A Mustang Comparison

April 30th, 2015 by

2015 Mustang Comparison

When you are looking for a great Mustang to buy, the choice could be very difficult when you get to your Ford dealer as you might want a massive amount of power and performance, but not be sure which model to purchase.  In most comparison tests different cars are pitted against each other from different manufacturers to compare the results, but for you Mustang shoppers, you are in luck as the comparison today is of two pony cars showing off and letting you see what the overall performance master is for the Mustang.

The two models that will be compared are the 2.3-L EcoBoost and the 5.0 GT both with manual transmissions and both 2015 models.  To start with and to get this out of the way, both cars are exactly the same size, so we have no need to look at the length, width or height.  Both are also fitted with the six-speed manual transmission, making that comparison mute as well.

EcoBoost

2015 Mustang EcoBoost

The EcoBoost Mustang shows up with a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine that is directly injected.  This car offers 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque and has a starting price of $26,125 while the price of the car that was tested was $38,585.  The displacement of the engine comes in at 138 cubic inches.  The overall car weight for this Mustang enters in at 3,657 pounds making it a lightweight but powerful car that gains over 300 horsepower from only four cylinders.

5.0 GT

2015 Mustang 5.0 GT

The 5.0 GT is the classic Mustang showing up with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that offers port fuel injection.  This engine brings in 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque and has a base price of $32,925 with a price of the tested car at $45,855.  The engine displacement is 302 cubic inches and the overall weight of this car is 3,810 pounds making it nearly 200 pounds heavier than the EcoBoost model.

Test Results

These ponies were tested in a multitude of ways to bring in results that give knowledge to which car should be chosen when you are out shopping for a Mustang.  The 5.0 GT was faster in the zero to sixty test at 4.5 seconds compared to 5.5 seconds for the EcoBoost.  The 5.0 GT was also faster in the zero to 100 mph test (duh) showing up at 10.4 seconds compared to 13.3 for the EcoBoost.  In fact, the 5.0-GT was the fastest in every test these two Mustangs were put through.

What does this tell us?  Actually based on the performances, the EcoBoost has a top speed of 148 mph while the 5.0 GT offers a 164 mph top speed.  The 5.0 GT had a shorter braking distance from 70mph and a faster standing quarter mile time.  None of these results are actually any real surprise.  Even though the EcoBoost is a turbocharged engine, the V8 power is nothing to play with, so is there category the EcoBoost won out?

The EcoBoost won out with fuel economy, showing up with an EPA rating of 22 city/31 hwy mpg and under test conditions came in with 22 mpg.  The 5.0 GT shows up with an EPA rating of 15 city/25 hwy mpg and a test result of 17 mpg.

The Result

The results are actually really simple for these two Mustangs.  If you want a Mustang that is a great every day driving car that you will need for commuting to and from work and really don’t have any plans to head out to the track anytime soon, the EcoBoost is the right choice with plenty of power, better fuel efficiency and a lower price.

On the other hand if you want a Mustang that is made to blow the doors of other cars that challenge it and offer an exciting amount of power along with giving you the opportunity to head out to the track on the weekend, the 5.0 GT is the right choice.  This gives you more power but you sacrifice fuel economy and price to get this massive power under the hood.

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