. Even in normal mode, the transmission is geared on the sporty side, holding shifts longer and downshifting when our revs dropped. All automatics come with paddle shifters, for those who want to click through their own gears.

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Handling is vastly improved on the 2015 Mustang thanks to an all-new suspension. Up front is an independent MacPherson strut system that uses double ball joints, which also clears space for larger brakes. In back, the Mustang finally goes to an independent rear suspension (the setup of choice for most sports cars), using an integral-link setup that features retooled springs, dampers and bushings, as well as aluminum rear knuckles that reduce weight; this replaces the previous live rear axle.

Interior quality is improved in the 2015 Mustang, with soft-touch materials, comfortable seats and an attractive, logical dash layout. More features come standard, among them pushbutton start and Ford's Sync voice recognition system. Small, thoughtful touches equate to more comfort, including a narrower center stack that leaves more knee room for the driver and front passenger, and the repositioned cupholders on the center console that leave a clear shifting path.

Though the 2015 Mustang shows improvement in nearly every way, it slips compared to the outgoing models when it comes to fuel economy. The most efficient is the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine, which achieves an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg City/Highway with the manual transmission and 21/32 mpg City/Highway with the automatic. V6-powered Mustangs rate 17/28 mpg City/Highway with the manual and 19/28 mpg with the automatic. No surprise that the V8-powered 5.0 Mustang GT is the biggest gas guzzler, with an EPA rating of 15/25 mpg City/Highway with the manual and 16/25 mpg with the automatic.

Competitors to the 2015 Ford Mustang include the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, but we think the Mustang clearly outshines both of these when it comes to performance, drivability and value.

Lineup

The 2015 Ford Mustang is available in fastback coupe and convertible styles.

Mustang V6 Coupe ($23,600) and Mustang V6 Convertible ($29,100) are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine. Standard features include manually operated air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a four-way manual driver seat, two-way manual passenger seat, power door locks, windows and outside mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, pushbutton start, trip computer, Ford's Sync voice recognition system with 4.2-inch multifunction display, six-speaker audio system with single CD player, USB ports and auxiliary audio jack, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, capless fueling system, HID headlamps, LED tail lamps and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Mustang Ecoboost Coupe ($29,170) is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Additional standard features include six-way power driver seat with power lumbar, a two-way power passenger seat, active noise cancellation, LED fog lamps, unique interior trim, and a rear spoiler. Mustang Ecoboost Premium Coupe ($29,170) and Mustang Ecoboost Premium Convertible ($34,670) add to that with heated mirrors, satellite radio capability and pony projection lights.

Mustang GT Coupe ($32,100) is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 and comes with larger brake rotors with four-piston calipers, an engine oil cooler, launch control, air extractor hood vents, dual exhaust with polished tips and 18-inch wheels.

Mustang GT Premium Coupe ($36,100) and Mustang GT Premium Convertible ($41,600) add dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with heated and cooled front seats, a universal garage door opener, the Sync with MyFord Touch interface, nine-speaker sound system with amplifier, additional ambient lighting, aluminum foot pedals, selectable drive modes and a rear diffuser.

Options available on all models include different cloth and leather Recaro seats ($1595), navigation ($795), 18-,19-, and 20-inch wheel designs and other accessories. A GT Performance package ($2495) for V8-equipped models includes larger Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers, additional bracing, heavy duty front springs, unique chassis tuning, larger radiator and 19-inch gloss black wheels.

Safety equipment on all Mustangs includes a post-crash alert system, seven airbags, including dual‑stage frontal, front seat side impact, side curtain and driver knee; antilock brakes, electronic stability control and 911 Assist crash notification system. Optional safety features include reverse parking sensors, blind spot alert with cross-traffic monitoring and adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation.

Walkaround

Although the sheet metal has been completely redesigned, the 2015 Ford Mustang is still instantly recognizable. The Mustang keeps its classic proportions, long in front and short in the rear. The new Mustang is lower and wider, with a wider rear track and rear fenders, giving it a more aggressive, hunkered-down appearance. In a nod to Mustangs past, coupes return to the fastback-style rear window. Convertibles get a new soft top that Ford says will lower and raise twice as fast as the old one.

In front, the 2015 Mustang gets a new interpretation of what Ford calls the Mustang's shark bite front end, with a low, wide trapezoidal front grille with an integrated pony icon. It's flanked by HID headlights with slanted tri-bar LED accent lights. Upper-level models get LED foglamps. Sharp hood creases give the front end a three-dimensional look.

From the side, the Mustang's flat and upright front end is apparent. A straight, sharp crease runs from behind the front fender, through the door handle and just a head of the rear fender. Coupes get a sharply sloping fastback.

A variety of wheel designs are available, from the V6's standard painted aluminum wheels, to the GT's 19-inch alloys in gloss black; 20-inch rims are also available. Upper trim levels and the 5.0 GT also get a rear decklid spoiler.

From the rearview, the coupe's large, sloping rear window pays homage to Mustang fastbacks of years past. Three-dimensional tri-bar LED taillights echo the front's accent lighting. Dual exhaust pipes are integrated into the rear bumper, with bright chrome tips on GT models, and a rear diffuser on GT Premium trims.

Interior

Comfort and quality are greatly improved in the 2015 Mustang. Interior materials include soft-touch plastics and aluminum trim that feel good to the touch, not cheap or flimsy. More features come standard, such as pushbutton start and Ford's Sync voice recognition system. Small, thoughtful touches equate to more comfort, like a narrower center stack that leaves more knee room for the driver and front passenger, and repositioned cupholders on the center console that leave a clear shifting path.

Analog gauges feature blue text on a black background, with an LCD in between that displays various vehicle data. A new steering wheel is smaller than before, and is beefy enough to get a good grip without feeling overstuffed. On the wheel are a variety of controls for easy access, including audio, phone and voice recognition functions.

On the center stack, a color touch screen sits beneath three round air vents. Controls are a mix of rotary knobs, hard buttons and a row of analog switches, which control the hazard lights and drive modes. On cars equipped with automatic climate control, hard buttons control most functions, though, to change the airflow (i.e. from face to floor), one must go into the menu on the touch screen, which takes more steps than it should.

Seats are comfortable and fit snug in the hips, perfect for a Brazilian racecar driver or a slim woman, but anyone bigger will find themselves sitting on top of the seat cushion bolstering. Other parts of the seats are proportioned for bigger people, like a long seat cushion that prevents the Brazilian driver or petite woman from bending his or her knees. Plenty of shoulder room between the supportive side bolsters. On our test car, our seats had power slide and lumbar functions, but reclined manually. Cloth upholstery comes standard on all but 5.0 GT models, with an optional upgraded Recaro sport cloth, which we preferred to the base. GT Premium trims get leather interior.

Storage in the cabin is minimal, but enough for anything but long road trips. A small tray below the analog switches on the center stack holds a smartphone or keys. Side door pockets are just wide enough to accommodate a standard-sized water bottle, but must be placed sideways. The center console has two cupholders, and there is moderate.

Forget about using the backseat for anything but storage space. It's small and cramped, and even an average-sized driver will have the seat back far enough to pretty much eliminate any rear legroom. Plus, we found that the lever used to access the backseat is stiff and hard to use.

A six-speaker audio system with a single CD player comes standard, and produces average sound. The upgraded Shaker Pro system is better, but didn't blow us away. We think Harman Kardon and Bose do a better job in this arena.

Ford offers a new free app, compatible with iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, to learn more about the 2015 Mustang. Users can access owner information, learn history about the Mustang brand, locate nearby racetracks and play games. An augmented reality feature uses the phone's camera to shows hot spots inside the Mustang cabin, then lets users click their phone's screen to find more info. We found the app promising, but many functions at this point are more novel than useful.

Visibility in the 2015 Mustang is remarkably good, especially compared to the blind-spot-laden Chevrolet Camaro. In most current cars, the A-pillar is so wide it hampers visibility, but the Mustang's cleverly designed A-pillar is narrow enough to allow one to look through the corners. We could also see fine out the rear fastback window. Low profile rearview mirrors take some getting used to. We found the optional blind spot monitoring system helped to fill in the gaps.

Trunk space in the 2015 Ford Mustang measures 13.5 cubic feet in coupe variants, which is shy of the Dodge Challenger's 16.2 cubic feet, but beats the Chevrolet Camaro's paltry 11.3 cubic feet. Convertibles get 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Driving Impressions

Rarely is the word refined used to describe an American muscle car, but the Mustang manages to pull it off with its composed ride and handling and smooth power delivery.

We took test drives in Mustangs with the 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine and the 5.0-liter V8 and found both delightful in different ways. We have not tested a 3.7-liter V6-powered Mustang, however.

During our test drives in Mustangs with the 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine, we found acceleration smooth and plentiful, with plenty of low-end thrust on hand thanks to the twin-scroll turbocharger and barely perceptible turbo lag. We never would have known we were driving a four-cylinder engine except on a steep climb through winding neighborhood roads at slower speeds, and a few times up a mountain when passing slower traffic.

Still, we found the Ecoboost-powered Mustang is at its best at moderate- to higher speeds. The ride felt just a tad halting and constrained in morning stop-and-go commute traffic around Los Angeles. But once we were able to open it up, the car felt as if it breathed a sigh of relief.

The V8, of course, is a whole other animal. With its 420 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, we had more than enough power in any driving condition. Though, as is typically for a naturally aspirated engine, power delivery is more linear and not as torquey on the low end like the turbocharged powerplant.

Both the automatic and manual transmissions are quite capable and help the Mustang reach its full potential. Our Ecoboost model was equipped with the automatic, which we found to be a good match for this engine. Even in normal mode, the transmission is geared on the sporty side, holding shifts longer and downshifting when our revs dropped. All automatics come with paddle shifters, for those who want to click through their own gears.

We found the Mustang GT equipped with the 6-speed manual satisfying to shift, with the right amount of feel through the gates, not too firm and not too sloppy.

An all-new independent rear suspension takes the 2015 Mustang to a whole new level. Mustangs of the past were rough-and-tumble around the corners (part of their appeal for some). Not so now. The suspension on the Ecoboost is firm yet comfortable, keeping all four wheels firmly planted. In the 5.0 GT, we felt more suspension rebound, presumably due to the V8 engine's significant weight difference. In both cases, the chassis is stable and solid, with just enough perceptible body lean in the corners to give the driver feedback, while still feeling solid.

Driving modes change steering feel, throttle response and shift points (with the automatic transmission). Suspension setups are fixed; there are no fancy variable dampers or adjustable ride heights. That's fine by us.

Standard wheels with the Ecoboost engine are 17-inch with all-season tires. The ride felt surprisingly aggressive on this base setup, and we did notice some noise coming from the tires. On our test car, we also noticed wind noise coming from the B-pillar at highway speeds. In other respects, though, the cabin was quiet.

The exhaust note of the Ecoboost engine isn't as melodious as that of the V8, but it sounds much beefier than most turbocharged inline-4s, thanks in large part to careful sound engineering. Throatier, artificial engine noise is piped through the audio system's speakers during acceleration and downshifting for more aural satisfaction.

The sound of the 5.0 GT, on the other hand, is the real deal, though sound is amplified into the cabin. While some complain the sound is too docile for the famous 5.0, we think it suited this more-refined generation perfectly.

Steering feel is authentic and provides just the right amount of effort. Unlike some steering systems that feel artificially heavy, the Mustang's steering is always comfortable. Even in Normal mode, the steering is responsive. We prefer Sport mode, which gave us quick feedback without making our arms tired.

Standard wheels on V6 and Ecoboost models are 17-inch aluminum; the 5.0 gets 18-inch aluminum wheels. A Performance Package with summer tires is available on the Ecoboost and 5.0.

Four-wheel disc brakes come standard on every Mustang, with a choice of three brake packages. Brakes are firm and have a high point of engagement. The brake pedal on our Ecoboost car took a while to get used to, as we felt a small amount of travel, then into a firm bite; not as progressive we'd like. The braking setup in the GT was, expectedly also firm and aggressive, but felt more appropriate for the rest of the setup.

Summary

The 2015 Ford Mustang is the best yet in the car's 50-year history. With refined handling, plenty of power and an upgraded cabin, the Mustang is equally at home on the street and on the track. The new four-cylinder Ecoboost engine provides surprising power and is the most efficient of the bunch, while the 5.0 V8 continues to impress with its beefy V8 and throaty exhaust.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Laura Burstein filed this report after driving the Ford Mustang in Los Angeles.

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MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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