2016 Chevrolet SS Review

Part sports car, part four-door sedan, the 2016 Chevrolet SS is a superb choice for spirited drivers looking for something roomier than the typical muscle car. It has forceful acceleration, athletic handling, spacious seats, and a long list of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Robust list of standard infotainment technology
  • Full suite of standard advanced safety features
  • Spacious back seat
  • Poor fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Chevrolet SS Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet SS a Good Used Car?

If you drool over the strapping Chevrolet Camaro or Corvette but can't see yourself in a two-door car, you'll love the Chevrolet SS. This sports sedan has exhilarating performance, loads of standard features, and a roomy interior … but you'll pay a hefty price. The SS' low position in our rankings is due in large part to its cost of ownership scores, which indicate that owning the SS may cost more than owning other large cars.

Used 2016 Chevrolet SS Performance and Interior

With one look under the hood, it's easy to see why the Chevy SS is an authentic muscle car. Powering this sedan is a 415-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine – the same engine that can be found in the Camaro and Corvette. With its standard six-speed automatic transmission, the SS can launch from a dead stop to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission is also available.

This level of performance results in a gas guzzler, though; the SS' fuel economy rating of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway is the worst in the segment. During road tests, the SS sedan proved comfortable on the highway but still athletic through turns. Rare for this class is the SS’ inclusion of Brembo brakes and Magnetic Ride Control as standard components. This suspension system adjusts to changing road conditions in milliseconds, with three distinct driving modes to match the ride quality to your preferences.

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The SS’ interior is handsome, with high-end materials throughout and supportive front seats. The SS can't match the cabin space of a minivan, but its back seat is roomy enough to work as a kid hauler. There is actually more real estate in this zone than with the longer Ford Taurus. There are upper and lower LATCH anchors on every back seat (not always the case), giving you free rein to clip in child safety seats wherever you please. Trunk space is average for the class.

An extensive list of trinkets comes standard, starting with an easy-to-use infotainment system. The voice recognition system works well and knows many phrases, so you won't have to memorize awkward voice commands. Other inclusions are dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The SS also has a full suite of standard driver assistance features.

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Used 2016 Chevrolet SS Prices

Currently, 2016 SS prices hover around $43,500. The vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location can impact the price. You can use our U.S. News Best Price Program to find great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Like our other car reviews, our 2016 Chevrolet SS review isn’t based on personal opinion. Instead, we've pulled together two dozen pieces of information to rank the SS and offer you a complete picture of the car's performance, reliability, and price.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet SS?

The 2016 SS is expected to be a touch more dependable than the average large car, with a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That's better than the scores of the Ford Taurus, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Charger.

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How Safe Is the SS?

The SS has no safety ratings, as it hasn't undergone any crash test evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, every model comes with an impressive list of standard advanced safety features: forward collision alert, a head-up display, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used SS?

Chevrolet launched the SS in the U.S. in 2014, but it has been sold for much longer in other parts of the world under the name Holden Commodore. The current generation extends from the 2014 to 2017 model years. You'll probably want to skip the inaugural model, as it misses out on standard Magnetic Ride Control, rear Brembo brakes, and a Wi-Fi hot spot – all of which were added for 2015. The available manual transmission also made its entrance that year. Few changes were made for 2016, so you may be able to save a little money by purchasing a 2015 model instead. If you want a newer Chevrolet SS, don't wait too long: Chevrolet is ending production of this sedan in 2017.

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Which Used Chevrolet SS Is Right for Me?

For the most part, the SS is one size fits all. There is only one trim for 2016, but don't be disheartened; it comes with an impressive amount of standard features. A sunroof, a manual transmission, and different wheels are among the few available features for this sedan.

If you want an SS with a factory warranty, seek out a certified pre-owned model. 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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2016 Chevrolet SS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet SS or 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

Chevrolet has two large cars on the 2016 docket: the SS and the Impala. Their personalities are polar opposites: the sporty SS sedan is on one side, while the comfortable, classy Impala is on the other. The Impala is much gentler on your wallet, and though its cabin isn't quite as roomy as the SS’, it’s still very spacious and pleasant. When the Impala was new, we named it the Best Large Car for Families and the Best Large Car for the Money. In contrast to the rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered SS, the Impala is a front-wheel-drive car with either a four- or six-cylinder engine.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet SS or 2016 Dodge Charger?

Similar to the SS, the Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan with muscle car genes – though it gives you a choice of multiple beefy engines. With its standard V6, the Charger is significantly more fuel-efficient than the SS, and its three performance trims all have more powerful V8 engines. Unlike the SS, the Charger is available with all-wheel drive.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet SS or 2016 Ford Taurus?

If you're in the market for a used sport sedan, the base Ford Taurus probably won't do anything for you. But the Taurus SHO might. This seemingly innocuous vehicle is powered by a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and has a spacious trunk and a user-friendly infotainment system. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive. Still, the SHO isn't quite as athletic as the SS.

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