The Detroit Free Press, the Motor City’s newspaper of record, has bestowed its Car of the Year honors on the 2015 Ford Mustang and its Truck of the Year award on the 2015 F-150. Both vehicles are all-new and have been completely overhauled for the 2015 model year.
“With new platforms, technologies and materials, the 2015 Mustang and F-150 fundamentally transformed to face the challenges of the future. Now the rest of the auto industry has to play catch-up,” says the Free Press. Both deliver improved performance and fuel economy, plus the duo’s new features add comfort, convenience, and safety for a huge upgrade compared to their previous iterations.
The Mustang, introduced just a year ago but only on the streets for a few months, has received a new vehicle architecture that brings with it a new and much-improved chassis, a new turbo-charged 2.3L EcoBoost engine, as well as new features that have increased the pony’s game so much it’s now a true global sports car and not just a value-priced car driven by the rear wheels. In particular, quality of the all-new, sixth-generation model has taken a huge jump compared to the fifth-gen Mustang it replaced, and the new boosted four-banger brings a new perspective on what a pony car can be.
The F-150, meanwhile, started to trickle onto public streets much more recently. The all-new, thirteenth-generation model went on a major diet thanks to an aluminum body that results in weight savings of up to 700 pounds per model, a factor that will have the competition playing catch-up for years, according to The Detroit Free Press. In addition, the new 325-horsepower, 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is something that’s a modern idea for a workhorse pickup, eschewing the big V8s that have ruled the roads for years (though the 5.0L V8 one remains an option).
All in all, both vehicles have set new standards in their respective classes, which is why they have been recognized for the publication’s awards.