The 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible is a solid contender in three categories: fuel economy, price point, and convertible living. Scroll down to read the full review, or see the highlights below.
Touring the Mustang
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2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review
You know what rocks? Mustangs. Not because they’re one of the most popular cars in existence, but they typify a signature toughness to it. Since 1969, they’ve built Mustangs to be fierce, fiery, and ferocious through industry-leading design, intimidating engine growls, and associative movie tie-ins like the ’68 fastback in Bullitt and the ’65 convertible in Goldfinger. Even my tough-as-nails mother drove a ’77 Mustang Cobra.
See, I’ve been fortunate enough to test drive and review a healthy assortment of vehicles, I always look for a certain edge that reflects my personal image in every car I review. I tend to not think of myself as a Focus or Fiesta kind of guy, nor do I feel like I have the inner-city chops to rock an F-150 full-time in the downtown gridlock (despite being a really epic truck).
The Mustang changed that tune dramatically. This past week I had the pleasure of taking the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible out for a spin – the fuel efficient trim within the current Mustang familia, but with the open roof option. Scheduled perfectly between the remnants of summer and the change of foliage, this is the first convertible I’ve test driven – which makes this year’s fall drive that much better.
As my partner Madaline and I Snapchatted our week with the Mustang (and yes, I do Snapchat car reviews), we took down a few pluses and minuses to summarize the experience.
Holy Toledo! You can buy a brand-spanking new Mustang for under $30k now?
One of the biggest lolwut situations this week was the astoundingly low price tag on the base trim Mustang. The V6 Fastback starts at just $26,398 CAD, which in US dollars is the price of a Ken Bone’s red sweater replica on eBay. The trim I drove was the EcoBoost Convertible, which has an MSRP of $40,448 CAD – still an exceedingly great price considering all the standard features it’s packed with.
Standard in the Mustang are the 9 speaker sound system with amp, smart charging USB ports, heated and cooled seats, remote keyless entry with push to start, and 18″ Magnetic-painted aluminum wheels. If you’ve done your due diligence in car shopping, you already know that most of these features come as upgrades on a lot of vehicles in this price range. Not too shabby for the ol’ four wheeled beast.
Gas savings are very much noticeable.
In the world of Ford, EcoBoost is a dolphin’s way of saying, “we’re smart on gas”. It’s a turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection that optimizes performance on large engines with top fuel efficiency. The numbers look good too: 11.2L/100km in the city, 8.7L/100km on the highway, and 10.1L/100km combined. Compare that to the V8, which has a 5.0L engine, it runs 16.7 city / 10.2 hwy / 13.8L/100km. Point being, you’ll save on gas while maintaining power. It’s also true that Mustangs are criminally unfavoring to your monthly fuel expenditures (although amazing for loyalty point redemptions at your local gas station). However, combine the two, and you suddenly have extra cash to add bacon in your next cheeseburger.
Weighing in at 310 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque, the name “Mustang EcoBoost” may not sound intimidating, but it commendably lives up to the standards of its V8 counterparts. Acceleration and throttle response is enjoyable, making passing and lane merging a breeze. However it doesn’t have the 435 horsepower of the Mustang GT, or even that signature growl from its V8 engine. Like my grandmother used to say about vegetable juice: “if you’re used to V8, stick to V8”.
Connectivity is a cut above most.
I did a pretty thorough review before of Ford’s unique SYNC 3 system. It’s pretty rad. It has all the usuals of infotainment systems, such as GPS navigation, climate control, FM/AM radio and Sirius XM. La-dee-da. Well, what I personally find 💯 about SYNC 3 are three features that some systems either neglect, or in most cases, completely suck at.
1) Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are at the forefront of mobile phone and car connectivity. Plug in your phone and observe the dashboard suddenly converts into an Apple or Google designed interface. Listen: I’m not saying Ford or whatever other car company doesn’t know how to make a fully functional software. At the end of the day, there’s only two companies at the top when it comes to software design and ingenuity, and its these two. If you hate the dashboard of your car – like most cars to be honest – having a backup that literally does everything better is worth it.
2) Ford’s Voice-Activated Navigation System is super responsive. I’ve face-palmed into the steering wheel far too many times over terribly inconsistent voice systems. Honestly, it’s like talking to a total dolt. However I’ve had pretty good luck with communicating with Ford’s system, plus it also allows you to dictate text replies, and more importantly, verbally navigate your Spotify playlist. And yes, I purposefully named my playlists hilariously offensive phrases just to make the SYNC 3 system say it. I’m 12.
3) Speaking of Spotify, I love being able to navigate the music library directly on the dashboard. Putting the phone on your lap and navigating through genres is so clunky (and well, extremely dangerous). You can also swipe through your Audible books and other radio apps that connect directly through your phone. It’s not a game-changer, nor will it literally make you purchase a vehicle for it, but it’s convenient for those who centralize their life around their phone.
Who needs a roof, anyway?
Convertible living. That’s what’s up. The four seater coupe lets you drop the top and get that extra vitamin D. It opens similar to how you open a sunroof (with push buttons), and takes only a few seconds to open or close. Many convertibles require you to be in park when you do, but not this bad boy. The training wheels are off for the veteran Mustang drivers.
Optional are the Recaro Sport bucket seats, which keep your body snug when things get turnt. The interior trim is poppy red, which adds to the personality of the car (and looks way cooler with the hood down). Only problem is the backseats, which is more like a bench row for bag storage. Leg room is minimal, and if the hood is closed, it’s nearly impossible if your DNA left you with tall-person genes.
Madaline tweeted a quick photo to her pals at Megadeth, starting an awesome day of Mustang tweets. Did you know: rock legend Dave Mustaine’s nickname in high school was Mustang because he runs super fast?
— Madaline Zannes (@zanneslaw) October 3, 2016
Is that your beast! I think Mustangs are awesome. "Mustang" was actually my nickname in grade school because I was a fast runner. https://t.co/a1i5fc6UrN
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 4, 2016
Have it for a week to review, but I'll tell ya, I'm pretty sold on it. Badass nickname btw! Used to compete w/short hair – called me "Sonic" https://t.co/w2Jv7GeWT4
— Madaline Zannes (@zanneslaw) October 4, 2016
I hope you have a blast lil sis!!! 🚦 https://t.co/oXYJdGoUVj
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 4, 2016
Watch our weekly long test drive on Snapchat Stories, along with all the other random stuff we did like eating gluten & dairy-free cupcakes and smashing Thanksgiving turkey. And be sure to follow us too for more car reviews at Autoroad!