Americans always have loved muscle cars, and they love muscle cars with big V-8 engines. With gas below $2 a gallon in many places, there might not be a better time to buy some modern muscle. We tested muscle cars with V-8 monsters. They provided plenty of thrills, plenty of noise and lots to talk about.
The V-8 Muscle Car Challenge
Results | Performance | Mileage Test
- 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS
- 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
- 2016 Ford Mustang GT
We flexed these muscle cars in a week’s worth of testing:
- We put them on a racetrack outside of Phoenix to see how well they performed in zero-to-60-mph tests, quarter-mile times and speeds, and 60-mph-to-zero braking distance tests.
- We drove them on a 130-mile real-world mileage course in and around Phoenix.
- We had our judges drive them back-to-back-to-back on the same pavement to evaluate ride, handling, comfort, acceleration and more.
- We brought in an in-market shopper to test the cars for ride, handling, acceleration and more.
From all of the points we awarded in those tests, we found our winner. Our judges were:
- Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit bureau chief
- Joe Bruzek, Cars.com senior road test editor
- Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor
- Brian Robinson, PBS’ “MotorWeek” producer
- Jason Kadah, our in-market shopper. In the interest of transparency, Kadah owned a Mustang years ago, but he promised prior to his involvement that he would judge the cars without bias.
The scoring broke down this way:
- 48 percent from the judges’ scoring
- 30 percent from the track tests
- 12 percent from our shopper
- 10 percent from the mileage drive
Here’s how they finished: