It’s a weird thing to review a car like the Ford Mustang. People love this car. They don’t really need a reason because it’s a ‘Stang and who doesn’t want one of those parked in the driveway? It’s as if loving the Mustang is some rite of passage. You grow up. You get a license. You lust after a Mustang. Turns out, there are really good reasons why you should want this car in your driveway.
The 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback Premium has a 2.3-liter I4 EcoBoost engine with 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 6-speed manual transmission with a nice short throw shifter. An automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional, but that’s heresy. If you don’t know how to drive a manual, learn how, then buy a Mustang. Half the fun of driving it is that visceral sense of control and power you get when you shift gears.
The feel and sound of the Mustang are exactly what you want in a muscle car. It is loud and brash with a slightly rough ride that isn’t so rough that it jostles your spine to bits on rougher surfaces. This is partly due to the optional Recaro leather seats ($1,595) that are heavily bolstered to keep you firmly in place in the corners, especially on the track.
The Mustang features selectable drive modes of normal, snow/wet, sport, and track. Track Apps help make the most of track days with features including electronic line-lock. This keeps the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes so you can spin the rear tires and warm them up. There’s also launch control, displays with lateral and longitudinal g-forces, acceleration times, top times, and even automatic and countdown starts.
There is a backseat so you can technically head out with four people, but only if two of them are kids or exceptionally small adults. Room in those rear seats is tight all around, but an adult can squish in back if they can manage to fit between the narrow gap behind the front seats. If your friends all play basketball, they’re not going to be riding in this car.
Front passengers will be very comfortable and even find enough legroom once they push the seats all the way back. The bolstering on the seats makes them a tight fit so larger frames will feel squished. The view over the long hood makes the car seem bigger than it is and adds to its sense of power. You might be in a small sports car, but it never feels small.
Standard features include HID projector headlamps, LED taillamps, sequential rear turn signals, dual exhaust, rear spoiler and diffuser and integrated spotter mirrors. The sequential rear turn signals look fantastic, especially at night.
The inside has heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone electronic climate control, ambient lighting and a tilt/telescope steering column. Infotainment comes from Sync with MyFord Touch, AM/FM CD/MP3/Satellite Radio and an audio input jack. A premium sound system is standard or you can opt for the upgraded 12-speaker Shaker Pro audio system ($1,795) for even better sound.
One of the downfalls to owning a muscle car is that they tend to guzzle gas at a frightening rate. The EcoBoost engine on the Mustang makes this much less of an issue. It’s rated 22/31/26 city/highway/combined so you won’t need to panic if gas prices rise.
You also won’t need to panic about the sticker price. The car starts at $29,300 so it squeezes in just below $30K. Once you start adding options, that price can go up pretty quick. Our tester featured an extra $8,460 of bells and whistles.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is a head-turner that will have you talking with random strangers in parking lots while they try not to drool on your car. It’s also a pulse-racer and will give you plenty of thrills behind the wheel.
2015 Ford Mustang Fastback Premium
Base Price: $29,300
Price As Tested: $37,760 (not including destination charge)
- Styling Inside and Out
- Starts Under $30K
- Muscle Car Through and Through
- Options Add Up Fast
- Infotainment System Not Intuitive