Great Expectations: Will the New Mustang Meet Them?

50 years of greatness is hard for anything to live up to.

The all-new Ford Mustang is here. Initial opinions are in from just about everyone but we won’t really know all the juicy details until the first test drives begin. Upon immediate inspection, the Mustang looks good, although some have complained it too closely resembles a Honda Accord Coupe. Yes, the 2015 Mustang has many signature design cues that pay tribute to its 50 year history, but it’s also moving forward underneath its skin.

With its longtime solid rear axle replaced by an independent rear suspension, Ford wants the Mustang to not only handle better, but also appeal to those who've never owned a Mustang before. And those people are not only Americans: this Mustang is going global. The current V6 and V8 are returning with extra horsepower, but the new kid on the block that has to prove its worth is that 2.3-liter turbo four. Purists likely won’t take too kindly to it, but Ford offers them a way out with the former two engines. The 2015 Mustang has the potential for greatness, but it’ll be facing some of the most dedicated fans and critics who will ultimately decide whether it’s earned its name and heritage.

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