The 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan is a rear-wheel-drive 4-door performance-car stablemate to the Corvette and the Camaro. It comes to the Chevrolet lineup via General Motors’ Australian Holden subsidiary and is based on the Holden Commodore sedan. The Chevrolet SS shares a good deal of underbody structure and chassis hardware with the Camaro, and is nearly mechanically identical to the muscular Pontiac G8 sedan sold here in 2008–2009. It also gave Chevrolet a street performance version of the NASCAR Sprint Cup racer that was campaigning during that period.
It’s the first rear-drive performance sedan Chevy’s offered since the 1996 Impala SS, and it comes exclusively with a 415-horsepower 6.2-liter small-block Chevy V8. Sport suspension, 19-inch performance tires, Brembo brakes, a leather and faux suede interior with power heated and cooled front bucket seats, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with navigation and a head-up display headline a generous standard equipment list that also includes forward-collision warning, lane-keeping, blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring systems. The SS offers 5-second 0-to-60 performance, plus BMW-like refinement and accoutrements at Chevy prices.
What We Like
Small-block V8 performance; powerful brakes; roomy back seat and trunk; interior quiet; capable handling; MyLink infotainment; good fit and finish; cabin filtration
What We Don’t
Generic styling; poor fuel economy; no all-wheel drive
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The Chevrolet SS sedan is powered by an LS3 aluminum-block 6.2-liter Overhead Valve (OHV) small-block Chevy V8 producing 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shift control. The engine is EPA-rated at 14 miles per gallon city/21 mpg highway/17 mpg combined. Regular unleaded fuel can be used. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip rear differential.
Standard Features & Options
The 2014 Chevrolet SS was sold in a single, well-equipped trim.
SS sedan standard fare includes the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth, OnStar communication system, a 9-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder, SiriusXM satellite radio, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated and cooled power front seats with adjustable lumbar, driver seat and mirror memory, a head-up display, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, leather and faux suede seat trim, a leather-trimmed shifter and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, leather instrument panel trim, faux suede door trim, remote keyless entry, remote engine start, a trip computer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear bench seat with a fold-down center armrest, a front-center console, cargo net, an overhead console, automatic headlamps, sport suspension, a limited-slip differential, 19-in forged aluminum wheels, 245/40ZR19 front/275/35ZR19 rear summer performance tires, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a forward-collision alert system, blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring systems, a lane-keeping system, an automatic parking assist system, stability and traction control, anti-lock 4-wheel Brembo disc brakes and power door locks, windows and mirrors.
A sunroof is the sole available option.
Because it was imported from Australia in limited numbers from General Motors’ Holden subsidiary and appeals to a large body of Chevrolet musclecar enthusiasts, prices for the 2014 SS sedan have held up very well. Along with the HEMI V8-powered Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, the SS is one of the few musclecars that can accommodate the whole family. The SS sedan’s 415-hp small-block V8 has evergreen popularity as well, so don’t expect any bargains on used car lots.
To get an idea of the 2014 SS sedan’s price range, check out kbb.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the following recalls for the 2014 SS sedan:
Driving conditions may cause the sensing and diagnostic module to initiate a diagnostic test, disabling the frontal airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Corrosion at the connector for the torque sensor and power steering module may cause a loss of electric steering assist, sharply increasing low-speed effort and increasing the risk of a crash.
The driver’s seatbelt tensioning cable may fatigue and separate, ceasing to restrain the driver in a crash and increasing the risk of injury.
Due to an incorrect seat position target bracket installed at the factory, the frontal airbags may deploy at a higher intensity than required, increasing the risk of injury.
The windshield wiper motor gear teeth may strip, making the wipers inoperative in rain and snow and increasing the risk of a crash.
Due to a faulty weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats may not stay anchored in place in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not rate the 2014 SS sedan for crash performance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety didn’t test the 2014 SS sedan for crash performance.
General Motors covered the 2014 SS sedan with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.
Chevrolet certified pre-owned cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be five years old or less. Every CPO SS sedan undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, plus the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage is extended to six years and includes roadside assistance. Also included is a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan.
Other Cars to Consider
2014 Ford Taurus SHO — Ford’s biggest car is available in high-performance SHO trim, boasting a 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and torque-sensing all-wheel drive. The Taurus boasts the biggest trunk in the segment at 20.1 cu ft., but interior room is not as generous as the car’s large exterior might suggest. New for 2014 is optional lane-departure assist.
2014 Dodge Charger — Dodge’s 4-door musclecar is available with a 292-hp 3.6-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic with rear- or all-wheel drive, a 370-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with a 5-speed automatic and rear-drive only or SRT versions with a 470-hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8, 5-speed automatic and rear drive. Similar powertrain options are also available with the 2014 Chrysler 300 sedan.
Except for an optional sunroof, all 2014 Chevy SS sedans are equipped the same, save for exterior color. Black and red examples are the most numerous, with ones in a dark grayish green the least common. The keys to the SS sedan’s popularity are its legendary Chevy small-block V8 and a large population of Chevrolet musclecar enthusiasts with Corvettes, Camaros and perhaps vintage Chevy iron in their garages. Look for one in a popular color with the least miles you can find and it should keep its value long after autononomous electric cars become the new-car norm. As always, look for a Chevrolet certified pre-owned car, when available, and be sure to get a CARFAX report to check the car’s ownership history for collision incidents. Finally, make sure that the 2014 SS sedan you’re interested in has had any safety-recall items resolved by a GM dealer.