The USA has no shortage of powerful automobiles, with Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, and Dodge each boasting a lineup of impressive and dependable vehicles such as the Chevy Camaro, F-150, and Dodge Hellcat, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a car to do work around town or just want bucket loads of street cred from a roaring V8, there’s something to meet just about any need.
Unfortunately, gasoline is not as cheap everywhere else as it is in America, so these gas guzzlers are not always as viable abroad where fuel economy takes more of a precedent. But, when it comes to moving goods and cargo in bulk, it’s hard to deny the practicality of an SUV, crossover, or pickup truck, and those that want the bling of a muscle car are generally willing to pay the price. On the plus side, the MSRP for these cars is not usually too oppressive.
Just for the sake of it
Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford produce some of the cheapest sports cars if you’re after something exciting for your daily driver. A base model can usually be picked up for less than USD30k, with the Camaro Coupe starting at just $25,000. In exchange for this reasonable investment, you get a handsome two-door powered by a respectable 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft turbo four-pot. If you can’t live without the growl of a V8, there is a 455-hp option if you can accept the bump in price.
All of this pairs with a rear-wheel drivetrain and either a six-speed manual gearbox, or a choice of two automatic transmissions if you don’t care about being completely in control. In the most capable of its various configurations, the Camaro can sprint from 0-60 mph in around four seconds. Naturally, this sees mileage take a serious hit, returning only 19-20 mpg combined.
The materials used in the cabin are nothing special, which is to be expected at this price bracket, but the design still impresses. However, such consideration doesn’t extend to the back seat, which is cramped and difficult to access with only two doors. The trunk is equally impractical, supplying only 9.1 cubic feet of space.
Putting it to good use
This kind of muscle has more uses than just providing a thrill or winning a few drag races, though. If you need something a little more heavy-duty in order to do proper work, then there are a variety of capable pickup trucks on the market. The majority of these hail from the States, but a few can be found bearing the logo of Japanese brands. But the true kings of towing and hauling are definitely the yanks.
Ford, RAM, and Chevrolet each have extensive selections of trucks, ranging from light-duty all the way through to one-tonners. Monikers like 150 or 1500 usually denote the former, while 350 or 3500 identify the latter. Which is best for you will depend entirely on what you need the vehicle for. Regardless of model, the riding height is usually quite high, making these great off-roaders, too.
As an example, the Ford F-150, one of the most popular choices for Americans, offers a choice of four engines, with the most capable topping out at a towing capacity of 14,000 lbs. It can also haul loads weighing up to 3,250 lbs. However, both these figures take a hit if you opt for the larger cab options that allow you to transport the family or a few sets of helping hands for the job.
By comparison, the F-450 Super Duty sticks with a single engine, a V8 turbo-diesel that boasts an absurd towing capacity of 37,000 lbs and a maximum hauling weight of 6,210 lbs. The starting price isn’t too intense at around $50k for a base model, but if you plan on having this workhorse double as a daily driver, you might want one of the better-appointed models with features like automatic climate control, navigation and Wi-FI, and a comprehensive Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite.
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