2016 Ford Mustang review with video

Base price: $25,898 + taxes
As tested: $48,948 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 15.2 L/100 kms (15.5 MPG)

Competition: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger

The basics:

Since 1964, the Mustang has been turning heads and opening up the sports car world to buyers who perhaps couldn’t typically afford a powerful, two door speedster. That’s why Ford’s Mustang motto has been “Fun, Fast and Affordable” for years now. 2015 saw an interesting change for the Mustang, though. Its sixth generation redesign was made available outside of North America’s borders to the international market. In fact, it is now officially the best selling sports car in Germany, if you can believe it. So while its signature Mustang look complete with shark-bite front grille, long hood and tri-bar tail lights is still there, its exterior dimensions have actually gotten smaller while still scraping out slightly more interior space than the previous generation. Now, shall I address the elephant in the room? A convertible Mustang on a family car review site? Well, I’ve been asked a number of times over the last year if a coupe or sports car could actually work for family life. Check-out our video to see what a week of carting Roger around in this throaty V8 was actually like and look below for a rapid fire list of pros and cons.

2015 Ford MustangPros:
– Front row seat comfort in the Mustang will surprise you as well as the general fit and finish of the interior
– Taller drivers (I’m 6’2) still have plenty of head and leg room

– Despite being a true muscle car, the ride height on the Mustang is high enough that you don’t feel buried below a sea of SUVs when stuck in traffic and the underbelly of this car won’t scrape over speed bumps or small curbs
– Visibility in this car is excellent. Checking your blind spots is easy and the rear window is large enough that you can see traffic behind you
– Families with teenagers can use the MyKey technology to limit top speeds and push phone calls straight to voicemail
– The new SYNC 3 infotainment system is now available on the GT Premium and EcoBoost Premium trims of the Mustang and it is a huge improvement over Ford’s previous infotainment system. It’s less laggy, more responsive and the voice recognition software, while still not perfect, is much better at recognizing commands
2015 Ford Mustang– Also available in these two trims, the drive mode function allows owners to toggle between Normal, Sport, Track and Wet/Snow driving modes. Ford says that, with a good set of winter tires, the Mustang can actually be used as a four season car in Canada… though I’ll believe it when I see it!
– Trunk capacity in the Mustang surprised us. Our standardized trunk test revealed that it can hold a fold-up stroller, backpack, diaper bag, two bags of groceries and a soccer ball with a little bit of room to spare. But be aware that the convertible Mustang has slightly less trunk height and does away with the folding rear seats (good for bigger loads)
– Front facing car seats and booster seats fit in the Mustang’s second row surprisingly well and still offer enough leg room for front passengers that they won’t feel squished
– The Mustang is exhilarating and fun to drive while the 6 speed manual in our tester still felt composed and not too jumpy in stop and go city traffic

2016 Ford MustangCons:
– Fuel economy in our 5-litre V8 tester was 15.5 L/100 kms but if you’d rather forego power for efficiency, consider the new turbo-charged EcoBoost which offers an estimated fuel economy between 7.4 – 11 L/100 kms
– The convertible option, while a fun novelty to drive around in, is a fairly expensive $5,500 add on

– The interior of the convertible is also quite noisy, particularly at highway speed, but the V8 on board our tester kind of became the throaty soundtrack for the week and we rather liked it. Just don’t expect a quiet, peaceful cruise
2015 Ford Mustang– The electric seats in our tester would slide back when the engine was turned off to make entering and exiting the vehicle easier. However, the seat slides so far back that reaching the clutch pedal to start the vehicle was a reach (even for a tall driver) and any poor rear passenger sitting behind the driver would be crushed by the seat as it slides back
– Rear facing car seats do not fit well in the Mustang. You can make it work but you would render the front passenger seat useless because it needs to slide forward so much to make room
– Taking a car seat in and out of the Mustang is a challenge because the latching system is difficult to reach

– As with any coupe, leaning into the back seat to lift your child into their car seat is cramped and can be tough on your back

Family Wheels report card:
Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels performance score: 5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 2/5 (for our V8 GT)
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5
Family Wheels overall score: 36/50= 72%

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