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2015 Chevrolet SS Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Chevrolet SS was new.


Performance: 9.5

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Chevrolet SS is an exhilarating car to drive, with quick acceleration provided by its V8 engine, as well as nimble handling and responsive steering. The SS also rides comfortably, reviewers say, though some mention that its automatic transmission shifts a bit slowly.

  • "And like the Dodge Charger SRT and Ford Taurus SHO, the Chevy SS serves a small but fervent audience of performance enthusiasts who want family-hauling practicality in a sedan that will embarrass most sports cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Equipped with electric power steering, the SS is first and foremost a driver's car." -- Left Lane News
  • "The SS feels like it's built for shaking off pricey German hangers-on in one quick shot of back-road glory. From behind the wheel, where it matters, the SS is clearly dedicated to just that task." -- Edmunds (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The Chevrolet SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. It is available with a six-speed automatic transmission or a new-for-2015 six-speed manual. With the automatic transmission, the 2015 SS returns an EPA-estimated 14/21 mpg city/highway, which is low compared with other performance-oriented sedans in the class.

Test drivers agree that the SS is incredibly fast, and several note that it accelerates nearly as quickly as some sports cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette.Some critics think the automatic transmission operates smoothly, but others think it shifts too slowly.

  • "In a straight line, the Chevy SS hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds - faster than many sports cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In the SS, the transition from part throttle to full-on is sweetly smooth, without no angry reaction from the rear end. This car tolerates bravado or silliness without vengeance. The transmission works for every purpose, be it lazy, comfortable self-shifting, precise, speedy manual operation or something in between." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "Thanks to its relatively svelte 3931-pound curb weight, sticky Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires, and easy-to-launch six-speed automatic transmission, the 415-hp SS sprints to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 111 mph. That's comparable to the times of the quickest stick-shift Camaros we've tested and only half a second or so behind the illustrious C7 Corvette." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "The most notable nit to pick with the driving experience is the SS's six-speed automatic transmission. Not only is GM's unit a few gears short of most of its competitors, the Hyrda-Matic 6L80 can sometimes be a bit slow to shift. …" -- Autoblog (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 SS has rear-wheel drive and comes standard with Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension, which includes Tour, Sport and Performance modes. Reviewers are impressed with the SS' athletic handling, ample road grip and communicative steering. They add that it has controlled body motions and rides comfortably over rough roads.

  • "The newly-standard Magnetic Ride Control uses fluid-filled shocks that can change their viscosity based on magnetic charge. Those changes are dictated by sensors that read the road surface every millisecond, providing a more responsive ride in all driving conditions." -- Left Lane News
  • "In corners, direct steering, an adaptable suspension and sticky tires conspire to deliver capable handling and, consequently, fun. Really push the handling limits and you're greeted by docile understeer, making the Chevrolet SS a thrilling but manageable car to drive fast." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ride and handling is another area where the SS excels. Grip from the 245/40ZR19 front and 275/35ZR19 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires is plentiful, and its ability to stick in a corner doesn't result in a harsh ride. Instead, the SS is firm, comfortable and never floaty on the road, and I never hit any bumps large enough to upset its chassis." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "Electrically assisted steering is used, but it hasn't dulled this sedan's responses compared to more traditional hydraulic setups. In fact, one of the SS's biggest strengths is steering so well endowed with feedback that we'd confidently toss the big sedan into a powerslide with our mother-in-law in the passenger seat." -- Edmunds (2014)

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