Changes for the 2014 Chevrolet SS:
The imaginatively named 2014 Chevy SS is a new 5-passenger, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan equipped with a big V-8 engine and genuine handling capability. Chevrolet imports it from Australia, and pitches it as an alternative to the Chrysler 300 SRT, the Dodge Charger SRT, the Ford Taurus SHO, and luxury sport sedans from Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.
Choice is not one of the highlights of the 2014 Chevrolet SS. You pick one of five paint colors, you decide whether or not you want a power sunroof and a full-size spare tire, you pay a $1,300 gas-guzzler tax, and then you drive home. Rapidly.
That means the new Chevy SS comes with everything as standard equipment. The features list includes HID headlights, polished 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in summer tires, and rain-sensing wipers. Additionally, the SS is equipped with a reversing camera, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Automatic Parking Assist systems. The OnStar services system includes Automatic Crash Response and Crisis Assist features, free for the first six months and then available thereafter with a paid subscription.
Inside, the 2014 Chevrolet SS has leather seats, 10-way power front seats with heating and ventilation, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chevrolet MyLink smartphone connectivity with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, a premium sound system, and a heads-up display.
Now it’s easier to understand why the SS isn’t offered with options, isn’t it?
Engines and Transmissions:
A 6.2-liter V-8 engine is standard for the 2014 Chevy SS, generating 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. If you think that would be awesome with a 6-speed manual transmission, you’re right, and you’re out of luck. Find a used Cadillac CTS-V or Pontiac G8 GXP instead. A 6-speed automatic with TapShift control is standard equipment, driving the car’s rear wheels and producing a zero-to-60 acceleration time of five seconds flat.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
When buying a 2014 Chevy SS, you don’t pay a gas-guzzler tax for no good reason. This car is rated by the EPA to return 14 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg in combined driving. At least it doesn’t require premium fuel, though Chevy says it is recommended.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2014 Chevy SS, and given its expected low sales volumes, neither is likely to.
Chevrolet MyLink is standard for the 2014 Chevrolet SS, allowing the owner to pair a smartphone and then make and receive phone calls, stream music, listen to Internet radio, and if you have an iPhone, use Siri Eyes Free technology. The car also comes with a free 5-year RemoteLink Key Fob Services subscription, allowing the owner to lock or unlock the car’s doors, remotely start the engine, and activate the horn and lights to help find the SS in a crowded parking lot.
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