While the 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8-powered Ford Mustang GT is still undoubtedly the Blue Oval pony of choice for many – or at least in cases where the excellent Shelby GT350 is out of reach – the reintroduction of a turbocharged four-cylinder to the engine lineup presents an intriguing value proposition. To wit, the EPA rates the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost at an impressive 25 miles-per-gallon (combined).
By comparison, the Mustang GT has a combined fuel economy rating of just 19 mpg.
It’s not as though one doesn’t receive anything in return for sacrificing those few miles per gallon of gasoline; 125 extra horsepower is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But the Ford Mustang EcoBoost still manages a perfectly commendable 310HP peak, and with the optional Performance Pack equipped, cornering and braking are fortified to keep pace.
Ultimately, in order to answer the question of whether the new Ford Mustang EcoBoost is necessarily the answer for the enthusiast on a budget, a real-world comparison test against the more potent GT model must be conducted. That’s precisely what Automobile magazine did recently, driving both cars along a 110-mile loop comprising a good mix of straight highway and twisty country roads. In the end, that publication observed a fuel economy of 29.5 mpg in the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, versus just 22.3 mpg in the Mustang GT.
But is it enough to cement the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost as the obvious car-of-choice for the cash-strapped gearhead? Read the full Automobile story to find out.