The EPA’s ratings of the 2015 Ford Mustang fuel economy are out, with every combination of available engine and automatic or manual transmission. Both the base V6-equipped model and the V8-laden GT appear to have sustained minor losses of one or two points, regardless of transmission choice. The likely culprit is increased weight; the V8 model weighs 54 lbs more with the automatic trans, and a shameful 87 lbs more with the stick.
The real topic of interest, however, is the performance of the newly-available middle-option motor: the turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder. We needn’t remind you that this is the first four-banger to appear under the hood of the ‘Stang since the early nineties. So, here’s what we officially have:
19 city /28 highway /22 combined (automatic 3.7L V6)
17 city/28 highway/21 combined (manual 3.7L V6)
21 city/32 highway/25 combined (automatic 2.3L EcoBoost)
22 city/31 highway/26 combined (manual 2.3L EcoBoost)
16 city/25 highway/19 combined (automatic 5.0L V8)
15 city/25 highway/19 combined (manual 5.0L V8)
2015 Ford Mustang fuel economy… not bad at all, considering its 3,814 lb minimum curb weight and the power its also producing. Though, yes, V6 fuel economy is down from the last-generation model slightly, the EcoBoost comes above it. The inclusion of anything short of a V6 is obviously a point of contention among the Mustang’s more macho enthusiasts, but an EcoBoost has come to completely replace the V6 in a Mustang before, back in 1987. Pending demand, could it happen here?
Not likely. Still, haters’ gonna hate, but we’ll take a 3 to 5 point boost in mpg and torque over the base V6 any day of the week. Somewhat more compromising to the image of the car however might be if Ford were to slap an EcoBoost badge on it…