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2014 Chevrolet SS Review

The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the class' performance leader, boasting sports-car-like agility and a potent V8 engine. While it comes packed with tech features, the SS is also the most expensive car in the large car class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful standard V8
  • Agile handling
  • Subpar gas mileage
  • High ownership costs




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Chevrolet SS Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet SS a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Chevrolet SS, a four-door sedan, outperforms every other car in the large car class thanks to its potent V8 engine and athletic handling. However, if you're looking for a practical daily driver instead of a weekend sports car, most rivals are better – and significantly lower priced. You can also expect frequent stops at the pump due to the SS’ poor fuel economy estimates.   

Used 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance and Interior

Powering the rear-wheel-drive 2014 Chevrolet SS is the only standard V8 engine in the class. It generates an astounding 415 horsepower and puts down vigorous acceleration and thrilling speed. An automatic transmission with a manual shift control is standard. With all that power comes expectedly low fuel economy estimates of 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Through turns, the large sedan feels rather composed and has responsive steering. Its ride, while firm, is also comfortable. 

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The quiet, five-person Chevy SS sedan has standard leather seats and a leather steering wheel. The heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats provide plenty of support, and sightlines are good in all directions. The back seats have ample room for adults. 

Chevrolet loaded the SS with standard features, including an 8-inch touch-screen MyLink infotainment system, a voice-controlled navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, a USB port, an auxiliary input, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a long list of advanced safety features. A power sunroof is available.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet SS Prices

Pricing on the 2014 Chevrolet SS base sedan averages about $30,400. However, your final price will depend on the car's location, condition, mileage, and features. If you're looking for a lower-priced sporty sedan, consider an older rival like the Pontiac G8 GT, which has a muscular V8.

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We Did the Research for You: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched nine Chevrolet SS reviews alongside hard data like reliability scores and costs of ownership to help you make the smartest car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet SS?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2014 SS a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's a bit above average on J.D. Power's market-wide rating scale, but most cars in the class have a score of four or better.

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How Safe Is the SS?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted crash tests on the Chevrolet SS. While the SS lacks a safety score, Chevrolet didn't skimp on its high-tech safety features. The SS comes with parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a head-up display, a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used SS?

Chevrolet began producing the SS for the 2014 model year. It has just one generation, which continues through 2017. The 2015 SS may cost a bit more than the 2014 model, but it received some worthwhile upgrades, like standard Magnetic Ride Control, an available six-speed manual transmission, and OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Which Used Chevrolet SS Is Right for Me?

Choosing an SS is simple. There is just one trim level, and the only available feature is a power sunroof. However, if you're considering other model years, 2015 and later SS models give you the option of a six-speed manual transmission.

Chevrolet also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. For all of 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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2014 Chevrolet SS and Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet SS is just about the only performance-oriented car in the class; it emphasizes sportiness where rivals focus on practicality. The SS offers 140 more horsepower than its sporty Chevy sibling, the Camaro. The mighty V8-powered Chevy Corvette has just 45 more horsepower than the SS.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet SS or 2014 Dodge Charger SRT?

The SRT is the Dodge Charger's V8-powered top performance trim, delivering 55 more horsepower than the SS. It also comes with a manual transmission, which the 2014 SS doesn’t offer (though the 2015 model does). With its available eight-speed automatic transmission, the Charger SRT gets a couple more mpg on the highway than the SS. The SRT and SS have comparable performances, but the SS pulls ahead due to the Charger's class-trailing reliability rating and cramped back seats.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet SS or 2014 Chevrolet Impala?

The Impala and SS are both large sedans from Chevrolet. While they share some traits, the Impala is overall the better car for day-to-day driving. It isn't as fast or as fun-to-drive as the SS, but it earns impressive fuel economy estimates, has a user-friendly infotainment system, and more trunk space. Additionally, it has a lower average total cost than the SS.

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