One of the most thrilling experiences for anyone is to buy something you've been waiting for. It could be an article of clothing, a video game, and even an automobile. For car enthusiasts, the prospect of owning a new vehicle is one of the most exciting actions that there is. However, cars are not exempt from the dreaded 'buyer's remorse.'
When spending thousands on a single product, it can be easy to make the wrong decision. For example, a good number of muscle car owners have been trading in their American sports cars for other alternatives. This raises the question, though: "What do you trade them for?" To discover the answer to this question, here are ten vehicles to trade in your American muscle car for (If you decide to)...
10 10.Volkswagen Golf GTI
Sometimes, a muscle car can be too large for certain individual tastes. Oftentimes, newer muscle cars are wide, long, and extremely heavy. If you want to get away from those hinderances, take a look at Volkswagen's new Golf GTI.
Since the early 1970s, Volkswagen has been a pioneer of the "hot hatch" market with their Golf models. Nowadays, the Golf still reigns as one of the best front-wheel-drive hatchbacks ever produced. To illustrate this, the GTI version has almost 250 horsepower, great fuel economy, and outstanding looks.
9 Audi A5
Although American companies try their best to match/beat their overseas competition, they don't always succeed. Brands like Ford and Dodge have tried their hardest to make a muscle car that can be comfortable, luxurious, and good looking. However, none have done this to the level of Audi's A5.
The Audi A5 is one of their flagship vehicles. Even though it may not appear to be a competitor to muscle cars, do not be deterred. The standard A5 comes with 250 horsepower and a turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 300+ horsepower supercharged V6. Although it's not a V8, the lighter weight and german design helps the A5/S5 to a top speed of over 160 M.P.H. Not too bad for a luxury saloon car, by all means.
8 2020 Toyota Supra
After several decades in hibernation, Toyota, finally, saw fit to bring back their world-renowned sports car: The Supra. This time, though, it would be designed in conjunction with T.R.D. (Toyota Racing Development) and B.M.W.
BMW's assistance in the production of the new Supra has brought forth a bit of controversy. Partly due to how similar the Supra is to the BMW Z4, as most components and design features resemble the german vehicle. Regardless, though, the Supra is a more than capable sports car to trade your Mustang/Challenger in for, especially when you take the history, reliability, looks, and engine-note into consideration.
7 Subaru WRX STI
While muscle cars may be large and guzzle gas, they can still do a lot: Go to the grocery store, take long road trips, race at a track, and so on. Yet, very few can do what a Subaru WRX STI can do; rally racing and off-road.
Since before the creation of the WRX series, Subaru has been heavily involved in rally racing. Even the name "WRX" means World Rally Cross (The "X" meaning cross) and it really shows too. Of all the sports cars on the market, few do it quite like Subaru with their standard WRX and WRX STI models.
6 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
Paradise: It's a very subjective term. What could be paradise for one person may not be so for another. Nonetheless, there are always a few things that everyone seems to love. One of which is a top-down drive through a beautiful environment, especially if it's in a Mercedes-Benz.
Of all Mercedes' current lineup, the SLC-Class seems to be the best car to do it in. Yes, muscle cars do have a convertible version, although, none really reach the quality and standards of those at Mercedes. Not to mention the fact that the SLC is an outstandingly good-looking vehicle with a brand full of pedigree and opulence. And, for those looking for speed, the SLC has a twin-turbocharged V6 version tuned by AMG.
5 Nissan R35 GTR
It is very rare to see a normal manufacturer make a car that can compete with giants like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and even Bugatti. However, that is exactly what Nissan did when reviving the GTR name with their R35 body style.
When the R35 GTR was first released, it blew away the car community. The idea of a less than $100,000 car being able to take the fight to supercars/hypercars was a crazy concept, yet, they managed to do it. Now, an older R35 can be bought for a relatively cheap price (Less than a new Shelby) while still being capable of dusting Bugattis with the proper upgrades.
If you like immense power and sleeper-style road cars, look no further than the Nissan R35 GTR.
4 Jeep Wrangler
When you think about trading in a muscle car, you may think that most would do it for another sports car or, at least, something worth significantly more. Surprisingly, according to a recent Motor1 article, more muscle car owners have been trading in their V8s for Jeep Wranglers.
Maybe it's the build quality or price of the Jeep that makes it so desirable. Nevertheless, Jeep has said that their vehicles have seen immense success in terms of trade-ins for other American cars. Even if you don't really like Jeeps, you should consider the Wrangler as a potential replacement for your muscle car.
3 Tesla Model 3
One of the worst parts about owning a muscle car isn't its large body or throaty exhaust. In reality, it's their fuel-economy. Most high-liter muscle cars guzzle gas like a frat boy chugs beer during a pledge. To avoid this, look towards Tesla's Model 3: The future of automobiles.
If you're looking to save money on gas, why not get away from it all together with electric cars? With Tesla's increased market share and success with their all-electric vehicles, consumers now have a route to escape the rising costs of fuel. Along with all of this, an electric engine gives the Model 3 instant torque; allowing acceleration to rival that of the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche Turbo S.
2 Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche has thrived for decades as one of the world's greatest sports car manufacturers ever. With this, though, comes a heavy price-tag. Don't be dissuaded, though, since there are a few Porsches that can be bought by many drivers. Of course, this is the standard 911 Carrera.
Compared to the Boxster and Cayman, the Carrera is a bit more expensive. However, it's also more capable as the 911 is the body from which versions like the GT3, S, and Turbo all spawn from. A normal 911 is no Ferrari, but it is the next best thing.
1 BMW M3
Ah yes, Germany: A powerhouse of innovation, creativity, and industry. Of all their exports, though, their most famous (Besides beer) has to be their production of amazing road cars. More specifically, those made by BMW.
Of BMW's models, the M3 is one of their best. The M3 has been around since the E30 body style in the mid-to-late '80s. Since then, they've had multiple race wins and even more sales. Due to the success of the M3, the model still exists to this day. This time, though, the F80 M3 is the fastest to date with a 0 to 60 of 3.6 seconds, 425+ horsepower, and the usual BMW design.
If you want to trade in your Challenger for luxury, speed, comfort, and good looks all in one, then the answer should be obvious: The BMW M3 is the way to go.