• Thomas Carnaffan, Car guy

2018 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback

Recently we got the opportunity to test the For Mustang Ecoboost Fastback built at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, USA with an MSRP of $30,745 CAD.

Fun Factor: 8

Can it Family: 3

Fuel Friendly: 8

HWY-warrior: 8

Karaoke Friendly: 6

Baby-Friendly: 3

City Cruising: 6

The Ford Mustang is a car with a very long legacy recently turning 64!

The Ford Mustang has always followed the same layout, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, which makes all generations of the Mustang friendly and familiar to Mustang purists. The Ecoboost engine is a 2.3L turbocharged 4cyl and delivers tremendous fun for the value. The Ford Mustang Ecoboost boasts 310hp and has many drive modes including a drag racing mode which makes the car more tail-happy and reduces torque drop off between gears. This car rivals the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger, but those cars can not rival the Mustang with its handling, the Mustang has an elegant and classic body style that puts aerodynamics into play, the car is comfortable in straight lines as it is in the bends. The Ecoboost Mustang takes 5.1 seconds to reach 100kph. The suspension is livable for daily driving but the turning radius is not the best and the owner of this car said he has gotten used to going around the block instead of attempting a u-turn.

Getting in the interior you will notice the very nice dials in the center that point out your Turbo Boost and your oil level; these things add to the Mustang's heritage as not many people check or care about their oil level. Getting comfy in the seats can be difficult with Ford's semi-automatic seats, there is a lever to adjust the tilt and the height and an electric button to adjust the fore and aft there's an electric button. The materials in the Ecoboost are a compromise but the cloth seats and brush plastic aluminum appearance add elegance to the interior. The trunk space is decent for a person's average day, but fitting family items like a stroller or even furniture is pretty much impossible.

Driving the Ford Mustang in a spirited manner would bring our fuel economy up to 15.4L/100km; on the highway, we managed 5.1L/100km, and in the city 12.7L/100km. Ford's announced fuel economy on average is 15L/100km, making our fuel economy an absolute treat for those thinking of this as their daily driver.

One thing we love in the Mustang is the controls and how this vehicle has not gone completely digital, the analog switches and the easy-to-use infotainment mean controlling your comfort will not distract you from the road.

Like the BMW i8 review I wrote, the Mustang also has back seats, but it's really a 2+2 seater which means it can be challenging to install child seats. The access to the latches is also a bit tricky as they are covered in fabric.

In the city and during the winter, we would recommend using Snow/Wet mode, which adds a sense of security on the road in an RWD vehicle.

Why would we buy the Ford Mustang Ecoboost, or what did we like about it? Great fun for the price, great heritage name and history to join, finally one of the only muscle cars that can handle corners.

Why would we not buy the Ford Mustang Ecoboost, or what did we not like about it? Not practical for passengers, adults, or toddlers. The trunk is not practical for a family, the turning radius is too large and the trims for the vehicle are too confusing, between the Fastback and the convertible there are 4 Ecoboost trims.

This vehicle is privately owned and was lent to us for the day. We have no affiliation with Ford Canada. The above is a recollection of our personal opinion of the car referred above.

Photos by CanCarPhotos

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