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2017 Chevrolet SS Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2017 Chevy SS by Arminius

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Introduction

A unicorn of a car that more than makes up for any flaws.

Reviewed: 2017 Chevrolet SS

4dr Sedan 415-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2017 Chevrolet SS?

Powertrain performance

The engine and engine noise will make you forget anything else about this car. (UPDATE) So I have now had this car for a few weeks and am out of the most restictive portion of the break in period. This car is deceptively fast. It doesn't have pin you back in the seat acceleration, but I don't drive it like I stole it becasue, well, I bought it. In other words I have yet to do a hard clutch dump to get the best 0-60 time. That said if you get on the gas you can easily find yourself well north of 75 in 4th gear before you know it. Perhaps deceptive is the wrong word. You know you are going fast, but the exhaust note is so sweet you can't help but keep the pedal down.

Exterior styling

This is only a car for those that like to fly under the radar. if your preference is to stand out from the crowd, this is not your car. That said, pictures can't really do it justice. It has a simmering menace about it when you get up close. It's like seeing a linebacker in a 3 piece suit. At first glance, not much. But if you look close you know there is more beneath the surface

Handling

Amazing amounts of grip for a large car. Drives much smaller than what it is.

Rear seat room & comfort

Rear seat is functional and roomy. I'm 6'4" and with the drivers seat in my preferred postion there is still a decent amount of legroom behind. Overall much better than the Charger/Challenger.

Depreciation

This is a rare car. Just under 13K SS's were brought over to the US, of which less than a quarter are manual. A quick search on Cars.com shows that if you want a V8, manual transmisson sedan your choices are the Chevy SS or the BMW M6 Grand Coupe which is well North of $100K. While no guarantee based on the Pontiac GXP this car should retain it's value

Why Not the 2017 Chevrolet SS?

Fuel economy

Wow, really, really bad. All the reviews you may have read about the fuel economy are dead on. You can optimistically get 24 on the freeway and low teens city. Then again you are NOT buying this car for fuel economy.

Front seat support & comfort

The front seat is just OK. Feels like a pretty flat bottom and fairly hard. Also, for a car with sporting pretentions there is surprisingly little side bolstering.

Audio & nav systems

A generation old. No Apple Car play and overall it feels like the electronics are the last version. The controls are farily intuitive and easy to navigate. However if you need the latest and greatest this is not it. Plus the interface is a bit slow.

Interior styling

Just OK. Not bad, but certainly not the leader of the class. Most importantly the steering wheel feels a bit cheap. The textur of the wheel may be actual leather but feels like pleather. Also the bottom half of the wheel comes to an odd triangle. Also there are a fair amount cheap plastics about the cabin.

Price or payments

Hard to pin this down. Overall not worth the list price but is a screaming bargin if you can find 20% off discounts like they had last year at this time. I got mine for 10% off and feel like I paid a bit too much. On the flip side I would go back to my comment on depreciation. This is a rare care that will be appreciated, if not addored by a very niche market. It is one of only two sedans currently on sale in the US that can be had with a V8 and manual transmission.

Other Features of the 2017 Chevrolet SS

Quietness

Just OK. Wind noise isn't too bad but tire noise is a bit harsh, but that maybe due to the summer performance tires. In Sport and Performance mode the engine drone on long trips can be a bit much. Fortunately there is Tour mode which shuts that down.

Off-road capability

HaHaHaHaHaHa

Ride smoothness

Very good in Tour mode. For my tastes on long stretches of road the exhaust noise in Sport and Performance is a bit much. This car can chew up miles with lazy apptitude.

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Response from sooththetruth

2:05 pm July 25, 2017

Excellent and accurate review. My only added comment about the car is the germanic style battery in the trunk, on the near left side, that diminishes the space needed to be able to put 4 sets of golf clubs in the back.

The magnetorheologic ride in tour mode is so good that would spend 98% of my time using it. I would get rid of the summer tires, because the tire drone on the highway would drive me crazy.


Unlike the above, I did not buy the car because of these problems, especially the tire noise and fuel economy. I learned from this car that I value a quiet car more than I had thought. However, the ride is seductive, and the really accurate statement is that the car drives much smaller than it's size.

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