While out west, we had the pleasure of receiving a very special upgrade from the folks at Hertz – the perfect vehicle for our Autumn in the National Parks Adventure. Over the course of ten days, we drove this 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible some 3,000 miles, from hot arid desert (above) to snowy mountain passes (bel0w), from 10,000 foot mountains to endless prairie, from densely populated cities to long stretches of lonely back roads – we even manged to become part of a buffalo herd in Yellowstone! Needless to say, we got to know the car pretty well.
So, what’s it like compared to other Mustang variants we’ve driven (we’ve now driven the V6, the Ecoboost inline 4, the V8 GT, and the Fisker-Galpin Rocket versions of the car)? This year, we’ve logged some 4,000 miles in these cars and I have to say, we’ve been impressed across the whole spectrum. Unlike the Ecoboost Mustang we shot in California, our V6 Mustang wasn’t a premium edition – meaning no heated or cooled seats, no big touch screen, no sporty toggle buttons, no leather… But to be honest, apart from the odd occasion, it was rare that we missed those upgrades. The V6 engine, the base offering for the Mustang, seemed to perform about on par with the turbocharged four cylinder EcoBoost engine, though I will say the V6 sounded quite a bit more throaty than it’s more expensive inline-4 brother. But, while performance wasn’t notably different, fuel economy was – with the V6 eking out 28.6 MPG on our mostly 65MPH route. The Ecoboost under similar conditions was returning closer to 34 MPG. But, in the grand scheme of things, getting almost 20 MPG from a 300 HP sports car isn’t too shabby, even for today’s standards.
All in all, the V6 was a pleasant surprise. Even with the convertible, there was just enough room for one quite large checked suitcase, a carry-on suitcase, a camera bag, and all the fixins’. And speaking of the convertible, it was a true joy to be able to have the top down as we explored the amazing natural wonders of the parks. Of course, going from park to park at highway speeds, we kept the top up and found that the road noise, though elevated from the coupe, wasn’t overly loud or distracting. So, you might ask, would I buy a Mustang? You bet I would – we’re actually planning to down the road- but which one would I buy? That’s a harder question – a harder question than I thought it would be…
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Our Drop-Top Chariot on the Roads Out West