Best Muscle Cars of 2022 and 2023

Muscle cars

As American as triple cheeseburgers, muscle cars are brawny coupes based on the age-old belief that there's no problem a bigger engine can't fix. What's new these days is that impressive handling is now part of the package.
2021 Ford Mustang
Redesigned in 2015

Ford Mustang Mach 1

Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
2021 Ford Mustang
Redesigned in 2015

Ford Mustang

$27,155 - $51,720
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 24
2022 Dodge Challenger
Redesigned in 2008

Dodge Challenger

$29,295 - $80,595
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 23

Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.

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Which is the best muscle car to buy?

There are only a few muscle cars on the market, and each offers its own benefits. The Dodge Challenger is big and brash, with distinctly retro styling and a choice of several powerful V8s. The Chevrolet Camaro is the athlete of the bunch, delivering razor-sharp handling and punchy engines no matter your budget. But our favorite is the Ford Mustang, which offers a sublime balance of comfort and performance. For our money, there isn't a better muscle car at its price point. Learn more

What is the best muscle car for 2020?

The Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro have their charms, but they can't beat the Ford Mustang's overall excellence. The Mustang gets even better for the 2020 model year, with the introduction of a performance package for models with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The mighty Shelby GT500 also returns for 2020, powered by a supercharged V8 producing a massive 760 horsepower. Learn more

What is the best muscle car for 2019?

The best muscle car on the market is the Ford Mustang. The Mustang lineup expanded in 2019 with the release of the Bullitt trim, named after the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen, whose character notably drives a uniquely configured Mustang through the streets of San Francisco. The modern Bullitt is an homage to the coupe in the iconic movie and features similar styling as well as increased power from the V8 and performance upgrades. Learn more

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