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Modern muscle meets modern tech.

Modern Muscle Cars | CarMax

Are you looking to add a bit of spice to your commute? Maybe looking to find the perfect vehicle to take you on a cross-country road trip? Few automobiles can fill you with fun and adrenaline like a muscle car. The legendary V8 engine is still alive and well in many muscle cars, but you'll also find potent V6 and even four-cylinder turbocharged engines that help deliver on the fun as well. Our latest muscle car list continues to evolve, with practical sedans and even a few convertibles.

To help you with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best muscle cars for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from May 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020.

  1. Dodge Charger R/T
  2. Dodge Challenger R/T
  3. Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium
  4. Chevrolet Camaro SS
  5. Dodge Charger SXT
  6. Ford Mustang GT
  7. Dodge Challenger SXT
  8. Ford Mustang
  9. Ford Mustang Ecoboost
  10. Chevrolet Camaro LT


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Dodge Charger R/T

Modern Muscle Cars: Dodge Charger RT | CarMax

Starting our list this year is the four-door Dodge Charger R/T. This full-size sedan has power where it counts, with a big V8 up front and rear-wheel drive. The 5.7L HEMI® V8 comes with a healthy 370 horsepower, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. With all 2017–2019 Dodge Charger R/T models, you can expect standard features like:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Active exhaust system
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Eight-way power driver seat

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Dodge Challenger R/T

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Challenger RT | CarMax

The Challenger R/T coupe has classic muscle-car looks backed by a modern powertrain and the latest tech. Powered by a 5.7L V8 with 372 horsepower, you can opt for a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment for the 2017–2019 Dodge Challenger R/T includes:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Functional hood scoop
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Fog lights
  • 20-inch alloy wheels

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Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium | CarMax

If you are looking for impressive performance, look no further than the Mustang EcoBoost® Premium trim. Powered by a 2.3L four-cylinder engine, this Mustang uses turbocharging to generate 310 horsepower. Available in both coupe and convertible layouts, both models are definitely worth a look. Standard equipment across 2017–2019 model years includes:

  • Heated mirrors
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Aluminum and chrome interior accents
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated seats with leather upholstery
  • Eight-inch touchscreen

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Chevrolet Camaro SS

Best Muscle Cars: Chevrolet Camaro SS | CarMax

Chevrolet's go-to muscle car is definitely the Camaro. With decades of refinements and improvements, it's still classic muscle. Available in both coupe and convertible, the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS comes equipped with a 6.2L V8 making an impressive 455 hp. Expect standard features on the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS like:

  • Eight-inch reconfigurable color display
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Brembo® performance four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps with LED accents
  • Drive mode selector

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Dodge Charger SXT

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Charger SXT | CarMax

Next up is the full-size Dodge Charger SXT sedan. The SXT trim fits in just above the base model SE and is powered by the same 292-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine. The available Rallye Group package increases the 2017 Charger SXT's power to 300 horsepower. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic and feature optional AWD. You'll find plenty of features on the 2017–2019 Charger SXT including:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Available remote start1
  • Automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights

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Ford Mustang GT

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang GT | CarMax

The Mustang GT is a legendary entry onto our list of the best muscle cars. For the 2017 model year, the Mustang GT had a 5.0L V8 putting out 435 horsepower. For 2018–2019, the Mustang GT got an upgrade to an impressive 460 horsepower. The 2017–2019 model year Mustang GT was available in both coupe and convertible, and has a ton of great features such as:

  • Dual exhaust
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Reverse Sensing System with rearview camera
  • Cloth seating with six-way power driver seat
  • Launch control (manual transmission only)

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Dodge Challenger SXT

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Challenger SXT | CarMax

The Dodge Challenger SXT gives you a great looking coupe that also comes with lots of the latest equipment. The 2017–2019 Dodge Challenger has a 305 horsepower V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional AWD. You can expect standard equipment across the 2017–2019 model year such as:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat
  • Five-inch touchscreen (seven-inch for 2018–2019)

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Ford Mustang

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

The iconic Ford Mustang kicks off the top three on our 2021 muscle car list. You can choose from a great mix of trims, engines, and layouts – in fact, the Mustang is so popular, three of its trims are also featured on this ranking list. Whether you want your Mustang powered by a turbo four-cylinder or a V8 convertible layout, there are plenty of configurations so you can find the right Mustang for your needs. Choose from these great trim options for the 2017–2019 Ford Mustang:

  • Mustang V6 (2017 only)
  • Ecoboost
  • Ecoboost Premium
  • GT
  • GT Premium
  • Bullitt (2019 only)
  • Shelby GT350
  • Shelby GT350R

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Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium | CarMax

Having a muscle car doesn't always mean you have to own a gas guzzler. The 2.3L four-cylinder engine in the 2019 Mustang EcoBoost gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined when equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission.2 Add a variety of options and trim levels, and you'll find one impressive pony car. It's even available as a convertible for top-down fun! For the 2017–2019 model years, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost has standard features such as:

  • Six-way power passenger seat
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Aluminum dashboard trim

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Chevrolet Camaro LT

Best Muscle Cars: Chevrolet Camaro LT | CarMax

We've reached the top of our list of the best muscle cars for 2021 shoppers. The Chevrolet Camaro was brand new for the 2016 model year, kicking off the iconic car's sixth generation. If you are looking for a thoroughly modern muscle car, take a look at the Camaro LT. For the 2017–2019 model years, the LT has a potent 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower. Standard features on all 2017–2019 Camaro LT models include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • LED running lights

Life is too short to drive a boring car, and this list delivers some truly legendary and iconic automobiles that could be in your driveway. These great muscle cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge come with a huge variety of trim levels and options. Rev up your commute with one of these fun options and make your daily driver stand out from the crowd.

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1 Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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