As of this writing, we’ve never had the occasion to drive the base, V6-powered Ford Mustang.
In fact, the Ford Mustang V6 gets rather less attention than any of its three siblings: the EcoBoost-powered model, the V8-propelled GT, or the excellent Shelby GT350. Ford didn’t even bother to introduce the V6 model in the plethora of right-hand drive markets in which its now selling the pony car, limiting choices to the EcoBoost and GT models, instead.
It’s not hard to see why. With a commendable 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, the V6 pony car still produces less thrust than the Ford Mustang EcoBoost (310 HP / 320 lb-ft), without offering much in the way of weight savings. And, not that it necessarily makes a world of difference to the average pony car enthusiast, but the EcoBoost model dominates the Ford Mustang V6 with regard to fuel-efficiency, as well, achieving up to an EPA-estimated 26 combined miles-per-gallon vs. the V6’s 22 mpg.
It would seem, then, that the Ford Mustang V6 has been all but made redundant by the EcoBoost pony car and its turbocharged, 2.3-liter engine. At least, that’s our take; we want to hear from you. Has the Ford Mustang EcoBoost supplanted the V6 model as the only base pony car a consumer should ever need? Or is there still a case to be made for the normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter V6 engine? Weigh-in with our nifty poll, and don’t be afraid to expound upon your response in the comments section below.