Used 2015 Chevrolet SS Sedan
Chevrolet SS Sedan
The 2015 Chevy SS looks like an ordinary sedan but is a beast within thanks to a thunderous but thirsty V8.
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Chevy’s 2015 SS looks like an ordinary sedan on the outside but hides a beast within. That's what results when you stuff a Corvette-derived V8 under the hood of a 5-passenger family car. Now in its second year, the Chevy SS marks the return of a full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan to the automaker's lineup after nearly two decades. Like the late Pontiac G8, the SS is based on Australia's raucous Holden Commodore. And like the Dodge Charger SRT and Ford Taurus SHO, the Chevy SS serves a small but fervent audience of performance enthusiasts who want family-hauling practicality in a sedan that will embarrass most sports cars. At over $48,000 and with an addiction to gasoline, the SS isn't cheap but sure is thrilling.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want a sleeper of a sedan that can smoke the majority of other vehicles on the road, the Chevy SS deserves your attention. With a roomy interior and big trunk, this 415-horsepower 4-door further puts the “hauler” in “family hauler.”
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want your performance sedan to immediately be recognized as such, the aggressively designed Dodge Charger may be more appealing. Oh, and for 2015 the Dodge is available as the 707-horsepower Hellcat, aka King of the Hill. Need traction-enhancing all-wheel drive? There's the Ford Taurus SHO or V6 Charger AWD.
What's New for 2015
Manual-transmission fans, rejoice. Chevy has heard your pleas and made one available as a no-cost option for the 2015 SS. This mainstream performance sedan is further heightened with standard Magnetic Ride Control and rear Brembo brakes to match the stoppers in front. Also new is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
There's a reason you buy a Chevy SS, and it's called a 6.2-liter LS3 V8. This big, naturally aspirated engine sends 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. In a straight line, the Chevy SS hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds – faster than many sports cars. In corners, direct steering, an adaptable suspension and sticky tires conspire to deliver 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. The biggest issue we had with the SS – besides its thirst – was a taut suspension that could be jarring on rough roads. That promises to be quelled with the addition of GM's impressive Magnetic Ride Control dampening system. Shift quality is good, and standard Brembo brakes give the SS confident stopping ability.
LONG LIST OF STANDARD FEATURES
Okay, the Chevy SS isn't just about performance. Take a break from the burnouts, and you'll soon find that every model is loaded with goods. From ventilated front seats to a color head-up display, this sedan packs features with its power.
Enthusiasts were thrilled when Chevy resurrected a beloved Holden-based performance sedan for the U.S. market, but some felt snubbed with no manual in the offering. One has arrived for 2015, and the 6-speed cog-changer brings with it a more aggressive 3.70 axle ratio for better acceleration.
The Chevy SS pursues performance but never forgets it’s a people-carrying sedan. This is evident in the interior, which offers generous legroom for all. The front seats are supportive and offer ample headroom, though headroom is more limited in back. Leather trim and suede-like material add visual and tactile interest to the otherwise simple layout. Controls for audio and climate functions are easy to identify and operate. New for 2015 is a dial below the gear selector that toggles suspension settings. The 16.4-cubic-foot trunk is generous, but with fixed rear seats, oversized cargo is limited to whatever can fit between the pass-through.
The 2015 Chevy SS is subtle about the mammoth power that lies beneath its sheet metal. Yes, prominent fender vents, large grille openings, a rear lip spoiler and standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels all hint at the performance waiting to be unleashed, but as a whole, the SS flies under the radar. This is perfect if you want a sleeper, not so much if you're about boy-racer or testosterone-laden looks. Out back, you’ll find a good-sized trunk but, due to the strange lack of an exterior release, accessing it requires reaching in your pocket to operate the key fob.
Notable Standard Equipment
Unlike most vehicles, the 2015 Chevy SS is sold as a single trim. As we mentioned in Favorite Features, it's one very well-equipped trim, which means you don't have to spend extra on stuff that would be optional in other vehicles. Standouts include heated and cooled front seats, 9-speaker Bose audio system, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment with 8-inch touch-screen display and navigation, rearview camera and in-car Wi-Fi connectivity. Safety features and driving aids include blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and a system that automatically helps parallel park. Two years/24,000 miles of scheduled maintenance are also included.
Notable Optional Equipment
A 6-speed manual transmission is now available as a no-cost option in lieu of the 6-speed automatic. The only other options – which do cost extra – for the 2015 Chevrolet SS are a sunroof and a full-size spare tire that replaces the standard tire sealant and inflator kit.
Under the Hood
The 2015 SS sedan's sole engine offering is a big and thirsty 6.2-liter V8 with tremendous power. You can now choose between a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control or a traditional 6-speed gear shifter and three pedals on the floor. All Chevy SS sedans are rear-wheel drive. Premium unleaded gasoline is recommended but not required.
415 horsepower 5,900 rpm
415 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg
Factoring in the $1,300 gas-guzzler tax, the 2015 Chevrolet SS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $48,000. Toss in the lone main option of a sunroof and you're looking at about a grand more. At this price, the Chevy SS is several thousand more than the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack with a 485-horsepower V8, and is in line with the Charger SRT 392. The Chevy's price is also several thousand above the 365-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus SHO. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their SS. When it comes to resale value, the Chevy SS is expected to hold up very well over five years.
Chevrolet SS Consumer Reviews
July 30, 2018
V8 and a manual - what more do you need ?
I use my 15 SS sedan as a daily driver. With reasonable care, I get 22mpg as my ride mostly highway with little traffic. With almost 65K...
March 07, 2018
fun car,second one Ive owned
With a few additions it is a 10 second car in the quarter mile.Whipple ,exhaust, and rear end.Real sleeper on the road.Daily driver w/...
August 26, 2017
Wow cannot believe it has ended!
This is the best car I have ever had the pleasure of driving! Handling is superb and sticks to the road like glue. Needless to say with...
April 22, 2017
The best car ever, I have had a bunch, Just took a 2000 mile round trip in it. Amazing comfort. The drive was fantastic, glued to the...
February 27, 2017
Best car I ever driven!
I have driven many ls powered cars. Owned a Gto,G8, and ws6 driven corvettes and I am here to tell you this is the best I have ever...
December 27, 2016
True drivers car!!!!
They did their homework when designing this car. The driving dynamics are great and it is a very fun car to daily. I have a manual...
December 16, 2016
A thrill to drive.
A thrill to drive, just need to get the other traffic out of the way. Super fast off the line but even more impressive 60-130mph. What a...
November 26, 2016
Great performance for a "sleeper."
Fast car, reminds me of the muscle cars I had years ago, but more refined! Way more (interior) bells and whistles for a performance car...
March 16, 2016
Wow what an incredible sleeper
I love the car and I love the gear heads who recognize the car and blow their horn or roll down the window and ask is that really an SS?...
December 17, 2015
So much fun
I have this car for just 4 months now. Wow what an awesome machine! Handles so well and I smile every time that LS3 roars.