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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$22,243
BASE MSRP
$23,600
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For now, all Mustangs are coupes, or "fastbacks" in Fordspeak.

Edmunds »

We really like the exterior of the car – it's all muscle from every angle.

Autoblog »

the interior is truly attractive, with beautifully designed gauges set in what looks like engine-turned aluminum.

Road & Track »

The car's best angle may be the rear-three-quarters, where the svelte and sloped tri-bar LED taillights look fantastic.

Cars.com »

Some angles aren't purely flattering: the rear quarters echo the Pontiac Grand Prix two-doors of the Nineties.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$23,600 $46,170
2-Door Fastback V6
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.7 L
EPA Class Subcompact Cars
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
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2015 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT
2-Door Fastback GT
Premium Unleaded V-8, 5.0 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 29,612 $ 32,100
2015 Ford Mustang 2-Door Convertible GT Premium
2-Door Convertible GT Premium
Premium Unleaded V-8, 5.0 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 38,376 $ 41,600
2015 Ford Mustang 2-Door Convertible V6
2-Door Convertible V6
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.7 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 27,427 $ 29,100
2015 Ford Mustang 2-Door Fastback V6
2-Door Fastback V6
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.7 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 22,243 $ 23,600
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The Basics:

The sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang has arrived, and for the faithful, it's a watershed moment. The new Mustang fully extracts the pony car from its plebeian beginnings--it's now a luxury sport coupe of the first order, with enough performance on the order sheet to muscle up close to sports-car territory. It's fresh, advanced, more plush, more technical, and more safe, a fitting 50th-anniversary tribute for a car that's as much a part of America as the original Model T.

All the traditional Mustang cues make the cut in the new pony car, but it's not a knockout from all angles. With a low and wide stance, the Mustang's pretty and graceful canopy rest on muscular haunches, but the some of the details are a little soggy--the tilted taillamp panel, the hashmarks that hashtag the headlamps. Inside, there is a distinct aviation-inspired theme. 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 cabin's solidly laid out and more youthful than just about any luxury coupe, and richer-looking than the Camaro's cabin.

The looks are an evolution, but what's underneath the Mustang's body panels is truly a magnitude shift. Its new turbocharged four-cylinder delivers strong performance even though it underwhelms in its soundtrack. The GT's intensely strong 435-hp V-8 hustles best when it's amped up with a Performance Pack that includes a Torsen limited-slip rear end, summer tires, Brembo brakes and extra body bracing.

Drive this and the last Mustang back to back, and the new car's overwhelming sense of ride control and tracking and stability thoroughly outclass any of its ancestors. Credit goes to a wider track, a new independent rear suspension design, and to a lot of engineers looking to eradicate all the negative Camaro comparisons. They've succeeded.

The ultimate gift to Mustang fans? Launch control and line lock. The former lets anyone knock off impeccable 0-60 mph times, while the latter enables NHRA-grade smoky burnouts.

The Mustang's a cathedral compared to the cramped Camaro, but it's still a 2+2 at heart even though it's nearly the size of a Ford Fusion. Front-seat room is generous and not just for the segment; Recaro seats are bound to be a popular upgrade over the standard sport seats, as good as they are. The back seats are token gestures, the trunk's about the size of the one in a Cadillac ATS (hint: not very large), but the Mustang's spacious enough for two, anytime.

Down the track will be a new Mustang Convertible. Buyers of the convertible will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin, according to Ford. The new top also lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when down.

The 2015 Ford Mustang has not been crash-tested yet, but its list of high-tech features includes driver-adjustable stability, steering systems, throttle and transmission systems; standard Bluetooth and a rearview camera; and options for blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and a forward-collision warning system.

Base V-6 models don't offer much in the way of fun options; you'll have to pay into the turbo four to get bigger wheels and tires and a Performance Pack. The V-8 is where we'll catch up to you, or vice versa: with its Performance Pack and options like Shaker Pro audio turn the mid-$20,000 pony car into a $40,000 sports car we'd be willing to drive daily. Is it the equivalent of a $65,000 BMW M4? It depends: can that extra $25,000 go directly into a tire budget?

Likes:

  • Pretty new roofline
  • Turbo four's fuel economy ratings
  • V-8 is muscular as ever
  • Tracks and rides so, so well
  • Launch control, line lock, Recaros--score

Dislikes:

  • Not a striking exterior change
  • Turbo four sounds artificial and buzzy
  • V-8 doesn't snarl enough for our taste
  • Not ponderous, but big
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