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2015 Chevrolet SS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet SS gains Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo rear brakes as standard equipment. A six-speed manual transmission and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE via GM's OnStar are now available. Five new exterior colors have been added to the car's palette.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet SS is a sports sedan sold in a single loaded model with a few options available such as a power sunroof. Its sole engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 with 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 14/21 mpg city/highway for the automatic; manual-equipped cars get 15/21 mpg.

Overview

The 2015 SS prioritizes driving enjoyment with a powerful V-8 engine, a performance tuned chassis and suspension featuring GM's Magnetic Ride Control, and Brembo brakes. Acceleration is powerful from the big V-8 while braking and handling are impressive with a lot of grip, short stopping distances, and movements that are "so much more controlled and graceful." The car's agility is a strong point since its brakes and chassis allow it to transition smoothly in turns, corner in a neutral manner, and remain controllable.

Refinement is a 2015 SS strong suit due to its "more grown up feel inside and out." Inside, the cabin is well-appointed with high quality materials and many tech features including a high-resolution head-up display (HUD). Space for passengers is ample with comfortable seating for up to five and a generous 16.4-cubic foot trunk. While wind and road noise are present, it isn't as intrusive in the SS as it is in some competitors.

The 2015 Chevrolet SS has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet SS is an excellent sports sedan, offering superb performance, and a refined, grown up feel in a practical four-door sedan package. In a 2014 Comparison Test against the Chrysler 300 SRT, we noted that the SS is "in a completely different league" with its confidence-inspiring driving dynamics. On the road, the car "shrink-wraps itself around the driver," putting him/her in control, and makes the 2015 SS "feel like a proper sports sedan." The interior is just as impressive as the car's performance, with room for five passengers and a high level of refinement that make it feel more premium.

Additionally, in a 2014 First Test, we said that the SS feels "more grown up inside and out, and that large rear seats offer "limo-like comfort" The front seats, however, are not ideal for enthusiastic driving due to its lack of lateral support. Additionally, the gas guzzler tax added to the car's base price means that it won't appeal to a broader audience due to its poor fuel economy.

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance and handling
  • Refined cabin
  • Practical sedan body style

You Won't Like

  • Horrible fuel economy
  • Gas guzzler tax on automatic-equipped cars
  • Front seats aren't the most supportive for aggressive driving

Key Competitors

  • Dodge Charger SRT
  • Ford Taurus SHO
  • Chrysler 300

Rating

4 star

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