2015 AutoGuide.Com Car of the Year Nominee: Ford Mustang

An American Classic Reborn

2015 AutoGuide.Com Car of the Year Nominee: Ford Mustang

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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  • Rickers

    Mustang should definitely win! ‘Merica!

  • Honest Abe

    Completely agree! This car is spectacular. I drove one a few weeks ago. Sure it’s not Hellcat, but the 5.0 feels just as good on the street!

  • Sarah H

    Go Home Ford… you’re drunk

  • PN

    Beautiful, cheap (or reasonably priced if you wish), powerful, pure American car. One of the two favorite American cars that I love.

  • Mark S

    Great value proposition – the GT plus Track Pack, a V8 for @36k, what is not to like.

  • Appledude

    don’t like the “global grille” – I don’t want a generic global car – I want an American Mustang, like my 99 – interested to see how the different engines fare as far as durability, repair costs, and insurance costs (turbo cost more in insurance?) – etc –

  • Applesucks

    holy crap i hate you