8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2017 Chevrolet SS Review

The 2017 Chevrolet SS blows away the competition with its potent acceleration and dynamic handling. It also has interior appeal, with spacious seating for five and a wealth of standard features. Still, the SS is expensive to buy and own, which is one reason it ranks near the bottom of our large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent V8 engine
  • Hearty list of standard infotainment technology
  • Full suite of standard advanced safety features
  • Spacious back seat
  • Poor fuel economy
  • More expensive to buy and own than most large cars

2017 Chevrolet SS Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet SS a Good Used Car?

The Chevrolet SS is a great car, but this high-performance sedan best fits a very specific buyer. Think of it as a four-door Camaro, as Chevrolet's counterpart to a high-performance trim of the Dodge Charger. If you find that appealing, then you'll salivate over the SS sedan's 415-horsepower engine and sports-car-like handling.

The SS is ideal if you also need useable space beyond the front seats, as its back seat is roomy enough even for grownups. It also has more trunk space than two-door sports cars like the Camaro and Ford Mustang. Furthermore, the SS is equipped like a luxury car, with leather seats, a full suite of advanced safety systems, and a robust amount of tech features included in every model.

You'll pay a pretty penny for this car, though. Its average sticker price and estimates for select expenses are higher than most other large cars.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chevrolet SS review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from two dozen sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet SS?

The Chevy SS is by far one of the most expensive large cars you can buy. On average, you'll spend around $43,200 for a 2017 SS, based on about two dozen listings on our used car site. Factors such as optional features, vehicle condition, and mileage affect the actual listing price. You may see prices for the 2017 SS as low as $40,000 or as high as $47,000. 

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet SS Cost to Own?

Estimated costs for fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs for the SS are fairly high. Over the course of five years, expect to pay around $38,000 for these expenses. That's about $8,000 more than these same expenses for a 2017 Dodge Charger.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New SS?

Chevrolet discontinued the SS at the conclusion of the 2017 model year. That means your only option is to buy used if you want an SS. That said, there are a few alternatives worth considering that are available for nearly the same price point.

The 2018 Dodge Charger offers one of the most powerful lineup of engines available. For less than $40,000, you can buy an edition with a 370-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 (Charger Daytona, $38,995) or a 485-horspower Hemi V8 (Charger R/T Scat Pack, $39,995).

For something a little tamer, try a 2018 Nissan Maxima. Although its V6 engine isn't as powerful, its 300-horsepower rating is still nothing to scoff at. The Maxima's interior is supremely luxurious, and its safety scores are top notch. All models come with the same V6 engine, so you can save money by opting for a lower trim. Prices start at $33,270, but the range-topping Maxima Platinum starts at $40,940.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet SS Is Best? 

Chevrolet produced the SS from the 2014 through 2017 model years. During its brief run, Chevy made no major changes to the SS, and its scores in our rankings are virtually identical from year to year. That means you’re free to shop for the model you want at the best price.

That said, newer models are generally better and offer more standard features than earlier models. For example, Magnetic Ride Control and a Wi-Fi hot spot became standard for 2015, and all 2016 and 2017 models come with dual-mode exhaust.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet SS?

The 2017 SS has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet SS Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2017 SS as of this review.

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Which Used Chevrolet SS Model Is Right for Me?

Shopping for a used SS is easy, as there is only one trim level. In addition, because so many features were already standard, you're likely to find few variances between used models. Among the few available options is a six-speed manual transmission, a sunroof, and a full-size spare tire.

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Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet SS Warranty

If you are considering a certified pre-owned SS, you'll be happy to know that Chevrolet has one of the best CPO programs around. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the SS?

The SS has no safety score because it hasn't undergone any crash test evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This Chevy’s list of standard safety features is notable. It includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, blind zone monitoring, and a head-up display.

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2017 Chevrolet SS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet SS or 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

Even though the 2017 Chevrolet Impala and the SS are two Chevy models in the large car class, they are vastly different cars. While the SS is undoubtedly a performance machine, the Impala focuses more on comfort. Beyond its smooth and stable ride, the Impala has an expansive front seat, a spacious back seat, and more trunk space than the average large car. It's also significantly less expensive. In comparison to the SS, the Impala costs around $23,000 less to buy, and select ownership expenses (insurance, fuel, maintenance, and repairs) are lower by about $2,500 each year. The overall scores between these two sedans are almost equal, so the best one for you depends on what you want from a large car.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet SS or 2017 Dodge Charger?

Both the 2017 Dodge Charger and Chevrolet SS are good picks if you want a performance sedan from a domestic car company. The Charger comes with more engine options, including the 707-horsepower Hellcat. It also has multiple trim levels that grant more interior options, and many of its trims are less expensive to buy than the SS's singular trim. However, even the Charger's higher trim levels don't match the level of quality found inside the SS, and the Charger has a lower predicted reliability rating.

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2017 SS Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet SS Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive SS is a genuine sports sedan. Its 415-horsepower V8 engine delivers forceful acceleration, reaching 60 mph in less than five seconds. You can pick from a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The standard Magnetic Ride Control is a fast-adjusting suspension system that lets you pick between Tour, Sport, and Performance driving modes.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet SS Get Good Gas Mileage?

It should come as no shock that the Chevy SS gets poor gas mileage, given the potency of its engine. Its fuel economy rating of 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway makes it one of the thirstiest large cars you can buy.

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2017 SS Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 SS Seat?

There’s seating for five in the SS. Its rear seats are spacious, even for adults. Leather upholstery comes standard, along with heated and ventilated front seats.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet SS?

Every rear seat in the SS comes with a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors.

2017 Chevrolet SS Features

The SS is loaded with tech features. Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are absent, every model comes with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, hands-free smartphone integration, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface is straightforward and easy to use, and you can also change settings using either the convenient knobs or the voice recognition system. 

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2017 Chevrolet SS Dimensions

Chevrolet SS Cargo Space

The SS has 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. A rear-seat pass-through accommodates long items like skis, but the seats don't fold down to give you extra cargo space.

Chevrolet SS Length and Weight

The SS measures 16.3 feet. Its curb weight is between 3,960 and 3,975 pounds. 

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet SS Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 SS in Australia.

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