3. S-197 Ford Mustang
While always a solid car, the Ford Mustang really came into its own this past generation. Available from 2004 to 2014, the S-197 Mustang is notable because it introduced and really nailed the “modern-day retro” niche. The S-197 has to be one of the most successful Mustangs, and the upcoming sixth generation model (with the chassis code S-550) has a lot to live up to.
Under the hood of these cars lays a V6 that peaked at 310 hp, or a variety of V8 engines. The S-197 also has a huge following in the aftermarket community, where it was named the hottest car at SEMA two years in a row (2012 and 2013).