Car buyers looking for speed and power might focus their search on classic American muscle cars. These cars are known for larger engines that amp up the speed and the acceleration, too. Through the years, though, the available options from different brands might have changed. Some models have come and gone, while other popular models have remained in a brand’s lineup.
What are the best muscle cars 2022 models? The options include:
- 2022 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2022 Ford Mustang
- 2022 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2022 Dodge Charger
- 2022 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Charger and Challenger
The options for classic muscle cars will soon dwindle. Both the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger are expected to be discontinued. However, both models are available for 2023 and 2022 models are available, as well.
Buyers who want a Dodge Charger or Challenger might move to purchase one soon. What are the differences between these two models, though?
About the Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is designed as a sedan and features four doors and space for five. While the car is a roomier sedan, it still offers plenty of power. The 2022 Charger base trim offers a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that boasts up to 292 horsepower.
Buyers can choose from seven different trims (or styles) for their Charger:
- SXT RWD ($32,645)
- GT RWD ($35,345)
- R/T ($42,780)
- Scat Pack ($49,140)
- Scat Pack Widebody ($54,835)
- SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody ($88,140)
- Jailbreak ($89,135)
The Charger SRT can reach speeds of up to 203 MPH and can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds. The Jailbreak trim features a 797-horsepower Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® High-Output SRT® V8 engine and is noted as “The Most Powerful and Fastest Mass-Produced Sedan.” The Jailbreak is noted to hit a slightly faster top speed than the SRT Hellcat Redeye.
About the Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger is designed with a coupe body style. The 2022 Challenger has a starting MSRP of $30,940. The base SXT features a 3.6L Pentastar 306-horsepower V6 engine. The 2022 Challenger is offered in 11 different trims (or styles).
- SXT ($30,940)
- GT ($33,940)
- R/T ($39,780)
- R/T Scat Pack ($46,940)
- R/T Scat Pack Widebody ($53,245)
- SRT Hellcat ($70,835)
- SRT Hellcat Widebody ($77,535)
- SRT Hellcat Redeye ($79,440)
- SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody ($85,745)
- SRT Superstock ($88,745)
- SRT Jailbreak ($86,835)
The SRT Superstock and SRT Jailbreak both feature an 807-horsepower Supercharged 6.2L Hemi High-Output SRT V8 engine. These two higher-priced Challenger models might be the ultimate muscle car option for the speed enthusiast.
2022 Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette debuted in 1953 and has been a popular sports (or muscle) car since its entry into the market. The Corvette has a high price tag; the 2022 Corvette Stingray starts at $64,500. It offers a 495-horsepower engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds; the Stingray can reach top speeds of 194 MPH.
The Corvette Z06 starts at $105,300. The Z06 offers a 670-horsepower engine and can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.6 seconds.
2022 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular classic muscle cars. The Mustang is offered in numerous trims or styles, but the base has a starting MSRP of $27,440, which is actually quite budget-friendly for a muscle car. The base trim is known as the EcoBoost Fastback and it features a 310-horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost engine.
The 2022 Mustang trims and styles include:
- EcoBoost Fastback ($27,440)
- EcoBoost Premium Fastback ($32,495)
- EcoBoost Convertible ($32,970)
- GT Fastback ($38,045)
- EcoBoost Premium Convertible ($37,995)
- GT Premium Fastback ($43,065)
- GT Premium Convertible ($48,565)
- Mach 1 ($56,270)
- Mach 1 Premium ($58,365)
- Shelby GT500 ($79,420)
The Shelby GT500 is the top trim (or style) for the Mustang. The Shelby GT500 features a 760-horsepower 5.2L Supercharged Cross Plane Crank V8. The GT500 can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in 3.4 seconds and can reach top speeds of 205 MPH.
Those who might not have the budget for the Chevrolet Corvette might opt for the Camaro. Like the base Ford Mustang, the 2023 Camaro offers a reasonable price for speed with a starting MSRP of $26,100. The 2022 model started lower at $25,000.
Chevrolet has updated its lineup to focus on the new 2023 Camaro. The model’s base trim is the 1LS which offers a 275-horsepower 2L turbocharged engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in about six seconds.
Other Camaro trims/styles include:
- 1LT ($26,600)
- 2LT ($28,600)
- 3LT ($32,600)
- LT1 ($36,100)
- 1SS ($39,600)
- 2SS ($44,600)
- ZL1 ($67,000)
The top-tier trim is the ZL1, which features a 675-horsepower 6.2L Supercharged V8. The 2023 ZLI can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds.
What is the Best Muscle Car for 2022?
As 2023 models start moving into dealerships, some buyers might focus on these newer models. However, others might opt to purchase a 2022 model if the dealership has the perfect color or trim on the lot.
What’s the best muscle car among all the 2022 models? The best muscle car might come down to the buyer’s preference and perhaps brand loyalty, too. Some speed enthusiasts are die-hard fans of a particular car brand or muscle model.
The Corvette might be the dream car to drive an individual into their retirement years. Others, though, might choose the classic Camaro, a Charger or the classic Ford Mustang.
For those looking at 2022 models, availability also could drive the decision. Depending on the dealership, models could be limited. Buyers might want a specific trim or style, but if it can’t be ordered or if the dealership cannot find it, the buyer might decide to purchase what the dealership has available.
Fans of the Charger or Challenger also might move quickly to purchase a model. While the Charger and Challenger will be available for 2023 models, both vehicles are slated to be discontinued. Unfortunately, this might be the end of an era for many Dodge fans who love these vehicles.
Dodge aficionados should keep their eyes focused on the Dodge website for any updates related to new muscle car models.
Electric Muscle Cars for 2022 and 2023
The move to electric is probably the future of automotive. Many brands are shifting away from standard internal combustion engines (ICE) and moving to battery-powered motors. Even muscle or sports cars are going electric.
There are numerous electric sports cars available for 2022 and 2023. However, the prices for these models lean luxury. Electric sports cars might not be in every buyer’s budget.
For example, the electric Porsche Taycan starts at $82,700. The Mustang Mach-E is designed as an SUV, but it still offers the classic Mustang muscle; the 2023 Mach-E starts at $46,895.
Lotus offers the electric Lotus Evija, which is priced more couture than luxury. The Evija starts at $2.3 million.
Tesla is accepting reservations for its Roadster model, which is estimated to start around $200K. According to the Tesla website, the Roadster will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 1.9 seconds and will be able to reach top speeds of 250+ MPH. The new Roadster also will have an estimated range of 620 miles—this will be the longest range available on the market. Tesla is currently accepting reservations.
What’s the most affordable electric sports car on the market? Screenrant compiled a list of popular electric sports cars and the cheapest model on the list was the Polestar 2. The 2022 model starts at $45,900. The Tesla Model 3 was the second most affordable electric option, with a starting price of $48,490.
However, the new 2023 Polestar 2 starts at $48,400. It offers an estimated range of 270 miles and features a 476-horsepower motor.
In addition, the Tesla Model 3 is now listed on Tesla’s website as starting at $46,990 (RWD) and goes up to $62,990 for the Performance option of the Model 3. The Performance offers an estimated range of 315 miles, and the Model 3 RWD offers an estimated range of 272 miles.
Those who tend to be heavy on the pedal while driving, though, might notice a drop in range. Higher speeds could decrease the estimated range just like it can decrease fuel efficiency.
On a Budget? Shop Used Models
Some car buyers who crave speed might find that all the 2022 and 2023 muscle car models are simply out of their budget. Shopping used or pre-owned models could allow these buyers to find the cool car they want at the price they need.
Used car prices can be impacted by a number of factors, though. Condition, mileage, age and make/model all can bump the price higher or lower. Buyers might need to make trade-offs related to what they are willing to sacrifice to find a car in their price range.
Some buyers also could search for older, classic muscle cars. All the most popular muscle cars have been available for decades; buyers might prefer an older model that nods to a youthful nostalgia. Some classic models could be pricier, though.
No matter what muscle car a buyer chooses, there is a model that can fit their style, budget and their speed and power preferences, too.