2015 Mustang GT Convertible vs. 2015 Mustang EcoBoost
Here’s a real no brainer. Would you rather drive a 2015 Mustang GT convertible with a 5.0-Liter V8 or a 2015 Mustang convertible with a 2.3-Liter EcoBoost I4?
I tested both cars back to back last week and the answer was simple. The GT I drove briefly was an automatic and retails for $41,800. The EcoBoost Mustang had a six-speed manual transmission and sells for $34,800.
If you look at them parked next to each other, side by side, you cannot tell the difference between them aside from the badges, but the driving experience is miles apart.
To be honest after testing the 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Mustang I thought I was driving a really under-powered V6. I didn’t have the opportunity to drive a 3.7-liter V6 Mustang which has 10 horsepower less than the 310 horsepower EcoBoost I4 and starts at only $29,300.
The 5.0 version feels like a Mustang that rides and sounds incredible, especially when you run it in track mode. I tested a GT Fastback with a six-speed manual a few months back and it was equally as awesome.
The 2.3-Liter EcoBoost may make a much lighter Focus or Fiesta more fun to drive but on a 3,532 pound Mustang it is a bit of a letdown.
Still, if you are in the market for a great convertible, look no further than the Mustang GT. But if you are looking to save some money and gas, the V6 Mustang seems to be the better way to go.
You can hear the difference between the 435 horsepower GT and the 310 hp EcoBoost in my “No Pro” video above.
The orange GT and the Ruby Red EcoBoost I4 both look fantastic in it, but I’ll take the roar of a naturally aspirated V8 any day.
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