2017 Chevrolet SS Overview
Pros & Cons
- Powerful engine
- Dynamic handling
- Two rows of spacious seats
- Easy-to-use infotainment tech
- Bad gas mileage
- No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
Notable for 2017
- Final model year of production
Chevrolet SS Rankings and Research
The 2017 Chevrolet SS ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet SS has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #2 in Large Cars
2017 Chevrolet SS Pictures
2017 Chevrolet SS Review
The 2017 Chevrolet SS is an athletic sedan that features a powerful V8 engine, agile handling, and user-friendly infotainment features. However, it gets poor gas mileage and lacks some tech features found in rivals.
Is the Chevrolet SS a Good Car?
The Chevrolet SS is definitely a good car. It has a standard V8 engine that delivers sports-car-esque performance, going zero to 60 mph in under five seconds, and it handles winding roads without complaint. But this sedan is more than capable as a family vehicle too. There are five roomy seats, a fairly large trunk, and plenty of standard tech features. Unfortunately, those features don't include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, which are available in many competitors. Also, since so many features do come standard in the SS, it has a much higher base price than other large cars. The SS also gets poor fuel economy estimates. But don't lose sight of the forest for the trees: The SS may not be perfect, but it's a good vehicle.
Should I Buy the Chevrolet SS?
If you want one, you better get it now because the SS is going out of production after the 2017 model year. While it's still around, however, the SS is a good vehicle if you want a car that's useful for the family and also fun to drive. But it's not the only option. The Dodge Charger is another sports sedan, and it offers a couple of engines that are more powerful than the SS' standard V8. The Chrysler 300 doesn't have the performance chops of the SS, but it has a nicer interior if you're looking for more of a comfortable cruiser. And both the Charger and 300 have lower starting prices and get better gas mileage than the SS.
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Chevrolet introduced the SS for the 2014 model year, and it has seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 through 2017 model years.
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How Much Does the Chevrolet SS Cost?
The 2017 SS has a starting price of $46,625, which dwarfs the starting price of most class rivals, including the Dodge Charger ($27,995) and Chrysler 300 ($32,340). However, the SS has a much longer standard features list than many rivals, and its base engine is a V8, which is a pricey upgrade in most competitors. The only notable optional feature in the SS is a sunroof, which you can add for $900. That means a fully loaded SS still costs under $50,000. That's comparable to the prices of many other fully loaded large cars.
Chevrolet SS Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger?
Like the SS, the Dodge Charger is a sports sedan with plenty of performance ability. It has a powerful engine lineup that ranges from a 292-horsepower V6 to a 707-horsepower supercharged V8. Despite all that power, the Charger is athletic on winding roads. It's also more fuel-efficient than the SS, even the V8-powered models. The interior is attractive and features nice materials, and the seats are comfortable and roomy. The Charger has a long list of standard and available features that includes some options – like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – not offered in the SS. The SS might be a little more fun to drive, and the Charger has a slightly nicer interior, as well as the option for all-wheel drive. The price difference can vary widely, depending on which Charger trim you select. At the end of the day, the better choice boils down to personal preference.
Which Is Better: Chevrolet SS or Chrysler 300?
The Chrysler 300 features an upscale cabin and two rows of spacious seats, though the front seats could use more support. The 300 has a lengthy features list that includes some options not found in the SS. The 300 gets better gas mileage than the SS and is available with all-wheel drive, but other than that, the SS is the better performer. The 300's engines aren't as powerful as the SS' V8, and the 300 doesn't have the same athletic handling ability either. If you're looking to save money, the 300 is worth a look, as its base price is roughly $14,000 less than the SS'. Otherwise, you probably want the Chevy sports sedan.
How Many People Does the SS Seat?
The SS seats five people comfortably. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats have plenty of legroom. It's also easy to get into and out of the rear seats thanks to the wide rear doors.
SS and Car Seats
Like most sedans, the SS features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. Parents have plenty of space to install these seats thanks to the large rear doors.
SS Interior Quality
The SS features some hard plastics throughout the cabin, but it also features high-end materials that wouldn't look out of place in a luxury vehicle. Overall, the SS' interior has a clean, appealing look.
SS Cargo Space
The SS has an average amount of trunk space for the class: 16.4 cubic feet. That's enough space for several grocery bags, luggage for the family vacation, or some coolers and chairs if you're heading to the beach or a barbecue. Still, the SS doesn't have the same cargo flexibility that you find in some other sedans. The SS' rear seats don't fold down so it might be difficult to transport bulky or oddly shaped items.
SS Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Infotainment features in the SS are user-friendly. The climate and audio controls are intuitive, and the voice recognition system responds to a wide range of commands. This makes it easy to control functions while keeping your hands on the wheel, and it keeps you from having to memorize specific phrases.
Though the SS has a lengthy list of standard features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot, it lacks some cutting-edge connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features are offered in several rivals, including the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
SS Engine: Power to Spare
The Chevrolet SS features a 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 415 horsepower. As you might expect, this car can really move. It will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, which is faster than some sports cars. The standard six-speed automatic transmission pairs well with the engine to provide you with smooth power delivery. A rare option for the class, you can also choose a six-speed manual if you prefer to row your own gears.
SS Gas Mileage: What's Worse Than Unimpressive?
The downside of a powerful engine is decreased fuel efficiency. The SS has some of the worst mpg ratings (14/22 mpg city/highway) in the class, even compared to other performance sedans. It also requires premium gasoline, though some rivals do as well.
When equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 and an automatic transmission, the Dodge Charger gets 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. It also requires premium gasoline, but the better gas mileage still translates to a fuel cost savings of about $250 per year for the average driver.
The Chrysler 300 gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 and an automatic, and it only requires midgrade gasoline. That means the average driver will save about $600 per year on gas by driving the 300 instead of the SS.
SS Ride and Handling: Smooth and Agile
The 2017 SS comes standard with rear-wheel drive and Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension, which lets you select different modes to fit your driving style. On winding roads, the SS is capable, and its sharp steering lets you confidently attack corners. The brakes are strong, and the SS has a smooth ride over most road surfaces.
Is the Chevrolet SS Reliable?
The 2017 SS earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That's an above-average rating compared with all new vehicles, but it's only average within the large car class. The Chrysler 300 earns the same rating, while the Dodge Charger receives a three.
Chevrolet SS Warranty
Chevrolet backs the 2017 SS with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are the same warranty terms offered with many other large cars, including the Charger and the 300.
SS Crash Test Results
The 2017 Chevrolet SS has not been put through crash tests as of this writing.
SS Safety Features
The SS comes standard with several driver assistance features, including a head-up display, a rearview camera, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and a rear cross traffic alert.
Which Chevrolet SS Model Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Chevrolet SS only comes in one trim, and every notable feature other than a sunroof ($900) either comes standard or is available at no extra charge. The abundance of standard features contributes to the SS' high starting price, which is $46,625. That's the highest starting price in the class by a considerable margin. However, many fully loaded class rivals carry prices that are in the mid-$40,000s or higher, meaning that the SS' price is comparable to those of most similarly equipped competitors.
The Final Call
The 2017 Chevrolet SS provides a nice blend of performance and family friendliness. It has a powerful engine and athletic handling, but it also features large rear seats that are accommodating for adults and provide plenty of room for installing car seats. There's more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space, and the SS has a long list of standard features that includes many driver assistance options. It also earns an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, it gets poor gas mileage, and it lacks some connectivity features offered in rivals.
Overall, the SS is a good car, but it's not the only large car worth considering. The Dodge Charger has a range of engines, and those on the higher end more than match the SS for power. The Chrysler 300 isn't a performance sedan, but it has ample power, a smooth ride, and an upscale cabin. And both the 300 and Charger are more fuel-efficient and have much lower starting prices than the SS.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "… the 2016 Chevrolet SS has revived rear-wheel drive and V8 power in a big way. The full-size sedan, first released for 2014, combines the old tradition with amenities such as the latest safety features, high-end luxury options and modern styling." -- Autotrader (2016)
- "It's imagined foremost as a car for Corvette or Camaro lusters who need four doors and a real back seat, and it fits the bill, whatever its trans-cultural roots. All considered, the SS makes us want to wave the flag. We haven't been this excited about an American sedan in a long time." -- Autoweek (2014)
- "… there's no irony in the fact that the Chevy SS is a for-real driver's car and a genuine people hauler. … What you don't know is how it drives, how it rides and whether it's worth the asking price. We're here to tell you it does all of the above better than you might think." -- Edmunds (2014)
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