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Review: The 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible

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On: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:35PM | By: Jon Summers

Review: The 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible

Design folk will tell you that their ideas are best expressed in the more extreme versions of their work: Z/28 is faster, better looking, plain more Camaro than the 6-cylinder. By that rationale, this Mustang, powered by the V6 found in the old model should be underwhelming. On the contrary, the convertible I sampled was an easy car to like, and worked well as a holistic piece of design.

The 2015’s Mustangs appearance, especially from the front, has not found favor amongst all of the Mustang Faithful. Opinion here is purely personal taste; it works for me, with the reservation the Ford shamelessly stole Aston-Martin’s grille shape. The rear view particularly captures Mustang DNA with the three-bar taillights, reclined tail panel, and swollen hips. Overall, it is a bit too big for my tastes, but on balance the shape works. The burgundy on our car exaggerated the contours in the body to an extent verging on “sheep in wolf’s clothing”. But, no matter, Mustang was ever thus.

The cabin was a nice place to be, whether in the front or back. By this, I mean Ford has fully addressed the traditional feeling of cheapness. What is here will not cause the premium Germans or Japanese any sleepless nights, but the cockpit-like front seats are good to sit in, and have plenty of adjustment. The silver accenting scattered around the dash and on the console works well. The grade of the plastics on the glove box and dash did not quite match.The retro gauges appealed to me, although the Ground Speed Indicator script in the speedo was a little too much cheese. Again, no matter, Mustang was ever thus.

The back seats were surprisingly roomy, fine for four adults assuming some of the group are not too big. The back of the front seats had indents in them for rear seat passenger’s knees, and when they sprang forward to release backseat passengers they left plenty of room for entry/exit—at least, if the roof was down.

We had the roof down as much as possible, and, as such, this car was mighty enjoyable. Visually the best look is with roof and windows down, but outside of town it was too blowy. With side windows up, the buffeting was reduced and travel comfortable up to freeway speeds.

Glancing underhood, the V6 is swimming in a large engine bay. There’s so much space it reminded me of a sixties car; unlike many modern engine bays it was not completely clad in plastic, and I could even see the raw steel of the block.

Performance was certainly adequate, although perhaps not as spirited as the quoted 300hp might suggest. I assume highway economy gearing is to blame.

A confession: your writer is something of a Mustang guy; although I own a ‘71 Camaro, Mustang GTs have been my daily drivers for years. This V6 might be less of a Mustang than the 5.0, or the SVO, but it remains characteristically a Mustang, very American, fun to be around, a little brash at times, but overall competent and charismatic.

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