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6 Best Muscle Cars

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When it comes to muscle cars, most people think that the term only refers to classic cars. However, anyone interested speed, power and style is precisely the audience who’ll appreciate today’s muscle cars.

Although they are typically known for being loud, two-door, American-made coupes, there’s more to muscle cars than meets the eye. Whether you’re buying a Ford, Dodge or Chevrolet, you will have plenty of options when it comes to the trim or horsepower of your new car. They range from 310 horsepower to a whopping 797 horsepower, and everything in between. Our picks also took into consideration ratings by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, Edmunds consumers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Best muscle cars, by manufacturer




Best muscle cars, by manufacturer


2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback

MSRP $26,395
4.6 out 5 by KBB experts; 4.8 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (6 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA

There’s a lot to like about the classic Ford Mustang in its 2019 incarnations, including the base EcoBoost Fastback coupe. If this is the muscle car you’ve been dreaming about for as long as you can remember, you’ll be glad to know that it still stacks up as one of the best, thanks to its high ratings. The worst part might come in resisting some of its upper trim levels — there are 10 total models — right up to the Shelby GT350R starting at $67,135. For now we’re going to focus on the turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which boasts 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque for a $26,395 starting price. There’s some decent standard equipment on this vehicle, too, since the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback comes with standard rearview camera, push-button start, Track Apps that show performance metrics, high-intensity headlights and more.

2019 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

MSRP $44,855
4.6 out 5 by KBB experts; 4.8 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (6 reviews)

If you’re looking for a more powerful Ford Mustang with a little bit of edge, then the 2019 Mustang GT Premium Convertible might just be the muscle car for you. There is a less expensive EcoBoost convertible, but the GT’s engine is V8-powered and features an even more impressive 460 horsepower that can get from zero to 60 in an impressive four seconds. All of those standard performance metrics can be seen in the Track App, but what really makes the Mustang GT Premium Convertible stand out is that it’s a speedy car with plenty of luxury built in. The GT Premium trim level means that you get heated and cooled leather-trimmed front seats. By adding the Performance Pack, you’ll get Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, 19-inch wheels, larger Brembo brakes, unique suspension tuning and more.


2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

MSRP $67,245
3.7 out 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (2 reviews)

The 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is an advanced version of the line’s SXT or GT models (MSRP $29,220 and $31,495, respectively). The thing that’ll really impress you about the Charger SRT Hellcat is the 707 horsepower supercharged V8 engine, a top speed of 204 MPH and a Brembo six-piston high-performance brake system. Despite the hefty price tag, the Charger SRT Hellcat is a performance bargain when compared with similarly equipped competitors like the BMW M5 (which starts out over $100,000). Plus, despite overall below-average resale values for Dodge, the Charger stands out as a full-size car leader, according to KBB.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

MSRP $71,695
4.0 out 5 by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (8 reviews)

Like its Charger cousin, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is top of its class, but you’ll feel it in both the raw power of this muscle car and the wallet. There are lower-priced Challengers — and lower horsepower — that do offer all-wheel drive. Still, the rear-wheel drive two-door Redeye has a supercharged V8 engine that boasts a whopping 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque: you will be driving a powerful machine. Critics also say you’ll get a comfy interior that looks and feels like a sedan, albeit one that can go from zero to 60 in just 3.4 seconds, has a 10.8-second quarter-mile time and a top speed of 203 MPH.

The Charger and Challenger have not yet been rated by NHTSA — both cars received good ratings from IIHS, though the Challenger had more “marginal” marks, with both cars receiving a marginal rating in driver-side crash ratings.


2019 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe

MSRP $25,500
4.3 out 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by Edmunds consumers
5 stars NHTSA

The redesigned 2019 Camaro coupe is a sleekly designed muscle car that comes equipped with some helpful technological upgrades and a variety of configurations, from the athletic LS to the track-ready ZL1. The 2019 Camaro’s horsepower for the base LS Coupe is 275 and unchanged from the previous year, but the muscle car now comes with a great infotainment system and more high-tech safety features. Some of those safety features include a standard rearview camera, but you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim for additional features. Blind-spot monitoring, rear parking assist and forward collision alert come standard on the top-of-the-line ZL1, along with a supercharged V8 engine. Like the Ford Mustang, the Camaro comes as a coupe or soft-top convertible. Prefer a hardtop? Look to Chevy’s other performance vehicle, the Corvette, which offers a removable roof panel on the coupe model — there’s a convertible Corvette, too, which we’ll talk about next. A drawback of the Camaro is that it doesn’t come in an all-wheel drive option, so you will likely have to look to Dodge if that’s a dealbreaker.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

MSRP $85,400
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.9 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (9 reviews)

If you’re a fan of speed, racing and horsepower, then you might be thrilled to learn that the Corvette Z06 was developed in tandem with the C7.R race car — and why this muscle car has a supercharged 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Want to get from zero to 60 in just three seconds? Then this is the car for you. If you want even more power, then opt for the Z07 Performance Package for even larger end plates to the front splitter, plus an adjustable transparent wickerbill on the rear spoiler. Chevy also offers the Corvette Stingray, Corvette Grand Sport and Corvette ZR1.

Ways to finance the best muscle cars

If you are looking to buy one of the 2019 muscle cars on our list, you most likely will need to look at financing. Financing can come from a credit union, bank or online lender. Remember that in order to find the best deal, you should apply to a few to see which one is the best for you even before you step foot on a car lot. Here’s why: Dealers are often able to raise your APR and make a profit off your loan. The best way for you to avoid this is to go in with a preapproved auto loan. Instead of filling out five different lender applications, you can fill out an online form and receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once here on Lending Tree.


All of the muscle cars on our list were chosen because they are excellent vehicles. Each one had to score at least 4 stars from both Kelley Blue Book experts and Edmunds consumers, though in some cases one or the other was not available. (The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, with its 3.7 KBB score, is a notable exception, though we were won over by other more favorable elements.) Although none of them were a top pick by the IIHS, several of the cars on the list received a 4-star safety rating (or above) from NHTSA, where available. The MSRP price listed is for the base trim of each vehicle at time of publication.


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