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A trifecta of American cars with plenty of muscle.

Modern Muscle Cars Ranking | CarMax

What makes a modern muscle car? These days, it takes a lot more than a big, honking engine under the hood.

Today, enthusiasts can drive brawny cars that are both snarly and exhilarating, yet refined enough to serve as daily transportation.

Here’s a stableful of the best muscle cars we offer — and other powerful sedans — based on CarMax sales between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

Modern Muscle Cars

These cars offer serious, push-you-back-in-your-seat, muscle-car power.

  1. Dodge Charger R/T
    Modern Muscle Cars Ranking: Dodge Charger RT | CarMax
  2. Ford Mustang GT
    Modern Muscle Cars Ranking: Ford Mustang GT | CarMax
  3. Chevrolet Camaro SS
    Modern Muscle Cars Ranking: Chevrolet Camaro SS | CarMax

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Still-Pretty-Muscular Cars

These cars just miss the criteria for flat-out muscle cars, but they look great and have impressive power and handling characteristics.


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Wild-Card Muscle Cars

We’re bracing for a little blowback from muscle-car purists here. Rest assured, we had criteria for these three wild-card muscle cars.

How’d we choose this ‘wild card’ list?

For these wild cards, in addition to consulting sales data, we checked our inventory for cars that met these conditions:

  • Model year 2014 or newer
  • At least 350 horsepower
  • At least 350 ft lb of torque
  • Fewer than 10 lbs of curb weight per 1 hp
  • Fewer than 10 lbs of curb weight per 1 ft lb of torque
  • Less than 4,500 lbs curb weight

See? There’s method to our madness. These are modern muscle cars — for drivers who want a used muscle car that more than keeps up with everything else on the roads today.

Ready to shop? These guides and articles can help you on your search:

Unless otherwise noted, information relating to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.


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