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2017 Chevrolet SS Performance Review

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


Performance: 9.4

The 2017 Chevrolet SS is a performance sedan that features a powerful V8 engine and dynamic handling abilities. It feels stable around corners, and an adjustable suspension lets you alter the driving dynamics to suit your preferences. Though it is fun to drive, the SS takes a beating at the pump; it has poor gas mileage ratings, even compared to other performance sedans.

  • "The 2017 Chevrolet SS might just be the perfect sleeper sedan. Its fender vents and big wheels and tires suggest aggressiveness without screaming it. But the reality is that this is a full-fledged sports sedan, with a Corvette-derived V8 engine powering the rear wheels through an available 6-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes that give this big, comfortable, 5-passenger American sedan the moves of a high-end German luxury sports sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Get behind the wheel, and the SS quickly impresses … because it's able to combine quick acceleration with agile handling that makes you feel like you're in a much smaller car. You're not, as the SS weighs in at a whopping 4,000 pounds, but thanks to fine-tuned suspension and a brute-force engine, the SS certainly doesn't feel like the large sedan that it is." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Equipped with electric power steering, the SS is first and foremost a driver's car." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Acceleration and Power

A 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 415 horsepower is standard in the SS. The engine also puts out 415 pound-feet of torque, and it's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed manual is available at no extra charge. The SS has power to spare, and Chevy estimates it will go from zero to 60 mph in under five seconds, which is normally considered sports-car territory.

All that power comes at a cost, however; the SS is one of the least fuel-efficient cars in the class, even when compared to other performance sedans. With either transmission, it earns an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The SS also requires premium gasoline, so you'll not only fill up more often but also pay more per gallon.

  • "In a straight line, the Chevy SS hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds - faster than many sports cars." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "In the SS, the transition from part throttle to full-on is sweetly smooth, [with] 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)

Handling and Braking

The SS comes standard with rear-wheel drive and Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension system, which lets you choose from multiple settings. The settings affect driving dynamics, allowing you to tailor the SS' ride and handling abilities to suit your driving style. Regardless of which setting you choose, the SS provides sharp steering and is capable on winding roads. It also delivers a smooth ride over most road surfaces.

  • "The Chevy SS backs up its power with a suspension boasting GM's excellent Magnetic Ride Control adjustable shock absorbers, big Brembo brakes, and quick and linear steering. It makes the Chevy SS an eager companion on the open road, … with the confidence to aggressively take corners. It's no exaggeration to say that we're reminded of German sports sedans like the BMW 5 Series when driving the Chevy SS. Downsides are few; the suspension is harsh on rough surfaces despite the Magnetic Ride Control, and it's no surprise that the big V8 isn't very fuel-efficient." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 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
  • "Ride and handling is another area where the SS excels. Grip from the … 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)

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