Which would you rather have and why? Assume comparable options. Factor in that you can probably save a few bucks on the 2014.
Adding a poll
2014 Mustang GT
2015 Mustang GT
I owned a 2012 GT, and the build quality was crap and the solid rear axle would do sideways "step" when going over bumps at speed which is normal but I hated so I sold it. In 2016 I test drove the new body, and the interior is light years better, just as fast, and obviously the irs fixes the above issue. I'd have the new body without a doubt.
I was in the same boat as you when I got my 15 gt. I loved the looks of the 14 but in my eyes the 15 looks/fit and finish is alot better and drove way better than the 14. And I was happy with the 14 driving habits because it was better than the stock foxbodys that Ive had zilions of.
I currently own both generations and although my S550 is a GT350, I can say that overall the newer platform is a much better driving car, more composed and settled but the S197 generation is still a great car to drive and if setup right, does handle well. I have both and enjoy both thoroughly but if you’re only going to have one, go with the 15+.
His - 17 F350 Platinum 6.7 CCSB | 17 Shelby GT350 | 87 Buick Regal GN | 37 Plymouth Coupe | 19 Yamaha Wolverine X4 SE
Hers - 17 Explorer Sport | 14 Mustang GT
I'd be torn. While I have fairly extensive seat time behind both S550 GT and my previous S197 GT, I may be biased because I owned the S197 GT for a few years. I really do enjoy the way they drive. They are more "fun" to hoon. If you want to do silly stuff like donuts, throw it sideways, brakestands, burnouts or drag racing at all, I'd go with the S197 GT. That platform (and the live axle) will take any sort of abuse or tom foolery you throw at them.
The S550 is a serious car - the amount of grip out of the box that these have is astounding. The biggest difference IMO is how they put power down. The S550 feels like the rear end is suction cupped to the earth, the S197 is easier to get loose (and control while loose IMO, mainly because the limits with the factory suspension setup are lower).
Obviously you can make the S550 a serious drag car, and the S197 a SERIOUS track car, but if you plan to carve corners and hit up mountain roads, go S550. It's better suited to that out of the box.
I’ve been daily driving a ‘19 GT, and I have driven several others from the previous generation.
The answer to which Mustang is best is nearly always “next year’s.” The S550 platform is very refined and easy to live with. Buy the newest that you can afford, unless you are after one of the lower volume models. Boss 302, etc.
If it is a dedicated drag car (or that's all you care about and want to build serious straight-line power), then the 14's live axle will handle drag abuse much better than the IRS's. Coupled with the lower cost, that would at this moment be the drag enthusiast choice - but it's a substantially worse road car in every measure from interior to handling to ergonomics. I got some seat time in a 14 and it was awful on broken pavement compared to my (then) GTI. In comparison the new S550 is heavy but modern and pleasant.
Haven't owned either but have had both generations in GT trim multiple times from the rental counter.
I voted for the '10-'14. I prefer the exterior aesthetics of the previous generation. The interior is meh on both albeit less meh on the newer ones. There's something more brawny feeling in the previous gen though. Personally, I'd save a few bucks and put it towards interesting modifications on the older one vs the newer one. If you can, find one in a GT/CS package for some extra uniqueness.
However, you can't go wrong with either. Find the cleanest, unmolested one you can and you'll be a happy camper2011-2014 Mustang GT/CS
The Ford Mustang GT California Special returned for a 4-year run and was offered as a package on the 2011 through 2014 Mustang GT. Power for this version came from a 5.0-liter V8 producing 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Models from 2011 were distinguished by a unique chrome billet-style grille; all other years reverted back to a black plastic grille. As with the previous GT/CS cars, this generation retained its side scoops, faux rear gas cap, fog lights and side stripes. New features included a raised rear spoiler, 19-in wheels and carbon fiber interior trim. Color choices became more vivid, with names like Grabber Blue and Yellow Blaze. Then, 2013 saw the Mustang receive an exterior makeover and a power bump to 420 hp. Mimicking the GT500 that year, the GT/CS' wide side stripe was moved to the lower body and additional stripes were added to the hood. Interior upgrades included suede-like seat inserts, while black accents were added to the wheels and hood vents.