There's significant news coming out of the Ford car lineup this year, as a totally redesigned 2015 Mustang makes its debut, accented by all-new but still recognizable styling, independent rear suspension in lieu of the traditional solid axle, more powerful GT model with standard launch control, and a host of content upgrades. Enthusiasts may be concerned to hear that a 4-cylinder engine returns to the Mustang stable, though all fears should be allayed when they learn that this one is a 320-horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost.
While Ford was clearly busy overhauling its venerable muscle car, the company also found time to make a number of upgrades to its other models. The tiny Fiesta arrives with new colors and upholstery, Focus models offer revised styling and an available 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, and the midsize Fusion sedan ups its game by way of a standard rearview camera and expanded availability of all-wheel drive (AWD). As for the full-size Taurus, it moves a variety of amenities into the standard column.
As this article is written, Ford has not released details about the 2015 C-Max.
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2014 C-Max wagon is available in Hybrid and plug-in Energi trim levels, with the latter offering an electric-only driving range of up to 19 miles and the former earning EPA ratings of 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg combined.
One model year after introducing an all-new 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the compact Ford Fiesta returns with just a few relatively minor changes. These include a new paint color, upgraded upholstery, and optional 16-in. alloy wheels for the mid-level Fiesta SE. Base S, top-of-the-line Titanium, and high-performance ST variants are also available.
Following the lead of the smaller Fiesta, the 2015 Ford Focus adds a turbocharged, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine to its lineup, which, despite its small displacement, produces 123 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. The Focus is also offered with a 160-horsepower, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, while the high-performance Focus ST is treated to a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that delivers 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.
In addition to powertrain changes, the 2015 Focus arrives with updated styling, retuned suspension designed to improve ride and handling, a quieter cabin, standard rearview camera, and safety options such as lane-keep assist and a blind-spot monitoring system. Ford has also tweaked the Sync infotainment system with enhanced functionality and improved voice recognition.
Though it hasn't undergone any drastic changes, the FWD 2015 Ford Fusion sedan does offer a number of noteworthy upgrades, including standard alloy wheels and a rearview camera for all trim levels, optional AWD on SE versions equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, and standard power passenger seats for SE and Titanium trim levels. Designers have also added a Terracotta package consisting of unique leather upholstery, interior trim, and 18-in. alloy wheels.
In addition to the SE and Titanium trim levels, the 2015 Ford Fusion is also available in base S guise, with power coming from one of two 4-cylinder engines. Hybrid and plug-in Energi Fusions continue as part of the lineup as well.
Standard rearview camera and alloy wheels
Four new exterior paint colors
Terracotta package for SE and Titanium trim levels
For 2015, the iconic rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Ford Mustang has been completely redesigned with new styling; chassis changes including an independent rear suspension; an available turbocharged, 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque; optional 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters; higher-quality interior materials; and an extensive list of standard features with highlights like push-button start and the Sync infotainment system. GT models return with standard launch control and the 5.0-liter V-8, now boasting 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (up from 420 and 390, respectively). Ford has also moved the Mustang forward in terms of safety by adding optional intelligent cruise control and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Mustang buyers will continue to have their choice of fastback or convertible body styles, both equipped with one of the aforementioned engines, or a standard 3.7-liter V-6.
Available 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine
Additional passenger room
More powerful and efficient V-8 engine
Revised automatic transmission with paddle shifters
Re-engineered chassis includes independent rear suspension
Standard push-button start and Sync infotainment system
Launch control standard on Mustang GT
Upgraded interior materials
Safety options including intelligent cruise control
Compared to the Mustang, things are fairly quiet on the 2015 Taurus front, with updates limited to new paint colors and a few all-new or newly standard features.
Ford offers the Taurus sedan in FWD and AWD configurations, as well as SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels. Residing under the hood is either a 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 or a turbocharged, 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. A separate AWD Taurus SHO model is also offered, dialing up performance courtesy of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
Bronze Fire, Magnetic Metallic, and Caribou paint colors
Rearview camera and Sync system now standard on all trim levels
Limited adds power moonroof and power-adjustable foot pedals
SEL adds push-button start and rear park-assist sensors