Though the iconic Mustang has always had a zealous fan base, the number of muscle car aficionados has swollen in size since the 2005 design came out as a throw-back version of the adored 1960s staple. Now, Mustang enthusiasts have another reason to get excited. Though the car has seen various tweaks to its styling, engineering, and features over the past five decades, the 2015 Ford Mustang will be treated to a full redesign 50 years after its market debut. If the Mustang has lost a touch of its veneer as a result of the rise of the Chevy Camaro, this overhaul is poised to strike the old balance between rivals again.
Some may caution against the folly of trying to please everyone at once, but Ford thinks they can pull it off, boasting the 2015’s ability to satisfy gear-heads seeking a rugged and powerful ride, and more pragmatic car owners interested in safety and suburban living. Active members of the technological community come away from updated models disappointed quite often these days, frustrated at over-hyped cell phones with minor camera tweaks, but the new 2015 Ford Mustang does not fall into this underwhelming category. Read on for a 3-point comparison between the 2014 and 2015 Ford Mustang outlining the difference between fuel economy, engine capability, and safety features.
The 2015 Ford Mustard will have a more capable and efficient engine. Different engine options will be available for the newly-designed Mustang; the standard 3.7-liter V6, and the 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang GT have both been given minor adjustments by engineering staff for the 2015 release. Preliminary estimates put the V8 at a stunning 420 horsepower with 390ft-lb of torque, when running clean on premium unleaded fuel.
The 2015 Ford Mustang’s fuel economy will be a much-celebrated improvement over the 2014 model, with the ability to go further on a tank of gas owed to its altered frame and EcoBoost engine. The new 2015 is 200 pounds lighter because its hood and front fenders are made out of aluminum. The body is stylized in a way that makes the car more aerodynamic, allowing for less drag, and consequently better gas mileage. The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is estimated to run at 305 horsepower with 300lb-ft of torque. As with most turbocharged engines, peak torque is accessible from a broad section of rev ranges, from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, right up to its peak of 5,500rpm. A twin-scroll turbocharger works to eliminate turbo-lag right as the driver accelerates. All in all, the EcoBoost engine gets much better fuel economy than the standard V6, getting 33 miles to the gallon in comparison to the 2014’s 31 miles.
Many people who view the Ford Mustang as a thrill-rider’s vehicle will be surprised to learn how well it has scored with safety ratings over the years. Until the present-day overhaul, the Ford Mustang had been thriving on a structural design conceived in 2005. This design had given the vehicle an overall safety rating of 4 stars, excelling in a number of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests.
The 2014 model built upon this strong structural design with MyKey programmable features meant to handcuff the car’s capacities in the hands of less experienced drivers. This program lowered the ceiling for high-speeds and car stereo, and amplified seat belt chime volume. The 2014 pursued a number of other digital innovations as well. Rear parking-assist sensors were installed to minimize the risk of minor collision and keep your body in good shape. The SOS Post Crash Alert systems can signal for help automatically post-collision, while smartphone-synch technology streamlines your 911 connection.
Still, the 2015 model found room for improvement, and the new Mustang’s safety resume does not disappoint. Drivers can enjoy the luxuries of reversing cameras, blind-spot monitoring systems, rear cross-traffic alert software, and a responsive cruise control system with forward collision warnings.Back