2004 Chevrolet SSR Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Chevrolet SSR - Road Test Specs

2004 Chevrolet SSR Regular Cab

(5.3L V8 4-speed Automatic 4.1 ft. Bed)


Model year2004
Style2dr Regular Cab Convertible LS Rwd SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$41,995.00
As-tested MSRP$44,260.00


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)335 @ 4,000
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent with coil springs/shocks
Suspension, rearLive axle with leaf springs/shocks
Steering typepower-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire size, frontP295/40R20
Tire size, rearP235/45R17
Brakes, frontfour-wheel ventilated disc with ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.9
0-75 mph (sec.)11.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.92 @ 69
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.32
60-0 mph (ft.)125.44
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)38.1
Sound level @ idle (dB)54
@ Full throttle (dB)86
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSound and fury (both audible and visual) accompany the SSR wherever it goes. But actual acceleration times don't back up the truck's image. In reality, the fact that a 4,700-pound truck, with super-tall rear tires and a four-speed automatic, can still break into the 15s is a testament to the ability of Chevy's 5.3-liter V8. Traction is not an issue because of those 10-inch wide rear tires, even with traction control deactivated. The tranmission shifts crisply at redline (5,500 rpm), and the exhaust note is as captivating as the Slingshot Yellow paint. We did notice a drop in acceleration times after the first run, and this drop accompanied a noticeable rise in the temperature gauge. While the vehicle never overheated, its temperature gauge's behavior suggests that sitting still, or idling a low speed on a hot day, is not the SSR's favorite passtime.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWhile ABS noise and vibration during maximum braking was acceptable, the sinking response of the pedal was not. This is not unique to the SSR, as the TrailBlazer and Silverado also display this quality to varying degrees. It's not that the vehicle doesn't come to a stop in a relatively short distance, it's that the sinking pedal makes you briefly wonder if it will stop at all. The SSR also pulled slightly to the right during the second and third stops while displaying slight, but acceptable, front-end dive. As already mentioned, the actual stopping distances were impressive for such a heavy vehicle.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe steering is slow and heavy, but it's also accurate (rack-and-pinion) and confident. The SSR stays extremely flat and well behaved in the slalom, despite its solid rear axle and truck platform. The back end will come around when powering out of the final cones, but in a very predictable and controllable manner (unlike the TrailBlazer/Envoy/Rainier). The same wide transmission gearing and tall tires that slow it down when accelerating allowed the vehicle to stay in second gear during slalom testing (though throttle response was still lethargic). Not a nimble vehicl, but more purely capable than you might think in terms of handling. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)Not Available
Wind (mph, direction)Not Available

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 16/19 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not Available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4760
Length (in.)191.4
Width (in.)78.6
Height (in.)64.2
Wheelbase (in.)116
Legroom, front (in.)42.1
Legroom, rear (in.)Not Available
Headroom, front (in.)40
Headroom, rear (in.)Not Available
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)23
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not Available


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemOnStar
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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