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The Chevy Silverado SS Was Kind of Unnecessary

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author photo by Will Kinton November 2016

In the early-to-mid-2000s, Chevy was adding a SuperSport trim to everything. We've shown you the Malibu Maxx SS, the HHR SS and the Trailblazer SS, all of which we labeled as cool. But the Silverado SS was a bit of a misfire.

Of course, saying the Silverado SS was a misfire isn't saying that it wasn't good. For a truck, it was actually quite capable. Launched in 2003, the Silverado SS was widely praised for its 6.0-liter V8 with 345 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, which was enough to get it to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 6.3 seconds. The Silverado SS also received a sporty suspension upgrade and all-wheel drive -- and inside, it was comfortable, even with the sporty suspension. By all accounts, it was nicer to drive and easier to live with than high-performance rivals like the Ford SVT Lightning and the Dodge RAM SRT-10, even if those two trucks were much faster.

But the Silverado SS was far too expensive. While $40,000 may seem like small potatoes for a truck now, it wasn't back then -- and the truck just wasn't sporty enough or refined enough to justify that price tag. It also just wasn't crazy enough for people to slobber over, like the Viper-engined RAM SRT-10 was.

In order to lower the price and increase sales, all-wheel drive became optional in 2005 before being completely phased out in favor of rear-wheel drive in 2006, and the rear disc brakes were replaced by drums on the rear-wheel-drive variants. This cheapening only served to dilute the meaning of the SS badge. At the end of the day, the SS trim for the Silverado SS was really just that: a trim. It just didn't mean as much for the Silverado as it did for the Cobalt SS or the HHR SS, which were both radical transformations of otherwise boring cars. The Silverado SS just wasn't that radical. Yes, it ended up driving more like a car -- but most truck buyers didn't seem to care about carlike handling for their pickups.

If the Silverado SS still sounds like your cup of tea, you're in luck. There are currently 43 Chevy Silverado SS models on Autotrader, with an average price of $15,223 and fairly high miles across the board.

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