8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet SS Review

The 2015 Chevrolet SS gives its rivals a run for their money with its top-notch performance, high-quality interior materials, and user-friendly infotainment system. 

Pros & Cons

  • Robust acceleration
  • Athletic handling
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Fixed rear seats limit cargo capacity

New for 2015

 

  • Standard Magnetic Ride Control
  • Available six-speed manual transmission
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and integrated Wi-Fi hot spot

 

2015 Chevrolet SS Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet SS a Good Used Car?

The SS comes with a generous list of standard features and a robust engine. If you want a mixture of athletic handling and premium cabin materials, the SS is sure to satisfy. However, this large car’s cargo capacity is limited by its fixed rear seats.

Used 2015 Chevrolet SS Performance and Interior

The 2015 Chevrolet SS comes with a powerful, incredibly fast V8 engine that makes 415-horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while a six-speed manual transmission is available. The SS gets 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. With the manual, city fuel economy increases to 15 mpg. Overall, these are low estimates for the class.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the SS. Also standard is Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension, which includes Tour, Sport, and Performance modes. The SS has outstanding handling and communicative steering. It rides comfortably over rough roads and has controlled body motions.

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The SS is a sedan that seats five on standard leather upholstery. Power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats are also standard, and a sunroof is available. The front seats are spacious and supportive, and there is ample legroom in the rear. All three rear seats provide lower anchors and upper tethers for installing child safety seats. Cargo room is average for the class at 16.4 cubic feet. The trunk’s utility is hampered by the fixed rear seats, making it difficult to transport large or bulky items.

Standard features in the SS include a head-up display, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which includes a navigation system, an 8-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

The SS' infotainment controls are intuitively laid out, and there are physical knobs and buttons for performing common functions without using the touch screen. MyLink's voice recognition system is responsive and straightforward.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet SS Prices

The average starting price of a used 2015 Chevrolet SS is about $34,800.

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With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to pick the right used car. We've analyzed 18 Chevrolet SS reviews alongside fuel economy estimates, reliability scores, and more to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet SS?

The 2015 SS has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is slightly above average.

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How Safe Is the SS?

The 2015 Chevrolet SS was not crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The SS comes with a generous list of standard safety features, including automatic park assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring. 

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Should I Consider Another Used SS?

The 2015 Chevy SS is part of this sedan's first – and only – generation, which began in 2014 and ended with the 2017 model year. The 2015 model saw the addition of a Wi-Fi hot spot and a six-speed manual transmission. There were only minor changes for the 2016 model year. If you don’t want the manual transmission or hot spot, save money by choosing a 2014 model.

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Which Used Chevrolet SS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 SS only comes in one trim, with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. It comes chock full of standard features, and a sunroof is available. Your choice mainly comes down to whether you want a manual or an automatic transmission.

You may consider spending a bit more for a certified pre-owned vehicle. For all of its CPO 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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2015 Chevrolet SS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet SS or 2015 Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger offers a lineup of four powerful engines ranging from 292 horsepower to a whopping 707 horsepower (Charger SRT Hellcat). It is available with all-wheel drive and has poised handling with little body roll – though it isn't as athletic as the SS. The Charger's interior also can't compete with that of the SS. While the cabin is spacious, it is fitted with hard, cheap materials and seats that lack the support of the SS. The SS also has a higher reliability rating. Unless you want the Hellcat's extreme horsepower (which comes at a much higher price), go with the more well-rounded SS.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet SS or 2015 Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala won our 2015 Best Large Car for the Money and Best Large Car for Families awards. It gives you the option of three engines – ranging from 196 horsepower to 305 horsepower. The upgraded V6 is most comparable to the SS' V8; it produces quick acceleration and strong power for highway passing. The Impala is well-controlled through turns, but it doesn’t provide the sporty handling of the SS. The Impala and SS have similar interiors and technology, so your choice comes down to how performance-tuned you want your car to be.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet SS or 2015 BMW M5?

The BMW M5 is a luxury midsize car with a 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. It has agile handling and takes twists and turns with confidence. Its very spacious interior provides luxurious materials. The M5’s standard features are similar to the SS', including heated seats, leather upholstery, navigation, park assist, and smartphone integration. The M5 will inevitably cost more because of its luxury badge; you can get similar performance and features in the SS for less money.

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