There are about 5 million collector cars in garages across the United States. Many of these collector cars are muscle cars. This particular breed of cars is known for its power and performance.
If you grew up drooling for these impressive machines, then now is the time to own one of your own. The question is, which one will look right in your garage?
We’ve created a list of the top muscle cars of today and into the future to help you choose.
There is no arguing that the Ford Mustang is one of the most in-demand muscle cars on the market today. The first Ford Mustang hit the market in 1964 and has been impressing drivers ever since. Today’s models rank high on all lists thanks to its retro-cool styling, comfortable interior, responsive handling, and performance-minded engine.
There is a Mustang for everyone, thanks to the many model options available. There is the EcoBoost Fastback that combines sports agility and fuel economy.
Then topping the performance charts is the Bullitt with its 480 horsepower. Or you could opt for the Shelby GT350 and its 526 horsepower.
Ford impresses by thinking about more than what is under the hood. They offer trim packages that let true car enthusiasts upgrade other components. Available options include Brembo brakes, MagneRide, and interior upgrades.
The 2020 Model
For the 2020 model Mustang, Ford has focused on improving the under-the-hood performance. The four-cylinder EcoBoost Handling package is now an option you can select. This package will increase engine output.
All Mustangs will come standard with the FordPass Connect. This lets you monitor everything about your car, including fuel levels, mileage, and remote lock/unlock.
Why Buy a Ford Mustang
The Mustang is a solid car for the everyday commute. There isn’t a large backseat, but even the tallest of drivers will feel comfortable behind the wheel.
Owners report that these cars are reliable and are affordable when it comes to maintenance and repair.
The Dodge Challenger is one of those iconic muscle cars that have been around since 1969. Today’s car buyers have the option of going with the base model that has 305 horsepower in its V6 engine.
But for those would need a bit more punch, there is the SRT Hellcat. It pumps out 707 horsepower from its V8 engine. There is also the SRT Scat Pack trim package with 485 horsepower V8 engine.
It doesn’t handle as well as others on this list but definitely isn’t in the bottom. And its interior more than makes up for the like of agility through the turns.
The 2020 Model
There are a lot of rumors swirling that Dodge is planning something special for the 50th anniversary of the Challenger. In true car manufacturer fashion, it is safe to assume there will be special edition paint colors and trim packages.
As we enter the second half of 2019, we will have to wait on pins and needles for Dodge to make the official announcement on what is to come for the Challenger.
Why Buy a Dodge Challenger
This is another muscle car on this list that makes a great commuter car. The wide-body, all-wheel drive, comfortable interior, and large trunk are all features that make it perfect as your daily driver.
There are also more powerful options for those looking for a fun and exciting weekend car.
The first Chevy Camaro first graced the dealership floor in 1966 and has been a mainstay on muscle car lists ever since. Today the Camaro comes in a wide range of powertrain options, so it is sure to appeal to a wide range of muscle car enthusiasts. It can appeal to the speed demon, budget buyer, and luxury enthusiast.
The base model, Camaro LS, starts at an affordable $25,000. Then there is the ZL1 trim package that will give you an impressive 650 horsepower and 650 pounds per foot V8.
The 2020 Model
Chevy faced some mixed feedback to their styling of the Camaro for 2019. In response, they have made a few tweaks to the front end of the 2020 models. The bow-tie emblem is repositioned, and the bumper insert now matches the body color.
There is also a new, even more affordable, model in the lineup. The LT1 offers a lower price point than the SS but still comes with the impressive 6.2-liter V8 engine.
Why Buy a Chevrolet Camaro
When it comes to the Camaro, you can’t beat the value. You will be hard-pressed to find a car with comparable performance that also competes at the Camaro price point. The base models are both fun to drive and affordable.
The Charger breaks the two-door muscle car mold by having four. But don’t mistake it as a lumbering four-door sedan. It can get going with its 292 horsepower V6 engine in the base model.
Then there is the SRT Hellcat that has an insane 707 horsepower and 650 pounds per foot of torque in its V8. This version has two doors, though.
You can shop both of these auto options and find the muscle car that fits your budget, desires, and driving skill level.
While the Charger lacks when it comes to handling, it makes up for it in cargo and passenger space. Think of this muscle car as a beefed-up sedan.
The 2020 Model
Expect big things for the 2020 Charger. The body styling is getting broader with 3.5-inch fender flares over 20-inch wheels; which are also 11 inches wide. This is called the widebody package and adds a whole new level of aggressiveness to the stance of the Charger.
This new model is also getting a new look to the front and rear.
Why Buy a Dodge Charger
The Charger lets you have a sporty muscle car while also having enough room for your entire family. It is the ideal combination of styling and safety.
Even the base model comes fully loaded. So you don’t have to buy the beastly Hellcat.
Start Comparing Muscle Cars
Each of the muscle cars we listed offers strengths in different areas, so it is all about finding the vehicle that speaks to you.
Do you love the retro feel of the Mustang? Or maybe you prefer the four doors of the Charger. Embrace American tradition with these iconic muscle cars.
Check out our reader rides section to see what others have in their garage.