Her + His Car Reviews

2015 Ford Mustang Coupe Premium

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$39,780, base is $29,300 $39,780
Performance
This iconic model is at the top of its class. The new Mustang is all in when it comes to performance, handling, agility speed, and power. The new Mustang has four cylinder boasts the increasingly popular #EcoBoost to give it increasing power and acceleration. In our Premium model, the EcoBoost has passengers in this 310 horsepower sports car want to hold onto their hat. Way more than adequate, even for a turbocharged, 2.3 liter, I4.Be very careful and judicious with the accelerator pedal or you will be watching the pretty good fuel economy figures drop like a rock! But one of the cool things about the Mustang is the adjustable driving mode feature. The settings are normal, sport plus, track and winter modes. And there is a huge difference between the normal and sport plus modes, when shifting speeds up dramatically, the pipes roar, and the car launches and moves like a rocket on wheels. Great fun! There are adjustable steering modes for the car too. And remember, this is NOT the GT model we are talking about. I strongly encourage you to test the Base premium model before springing for anything further up the Mustang ladder.
Fuel Economy
22 city and 31 highway Rated at 22/31 and 26 mpg overall, it's certainly not a gas guzzler - and that's true in spite of the fact that the new Mustang is actually a bit heavier than before. But again - watch how you drive this car if you want to get the best out of it.
The Car
The newly designed Mustang has put this iconic player check-mating its top rivals. Refined, retool, reinvented, and revolutionized. Smart engineering. All of this adds up to a new Mustang, classic to its roots, but futuristic in its power and finesse. Love the aesthetics but was dissatisfied that with all the seat adjustability and customization, the vehicle still did not accommodate me, really. Because of the enhanced size of the car, the hood is bolder and longer - all very nicely appointed. Not being able to sit up high enough, I was at a visual disadvantage to gauge the length the hood from my vantage point. Solution: make the seat adjustability greater yet next year, Ford. With the bucket seat, and more women customers vying for this auto choice, give shorter folks the help they need to secure the purchase.

The car has lots to love; titling and adjustable steering wheel, bucket backseats that split and fold - though it's a little tight and low-riding back there, but isn't that part of the point? When gassing up we also like the ease and cleanliness of the cap less tank. This 50th anniversary vehicle is proudly made at the Flat Rock Plant in Michigan. Outstanding job, folks.
This Mustang is so much better than ever before. First, it's built like a tank - none of the rattling, looseness and uncertain driving demeanor over bumps and potholes. The introduction of an independent rear suspension is a huge step forward, and it sure shows in how this car handles and moves. Brakes by the way are superb, far better than before, and it has a lot of swagger when you drive it. Definitely a car you want to put on your shopping list if you want something sporty and reasonably economical.
Safety
Lots of safety features on the new 2015: Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Voice Controlled SYNC system, Bluetooth for hands free driving. Airbags, Anti theft locking device.

One of the most innovative and quite possibly life saving safety features of this vehicle? The SOS Post Crash Alert System - checkout video; its like your own personal "concierge Lifeline" service, but for the road.
A rear view camera that keeps you safe when you back up is a very important safety addition, especially given the compromised view out the back while driving. Other plusses: AdvanceTrac with ESC, SOS PostCrash Alert System, and lots of other things.
Technology
Push button start, Proximity key for ease in opening, Rear Parking assist, 2 USB ports, Navigation, Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, 12 Speaker Shaker audio system. And, so much more. Sync with My Ford Touch, intelligent access with pushbutton start, premium sound system, electric power assisted steering, selectable drive modes, track apps, power windows, locks, mirrors; limited slip differential, easy fuel capless filter cruise, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, ambient lighting, cruise control, split fold rear seat, interior trunk release, center console with armrest, dual zone electronic auto climate control, leather seats, sequential rear turn signals, dual exhaust system with bright tips, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, integrated spotter mirrors, and many other features.
Aesthetics & Styling
Muscle mania. This car, with its pronounced front-end, aggressive grill, lighting and bolder design, is worth your time to see in person. Photos offer no justice. Tires and alloy wheels measure in at 18" making it more of a stand out. The interior chrome and "Mustang" branded touch points are loud and add a no-mistaking-what-car-you-are-in drive. There is not room for much than passengers in the car, so everything else goes in the truck - which has 13.5 cubic feet of packing room. This is the best looking Mustang yet. Low Slung, full of brute force impressions, and that hunkered down profile intoxicated everyone who saw this car and admired it. The fastback roof line is lower than ever before, and yes, the car is about 1.5 inches lower, adding to it drama. Still have that long hood rising before you though. The interior is quite nice, in far better materials than we've seen heretofore. A few niggles though - the car has lots of chrome that glares from time to time. And the rotary chrome dials for the climate system were somewhat counter intuitive to operate.

Meanwhile, toggle switches take getting used to. The switches are done in chrome, and the little tiny symbols have white lettering that is almost impossible to figure out quickly. Interior room, as usual is quite limited and cramped. And the recliner lever has no markings or lettering on it, and it takes some time to grope around and find it. The parking brake lever was really stiff, and you'll build some muscle when raising or lowering it.
Warranty
3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Five year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, five year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

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