At 50, Ford Mustang Is Current And Classic With New Upgrades

Ann M. Job

At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike.

For 2015, the half-century-old Mustang adds a modern 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the Mustang’s V-6.

The Mustang’s suspension, with an independent rear setup finally replacing the solid rear axle design, provides better handling and control.

Ford’s venerable pony car is restyled with a prominent fastback look — a continuous sloping visual line from roof to the end of the car — and is lower, wider and sleeker than its predecessor. Yet it’s unmistakably a Mustang, with a long hood, short rear, trapezoidal grille and almost sinister-looking headlights.

The 2015 Mustang is the most customizable and tech-savvy version ever, with electronics that let the driver choose steering effort, engine response and transmission settings, as well as the color of the gauges. There’s even a new track app so a driver can monitor the car’s performance on the racetrack.

The new Mustang also has more safety equipment, including a standard “Active Glovebox,” which deploys a knee air bag to help keep the front passenger properly positioned during a frontal crash. Federal regulators rated the 2015 Mustang coupe five-out-of-five stars in overall crash tests.

Best of all, the hot-looking 2015 Mustang offers real bang for the buck. The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a 2015 Mustang Fastback coupe with 300-horsepower V-6 and six-speed manual transmission is $24,700.

Its standard equipment includes a rearview camera; push-button start; cloth front bucket seats; a tilt and telescoping steering wheel; eight air bags; electronic stability control; limited slip differential. It also features an illuminated Mustang horse emblem spotlighted on the ground outside the car’s two doors when the car is unlocked, which is a unique and welcoming touch for when a driver approaches the vehicle inside a darkened garage.

CBS Detroit