Traditional muscle meets modern technology.
Not many modern cars can claim that they are a piece of history in the way that the muscle car can. The traditional V8 coupe has made way for a variety of new options, including everything from V6 sedans to four-cylinder turbocharged convertibles. Purists will say a classic muscle car looks and drives like the all-American V8 sedans of the 1960s. They mean cars like the Dodge Charger, the Ford Mustang GT, and the Chevy Camaro. Descendants of these original muscle cars do prowl the roads today. They’re still full of muscle — and have updated features for extra comfort. There really is something for everyone in our latest muscle car list.
To help you with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best muscle cars, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.
Returning to our best muscle cars list is the Chevrolet Camaro LS. 2017 marked fifty years of the Camaro and the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro LS highlights just how far it's come with lots of great features. Choose between a 275-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or an optional 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower. Expect great standard features on the 2017 LS such as:
- Dual-outlet stainless steel with polished tips
- Four-wheel independent sport suspension
- 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Single-zone automatic climate control
- Seven-inch diagonal touchscreen display
If you are looking for muscle-car looks with sedan size and practicality, look no further than the Dodge Charger. With a 292-horsepower 3.6L V6, the 2017 Dodge Charger SE has it where it counts.
On the 2017 model, you can expect mechanical features like an eight-speed automatic transmission, electronic stability control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. On the exterior, you'll get dual exhaust with bright tips, gloss-black front grille, and automatic headlights with LED accents. On the inside, you'll get power windows and door locks, a six-way power driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a five-inch touchscreen.
Returning to our list this year is the Dodge Charger R/T. With a big V8 in the front, this four-door sedan is a must-see if you are in the market for a muscle car. With a big 5.7L HEMI® V8 putting out 370 horsepower, the 2017 Dodge Charger R/T is a powerful sedan. With the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T expect standard features like:
- 20-inch wheels
- Active exhaust system
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Body-color rear spoiler
- Eight-way power driver seat
- 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Continuing the Charger theme, we get to the fantastic Dodge Charger SXT, number seven on our best muscle car list. The SXT sits above the SE in the Charger hierarchy and also features the same 3.6L V6 engine. Expect the following features on the 2017 and 2018 Charger SXT:
- Seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™
- Remote start
- Push-start ignition
- Automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights
- Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
The Dodge Challenger is more than just a two-door version of the Dodge Charger. It comes with its own history and pedigree. The Dodge Challenger SXT gives you a gorgeous two-door-coupe exterior along with lots of great equipment. The 2017 Dodge Challenger has a 305-horsepower V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, the Dodge Challenger SXT had great standard performance equipment, like a sport suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels. You can also expect standard interior features like a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus two USB ports, dual-zone climate control, and a rearview camera.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS comes equipped with a 6.2L V8 making an impressive 455 hp. The prototypical muscle car also received a series of updates for 2018. Expect standard features on the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS like:
- Limited-slip rear differential
- Brembo® performance four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
- High-intensity discharge headlamps with LED accents
- 20-inch wheels
- Eight-inch diagonal reconfigurable color display
- Driver Mode Selector with four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track
For 2019, the Chevrolet Camaro received a series of front and rear exterior updates. And you can get it as a convertible too, allowing for open-air V8 fun.
The V8 has always been seen as the preferred engine for a muscle car, but Ford changed that with the introduction of the Mustang Ecoboost. With V8-power from a turbocharged 310-horsepower four-cylinder, the Mustang Ecoboost is changing perspectives of just what a muscle car can be. The 2019 version of this vehicle also offers nine exterior paint colors to choose from and standard tech features like keyless entry, power mirrors, and auto-off headlights. Plus you can get it as a convertible!
Ask anyone to tell you what they think is the most recognizable muscle car and it's likely a Mustang with a V8. With a rumble from the dual exhaust, the 2017 Mustang GT has a 5.0L V8 that puts out 435 horsepower. The 2018 Mustang GT saw an upgrade to 460 horsepower that continued through the 2019 model year. In fact, the 2019 model year has a ton of great standard features for the GT such as:
- Larger brake rotors with four-piston front calipers
- Reverse Sensing System with rearview camera
- Six-way power, cloth front seats with driver-seat power lumbar
- Dual exhaust with quad tips
- LED fog lamps
The sixth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 2016 and remained the same for the 2017 model year as well. For 2018, the LT model comes equipped with the 2.0L 275-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the LS. However, you can expect a great list of upgrades over the LS like:
- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
- Remote vehicle starter system
- Eight-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Bose® premium nine-speaker stereo system (seven speakers in the convertible)
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats
The iconic Ford Mustang tops our list of the 10 best muscle cars for 2019 with its amazing variety of trims, engines, and layouts, including coupe and convertible. There are plenty of options to choose from in this iconic muscle car. For example, if it’s tech you’re after, you’ll love the Ecoboost Premium trim in the 2018 model, which offers a four-cylinder engine, a 4.2-inch color LCD screen, push-button start, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system. Step it up a notch in the 2018 GT Premium trim, and you will enjoy leather-trimmed front seats, selectable drive modes, heated and cooled front seats.
In 2019, the iconic Ford Mustang Bullitt trim returned to the Mustang lineup, which offers impressive standard features such as:
- Standard 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine
- Six-way power front-passenger seat
- Electronic locking center console
- Intelligent Access with push bottom start
- 12-inch LCD digital instrument cluster
- LED fog lamps
Regardless of what you're looking for in a muscle car, there is something fantastic for you on this year's list. From the traditional Mustang and Camaro to rebooted Dodge heroes like the Charger and Challenger.
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