2017 Chevrolet SS

2017 Chevrolet SS Review

Underneath the plain family-sedan styling beats the rumbling heart of a Corvette V8.
4.0 / 5
Edmunds overall rating
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by Dan Frio
Edmunds Editor

Edmunds expert review

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.



What's new for 2017

The 2017 Chevrolet SS carries over into its final year of production unchanged.

We 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.



Trim levels & features

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).

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5

Driving

4.0 / 5

Acceleration4.0 / 5
Braking5.0 / 5
Steering4.0 / 5
Handling5.0 / 5
Drivability4.0 / 5

Comfort

3.0 / 5

Seat comfort3.0 / 5
Ride comfort4.0 / 5
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5

Interior

3.0 / 5

Ease of use3.0 / 5
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5
Roominess5.0 / 5
Visibility3.0 / 5

Driving4.0

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.

Acceleration4.0

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.

Braking5.0

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.

Steering4.0

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.

Handling5.0

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.

Drivability4.0

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.

Comfort3.0

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 comfort3.0

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

Ride comfort4.0

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 & vibration4.5

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.

Interior3.0

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 use3.0

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 out4.0

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.

Roominess5.0

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.

Visibility3.0

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 space3.0

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.

Edmunds expert review process

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