Cars like the Corvette, Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang are globally recognized within the car world. This does have something to do with history and pedigree – some of these models have been in production since the 1960’s, and have come a long way since then. Spending such a long time in production gives manufacturers time to refine and improve these cars, and they certainly have stood the test of time. Additionally, the benefit of having these cars around for so long is that they have used that time to build a fan base and a vibrant tuner community. Luckily, this amount of time to refine a car has worked incredibly well. Muscle cars, and other American sports cars used to be slightly shoddy and not good around corners. They were famous for straight-line speed and acceleration, not necessarily for their handling or quality. However, as time passed, American sports cars grew into full-on luxury sport cars, or at least some of them have. Nearly all of them handle much better than in previous decades, and can down some of the most famous foreign competition. In terms of pure acceleration, American sports cars almost always win. Cars like the Tesla Model S P100D and Hennessey Venom GT can jump to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 and 2.7 seconds, respectively. Not too many foreign cars can cross that threshold, and domestic sports cars continue to improve.
The Ford Mustang is the most iconic of all American sports cars, and for good reason. It is an affordable, well-rounded vehicle that has only gotten better with time. Handling has been called into question due to a throng of videos showing Mustang owners peeling out and crashing after car meets, but that is definitely operator error and not necessarily the fault of the car. Starting at just $25,000, the Mustang is affordable, especially on the used car market. With 310 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of just 4.3 seconds, this car is one that will put imports in their place for an affordable price.