2015 Ford Mustang V6 vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost

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The Ford Mustang GT, with its brawny 5.0-liter V8 engine, isn’t for everyone. 

Starting at a price of $33,125 after destination charges, it’s out of the reach of some would-be sports car owners. Plus, it uses a lot of gas and comes with high insurance premiums, running the cost of ownership even higher.

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So what do you do if you want a Mustang on a budget? For 2015, Ford has two solutions. As always, there is entry-level, 2015 Mustang V6 equipped with a 3.7-liter engine making 300 HP and 280 lb-ft. New this year though, there is another budget-conscious Mustang, the Ecoboost. Despite ditching two cylinders, the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine comes equipped with a big, fat turbocharger to produce 310 HP and 320 lb-ft. of torque.

Options, Packages and Price

With a slight power advantage, the Ecoboost looks like the better choice for affordable performance. But add pricing and options into the mix and things get a bit muddier. The V6 Mustang starts at $24,625 after destination charges, which is $1,500 cheaper than the Ecoboost. But, the Ecoboost comes standard with a rear spoiler, power seats and LED fog lights.

2015-Ford-Mustang-V6-112015-Ford-Mustang-Ecoboost-11These options are available on the V6 Mustang as part of the “051A equipment group” that also includes some nice 18-inch wheels. At a price of $25,620, that still makes the V6 $500 cheaper than the Ecoboost, but aside from some interior upgrades, not much else can be done to enhance the V6’s style or performance.

On the other hand, the Ecoboost can be had with superficial equipment like 19- or 20-inch wheels and a stripe package. But, there are two more options available for the boosted Mustang that should pique the interest of those obsessed with speed and performance.

Compare Specs

2015 Mustang EcoBoost
vs
2015 Mustang V6
Vehicle 2015 Mustang EcoBoost Advantage 2015 Mustang V6
Engine (as tested) 2.3 L turbocharged four-cylinder - 3.7 L V6
Horsepower 310 HP Ecoboost 300 HP
Torque 320 lb-ft. Ecoboost 280 lb-ft.
Weight 3,531 lbs. - 3,526 lbs.
Fuel Economy (US) 22 MPG city, 31 MPG hwy Ecoboost 17 MPG city, 28 MPG hwy
Fuel Economy (CDN) 10.6 L/100 km city, 7.5 L/100 km hwy Ecoboost 13.5 L/100 km city, 8.3 L/100 km hwy
Observed Fuel Economy 22.0 MPG Ecoboost 21.2 MPG
Starting Price(US) $26,125 V6 $24,625
Starting Price(CDN) $29,999 V6 $26,999
As Tested Price(US) $29,715 V6 $25,620
As Tested Price(CDN) $34,699 V6 $28,199

Some Serious Performance Upgrades

Aptly named the performance package, this option transforms the Mustang with items like a larger rear sway bar, a larger radiator, heavy-duty front springs, larger brakes, revised suspension tuning, a 3.55 limited-slip rear axle and 19-inch wheels wearing 255/40R19 summer tires. To take things one step further, cloth Recaro seats can be selected to ensure front seat passengers stay in place while testing out the Mustang’s newfound capability.

This all adds up to a price of $29,715, which is just over $4,000 more than the less capable V6 Mustang. That raises a few questions. First, is the Ecoboost a better engine option than the V6 and second, does the performance package with the Recaro seats really add that much performance?

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To answer these questions, we grabbed a pair of deep impact blue Mustang coupes with manual transmissions. The V6 came equipped with the 051A option group and the Ecoboost had the Performance package, and Recaro seats.

Mustangs have always been about engines, so let’s begin there. Even with in excess of 300 HP, both engines can run on regular gas, but the Ecoboost won’t be at maximum performance at that point. Curiously, the Ecoboost comes fitted with a gas tank half a gallon smaller than the V6. That should be offset by fuel economy as the V6 is officially rated at 17 MPG city and 28 MPG highway compared to the Ecoboost’s ratings of 22 MPG city and 31 MPG highway.

With the performance package, the Ecoboost drops the standard manual transmission’s 3.31:1 final drive ratio for the more aggressive 3.55:1 ratio. That is significantly higher than the V6’s final drive ratio of 3.15:1, although it too can be had with 3.55:1 gears. The shorter gearing makes the Ecoboost accelerate faster, but it also hurts fuel economy. As tested, the Ecoboost did beat the V6, but not by much, posting a 22 MPG average vs 21.2 MPG.

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Fast vs Feels Fast

Even if it is a bit slower and thirstier, the V6 is the smoother engine. Plus, it isn’t exactly slow; it’s just not as quick as the Ecoboost. In fact, from a dead stop, the V6 responds more readily to input. But once the boost builds in the four-cylinder, the shorter geared Mustang begins to pull away from the V6.

The V6 does provide a better soundtrack, not just because it’s an authentic noise, but more because of its lower, more guttural engine note. This helps create the illusion that the V6 Mustang is faster at times, even though the Ecoboost is the quicker car. On the highway, the higher gearing and plentiful boost makes sixth gear cruising a breeze in the Ecoboost while the V6 can struggle to build speeds when locked in top gear.

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Performance Pack or Bust

The Performance Package is more than just gearing. All of its major mechanical components have been upgraded or tweaked. The car accelerates quicker, turns faster, brakes harder, has more grip and relays information to the driver more effectively. It livens up the whole mustang driving experience and is a must-have for anyone serious about the Pony Car’s performance.

2015-Ford-Mustang-Ecoboost-04The tires alone are a game changer. Not only do they provide ample lateral grip, but also oodles of acceleration traction. With the all-season tires on the V6 Mustang, it’s possible to slip the tires during the shift between first and second gear regularly and that isn’t the case with the wider summer rubber equipped to the more powerful Ecoboost Mustang. But, there is a bit of a caveat here. With so much potential, on the road the performance package can feel a bit too capable and lacks some of the sliding-around fun found in less equipped models. And, the performance suspension is harsher than the stock set-up.

The two cars couldn’t be much closer in weight. At 3,526 lbs., the V6 Mustang weighs a whopping five pounds less than the Ecoboost. Oddly, opt for the automatic transmission and the V6 Mustang suddenly out-weighs the Ecoboost by six pounds. And while on the topic of weight and transmissions, the clutch pedal in the Ecoboost is set much lighter than that of the older-school V6 ‘Stang that requires strong leg muscles.

The Verdict: 2015 Mustang V6 vs Mustang EcoBoost

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With more power, better fuel economy and the optional performance package, it appears the Ecoboost is a no brainer over the V6. But it’s not that simple. Smoother, more comfortable and cheaper, there are advantages to the V6 model, especially in base trim.

It really comes down to a question of what exactly do you want in a Mustang. If it’s the style and presence of the iconic pony car, grab the more affordable V6 model. But if it’s more of a budget sports car you’re after, get the Ecoboost. Just be sure to spend the extra $1,995 on the performance package, as it truly makes the Mustang something special.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

2015 Ford Mustang V6

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    V8 all the way.

  • Landon Loper

    v8 or go home

  • Stuart Anderson

    If Ford offered the V6 with premium/PP, I wouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines trying to decide what I want (cheap/V6, cheap/FoST, mix/EB-P-PP, or power/GT-P, and they’d have sold another car.
    Oh well.

  • Eco Bust

    This is the comparison I didn’t even need to make when I was shopping, since ford killed any interest I had in the v6 by stripping it of options. I would’ve chosen the 6 over the turbo most likely; the turbo has the handling edge, but that engine is just terrible.

    They better think of something quick, because the new camaro is coming and a 335 hp v6 that sounds pretty good could steal some sales from a slowass, noisy, unrefined turbo four.

  • HG Bedard

    I say Go duals on the V6 w – Cold Air Package and your in the 33HP Range and pulling away from the EB3.5 with 3.55 ratio. The 4 Grand it’s cheaper leaves the door open for the mods I just chose and in my opinion more car for the money cause there is some left…probably 2G’s

  • Uncle Rusty

    The 2.7L Ecoboost is the far more capable motor when compared to the V6. You’ll struggle to add power to the V6, even with a straight through exhaust, intake and tune you’re only looking about 20-30 HP, and it’s mostly in the upper RPM as opposed to across the power band. With the Ecoboost, a simple CAI, exhaust and a tune nets a car that’s as fast as a stock GT in the 1/4 mile… it’s easy to add another 50-75HP to the ecoboost with simple bolt-ons.

    Personally I have the V8… It’s a ’13 GT that I recently added a VMP Stage 2 Supercharger to, now that’s the engine you really want…it’s pushing past 600HP at the wheels.

  • DMcG

    One can see why Ford limits the options on the V6. Since it’s pushing the EB, making the V6 available with all the options would seriously cut into the attraction of the EB. Even in this test, had the two cars been equally equipped you would have had to choose the V6 over the EB. There’s no way a 0.8 mpg advantage pays for a $4000 price difference, and the performance difference is small enough that the smoother and better-sounding V6 is really the better choice there as well. The EB does have greater hot rod potential, but it’s very hard to argue with the value proposition presented by the V6. Oh, and the PP wheels are surpassingly ugly. The 5-spokes on the V6 make it a much more handsome car. Just my $0.02.

  • Mark S

    Except for the F Type? Otherwise you are choosing fun inhibiting AWD and slush box in the V8 over vs RWD and 3 pedals in the V6 S?

    Okay, that is harsh – the AWD does not seem to have stopped the tail happy V8 and there is no way that a ZF8 should be called a slushbox. Still though myself, I would forego the V8 if I could V6 S in RWD with manual and the sport exhaust (in BRG please).

  • Mark S

    Seems like the V6 lacks the options that the Ecoboost does. Really though it is the after market support that will make the Ecoboost – there is a lot they can do with retuning a turbocharged engine and what is more this is a global sales for these after market companies.

  • nopeyup

    I’d rather take a base GT than a souped and more expensive ecoboost.

  • Gonzo Angrymonkey

    Order of preference for me ~
    5. New V6 Mustang
    4. New Ecoboost Mustang
    3. Pre-loved Mustang GT
    2. New Mustang GT
    1. Non-existent high-performance Ford sedan based off the new Mustang platform.
    (Must look better, run better, and be roomier than the current SHO Taurus)

  • Dan

    I was looking forward to reading a story about a heads up battle, then they got an ecoboost with the performance package and V6 without. That’s apples and oranges. Of course the lower gearing made the ecoboost feel faster (duh). I guess I’ll look elsewhere for a fair comparison.

  • Ed

    Yeah. Pretty pointless, huh?

  • Axl

    I agree. Ford is going to have its hands full dealing with a fantastic V6 in the Camaro. No way would I buy a four banger turbo headache when a nice V6 is stronger.

  • Jeff T

    Please do the f150 v6 with 4×4 next autoguide!

  • David Gurney

    WTF? This is about the Mustang.

  • Thodeoff Jack

    To the non-hipo auto technicians it’s truly apples to oranges. HELL YEAH to Ford for ECOBOOST! it’s 4 cylinders WITH a turbocharger making 310 hp with 320 foot pounds of torque! that’s enough to get the front tires off the ground! Especially if you do a few minor mods like a fresh air intake, a K&N or similar air filter, increase the turbo flow, add an adjustable waste gate, etc. SCREW THE WARRANTY! with these mods 390 to 400 hp and 375 to 405 foot pounds of torque. that’s an estimate of course. remember the SVT turbo charged 4 cylinder Thunderbird of the 80’s? with NHRA allowed mods for the super stock class it was the NHRA super stock champion 4 years in a row! the ECOBOOST Mustang with simple add ons can be a street/strip BEAST!

  • Appledude

    As a non-dragster, I think I would prefer the six – on my 99 Mustang six, the only option I really miss is traction control – on the new Mustangs, I like last years styling much better, and I really want more choices in the interior – I love the two-toned look of my Mustangs interior, with beige and a darker warm brown over the dash and trim pieces – I hate black and grey in an interior – which it seems all of the newer cars are sporting. I want warmer, brighter colors –

  • Leander

    Yes, but the Camaro is soooo butt ugly!! I wouldn’t be seen in one. There are other capable cars in the same price range that are far more attractive.

  • Mark S

    Yep, it is. Usually I would agree V8 is the default, just for the sound. I was asking though if the except to the V8 should now be made for F Type since you cannot get the F Type V8 in manual, but you can get the V6 S with a stick While a Mustang GT, Camaro SS, a Hemi would be be my default, I would not go the same route with an F Type, would go the V6 route to get the manual.

  • Plcc07777

    Turbo the V6 with 3:73 gearing and then I might be interested.

  • Wanda Kelley Boozer

    I think I’ll stick to my 2003 Deluxe Coupe, V6. No way I’d ever have a 4 cyl anything again. The only reason I didn’t get the GT when I bought the ’03 (new), a lead foot. LOL

  • Martin Buck

    I’m with you on this. There are potential problems in the future for EB owners. One mechanic contacted Ford because of a persistent cold miss on an EB Explorer (his own). Ford said to replace the cylinder head under warranty. There was carbon build up on the inlet valves because of the direct ignition, exacerbated by the crankcase breathing system. Eventually this caused the miss, bit a worse problem followed. If the inlet tracts and valves were cleaned, often the turbos died soon after (on other cars, but often enough to be a pattern). And the EB sounds funny. The V6 sounds very musical, the auto is more economical than the manual, and as a value proposition it beats the EB. Maybe the aftermarket will provide more go bits. I live in NZ and apparently the right hand drive V6 won’t be making it overseas. Oh well.

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  • WildmanSteve

    V6 with a nice sounding exhaust and the 6 speed 3.55 gears is the way to go. I have beaten 2 automatic ecoboosts and the best part is when they hear the exhaust when I pass them.

  • WildmanSteve

    2.3L

  • Kvally

    Meh, I think the Mustang and the Camaro are great looking cars.

  • Kevin McQuade

    Lmao dude i have the same exhaust as you on my 2015 v6! It sounds like a GT

  • Diesel Driver

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for you to just get the 5.0? Even after you’ve spent all that money hopping up the Eco-boost you still have less horsepower and torque and the reliability is probably shot too although they’re building them mighty strong these days. But you’ll also have to run premium or some kind of octane booster. Last, if you get the 5.0 then you can hop it up to be even faster. So it makes no sense, to me anyway, to do all that stuff to the smaller engine. A good big engine beats a good small engine every time.

  • Ianspa

    I own a 2015 V6 with an automatic. It is perfect for me in that it is used pretty much as a commuter car with occasional road trips. On the commute I am getting between 23-24 mpg. On the road trips I am getting a consistent 31mpg so I am really satisfied with it. The ride is great, the handling is so much better than the solid rear axle and the overall design is simply beautiful. People remark about how great it looks and especially comments on the quality and look of the interior. I have driven the turbo as a rental car and admit it is a bit quicker but I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I agree with others that the V6 actually sounds better. I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat,

  • RubyRed

    I bought an EB performance package with the 6 speed. LOVE IT!!! The factors that steered me towards the car: no worse fuel economy than my(previous) current driver (’99 Pontiac Sunfire GT) and the fact that Ford wisely put an independent rear suspension on the ‘stang (finally!). So far, three weeks of ownership, and my average economy is 27.5 MPG (using premium). My daily commute to work is on freeways (18 miles each way) with about 6 more miles on surface streets (3 on each end). And I’ve managed to embarrass at least one Subaru WRX owner 🙂 If it weren’t for the Ecoboost, this car would have never appeared on my radar.

  • RubyRed

    Oh, and by the way, my high school dream car (in the late ’80s) was the Mustang SVO…congrats Ford on building it again!

  • Mark S

    Did you get the Premium trim? Also did stay with the stock seats or option up to Recaro’s?

  • Mark S

    Kind of funny in that the some say that the V6 was aimed at the rental fleets, but you managed to rent an EB. Were the seats the same both in the EB rental and your V6? Overall comfortable seats?

  • Mark S

    Flowaster Outlaws or Force II’s (on the V6)?

  • RubyRed

    The one I bought was dealer stock. Not the premium trim. It had the stock seats. I sat in a car at the dealer with the Recaro’s, but my wife would have hated it. She went for the one I bought because of the color (Ruby Red).

  • Mark S

    I think the stocks are fine, especially if you go with the Premium since you then get the heat/ventilation as well as the 18 way adjustment. The Recaro’s are the deal if you maybe you plan to track and/or like the name Recaro’s on your seats!
    A lot to be said for the V6 as per other posts below, but the after market for the EB engines will be interesting. If Ford agree with Mountune to do with Mustang what the have done with the Focus, i.e. power increases without affecting the warranty, would be very cool. Also the the 2.3l has already had magic done for the RS application, wonder if any of that can be used in the Mustang application.

  • RubyRed

    The Premium package adds a lot of weight to the car, and jacks the price up quite a bit too…I’ve seen lots of premium package ecoboost cars selling in the high 30’s. I got mine much less expensive than that. The Costco Auto Program saves you around $2K on a performance package ecoboost…

  • WildmanSteve

    Outlaws

  • Michael Doucet

    My first car that I ever drove was my moms Mustang SVO. That is what started my obsession with Mustangs.

  • Michael Doucet

    To me it looks like Ford is phasing out the V6 in the Mustang. I’m gonna call it now… in a few years the Mustang engine option is gonna be the Ecoboost as the base model and the V8 as the upgraded model. I say that because history repeats itself. In the 80s Ford offered a 4 cylinder a V6 and a V8 engine option then took away the V6 and only offered the 4 cylinder and V8 engine option. With that it has me believing it will happen again. Not only that but they have completely taken out the V6 option in the Fusion.

  • Frogman

    My EB will run circles around a 15 GT let alone a six cylinder 15 stang. My car is not by any means stock. and lays down more than 75 HP than stock and more than 50 ft. lb.’s torque than stock. Runs 12.63 to 12.72’s at the strip even in 93 degree temps. Stock it ran 5.3 0-60 and now runs 4.2 0-60 times with 3.73 gears off road down pipe and flowmaster Y pipe. JLT cold air kit and BAMA flash tuner. Plus a lot more safety mods, because of the time it now runs. with just the 3.73 rear sets and JLT intake it ran a 12.98 at 104 mph. and embarrassed every 14 and 15 GT on the streets along with a few Camaro SS LE’s also. Which are slower than the current GT 2015 Mustangs My EB cost OTD $26.322.00 dollars it’s an automatic and I love it better than my 15 GT that I bought before I bought this EC my GT got smashed while parked on the curb in front of my house. MY EB looks the same but with black wheels and 19″ wheels and 245-45-19 tires and a sliver mustang logo below the doors of the car. L@@KS good with the black paint and base interior. The GT was a base car also.

  • Winston Smith

    I too like last years styling better, I put a Ruby Red one in my garage.

  • abhi

    not to forget that v6 used unleaded regular and ecoboost uses unleaded premium fuel. So you’ll save everytime you go for refuelling. My 2 cents.

  • Mark S

    Read that (Car & Drive) that the EB can drink regular, though this does reduce the power.

  • abhi

    yea but v6 can beat EB on regular fuel because v6 is 300 bhp on regular fuel and EB is 310 bhp on premium fuel. If you put regular fuel then power will decrease 10-15%.

  • Mark S

    Yep, that is about right on the power loss, the difference between 93 and 87 Octane, some reports down as low as 270hp. Also question whether I would ever get near the MPG’s in the turbo – not sure how far off those EPA numbers are to real world.

  • abhi

    the bhp that these manufacturers advertise are of drivetrain and not the power transmitted to the wheels , there is always loss of power from transmitting from engine to wheels. But if a car is of same manufacturer then expext higher bhp to perform better , because after loss the higher bhp one will still be higher.

  • Mark S

    Yep and some car makers (BMW, VW, etc,) under rate their numbers at the crank. As per previous posts, I think the secret of enjoying the EB Mustang vs the V6 will be the after market fun.

  • hyraxx

    V6 doesn’t get a performance package, but does have the 3.55 available. Wish autoguide had a v6 with the 3.55.

  • B Viner

    Hi Martin. I am also in NZ. What are your thoughts on shipping a LHD V6 to NZ? Could save a lot of $. Cheers, Bill.

  • abhi

    for aftermarket fun just get the gt and install a supercharger and listen to its sweet whine :p

  • abhi

    and many dealers are offering factory installed gt and supercharger

  • toady

    I’ve driven Saabs for the past 12 years and replaced turbos for the past 12 years. Two turbos in one car (a base 9-5 light pressure turbo), now at 180,000 mi. and one in another Saab at 50,000 mi. (now sold). I have an 2003 Aero station wagon (with a high pressure turbo) with its original turbo and also at 180,000 mi. The two Saabs I still own, both at 180,000 mi. both have had engine rebuilds around 120K with new engine gaskets installed because of the pressure from the turbo in the block wears them out.

    Saab had been turbocharging cars for 25 years before I bought my cars and it still had a lemon turbo and is a maintenance pig. My Aero is loads of fun and its a blast to blow by cars who don’t expect a monster engine in a station wagon, but I would NOT buy another turbo if given the choice. Maintenance costs are too high and engine longevity is iffy unless you pour money under the hood.

    What do cops put under the hood? Not an EB. Know why? They know which engine is going to be trouble-free after years of hard driving.

  • Johnson

    I’ve rented both, and I decided to go with the 2015 V6. It is very consistent power on 87 gas. One major factor that is never brought up with these types of comparisons is that the ecoboost needs 93 octane gas to get 310hp and 320torq. I live in Cali and there is no 93 anything including neighboring states. So, you’ll end up paying more when buying an ecoboost just to run on 87 gas at 250-270hp, or 91 gas at 275-285hp. Which explains why V6’s are beating ecoboosts. I guess there are some people who will buy an ecoboost for mpg, but in my experience and profession (finance) many ecoboost owners are trading up to V6 or V8 options, or leaving to other vehicles. The biggest complaints are the “fart can” sound owners can’t stand and loss of power without 93 octane gas. Let me tell you, it is one heck of an experience to be sitting in a mustang with a Honda tone to it. It’s sacrilegious to see Ford destroy the V6 to push a 4cyl in of all cars a Mustang. I’m not against new technology, but purposely detuning the V6 to make it seem worse than that 4cyl mazda engine is ridiculous. Seeing how Ford is pushing this ecoboost thing a little too much for me with many cars is going to make me leave this brand permanently. It doesn’t seem as though there is an interest to engineer new technology, but to repurpose existing material (mazda engine=ecoboost).

  • Johnson

    I’ve rented both, and I decided to go with the 2015 V6. It is very consistent power on 87 gas. One major factor that is never brought up with these types of comparisons is that the ecoboost needs 93 octane gas to get 310hp and 320torq. I live in Cali and there is no 93 anything including neighboring states. So, you’ll end up paying more when buying an ecoboost just to run on 87 gas at 260-270hp, or 91 gas at 272-285hp. Which explains why V6’s are beating ecoboosts. I guess there are some people who will buy an ecoboost for mpg, but in my experience and profession (finance) many ecoboost owners are trading up to V6 or V8 options, or leaving to other vehicles. The biggest complaints are the “fart can” sound owners can’t stand and loss of power without 93 octane gas. Let me tell you, it is one heck of an experience to be sitting in a mustang with a Honda tone to it. It’s sacrilegious to see Ford destroy the V6 to push a 4cyl in of all cars a Mustang. I’m not against new technology, but purposely detuning the V6 to make it seem worse than that 4cyl mazda engine is ridiculous. Seeing how Ford is pushing this ecoboost thing a little too much for me with many cars is going to make me leave this brand permanently. It doesn’t seem as though there is an interest to engineer new technology, but to repurpose existing material (mazda engine=ecoboost). Not to mention the 335hp V6 Camaro. This should be interesting to see what moves are made by Ford.

  • iSnowden

    “in my experience and profession (finance) many ecoboost owners are trading up to V6 or V8 options, or leaving to other vehicles.” I agree, and having driven this for 6 months and I was done. The lack of 93 gas, the loss of power, and the god forsaken sound made me regret ever leasing this car. At first, I was excited and looking forward to a 30+mpg mustang, but there’s already the 14 V6. I ended up getting this newer style cause it looks amazing. I got rid of it, and drive an Infiniti now. All that talk of boosting and upgrading an ecoboost is a waste of time and money. The biggest push for an mpg mustang was for female buyers who are more conscious to fuel economy than males. Which seems to be pretty accurate looking at the demographics of buyers. They are either young males (like me) or females of various ages being the main purchasers of the ecoboost. Which oddly isn’t mentioned, but I guess money, is money to Ford.

  • fuuk hoff

    “I was like” Ok this guys making good points, then you said automatic.

  • Paul Charlesworth

    It is not clear to me why Ford offers both engines, and limits the options on the V6. The lack of a premium option on the v6 is a deal breaker for me. I want the fancy stereo, projection lights, navigation, bliss, and other features only on the Ecoboost Premium Convertible. I do not know which I would have chosen if the v6 and Ecoboost offered the same options. I suppose I would have considered the price.

    I am not sure that I have had t he opportunity to really push the car, but it feels fast enough for me and it is certainly fast enough to get you a ticket. I feel like I am having to watch myself on our 55mph roads, especially when in sport+ mode. I am not sure I can tell the difference between 87 octane and 93 octane gas. I probably bought the car for different reasons to others because I bought the convertible is more for summer cruising than racing. My other car is a 2.5L 2009 Subar Forester, which is a great car, but feels slow and soft next to the Mustang. My wife and I are having a great time cruising around with the top down and the Stereo on.

  • Paul Charlesworth

    I have to confess that it was the premium trim I wanted! More specifically the pony projection lights!!! LOL! In 2014, I had the opportunity to visit orlando and rent a 2014 V6 premium convertible. My wife and I picked up the car from SixT Orlando in the daylight and drove to Fishbones for dinner. When we came out it was dark. I remember clearly the childish feeling I had, and the look on my wife’s face when the projection lights came on. We knew that we had to have them. We looked for about one year for a 2014 Premium Convertible in Deep Impact Blue before ordering a 2015 Ecoboost Premium, which took so long to arrive (over 20 weeks) that we cancelled and ordered a 2016 with the new Sync 3. Those pony projection lights attract a ton of attention, people love them.

  • Paul Charlesworth

    The Flowmaster is a crazy sounding exhaust. I think I’ll go with the MBRP Race on my Ecoboost, although I am not sure when I will make t he upgrade,

  • Paul Charlesworth

    Sounds like a great car, but It is really hard to make a useful comparison between a stock car and an upgraded car, although the EB has a lot of upgrade potential, and a ton of available options.

  • Paul Charlesworth

    Why would you say that? Do you have some data about automatic gearboxes, or is this a personal preference?

  • Mustang Fan

    Ford is trying to force its customers to buy an ecoboost but the V6 is the emotional car hear when you turn it on it turns you on much like the V8. Ford knows if they pay even a little attention to the V6 like offering the same performance pack ecoboost sales would drop like a wet stone of a steep cliff. The V6 engine makes more power on premium gas so the slight edge the ecoboost has may just be wiped away. Compare apples to apples equip both with the 3:55 final drive gearing and have both use premium gas and lets see who the winner is. at the same price point you can purchase the performance pack minus the wheels and tires. Plus an axle back exhaust, tuned and intake. Price for price if your comparing and same price and the sound of the V6 is amassing its just the type of sound track the tugs at your heart strings. A sports car any sports car is an emotional purchase its not done for fuel economy although that is an advantage. To me if you cant afford the V8 the V6 is the only way to go. Ford please get with program before your competitors realize they need to change the styling of their cars to make them more sexy and start to outsell you because you don’t want to pay attention the wonderful V6 engine: that by the way has a lot more power hidden you intentionally refuse the bring to the table.

  • Mark S

    :S I would agree – Ford should show the V6 more love! About your point of being outsold though, was just looking at the July Camaro vs Mustang sales numbers. Ytd, Camaro is @42,000 and Mustang is @72,000. There could be many reasons for this of course (owners were waiting for 1LE packs, Chevy curtailing fleet sales, etc.), but 122,000 Mustangs were sold in 2015, the halo new gen year….at the rate they are going Chevy will struggle to sell 86,000 units this year, that is the number they sold in 2014 (when there were ahead of the Mustang at 82,000 units). Camaro is a great car, the V6 is a revelation on the sound front (if only the Caddie V6’s sounded anywhere near as good), but the sales numbers are trying to tell a story, maybe they are victims of a weaker year for car sales overall. Still back to your point, heck, the EB was designed for the global market, but Ford is finding much love for the V8 outside the US, so that being the case, why not offer performance parts and premium trim for the V6 and see what happens. No need to abandon the EB though.

  • Tubbythetuba

    I have a 2012 V6 Mustang…..I’ve seen 31 mpg cruising at 70, and 0-60 is about 6 seconds….The only mod is a couple FloMaster 40 series….great sound. More HP?? I don’t know. I don’t need any more than this one.

  • Ed

    Have a 2014 with the V6 and really really like the motor…it’s a better motor than the 4.6 v8 in my previous 04 GT. I have averaged 29-30 mpg on several long highway trips. Cant see the advantage of the eco 4…the v6 makes 300hp and gives great gas mileage so it’s a no-brainer for me. The long term durability of a high strung turbo 4 is still an open question as far as I’m concerned…

  • Jeff Young

    Sad news is they are getting rid of the v6 entirely. It never got a chance. I’ve been trying to decide between buying a 15-17 v6 or Ecoboost. I want all the amenities that the EB has to offer, but I like the drive and response of the v6 a hell of alot more. Plus I worry that the turbo in the account will cause the engine to die prematurely… I don’t know what to do ?

  • Jeff Young

    Were you able to find a good article? I’m looking to buy a 15-17 mustang and am having trouble deciding which model to get. If you find a GOOD comparison article please post a link!!!

  • Jeff Young

    I test drove a v6 Camara and felt unimpressed with its “335hp”. It felt slow and uninspiring… whereas the v6 in the mustang was quick, fun, and chirped the tires thru 4th gear. I just wish it had all the amenities of the ecoboost, because if it did I wouldn’t even be questioning my purchase decision. I want the v6 but love the amenities of the eco, yet can’t afford a gt. Don’t know what to do…

  • Schroeder

    I own a 2013 Mustang V6 Premium. Love the car but I got spoiled by driving a GT not long ago for a couple hundred miles and I loved the better power.

    I really wish Ford would have opened up more options in the V6 for the 2015-and-beyond models. Even more-so now that the Ford GT shows what a smartly-built V6 can do. I guess Ford probably sees the V8 as the performance market-getter, but the price keeps it from being a widely-adopted version. They really should spring for a performance V6 that jump from 300hp to maybe 360-380hp. That’s a lot of get-up-and-go power and insurance companies wouldn’t crush you for owning a 400hp+ V8. Or, at the very least, Ford should offer some upgrade kits for the V6 so owners can pursue that path with OEM parts – I’m surprised that they really don’t pursue this at all given that the Mustang has a big aftermarket following.

  • Joe Ellington

    Too bad about the V6. Instead of doing away with it, they should be re-working it to get more power. If GM can get 335 hp out of their 3.6 V6 for the Cadillac ATS and Camaro, Ford ought to be getting similar power from their V6. The smoothness and refinement from the v6 would be worth it. Even better would be adding a turbo to the v6 to get it in the 350 to 3750 hp range.

  • Joe Ellington

    Too bad about the V6. Instead of doing away with it, they should be re-working it to get more power. If GM can get 335 hp out of their 3.6 V6 for the Cadillac ATS and Camaro, Ford ought to be getting similar power from their V6. The smoothness and refinement from the v6 would be worth it. Even better would be adding a turbo to the v6 to get it in the 350 to 375 hp range.

  • Joe Ellington

    And that’s not to mention that the 99.9% of the time you’ll be driving the car without the gas pedal mashed to the floor, the v6 will be running smoother, on regular fuel, and have better response when you only push the gas to 1/4 or half way down. It will have better overall response when not running wide-open. Smoother at idle at stop signs, and an overall silkiness to the engine that a 4 cylinder will never be able to match. But yeah, when you want to nail it to the floor, the ecoboost will make it all worthwhile, but that will only be less than one percent of your real overall driving experience.

  • Donald Henderson

    Now they won’t even offer the V6 in 2018. It will be the 4 or 8. Just bought a V6 convertible. Who needs the high maintenance cost of a turbo, Not me. That is something the article fails to mention. There is a lot more to cost of ownership than gas mileage.

  • Schroeder

    Very true. My v6 has an issue with the transmission but they say it’s only a little thing. Such a fun engine to play with too. I’ve seen the market pick up for the v6 for mods and seen some impressive footage of v6 mustangs beating GTs in races (lighter engine).

    I’m very sad that they’re not working on beefing up that v6. Could have used some of the tech out of the Ford GT which uses the v6 as well.