LOS ANGELES – November 19, 2015 – Going home for family gatherings can be stressful, but driving a 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible can definitely ease the burden. And who doesn’t love to bring their new fast-paced LA lifestyle back home to North Carolina’s “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” (GHOE) in a city slicker drop-top metallic silver ‘Stang? Come along on our road test of a 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible along country roads and about town.
The new Mustang Convertible may be compact, sleek and monstrous, but it is also gentle on the average driver. No, you definitely don’t have to be a Daytona 500 winner to fall in love with this American muscle car as both an everyday ride and for those days when you need speed.
But is the new Mustang Convertible the right choice when you need a stunningly stylish car such as when this auto reviewer and brand influencer showed up at her alma mater, North Carolina’s A&T University? Most def. The Mustang’s exterior actually appeals to both men and women with its handsome pointy nose, sleek sculpted side lines and fierce back side. The convertible version actually tones down the racing heritage of the exterior to give the Mustang Convertible more of luxury look that appeals to those seeking style rather than sport.
Sometimes, a muscle car can be too much car, especially for the ladies, who are adverse to acceleration overload. Thankfully, Ford has added a “launch control” feature to its Mustang. This allows for a very smooth immediate take off.
The Convertible continues to embody this best-selling nameplate’s sporty standards with its 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers 300 hp and 280lb-ft torque. So what was it like to drive the Mustang on Southern roads and about town?
The stealth-like maneuverability and smooth handling makes this Mustang a perfect ride for highways. Everything—lane changing, U-turns and even pit stops—are exhilarating in this good-looking car.
What about fuel efficiency? While the 2016 Mustang gets only 17 mpg city, it increases to a whopping 28 mpg highway for a combined penny-pinching mpg of 23.
The interior design and feel is just as appetizing as its classic, sporty outerwear. Unfortunately, the low-sitting “cockpit” can be a bit of a nuisance for getting in and out of the car, especially if you’re in a hurry with heels on. The leather trimmed heated seats are cozy and seem to conform to the driver’s body. This car screams “race car” from the compact, yet high-tech dash with large and vivid displays to gears and switches right at my fingertips. The audio controls on the leather-bound steering wheel along with the SYNC Applink with natural voice recognition allowed me to control my “need for speed” playlist and phone calls with just a simple “Hello.”
Although this sports car is traditionally best for one or two passengers, the rear seats are spacious enough to fit two average sized adults or two children (without car seats). The rear legroom isn’t completely compromised thanks to a bit of a cabin upgrade that makes the Mustang feel more like a compact car than a two-seater. The trunk was spacious enough to tote bags for two passengers, but nothing more, which makes it difficult to comfortably accommodate the belongings of four people although the cabin seats four. So, unless you can cram everything into two moderately-sized bags, be prepared to reduce your cargo.
I couldn’t help but use the greatest function of this car—the hair-blowing-in-the-wind convertible feature. With one hand, I was able to pull a latch and quietly release the top for an amazing experience.
Driving around the countryside of Greensboro at night can also be stressful, but on a drive around town under a bright Southern moon, I felt perfectly calm as the Mustang was outfitted with high-density discharge headlamps as well as the brand’s signature LED lighting and tri-bar tail lamps.
Safety is even more important in a convertible right? Ford made certain to include loads of advanced safety equipment on its new drop top with features such as a rear view camera and available blind spot and forward collision monitoring system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible with a “good” safety rating.
After lots of head turning and cool car kudos at North Carolina’s humongous homecoming event, one thing is for certain: Ford knows how to satisfy its driver and their need to be the main attraction on the road.