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Big horsepower and the latest technology.

Modern Muscle Cars | CarMax

If you're looking for a practical, spacious vehicle that doesn't compromise on interior features and comfort, a modern muscle car is a great option. And while you can still find the traditional two-door V8 coupe, there are also V6 sedans and four-cylinder turbocharged convertibles to round out your search as well.

With all these options, there's bound to be a muscle car for you. And to help you with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best muscle cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020.

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

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Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang GT | CarMax

You don't always need a massive engine to have fun and the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium is a fantastic example of that. With a potent 310-hp turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, you might forget it's not a V8 under the hood. The EcoBoost Premium is available in both coupe and convertible layouts and comes extremely well-equipped. The 2017 model year came with a ton of great features and 2018 saw a newly updated Mustang with a new front and rear design featuring LED headlights and taillights. Look for standard features on the 2018–2019 EcoBoost Premium like:

  • Six-way power leather-trimmed front seats with driver-seat power lumbar
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • SYNC® 3 with eight-inch color LCD touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® Radio
  • Ambient lighting with MyColor®
  • LED fog lamps

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Dodge Challenger R/T

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Challenger RT | CarMax

If you are looking for a roomy two-door coupe with a big V8 and strong muscle car heritage, look no further than the Dodge Challenger R/T. Powered by a 5.7L V8 producing 372 hp, the Challenger R/T has it where it counts. The Challenger R/T comes well equipped from model years 2017–2019. Specifically for 2019, you can expect standard performance and convenience features like:

  • Functional hood scoop
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Paddle shifters
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Active stainless-steel dual exhaust system
  • Upgraded performance brakes
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Six premium Alpine® speakers

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Dodge Charger SXT

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Charger SXT | CarMax

In the eighth spot on our list of best muscle cars, we're circling back to the Dodge Charger—but this time to the SXT trim. The 2017 model shares the same four-door sedan body design and 292-horsepower 3.6L V6 as its tenth-place sibling, the SE, but with more high-tech standard features and package options. Anchoring the 2017 Charger SXT's dash is an upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with a premium six-speaker sound system and an extra USB port. Opting for the available Rallye Group package ups the 2017 Charger SXT's power to 300 horsepower, plus you'll experience a more athletic ride with its sport-tuned suspension.

Other standard features on the 2017 Charger SXT include:

  • Remote start system
  • LED fog lamps
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor
  • Sport cloth upholstery with mesh interior accents

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Dodge Charger R/T

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Charger RT | CarMax

Just like the Challenger R/T, the Charger R/T features a big V8 up in the front. The Charger comes in a full-size four-door sedan format, making this is a must-see if you are in the market for a muscle car for the whole family. With a big 5.7L HEMI® V8 putting out 370 hp, the 2017 Dodge Charger R/T is as powerful as it is practical. For 20182019 Dodge Charger R/Ts, expect standard features like:

  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Active exhaust system
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Body-color rear spoiler

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Chevrolet Camaro SS

Best Muscle Cars: Chevrolet Camaro SS | CarMax

The Chevrolet Camaro SS is a two-door muscle car that is available as both a coupe and convertible and comes equipped with a 6.2L V8 making 455 hp. Chevrolet's muscle car also received a series of updates for 2018 and was refreshed further for the 2019 model year. Look for standard equipment on the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS like:

  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Brembo® performance four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • SS-specific dome-shaped hood
  • Performance suspension
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps with LED accents
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Eight-inch diagonal reconfigurable color display

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Ford Mustang GT

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang GT | CarMax

The 2017 Mustang GT has a 5.0L V8 that puts out 435 hp, while the 2018 Mustang GT saw an upgrade to 460 hp that continued through the 2019 model year. With the 2019 Mustang GT, you can expect great standard features such as:

  • Larger brake rotors with four-piston front calipers
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-way power cloth front seats with driver-seat power lumbar
  • Dual exhaust with quad tips
  • LED fog lamps

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Dodge Challenger SXT

Best Muscle Cars: Dodge Challenger SXT | CarMax

The Dodge Challenger SXT gives you a good-looking two-door coupe along with tons of equipment. The 2017 Dodge Challenger has a 305-hp V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2019, the Dodge Challenger SXT also boasts a solid list of standard equipment like:

  • Sport suspension
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rearview camera

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Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang Ecoboost | CarMax

Coming in at number three is the Mustang EcoBoost. It features a turbocharged 310-hp four-cylinder and you can find them as a coupe or convertible. The 2018 and 2019 model gets you an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined when equipped with the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission and the turbocharged engine.1 You'll find the following standard features on 2018 and 2019 Mustang EcoBoost base trim levels:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 4.2-inch center display screen
  • Rearview camera
  • 3.31 limited-slip rear differential
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Four-way manually-adjustable driver seat
  • Dual bright exhaust with rolled tips

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Ford Mustang

Best Muscle Cars: Ford Mustang | CarMax

The iconic Ford Mustang comes in a close second on our list of 2020 muscle cars with its amazing variety of trims, engines, and layouts, including coupe and convertible. And with the Mustang comes a range of options; choose from these any of these trims for the 2019 Ford Mustang:

  • Ecoboost
  • Ecoboost Premium
  • GT
  • GT Premium
  • Bullitt

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Chevrolet Camaro LT

Best Muscle Cars: Chevrolet Camaro LT | CarMax

The updated Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 2016 and remained largely the same from 2017–2018. For 2016–2019, the LT model came equipped with the 2.0L 275-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. You can expect an enticing list of standard features on 2016–2019 models like:

  • Heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
  • Remote vehicle start system
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bose® premium nine-speaker stereo system (seven speakers in the convertible)

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Regardless of what you're looking for in a muscle car, there is something fantastic just for you on this list. From the traditional Mustang and Camaro to newly-rebooted Dodge heroes like the Charger and Challenger, there is a size and layout to meet your needs!

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.
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