Engine: 2.3L Turbo 4 Cyl. makes 310 hp, 320 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic
Fuel economy: 22/31 MPG city/highway
Price: $30,010 as tested
There probably isn’t anything more American than independence and appropriately, that’s exactly what the Ford Mustang’s rear end is gaining in 2015.
By now you almost certainly know that the fifth-generation Ford Mustang is ditching its solid rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension across the entire model line. But that isn’t the only change for America’s pony car, no sir.
It is also being sold with a turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that puts out 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. It’s the newest and most revolutionary Mustang on the market today, so we invited it to be a finalist for our 2015 Car of the Year Award.
While it isn’t the quickest or most powerful model, the EcoBoost model feels far from slow. The turbocharger creates enough torque to give it purposeful acceleration without laying waste to gasoline with the sort of reckless abandon tied to owning the five-point-oh…
Ford also improved the manual transmission it uses in the Mustang for this generation for smoother shifts. The stick feels light between gear changes and more refined than the now-gone fourth-generation car.
Perhaps most importantly, the Mustang is finally being sold worldwide as a “global” car. Is that enough to make it the 2015 AutoGuide.com car of the year? Stay tuned for our official announcement on Monday, December 15.
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