Can a 4 cylinder turbo charged Mustang outperform in expectations? I had the opportunity to take one for a week-long test drive and what I found out might surprise you.
First off readers, I must start of any review of a car of this caliber by sharing some embarrassing information that plays in to the stereotype of being a woman driver in a fast car.
I can’t drive stick.
Well, it’s not that I couldn’t in an emergency. I actually managed to figure it out a few years ago but my confidence in my abilities to drive stick is minimal at best. Need to get to the ER, I’ll jump in without hesitation. Want me to test out a brand new shiny red car with less than 5000km on it? Not so much. So while I was offered the 6-speed manual, I had to go with the Automatic for the safety of the rest of you on the road. You’re welcome.
This car is gorgeous. Inside and out, the car just looks sexy on the road and makes you feel sexy driving it. I’m not one who gets a lot of (any) looks driving my “mom-mobile SUV” so when I was in this car, I definitely felt that all eyes were on me (the car). The Recaro© seats are incredibly comfortable as they hug your sides, ensuring you stay seated even around the sharpest turns or during say, doughnuts in an empty parking lot. Not that I did that. I’m a girl who can’t drive stick, remember?
The 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is fast. I know what you’re thinking. “D’uh Jenn! It’s a Mustang”! Seriously though, this car packs a punch and for me it was most noticeable entering the highway as I easily reached 100 well before I needed to think about merging left. With its low center of gravity, switching lanes in this car felt more like I was laterally merging rather than diagonally, especially at the higher speeds.
Not only does the 2015 Mustang look and drive great, it purrs like a car you want to push the pedal to the floor. I’m usually turned off by the overly loud engines that fly by on the street at 2am but this car had just enough oomph that it wasn’t annoying but it still made people turn their heads. When in Track mode, the sound of the engine is amplified further through the speakers which at first seemed a bit strange. I mean, really, there’s no need for it – but driving a Mustang is an experience and the sounds are required to truly immerse yourself in it.
Now the facts:
- 2.3L EcoBoost
- Available in both 6 speed automatic and 6 speed manual
- 310 Horsepower
- 320 lb-ft torque
- 3,532 lbs
It’s also worth noting that the 2.3L Turbo Charged 4 cylinder engine has more power than the V8 found in the 2009 Mustang GT. That’s quite an engine!
I cannot write this review without mentioning the great tech-features of the 2015 Mustang. Touch-screen, turn-by-turn navigation system, Sirius XM radio, MyFord Touch and SYNC… all the bells and whistles that I love in a car!
Price wise, the model I drove comes in around $47K – which is definitely affordable for say, a woman who wants to ditch her mom-mobile and teach the kids how to use transit… or perhaps a second vehicle (sure, I’ll share it with you hunny). Saying that, we managed to fit a family of 4 in this car comfortably and definitely got more than a few looks in the parking lot of our son’s karate studio.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience testing out the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost. Did I get the urge to lay on the candy-red body and pose for a camera? Maybe. Did I find this car a blast to drive? Absolutely! Have I added this vehicle to my wish-list? Most-definitely.
Both of my kids have also announced they would like one for their 16th birthdays.