2014 Chevrolet SS
Chevrolet must be feeling a bit nostalgic, as we’ve seen them revert to some old-school ways of thought: small pickups and high-powered sedans. And though we’ll to wait a bit longer to drive the new Colorado, we’re fresh back from a quick spin in the 2014 SS; Chevy’s first V-8, rear drive sedan in almost two decades.
Sharing its basic chassis with the Caprice Police Cruiser, Pontiac’s late lamented G8, as well as the Camaro, this blast-from-the-past bruiser also utilizes a familiar engine: the 6.2 liter small-block V-8 known as the LS3 used in the C6 Corvette, and the current Camaro SS, here output is rated at 415 horsepower.
The sole transmission is a six speed automatic with paddle shifters. And, you will want to use them to really enjoy what’s special about the SS, since in full auto, gear changes comes too early and often. But do it right and high speeds are easy to come by. We clocked 0-60 sprints in just under 5 seconds.
Indeed, its Camaro kinship really comes through as the SS feels mucho sporty, despite its considerable size. Think 4-door Camaro if you will, with its extra length being used for a surprisingly spacious back seat.
BEN: The suspension is very firm, which is great for play but can get a little jarring on the highway. Unfortunately GM’s magnetic ride suspension isn't an available option. On the other hand, the near 50/50 weight distribution serves up great cornering response and the steering feel is top notch.
JOHN: The look of the SS is pure sleeper. Besides front fender vents and the ubiquitous Brembo brake calipers peeking through the 19 inch wheels, there’s not much by way of aggression. In fact, from far away, you may mistake it for an Impala or even Malibu.
Interior treatment is also conservative; more comfort oriented than driver-focused. The cabin is quiet, with a host of advanced safety features. Blind zone, rear cross traffic, and forward collision alert systems are all standard. So too is Chevy’s MyLink system, backup camera, and a new Automatic Parking Assist system, which will steer the car itself, while you monitor acceleration and braking.
Most everything you’d need or want comes standard, in fact, and the only upgrades are a power sunroof and spare tire.
On sale now, the 2014 Chevrolet SS starts around $45,000, which includes a gas-guzzler tax for its 17 MPG Combined fuel economy rating.
Engine: 6.2 liter
Price: Starts around $45,000