Five-Point Inspection: 5 Reasons Ford Needs to Modernize the Mustang

Five-Point Inspection: 5 Reasons Ford Needs to Modernize the Mustang

2. The V6 isn't doing it any favors

A touch crude, the Mustang’s V6 has to go. Ford has done a fine job of updating it to have newer technology, but it’s torn between making power and delivering decent fuel economy.

As a result, the V6 has been saddled with a lazy six-speed manual transmission in our tester. Both sixth and fifth gears are excessively tall so as to reach a fuel economy goal of 29 mpg highway. The result is that with zero throttle response in either of them, you’re only left with four gears to actually drive the car with.

A new EcoBoost 2.3-liter 4-cylinder is a welcome addition with plenty of around-town torque and and fuel economy that should (in theory) improve.

  • CA_Refugee

    Having both my grandfather and father work for Ford in Dearborn, MI, I am partial to the “old” or out going ‘stang. The solid rear axle is what I love about it. If you enjoy a “lively” feel and a fun car to drive. Now granted the V6 need not apply, I’m talking about the full power V8 version. I even made a sales clerk at a dealer turn white on a test drive on more than 1 occasion. Fun, fun, fun. I will miss this version of the Mustang for sure. But, I do agree, it is time to update it, and kick some Camaro A$$ all over a track! (and street)

    Having looked at the new leaked pics of the ’15 model… Hmmm… Not quite sure if I like it yet. The headlights are quite interesting… The rear is a bit too angled on the tail lights, but not too bad looking. It has potential, can’t wait to see what the BOSS and GT500 versions will look like!

  • CA_Refugee

    Oh, yea, forgot to mention…

    If you don’t like, or have issues with the solid rear axle’s handling characteristics, all one has to do is install a watts link to the rear axle. Handling issues are pretty well solved by this solution.

  • Lex

    Colum Wood is an idiot.

  • Fox Body Mustangs

    This is a shit article