2017 Chevrolet SS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet SS was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2017 Chevrolet SS is a worthy pick for the driving enthusiast, but it works just fine as a daily driver as well. The SS' cabin is attractive and features a mix of materials, many of which would fit well in a luxury vehicle. The seats are comfortable and roomy, and trunk space is about average for a large car.

The SS has a lot of standard features, and the climate and audio controls are easy to use. However, the SS lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are among the latest and greatest smartphone connectivity tools.

  • There's some hard plastic, but most materials are about right for a car in this price range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cleanly designed, the dashboard is finished with soft-touch materials, and two bucket seats with the SS logo stitched into the seat back come standard up front. Ice blue ambient lighting and two types of chrome trim add a premium touch to the appearance." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

The 2017 SS seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated and ventilated front seats. The front seats are supportive, and both rows have enough space to accommodate adults. The wide rear doors make it easy to get in and out of the back seat and to install a car seat if necessary. Speaking of car seats, the SS has two full sets of LATCH connectors, ensuring that this sports sedan is also a capable family vehicle.

  • "With all the sports-sedan hardware, it's easy to forget that Chevy's SS is also a comfortable sedan for five people. All seats are upholstered in leather and suede-like trim, and the front seats are especially supportive, offering plenty of leg and headroom. The rear seats offer good legroom, although headroom is a little tighter." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But the SS is indeed a large sedan, and that's good news when it comes to transporting passengers. The rear seats are roomy, and there's ample headroom and hip room both in front and in back. Think of the SS as a more practical, more upscale 4-door Camaro, and you wouldn't be too far off." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "With ample room for up to five passengers, the SS' interior is better equipped than its performance-oriented drivetrain might suggest." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the SS include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, hands-free smartphone integration, satellite radio, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. OnStar RemoteLink, which allows you to lock and unlock your car, locate your vehicle, and receive real-time vehicular data with your smartphone, is also standard. A sunroof is available.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision alert, a head-up display, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The SS' long standard features list is one of the reasons it carries a higher starting price than many class rivals, as many features come standard in the SS that are options in competitors. However, the SS is still unavailable with some of the newest connectivity features, most notably Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As for using the features, you should have little trouble. The climate and audio functions are easy to use, and the MyLink system's voice-recognition capability responds to a wide range of phrases, letting you control many functions without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

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  • The infotainment system is straightforward, but it's an older-generation system that doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Speaking of more upscale, we must admit the SS surprises us with its level of standard equipment. Sedans from mainstream brands like Chevrolet don't tend to include a parallel-parking system standard, nor do they offer navigation, cooled seats, Magnetic Ride Control or 19-in alloys at no charge. We appreciate the features, and we feel spoiled when we use them, but we wonder if eliminating them could've lowered the SS's price." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Dashboard knobs and buttons mounted on the three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel gives users alternate options for controlling MyLink, and there is also a voice recognition system for hands-free calls, destination entering, song selection and more. Its 'natural language' capability can recognize a staggering number of phrases - effectively eliminating the need for clunky and cumbersome memorized commands." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Cargo

The SS has 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for a large car. Though that is a good amount of space – enough room for four sets of golf clubs – your cargo-carrying abilities are limited somewhat because the rear seats do not fold down, unlike in some class rivals. However, there is a rear-seat pass-through so you can haul long, thin items like skis.

  • The 16.4-cubic-foot trunk is generous, but with fixed rear seats, oversized cargo is limited to whatever can fit between the pass-through." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The spacious, well-equipped interior will seat five real people, and the 16.4-cubic-foot trunk will happily swallow enough luggage for a long road trip." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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