2017 Chevrolet SS Review

Pros & Cons

  • Standard V8 engine delivers thrilling acceleration
  • Spacious interior with a sizable backseat
  • Handles remarkably well for a large sedan
  • One of the few large sedans available with a manual transmission
  • Standard V8 engine returns poor fuel economy
  • Interior materials feel low rent for the car's price
  • Single trim level means less ability to tailor to preference
  • Tech/entertainment interface can be slow and frustrating
Other years
Chevrolet SS for Sale
List Price Range
$38,750 - $40,742

Used SS for Sale
Select your model:
See all for sale

Get More For Your Trade-In

Get More For Your Trade-In

Edmunds shoppers get on average $235 more for their trade-in.
Find out what your car is really worth in minutes.
See your car's value

Which SS does Edmunds recommend?

If you're more into casual cruising with occasional bursts of high-performance adrenaline, you might find an SS with the automatic transmission and sunroof an ideal fit. If you're the kind who regularly dances on the edge of repeated traffic violations, skip the sunroof and select the manual transmission. Both help to shave some pounds off the car. In either case, we'd recommend opting for the full-size spare tire.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

Ever find yourself wishing for a four-door Camaro? Neither do we. But if we did, we'd be happy with a 2017 Chevrolet SS. A large, five-passenger sedan, the SS is for the driving enthusiast who can't fit the family in a two-seat sports coupe. It's made of all the parts and pieces you'd expect of a muscle car, including a powerful V8 engine borrowed from the previous-generation Corvette, rear-wheel drive, an optional six-speed manual transmission, even a limited-slip differential. But large dimensions and a long list of standard features also mean the SS can accommodate and entertain more than just the driver.

But the Chevy SS isn't just a family-friendly burnout machine. High-performance tires and an adaptive suspension also give the SS surprisingly good handling. The brakes do an exceptional job hauling this big car down from high speeds. Heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery and driver aids such as lane departure warning and parallel parking assist give the SS a high-end feel. The MyLink tech interface includes a large touchscreen, a navigation system and control of certain smartphone apps.

There are some blemishes we can't overlook, though. Contrast stitching and suede accents are nice touches around the cabin, but they can't mask the rental car feel of some of the materials or the inattention to some details. The trunk, too, is small, and rear seats that don't fold down hinder the SS' cargo utility. The exterior styling, which you might mistake for a bloated version of Chevy's compact Malibu, looks unremarkable.

Most of these shortcomings diminish once you lay your foot into the gas pedal. Simply put, this kind of car, especially with a manual transmission, is in short supply in our country. Soon you won't be able to buy a new one because Chevy intends to cease production of the SS after the 2017 model year. If the idea of easy power, tons of grip, great brakes, four doors and a manual gearbox makes you smile, go buy it before the combination disappears forever.

2017 Chevrolet SS models

The 2017 Chevrolet SS is available in one well-equipped trim level (base) with just three options: a power sunroof, a full-size spare tire and a manual transmission. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter V8 engine (415 horsepower, 415 pound-feet of torque) and either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The SS is rear-wheel-drive only.

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, an adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes (front and rear), xenon headlights, heated power mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, automatic wipers, keyless entry and ignition, remote start (automatic transmission only), dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and leather upholstery.

Standard technology includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an automated parallel-parking system, blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, a head-up display, a navigation system, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet's MyLink interface, voice controls including Siri Eyes Free, OnStar (with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot capability) and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and iPod-USB connectivity.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Chevrolet SS (6.2L V8 | 6-speed manual | RWD manual).

Driving

4.0
A sedan this big shouldn't be this fun. Not only is there ample power from the 6.2-liter V8, but the SS has world-class brakes, excellent steering and a well-sorted chassis. This is a car that'll hold its own on the dragstrip as well as in the mountains.

Acceleration

4.0
Big V8 power (415 hp) and torque (415 lb-ft) make for exceptional acceleration. The engine pulls to redline in a snap, yet it's easy to manage wheelspin. Great sound, too. The six-speed shifter doesn't like to be rushed, though, and feels notchy.

Braking

5.0
High-performance tires, a sophisticated suspension and Brembo brakes haul this big sedan down from 60 mph in only 106 feet. That's an impressively short distance. The pedal feel is a little softer than you might expect given the enormous stopping power.

Steering

4.0
Steering on the SS is surprisingly accurate and well-weighted and gives a decent amount of road feel through the electric power-assist steering. It lets you drive right to the limits of the tires.

Handling

5.0
On winding roads the SS shines with plenty of grip and an easy-to-drive personality. The standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension makes this car thoroughly competent in all types of driving with minimal body roll and predictable responses to inputs.

Drivability

4.0
In normal drive modes, the throttle response is lazy and requires a deliberate kick to get the motor going. The manual transmission hates to be rushed, particularly the 2-3 shift, but plentiful power from the smooth V8 makes merging easy.

Comfort

3.0
The Chevy SS can't quite figure out what it wants to be. The ride is almost floaty in Tour mode, yet all kinds of jiggly in Performance. The seats have big bolsters that won't fit all body types, and they're not particularly comfy for long hauls.

Seat comfort

3.0
The seats on the SS are visually interesting, which, in this case, translates to something that feels lumpy instead of supportive.

Ride comfort

4.0
The Chevy SS comes with standard adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension. The settings (Tour, Sport, Performance) don't change the car's behavior as drastically as some other systems. Performance mode can be bouncy; Tour is soft enough for daily commuting.

Noise & vibration

4.5
The engine and exhaust sound good but could stand to be a little more prominent. Overall the cabin is hushed, with minimal wind noise. The high-performance tires transfer some hum into the cabin.

Interior

3.0
Other than the overall size and ease of entry, there's nothing special going on inside the SS. It does have a huge backseat and decent trunk space, but it's also saddled with the confusing MyLink infotainment system and old GM switchgear that's never been easy to use.

Ease of use

3.0
The user interface is confusing to learn. What should be simple radio and navigation commands take long to process and aren't obvious. Steering wheel controls have small buttons that are difficult to use. Climate controls, though, are excellent.

Getting in/getting out

4.0
The SS has huge doors that make getting in and out a breeze. The seats aren't too high or too low. Even rear passengers will be able to get in without difficulty. A good pick if you frequently have adults in the backseat.

Roominess

5.0
Passenger room in the SS is excellent. There's ample headroom, legroom and shoulder room in all seats. This is a big car, after all. The front seats have enough room for just about anyone, and a pair of 6-foot-tall passengers can lounge in the back for extended periods without discomfort.

Visibility

3.0
Thankfully a rearview camera is standard because rearward visibility isn't great. The trunk is quite high and difficult to see over. Forward visibility is good, but you sit low and the sides of the car can feel high.

Quality

The build quality is not quite as solid as we'd expect for the price. Our test car has numerous misaligned panels, and some materials aren't pleasant to touch.

Utility

The rear seats don't fold down, a big utility-killer for a roomy car like this.

Small-item storage

Interior storage is minimal with hard-to-access door pockets and a small center console. Very good cupholders, though.

Cargo space

3.0
The SS has a 16.4-cubic-foot trunk, smaller than the trunks of most competitors. The non-folding rear seats hamper cargo versatility.

Technology

The 8-inch MyLink touchscreen is crisply rendered and responsive. Although Chevy recently improved touchscreen response and processing times, we still prefer the Dodge Charger's more intuitive touchscreen.

Audio & navigation

Navigation and a nine-speaker Bose audio system come standard. Both are competent systems, although neither is particularly exceptional.

Smartphone integration

iPhone- and Android-compatible. Stores up to five paired smartphones. Offers Pandora radio control through touchscreen and voice-to-text messaging functions.

Driver aids

The automated parallel parking system is a curious inclusion given the SS' high-performance nature. Other useful safety aids include a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

Voice control

Includes Siri Eyes for voice control of an iPhone.

EdmundsScorecard

Overall4.0 / 5
Driving4.0
Comfort3.0
Interior3.0

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Chevrolet SS.

Trending topics in reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

M5 at half the cost
Paul Lavelle,08/03/2017
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
This car pushes all the proper sport sedan buttons. It has the power to satisfy all but the crazies out there. Sophisticated adjustable suspension, exhaust function, steering feel and throttle mapping let you go from quiet sedate street driving to all out controlled sideways power induced oversteer with a turn of the control knob from the tour mode to the performance mode. Huge highly visible red caliper Brembo brakes to haul you down from very illegal velocities immediately identify this car as something special. Aside from the Brembos, there is very little else drawing attention to the true potential bottled up inside. You need only to "rub the lamp" to unleash the Mr. Hyde disposition. It can comfortably carry 4 or 5 adults. The manual transmission puts it in rare company for 4 door, V8 powered sedans. And, it is a very crisp and solid transmission with clean engagement and no discernible slop in the shifter. The clutch performs equally well while giving you confidence that it is up to the potential provided by the 6.2 liter Chevy LS3 V8 churning out 415 HP and 415 lb.ft. If you aspire to a full size, 4 door sport sedan with superb power and an unequalled fun factor, this is the car for you. I now have 2,700 miles on mine and these miles have provided me validation of my purchase every time I fire up its V8 and slide it in to 1st gear. I just love the car. I just sold my 2007 Audi S4 V8 manual transmission auto and replaced it with this SS. No regrets. Now with over 11,000 miles in 7 months, I still am excited every time I fire the V8 up. It not only sounds great but lives up to the sound with its performance. I'm now looking forward to replacing the Bridgestone tires with Michelin PS4s. Now, with 38000 miles I have these comments. My car is now on its 4th oil pump. The first one failed and the dealer (whom I did not buy the car from because they didn't have and couldn't get one) took 11 days to diagnose and repair. Fortunately it was under warranty as were the next two. It is now on its 4th and seems to be OK. Other than this, the car has remained rock solid reliable. The Michelin PS 4s are more than phenomenal. I got 1.33 Gs on a turn I could only get 1.10 Gs on with the stock tires. They also now have 23000 miles on them versus the stock 15000. They need replacing now. I still have the same great feeling every time I start it and hear and feel the wonderful V8 rumble to life. The fun factor is GREAT. I get many looks and questions. Is that an Impala or Malibu is often asked. Most have never heard of it. The rarity of this car, particularly with the 6 speed manual transmission is also appealing to me. I love the car.
Needs the Discount!!!
Myron Mayberry,06/15/2017
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
This is a great car that was poorly marketed. GM put out a 20% discount on the car and at $40,000.00 it is a steal!
REVIEW
Terry b.,04/02/2019
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
Good value, Fun ride
“ Never saw one before”
MO~,11/01/2019
4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
Even the smog guy was skeptical as I explained the SS PERFORMANCE SEDAN, UNTIL HE OPENED THE HOOD! Just a wonderful command of the road and other drivers, as they wonder what it is that’s moving along like a magic carpet passing by!

Features & Specs

See all Used 2017 Chevrolet SS features & specs

Safety

Our experts like the SS models:

Side Blind Zone Alert
Indicates the presence of vehicles in blind spots with an LED-lit symbol in the side mirrors.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Warns the driver of vehicles approaching from the side when backing out of a parking spot.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns the driver if the car starts to drift out of the lane without a turn signal activated.

More about the 2017 Chevrolet SS

Used 2017 Chevrolet SS Overview

The Used 2017 Chevrolet SS is offered in the following submodels: SS Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2017 Chevrolet SS?

Price comparisons for Used 2017 Chevrolet SS trim styles:

  • The Used 2017 Chevrolet SS Base is priced between $38,750 and$40,742 with odometer readings between 28161 and49573 miles.

Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

Which used 2017 Chevrolet SSES are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2017 Chevrolet SS for sale near. There are currently 2 used and CPO 2017 SSES listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $38,750 and mileage as low as 28161 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2017 Chevrolet SS.

Can't find a used 2017 Chevrolet SSs you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a used Chevrolet SS for sale - 9 great deals out of 18 listings starting at $10,033.

Find a used Chevrolet for sale - 10 great deals out of 23 listings starting at $11,476.

Find a used certified pre-owned Chevrolet SS for sale - 1 great deals out of 18 listings starting at $7,553.

Find a used certified pre-owned Chevrolet for sale - 2 great deals out of 8 listings starting at $21,932.

Should I lease or buy a 2017 Chevrolet SS?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Check out Chevrolet lease specials
Check out Chevrolet SS lease specials