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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 Ford Mustang Review

The 2015 Ford Mustang ranks among top sports cars thanks to its outstanding combination of sporty performance, cabin comfort, and top-tier safety scores.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Athletic, controlled handling
  • Upmarket interior
  • Punchy engine options

 



  • Touchy infotainment system

2015 Ford Mustang Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Mustang a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Mustang is a superb used sports car. It pairs potent engines and lithe handling with an upscale, well-equipped cabin. The Mustang also earns above-average safety and predicted reliability scores.

Used 2015 Ford Mustang Performance and Interior

There are three engines available for the 2015 Mustang: a 3.7-liter V6, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) four-cylinder, and a 5.0-liter V8. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with all three engines, while a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Mustang V6 gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That's comparable to the fuel economy earned by V6-powered competitors. You may frown at a four-cylinder engine in a Mustang, but the EcoBoost engine has plenty of power and good fuel economy (22/31 mpg city/highway). The V8 in the Mustang GT is very potent, and it is smooth and easy to control at lower speeds. The manual transmission has a precise clutch and short throws that make it a pleasure to shift.

For 2015, Ford gave the Mustang independent rear suspension for the first time ever. It made the Mustang spryer and more comfortable than previous models. The Mustang’s nimble, predictable handling makes it easy to drive, and models with performance packages offer even sharper performance. When not taking advantage of twisty roads, the Mustang is a comfortable, composed cruiser. The available Brembo brakes quickly bring the Mustang to a stop, though they can feel overly sensitive.

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The redesigned Mustang has a nice cabin with modern styling and upscale materials. In its standard configuration, the Mustang has four seats upholstered with cloth fabric. Available seating features include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and Recaro front sport seats with additional side bolstering. There's generous headroom in the comfortable front seats, but the rear seats are too cramped for adults (a common complaint among sports cars). Visibility of the road ahead is excellent, though large roof supports limit the view out of the back.

The base Mustang has more standard features than many sports cars, with Bluetooth, dual USB ports, a proximity key, and the SYNC voice recognition system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Shaker premium audio system, navigation, and a MyFord Touch infotainment system are available. MyFord Touch is fairly complicated, with multiple steps required for frequently used audio controls and some climate functions. The physical controls on the center stack are a mixed bag. Most are clearly marked, but some are hard to reach. Some are placed low down on the center stack, making them particularly difficult to see. The Mustang Fastback (coupe) has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than most rivals. There's only 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the Mustang Convertible.

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Used 2015 Ford Mustang Prices

Used 2015 Mustangs range from around $18,000 for the base V6 Fastback to about $28,000 for the GT Premium Fastback. Exact prices vary with vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Mustang?

The Mustang has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's above average for the sports car class, as well as for the car industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Mustang?

The Mustang has great safety scores. It received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the highest rating of Good in four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. In the fifth test, the Mustang earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable. A rearview camera comes standard. Some models may also have rear parking sensors or forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mustang?

The Mustang was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year, so it is different in nearly every way from the previous generation. Consider buying a 2016 Mustang if you can afford it; Ford replaced MyFord Touch with the more straightforward SYNC 3 infotainment system for this model year.

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Which Used Ford Mustang Is Right for Me?

If you want to drive the Mustang daily, go for the EcoBoost Premium model. You'll get a peppy, fuel-efficient engine and an upscale interior fitted with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Buy an EcoBoost Premium convertible for some wind-in-your-hair thrills.

For extra peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned Mustang. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2015 Ford Mustang and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Mustang or 2015 Chevrolet Camaro?

The Mustang is a better car than the Chevrolet Camaro. Both models have thrilling power and spry handling, but their cabins are very different. The Camaro's cabin is fitted with low-rent materials – like hard plastics – that make the interior look and feel cheap. The Camaro's front seats don't offer much headroom, and the rear seats are among the tightest in the class. However, the Camaro does earn a slightly higher predicted reliability rating than the Mustang. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Mustang or 2015 Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger has a more comfortable (and roomier) cabin for daily driving than the Mustang, and it offers ample trunk space. However, the Mustang has more athletic handling, as well as significantly better safety and predicted reliability scores. Ultimately, the Mustang is the more thrilling car to drive, while the Challenger’s larger size gives it more space to fit your family.

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