Oh boy this is surely going to start some heavy discussions and disagreements around driveways and garages. This is a look at three classic American mid-priced muscle cars, all of which have very loyal followings and deep histories in our car culture. The Dodge Charger, the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro are all classics and surely lovers of classic looks and solid power and speed would be pleased with any of this group. But hey, we’re car lovers so of course we have to compare them.
Part of the problem though in comparing these cars is the fact that though they are similar in price range, all costing about $25,000 base and though they all come with good stock goodies, what differentiates them in the end really does come down to what your history is with the car and what you think of the aesthetics. Each will win out in select categories, as each has things it is better than the other two at.
For pure power the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for example is unbeatable, coming in at 707 hp, 650 lb.-ft. of torque. On styling, it really is all about taste of course. But based on sales, Camaro seems to be winning as the choice for most buyers, which we have to assume has something to do with its good looks considering comparable pricing. Of course we could also do comparisons of interiors and amenities, options and the like, but since all three cars allow for a lot of personalization, let’s leave that out. Besides, we’re talking about muscle cars here, so at the end of the day, all that matters really is how the car looks rolling down the street and how much power and speed they bring.
Since the Challenger wins on pure power and the Camaro wins on looks, it seems the Mustang is out of the mix. But not so fast. I’m going to put it right back into the game because when it comes to its place in American culture and our history of cool, you can’t beat the Mustang. Come on, we’re talking Steve McQueen here.
So where does that leave us? Nowhere and everywhere. We all win. These three American cars are all superb vehicles and I dare say this debate can never be definitively answered. And you know what? That’s just fine. Let the debate rage on. What say you?