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Overall

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

The 2015 Ford Mustang ranks near the top of its class thanks to its lively handling, punchy engine performance, quality interior, and excellent safety scores and features.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engine options
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Handsome interior


 

  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Cramped rear seats

2015 Ford Mustang Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Mustang a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Mustang is a fine option if you’re in the market for a used sports car. The Mustang rewards drivers with its agile handling and range of powerful engine choices. It rides smoothly on rough pavement, and its cabin has an upscale look and feel. Ford’s pony car achieves up to 31 mpg on the highway, scores highly for crash safety, and has enough rear seat space for younger kids.

One drawback is the Mustang's low reliability rating. Before you buy, consider top rivals like the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro and 2015 Dodge Challenger. Both have better reliability ratings.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 26 Ford Mustang reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Mustang?

Based on listings for the 2015 Ford Mustang on our site, the average price is $23,400. Prices range from $16,900 to $32,500 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Mustang Cost to Own?

The Mustang’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,300, or about $5,500 per year. That’s better than average for the sports car segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mustang?

The 2019 Ford Mustang starts at around $26,000, but its pricing can soar past $60,000 in its top trim levels. You can save a lot of money by buying a used 2015 Mustang. That said, there are a couple reasons to opt for the new Mustang. The 2019 Mustang has more features, including a digital gauge cluster, an easier-to-use touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The new model also has updated exterior styling that makes it look sportier. Finally, there are more variants, like the GT350 and the retro-styled Bullitt.

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There aren’t many new sporty cars that cost less than a used 2015 Mustang. Starting at $21,340, the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is one of the least expensive alternatives. This hot hatchback delivers zippy turbocharged acceleration and go-kart handling. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec starts at $22,900 and provides similar driving thrills with impressive interior refinement.

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Which Model Year of the Mustang Is Best?

Ford redesigned the Mustang for 2015, ending the previous generation that sold from 2005 to 2014. The sixth-generation models boast many improvements, including the addition of advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning, better interior materials, and an independent rear suspension. This last upgrade in particular has made the newer Mustangs far more enjoyable to drive.

When shopping for a sixth-generation Mustang, we suggest 2017-and-newer models. These vehicles rate higher for reliability and add popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Mustang?

The 2015 Mustang has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Ford Mustang Recalls

The 2015 Mustang is affected by five recalls. Ford is recalling models due to issues with the fuel pressure sensor, engine oil cooler, door latches, and seatbelt tension sensors. EcoBoost models are also under recall because of heat-related issues with the fuel lines and parking brake cable. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Ford dealer before buying a used Mustang.

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Which Used Ford Mustang Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mustang is available in five trim levels: V6, EcoBoost, GT, EcoBoost Premium, and GT Premium. The entry-level Ford Mustang V6 has a 300-horsepower V6 engine, a 4.2-inch display, air conditioning, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, a rearview camera, a CD player, Bluetooth, two USB ports, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, and a limited-slip differential.

The Ford Mustang EcoBoost swaps out the V6 for a 310-horsepower turbo-four engine, and the Ford Mustang GT comes equipped with a 435-horsepower V8 engine. Finally, the two Premium trims add refinements and tech features like an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Available items include a suite of active safety features, a navigation system, remote start, and Recaro sport seats. The Performance package adds larger brakes, a stiffer suspension, quicker steering, and an upgraded radiator.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford Mustang Warranty

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles that are five years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the car’s initial sale date. For 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.

According to our analysis, Ford offers a decent CPO program compared to other nonluxury automakers. Companies like Chevrolet and Hyundai offer a better set of benefits.  

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How Safe Is the Mustang?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Mustang the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. It earned the top score of Good in all other tests conducted by the IIHS. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mustang a perfect five-star overall rating, with the same score in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

A rearview camera is standard on all 2015 Mustangs. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Ford Mustang Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Chevy Camaro isn’t as polished as its Mustang rival. Both pony cars have brawny engines and athletic handling, but the Camaro's interior has many hard plastics, giving it a cheap look and feel. Visibility is worse in the Camaro, and it lacks the Mustang’s available active safety features. Despite these demerits, the Camaro has one significant plus over the Mustang: a much better reliability rating. For many, that could be enough of a reason to pick the Chevy.

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

The Dodge Challenger is a unique offering in the sports car class. It’s more of a muscle car, offering beefier V8 engine performance and a 707-horsepower Hellcat trim that can outsprint the Mustang. The Challenger also has a comfier interior with more space, making it a better option if you regularly have back-seat passengers. On the other hand, the Mustang offers sharper handling and higher safety ratings. Both are fine options, but the Challenger’s higher reliability rating makes it a better choice for most shoppers.

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2015 Mustang Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Mustang Drive?

The 2015 Mustang has three engine options: a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 310 horsepower (EcoBoost), and a 5.0-liter V8 with 435 horsepower (GT). A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles is available.

There isn’t a bad combination in this lineup – just different driving experiences. The V6 really sings under hard acceleration, and it easily hustles the Mustang up to speed. The EcoBoost four-cylinder is similarly capable, though its extra torque makes it feel brawnier at low speeds. The V8’s muscle never fades, as it shuttles the Mustang off the line with authority and boasts ample passing power at highway speeds. Both transmissions are quite refined. The six-speed manual is a joy to shift, and its clutch pedal is nicely weighted. The automatic fires off slick gear changes.

The 2015 Mustang isn’t just a better performer than its predecessor, but it's also a better cruiser. The Mustang feels light and agile around turns, and its responsive steering provides a nice feel for the road. The suspension soaks up road bumps and dips nicely, and the brakes provide strong stopping power. Ford offers a Performance package to fine-tune its pony car. Although it improves handling on smooth pavement, the stiffer suspension yields a jittery ride on rough roads.

Does the 2015 Ford Mustang Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Mustang EcoBoost is slightly more fuel efficient than its Camaro and Challenger rivals. It gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The V6 and V8 models offer fuel economy that rivals the Chevy and Dodge, however. The Mustang V6 can return up to 19/27 mpg city/highway, while the Mustang GT yields a best of 16/25 mpg.

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2015 Mustang Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Mustang Seat?

Ford offers the Mustang as a fastback (coupe) and a convertible, and both configurations seat four. The Mustang has supportive seats and generous space up front, even for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats are another story. They're cramped and only suitable for smaller children. The driving position offers good forward visibility, though rear visibility is poor.

Cloth seats are standard. Heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available. The Mustang’s cabin styling is evocative of the first-generation models from the 1960s, and most of its materials have a high-grade look and feel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Mustang?

The Mustang has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Ford Mustang Features

The Mustang comes well-equipped in its base configuration. Standard features include a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, and air conditioning. The 4.2-inch display is small, and it’s surrounded by a lot of little buttons that makes it somewhat tricky to use on the go. The basic volume and radio tuning knobs are user-friendly, though.

The Premium trims add an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The larger touch screen simplifies the dashboard’s button layout, but its on-screen menus can be a bit cumbersome.

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2015 Ford Mustang Dimensions

Ford Mustang Cargo Space

The Mustang fastback has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Its rear seats can fold down to accommodate longer items. The Mustang convertible has 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space.

2015 Mustang Length and Weight

The Mustang is 15.7 feet long. It weighs between 3,469 and 3,825 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Mustang Built?

Ford built the 2015 Mustang in Michigan.

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