KBB Editors' Overview
By Micah Muzio - Updated Date: 2/19/2014
Back when General Motors killed Pontiac, we mourned the loss of the G8 sedan, a rebadged version of Australia's raucous Holden Commodore. For the 2014 model year, our sadness turns to triumph as the latest-generation Commodore returns to America, this time as the 2014 Chevrolet SS. Filling a high-performance niche above Chevy's well-regarded Impala, the SS is a full-size, V8-only, 415-horsepower rear-drive sedan built to move...quickly. With fuel-efficiency as an afterthought, the SS competes with similarly hopped-up sedans like the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Ford Taurus SHO. It may not be the cheapest, most efficient or most outrageous performance sedan on the market, but for those who wants a fast car cloaked in an understated sedan package, the SS is a winner.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you need a car with five seats, plenty of passenger space and a big trunk, but you also feel the need for speed you'll like the Chevrolet SS.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you prefer performance cars that make bold styling statements, you may not like the 2014 Chevy SS sedan. Subdued sheet metal hints at the SS's speed potential rather than screaming it. For some that's a good thing, for other...not so much.
What's New for 2014
The Chevrolet SS is brand new to the U.S. for 2014.
The SS driving experience is defined by the car's 6.2-liter V8 engine, which sends its 415-horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. In a straight line, Chevy's big sedan can hit 60 mph in about five seconds. In the corners, direct steering, a taut suspension and sticky tires conspire to deliver very capable handling and, consequently, fun. Really push the handling limits and you're greeted by docile understeer, making the Chevrolet SS a thrilling but manageable car to drive fast. When motoring to the grocery store, that same taut suspension, coupled with thin tire sidewalls, results in a firm ride that's ultimately tolerable, though the sharpest bumps pass from the road to the cabin with merely adequate filtering. Otherwise the 2014 SS works fine as daily transportation, offering good outward visibility, confident brakes and an automatic transmission that changes gears without drawing attention to itself.
COLOR HEAD-UP DISPLAY
With all the talk about driver distraction this is one feature everyone can appreciate. Using the windshield as a mirror, the head-up display transparently places helpful information right in the driver's line of sight.
Included with a 5-year complimentary subscription as part of OnStar, RemoteLink allows owners to lock, unlock, activate the lights and horn, and start their car's engine using a simple app on their smartphone.
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