When people start talking about muscle cars, it’s easy to assume they’re talking about cars that cost the same as a small house—or even a large one for that matter. However, there are actually some very affordable models out there that will set you back about the same as a family saloon. Here’s our quick-fire rundown of the 5 best muscle cars you can get without breaking the bank!
Chevrolet Camero SS
Starting at around $35,000, the reintroduction of the Chevy Camaro to the American muscle car market in 2010 offered one of the most iconic and stylish vehicles at a stunningly low price. With a 6.2L v8 engine and a maximum of 426hp, this car will match almost any other vehicle on for power.
Ford Mustang GT
Do we really need to introduce this iconic car to you? The Mustang GT is the standard when it comes to American muscle cars, and it’s still going strong after all these years! With a 4.6L v8 engine and 315ph, it doesn’t quite hit the heights of the Camaro, but what it lacks in power, it makes up for in style. You can get your hands on one for little over $30,000.
Dodge has kept the style and tenacity of the Challenger virtually the same since it was first introduced in the 1970s. With a whopping 5.7L v8 engine and 375hp, it can easily rival the previously mentioned models. What’s more, it comes in either 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic models, depending on whether you want to use it for track racing or road cruising. Prices start at around $35,000.
The CTS-V started off as a regular 4-door saloon but is now considered a muscle car due to the engine’s power output. With a large 6.0L v8 engine and 400hp, this really is a powerful car, but also a comfortable one, meaning it’s perfect for those that like driving fast in comfort. Prices start at a surprisingly low $25,000.
This is a bit of a left-field inclusion into this list as it is still considered one of the failures of the muscle car era. This may be due to the poorly performing 2004 that had a disappointingly low power output. Despite this, more recent models have performed much better. With prices starting at just over $20,000, it’s unlikely you’ll get a vehicle with a 6.0L v8 engine and producing 400hp for any less!
If you always thought owning a muscle car was out of your league, think again! There are plenty of high-quality, affordable options out there on the market that you may not have previously considered. If you’d like more advice on buying a new muscle car or would like us to have a look over a used one before you commit to buying, give us a call here at JD’s Auto Repair. Our muscle car enthusiast mechanics know what a true muscle car looks like under the hood and can ensure you’re not paying over the odds!