It was a memorable experience to drive a convertible Mustang in the Halton Region of Ontario. The weather was exceptionally beautiful, sunny and around 20 degrees. The crystal clear, blue sky was accompanying the fall foliage. And the blue Mustang fit well to this colour combination.
Unlike the discontinued Thunderbird, the Mustang, with its stylish retro-design keeps alive the memories of 1960’s and remains in Ford’s product portfolio. However, the outlook is not rosy.
In the US, Mustang sales declined 32 per cent and by the time of our test drive, Ford decided to halt the production in its Flatrock, MI factory for one week.
In its second (retro) generation, Mustang is more enjoyable to drive, thanks in part to its independent rear suspension. I felt the difference with a 2012 Mustang Convertible, I tested four years ago.
My test vehicle had the optional 310-hp, 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. With its six-speed manual transmission, I revisited the joy of a bygone era. (We do not have stick in our family cars since 2005).
I was lucky enough to drive the car topless most of the time thanks to the beautiful fall weather in Ontario. It is easy to open and close the soft top. Not everybody will like the manual latch to secure the top. It was probably necessary to keep the manufacturing costs under control.
The wind noise up to the speeds of 90 km/h is tolerable. I would prefer to drive it more in the countryside than on the highway. Navigating Toronto streets at summer nights would also be fun.
The Mustang drives well. With its balanced handling and the firm ride, it is a sports car you can drive everyday. For me, personally it is not an ideal choice. Getting in and out maybe a bit difficult with its low seating position and long doors, particularly in tight parking spots.
The dashboard houses the Sync 3 infotainment system which replaced the older and more problematic MyFord Touch.
As with most convertibles, the rear seats are for kids and no more.
I recorded an average consumption of 12 liters in a mixed driving mode.
If you are a baby boomer and had some sweet memories with the original Mustang, this is a perfect opportunity to revisit your youth. (Unless you already have a classic Mustang in your garage)
Dan Gunay, from AutoAndRoad team also drove the car and here are his comments:
“The Mustang drives well, however, I did not like much the brake and clutch.
Brake pedal feeling could be smoother and the clutch gives you a synthetic feel.
The consumption is a bit too high, due to the weight of the car. It is understandable. This Mustang is 200 kg heavier than the previous model. You must drive very smoothly to reach single-digit consumption values. The turbo lag in low revolutions is almost non-existent. And if you rev up to north of 5500, the torque goes down remarkably. Clues that the Mustang has a relatively small turbo. It is fun to rev the engine in middle ranges.”
Type of vehicle Sports car convertible
Power 2.3, 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine, 310 hp with 320 lb-ft of torque
Transmission Six-speed manual
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $40,448 / $50,448
Destination charge $1,650
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors,
Options Adaptive speed control: $1600, Ecoboost Performance Package: $3,000, Premier Trim Package: $500, Navigation Sytem: $800
Article: Varol McKars with Dan Gunay
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada via BHG Media
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