Escaping The Snowpocalypse with a 2016 Mustang GT Los Angeles Getaway!
Winter sucks. If you’re one of those people who prefer being buried in snow (not at a ski resort, mind you), then you’re just wrong. When I heard that the 2016 version of the Snowpocalypse was coming, I just knew I had to get the hell out of town. What I decided to do was fly my cold butt to Los Angeles and take a Mustang GT on a driving holiday. It was totally worth it!
The 2016 Ford Mustang GT is virtually unchanged from the 2015 model, save for a few minor differences. My chariot had the new SYNC 3 infotainment system, shedding the baggage of MyFord Touch for good. It’s a huge improvement over the previous version in speed and accuracy, even if it’s not the prettiest interface to look at.
I knew early on I’d like the system. Pulling out of the parking garage in Los Angeles for the first time, I needed to figure out where I was going quickly. Between airport traffic and numerous traffic lights, I needed a system that wouldn’t hesitate. I was able to quickly hit the voice command button and whip through the Points of Interest commands faster than I have in any other infotainment system I’ve ever used.
After meeting up some fellow automotive journalists we made our way north of the city to a little gem called Little Tujunga Canyon. It has everything you want in a canyon road, including cliffs with monstrous drop offs that really would give you enough time to phone the insurance company before hitting the bottom.
On these roads, the Mustang GT with the 6-speed manual transmission is pretty solid. The independent rear suspension really helps preventing you from upsetting the chassis, and going over one of the cliffs. There are enough revs that you are in one gear nearly the entire run. It’s a heck of a good time, especially if you’re a novice like me who doesn’t have roads like this back home.
It might not be as good of a canyon carver as the Golf R that we had in our group, or a new 2016 Mazda Miata, but the Mustang GT is more than competent on the twisties, but also a good all-around grand tourer. During my 30 some hours in Los Angeles, I put almost 600 miles on the car. I was tired when I left, but that was due to a lack of sleep and not because of the uncomfortableness of the car. This is truly a vehicle you can live with everyday.
This review unit didn’t have the Recaro manual seats, and it was the first new Mustang I’ve driven without them. Truthfully, I prefer them over the Recaro. They’re a tad more comfortable, still supportive, and have both heating and ventilation functions. I love the Recaros, but I think for an everyday car I’d skip them.
If the cold weather has you down, may I suggest getting on an airplane and heading west? Not only do you get some great weather, but you get great roads, great food and more! I can assure you, if you’re a car nut, a weekend in Los Angeles is worth the trip!
How are you digging the weather? Do you wish you could get away? Let us know over in the forums!
photos via [Manuel Carrillo III]