What do you get when a YouTuber with a Master’s degree in English Literature and a healthy dose of cynicism reviews cars? You get Regular Car Reviews. No, that’s not a terrible “dad joke” – although their reviews are chocked full of them – it’s the name of a popular YouTube channel that makes comedic and somewhat crude car reviews. And if you haven’t heard of the channel before, then we suggest checking out their review on the Ford Mustang Ecoboost as it’s probably the most perfect review ever done on that car.
This Mustang Ecoboost review says what we’re all thinking
Although the Ford Mustang Ecoboost was introduced into the market in 2015, much to the chagrin of muscle car enthusiasts, the truth is that it wasn’t the first four-cylinder Mustang ever. In fact, Ford outfitted the second-generation Mustang with a 2.3-liter engine from the Pinto in order to make it lighter and more fuel-efficient and they just repeated the process for the sixth-generation. But of course, Mustang enthusiasts and message forum “keyboard cowboys” didn’t like that.
In the review, the narrator (Mr. Regular) addresses the notion that putting a four-cylinder engine into the Mustang “ruins the sanctity of V8s,” and while most reviewers would likely agree and move on, Mr. Regular harps on the fact that Ford tried to appease Mustang Ecoboost buyers by piping fake engine noises into the cabin and installing an unnecessary dual exhaust system on a single-turbo four-cylinder engine. “Let turbo fours sound like turbo fours… Let me hear the turbo,” he said. And we couldn’t agree more.
Otherwise, it’s a pretty “normal” car review
While Mr. Regular does go on about the fake in-cabin engine noises for half the video, and how you can disable it by disconnecting a cable in by the Mustang’s rear windshield, he actually does give his thoughts and lists out specs on the car in a typical review fashion, although, in a more casual way. Just to review, the Ford Mustang Ecoboost has a 2.3-liter, turbocharged engine that makes 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, which equates to 0-60 times of 5.2 seconds and fuel economy ratings of 22 city and up to 31 highway mpg.
Most car reviews would likely comment on how those are pretty good numbers and that this trim level of the Mustang is well-rounded and has an affordable price tag of $27,190. And Mr. Regular agrees that’s it’s “reasonable,” but then also adds that the Ecoboost Mustang is “the dream car for the home-schooled Christian kid who can’t wait to go to college so he can cuss his first swear.”
Ultimately, the review is about acceptance
In the end, Mr. Regular goes on to basically state that if you want to buy a Mustang Ecoboost, then it shouldn’t matter what others think about you. Technically, no one should really care that the Mustang has a four-cylinder engine in it anyway, since it’s a good car. Forget the stereotypes, as they are “microcosms of a larger fabric of identity that can’t represent an entire complex of structure, they can only contrast with it, and in doing so, try to shorthand for everybody in that community,” according to Mr. Regular, which is beautifully put.
But soliloquies aside, the hidden beauty of the Mustang Ecoboost is that it can be driven at the limit without getting you into trouble, unlike its more-powerful V8 siblings. And while the Regular Car Review does use a lot of comparison and metaphors that we can’t repeat here, it’s definitely worth watching as it will give you a much broader perspective on the car.