For 2016, the Chevy Camaro entered a brand new generation that saw dramatic weight loss and a significant increase in power. The 455-hp Camaro SS is the most powerful Camaro to ever set foot in Chevy’s lineup. Upcoming models like the ZL1 and Z28 have yet to unveil their power specs, as well. With a new sleek design with callbacks to the retro muscle car era, a luxurious interior, and several engine options, the Camaro is a solid choice.
While the Camaro is the all-around solid pick, it has its work cut out for it when faced by the Dodge Challenger. The Challenger wows drivers with the most horsepower of any muscle car on the market with the stunning 707-hp Hellcat engine. Aside from the Hellcat, it has three other good engine options, but falls short of competing with the diversity of the Mustang’s engine lineup while still being a few thousand dollars more expensive than Ford’s iconic performance car.
More affordable than the Challenger, with a longer pedigree of success and a cool vintage design, the Ford Mustang also offers drivers everything from a standard, entry-level turbocharged V6 to a 5.0-liter V8 in the GT to a 5.2-liter V8 with an output of 500 horsepower in the Shelby GT350 and GT350R. With plenty of power and capability, the Mustang gives the Challenger a run for its money at lower price points and competes easily with the Camaro in the style department. The 2016 Ford Mustang is a winner when it comes to all-around value and appeal.