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NowCar Comparison: American Muscle

Written By, Chloe L.

While most car lovers would prefer a vintage American muscle car, the muscle cars made today are generally stronger, faster and more efficient than those of the past. Of the most iconic cars from the past that are still manufactured today are the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. For those interested in investing in the new 2016 2-door American muscle cars, here are the specs of the most basic trim on the Camaro, Challenger and Mustang.

Overviews and HighlightsAmerican Muscle car comparison, Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro

Dodge Challenger SXT

The Dodge Challenger is one of the most sought after American muscle cars on the roads today as it is a part of the Mopar group, an organization made of dedicated car enthusiasts. While the Challenger is available in a variety of trims and engine variations, like the Challenger Hellcat SRT which is  a 707-horsepower HEMI engine, the Challenger SXT is still a powerful and well-equipped two-door coupe. The SXT comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, six speakers and 18-inch satin aluminum rims. The Challenger is the only vehicle of these three that has seating for up to five passengers.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

As Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year,” and J.D. Power’s “Most Dependable Sport Car” for four years in a row, the 2016 Chevy Camaro is a very popular car. The Camaro has three different engine options and each Camaro trim has modern technology features. The most basic Camaro trim, the Camaro 1LT, comes standard with six speakers, a rear vision camera, and 12 months of complimentary XM satellite radio.

Ford Mustang Fastback V6

Mustangs were one of the first American muscle cars ever made, so they are always one of the vehicles consumers think of when they think of sports cars. The 2016 Ford Mustang is a four-passenger vehicle comes equipped with a rearview camera, 17-inch rims and modern entertainment features. The Ford Mustang also earned a five-star ratings in each of the government’s three various crash tests.


Engine and Horsepower

One of the first things consumers look for in an American muscle is power. At the front of the pack is the Dodge Challenger SXT. The Challenger SXT is equipped with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Challenger’s engine generates 305-horsepower and 268 ft.-lbs. of torque and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds. Not far behind the Challenger is the Ford Mustang Fastback V6 that produces 300-horsepower, 275 ft.-lbs. of torque from its 3.7-liter, V6 engine that is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Chevy Camaro 1LT has the smallest engine, which has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission which produces 275-horsepower and 295 ft.-lbs. of torque.


As the car with the smallest engine, the Chevy Camaro 1LT is the most fuel-efficient and it gets an average of 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. The Dodge Challenger isn’t too far behind the Chevy Camaro as it receives about 19 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. Finally the car with the biggest engine, the Ford Mustang gets an average of 17 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.


Price and Warranty

While the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are priced below the Dodge Challenger which has a starting price of $26,995, those prices reflect the price of the vehicle with a manual transmission.  Starting at a base price of $24,145, the Ford Mustang is the cheapest vehicle on the list, followed by the Chevy Camaro which is priced at $25,700.

Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge all offer a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on all of their vehicles.


You can check out all of the specs on each of these cars on the helpful and comprehensive 'explore' pages that NowCar has created. There's tons of details, videos, pictures and reviews on each of these cars right on our website. Check out the Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger or Ford Mustang