Dropping its former retro style, the new Ford Mustang looks like a modern muscle car and exhibits excellent driving character.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is something of a 50th anniversary car, as the original Mustang was launched in mid-1964.
The new Mustang maintains pony-car attributes, such as a two-door coupe body and a long nose.
In one big change, Ford swapped out the old live rear axle for an independent rear suspension.
Rather than using separate rear side windows, Ford integrated the side graphic into a single opening.
The Recaro seats are, fortunately, optional, as the bolsters make access difficult and they won't fit thicker-bodied drivers.
The rear seats are reasonably comfortable, but the lack of headroom limits their usefulness.
In this GT Premium trim, the cabin materials look and feel very good.
Ford offers the Mustang in a wide range of trims, and will be offering it in more markets than ever before.
The front end maintains the slash LED parking lights from the previous generation.
The brawny hood on the Mustang GT includes two rear-facing vents.
A strut brace crosses the heads of the 5-liter V-8.
The GT Performance package adds these black 19-inch wheels.
The Mustang is a surprisingly nimble car, belying its own brawny looks.
With the V-8 engine, you can expect mediocre fuel economy.
An electric power steering system contributes efficiency and direct response.
Ford labels the speedometer "Ground Speed" somewhat unnecessarily.
This six-speed shifter has a strong, mechanical feel and slots into each gear with good precision.
These toggle switches, unfortunately made of plastic, control drive modes and steering programs.
The Sport steering program is fine for everyday driving.
Drive modes let you dial down torque for slippery conditions, or set a special Track program.
The MyFord Touch navigation system loads its maps a bit slowly, but is basically usable.
There are many destination entry options, but no online search.
Sirius Travel Link brings in outside data, such as traffic, weather and fuel prices.
Digital audio sources include USB ports, Bluetooth streaming and HD radio.
The music library screen lets you browse a USB drive or connected iOS device.
Satellite radio comes standard on the GT Premium trim.
HD radio adds clarity and multiple channels to FM broadcasts.
The 12-speaker Shaker audio option includes this big subwoofer in the trunk.
Pool lights under the side mirror project the Mustang logo on the ground.
This new generation of Mustang should be a success due to its styling and excellent driving character.
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