Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019 Ford Mustang review as well as our in-depth article Buying a Used Ford Mustang: Everything You Need to Know.
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang brings a contemporary execution of the classic pony car, featuring a fastback roofline, a bold trapezoidal grille and a lower, wider stance. The first 4-cylinder Mustang since the SVO model of the 1980s applies turbocharged EcoBoost technology, 310 horsepower and a broad plateau of torque for good all-around response. Most importantly, the 2015 Mustang gets an independent rear suspension for an optimal balance of ride control and handling precision. The previous naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 and potent 5.0-liter V8 continue in the lineup.
The 2015 Mustang’s interior is also all-new, with improved materials, upgraded infotainment and new safety systems. Standard SYNC AppLink enables voice control of Pandora and other smartphone apps, and MyKey lets responsible parties set limits on top speed, stereo volume and more. Optional selectable driving modes allow drivers to tailor throttle response, transmission shifts, steering effort and stability control to personal preferences. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. See the 2015 Ford Mustang models for sale near you
What We Like
Performance and sound of the GT V8 engine; less bulky than the Camaro or Challenger; balanced ride and handling with the independent rear suspension
What We Don’t
Cramped rear seat; artificial sound of EcoBoost 4-cylinder
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
V6 models are powered by the proven 3.7-liter double-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) V6. With four valves per cylinder and dual independent variable-valve timing, the 3.7 V6 generates 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating is 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission and 17 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with the standard 6-speed manual.
EcoBoost models feature a turbocharged direct-injected 2.3-liter DOHC 4-cylinder rated at 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates are 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and 21 mpg city/32 mpg hwy hooked to the optional 6-speed automatic. Regular unleaded is acceptable, but premium unleaded is recommended for best performance.
The Mustang GT continues with the exciting 5.0-liter Coyote V8. For 2015, it gets boosted to 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0 V8 also has a DOHC design with four valves per cylinder and dual independent variable valve timing. EPA ratings for the 5.0-liter V8 are 15 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the standard 6-speed manual and 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the optional 6-speed automatic. Premium fuel is recommended, but not required. All automatics feature SelectShift manual shift control.
Standard Features & Options
The 2015 Mustang is available in V6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium trims, along with the GT Limited Edition.
V6 equipment includes air conditioning, cloth seats, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, push-button start, remote keyless entry, SYNC connectivity, MyKey, a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo, a USB port, a backup camera, auto headlamps, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a split-folding rear seat, 235/55 all-season tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, electric power steering, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a limited-slip differential, dual exhausts and power doors, windows and mirrors. Convertibles feature a power-operated soft-top and a glass back window with a defogger.
EcoBoost models add the 2.3-liter turbo, fog lamps, power front seats, a height-adjustable front passenger seat and power driver’s-seat lumbar adjustment.
GT models get the EcoBoost content upgrades plus the 5.0-liter V8 and 235/50 all-season tires on 18-in alloy wheels. Models with the manual transmission feature standard launch control for quick 0-to-60 acceleration.
Opting for the EcoBoost Premium or GT Premium trim gains automatic climate control, leather seats, a center-stack infotainment display, a 9-speaker premium audio system with SiriusXM, heated front seats, a ventilated driver’s seat, a power front passenger seat, a garage-door opener and turn-signal mirrors.
The GT Limited Edition trim brings a 12-speaker premium audio system, 275/40 performance tires on 19-in alloys, along with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
Popular options include adaptive cruise control, selectable drive mode control and 20-in alloy wheels.
There may come a time when the 4-cylinder EcoBoost turbo gains wider acceptance. But like Harley hogs, the Mustang V8 just sounds right under the hood. So you’ll pay more for a GT than an equally well-equipped EcoBoost or V6 model.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following safety recalls for the 2015 Ford Mustang:
The oil cooler line may disconnect and leak oil, leading to engine failure or fire.
A broken door latch may allow a door to open while the car is moving, creating an injury risk.
The rear brake caliper guide pins on some Mustang GT Roush Stage 3 vehicles may loosen, impairing braking ability.
A fuel tank hose leak on EcoBoost models may degrade the parking brake cables and create a fire risk.
A leaking fuel pressure sensor may create a fire risk.
A front passenger seat belt sensor may misclassify the occupant’s size and fail to properly deploy the airbag in a collision.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
NHTSA gave the 2015 Mustang coupe a 5-star rating overall, with five stars for frontal and side impacts and rollover performance. NHTSA didn’t rate the 2015 Mustang convertible for impacts, but gave it five stars for rollover performance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Mustang coupe Good ratings for moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, roof strength, head restraints and seats, but rated it just Acceptable on the small-overlap front crash test. The 2015 Mustang convertible netted a Good rating for moderate-overlap front and side impacts, head restraints and seats.
Ford covered the 2015 Mustang with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.
Ford certified pre-owned cars can’t be more than five years old or show more than 80,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Mustang undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and powertrain coverage extending seven years from when the car was first sold or when it reaches 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Chevrolet Camaro — It’s bigger and heavier, and thick roof pillars make it hard to see out of, but the Camaro carries its weight well due to a 4-wheel independent suspension and precise steering.
2015 Dodge Challenger — Think of the Challenger as a coupe version of the Dodge Charger with a decent-size rear seat and trunk. It’s muscular when equipped with HEMI V8 power, but the extra weight and size of the Dodge make it feel big and ponderous compared to the Mustang.
It’s hard to ignore the performance and muscular sound of the 435-hp 5.0-liter Mustang GT. The EcoBoost turbo four has impressive power, great handling and decent fuel economy, but somehow doesn’t have the timeless appeal of the GT. Always be wary of heavily modified cars. Go for a Ford certified pre-owned car when available. And make sure all safety recalls have been performed on the car you’re considering purchasing.