2016 Ford Mustang 2.3L Coupe Premium followup review: More time with the horse

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

CarBuzzard has covered the return of the Mustang extensively, with a first drive report and then a report on a Ford Mustang consumer promotion. That was followed by full reviews of the 2.3-liter four Premium and GT V-8…both in winter temperatures…and then a follow-up in both turbo-four and GT trims when temperatures rose to where the tires would stick to the pavement…and we could put the windows down. We love a Mustang in summer, even the coupe.

But after being all new for 2015, it’s no surprise that the Mustang returns with very few changes for its sophomore year. Future Mustang historians will note, for example, that like Mustangs of yore, the Mustang GT trim level will come with turn signal indicators housed in the hood vents. Popular demand, says Ford. (We picture the Ford mail room with studious young men armed with letter openers, saying “Another turn signal letter!”).

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

The 2016 Mustang also comes with color options, including over-the-top racing stripes, or a painted black roof. The black roof is available on EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium fastback models. The racing stripes are available on both coupe and convertible, the latter of course not offered with the black painted roof.

Ford took a page out of the Dodge Blacktop series with a new Black Accent Package for the Mustang. The “stealth look” includes aluminum wheels are painted black, blackened chrome components are added, along with black decklid spoiler

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

The biggest change, however, is a new Sync 3 system that shows up with a new screen configuration laid out in “tiles.” Sync 3 includes an 8-inch center LCD touch screen multi-information display. The screen, depending on function, has swiping and pinch-to-zoom capabilities. The later makes it easy to resize the map in navigation, for example. Also included are are AppLink and 911 Assist.

We spent a week with a 2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter Premium coupe. It was optioned with a delicious Ruby Red Metallic paint that also bundled in a rear lip spoiler, heated and cooled seats, 18-inch “Magnetic” aluminum wheels, and a 3.31:1 rear axle ratio. Altogether it’s an odd grouping but well priced at $395.

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

2016 Ford Mustang 2.3-liter coupe Premium

Our tester also included a superb Shaker Pro audio system with 12 speakers and a big woofer in the trunk. Gotta love your tunes, however. It lists for $1,795.