2016 Chevrolet SS

2016 Chevrolet SS
2016 Chevrolet SS

2016 Chevrolet SS


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 20 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 6.2L Gas V8, 415 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet SS aims for luxury sport sedans from European manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes. In pursuit of this goal, the SS features understated handsome looks, a standard 415-hp V8 engine, impressive chassis dynamics and a classy leather-covered interior.

Chrysler's 300 SRT8 is rear-wheel drive for similar money, but doesn't come with standard leather seats, navigation, heads-up display or HID headlamps. BMW's 550i offers a powerful V8 in a brilliant rear-wheel drive chassis, but it starts at $19,000 more than the SS.

Bottom line: The Chevrolet SS brings impressive performance and an outstanding standard feature list for less money than the competition.

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What's New For 2016

The Chevrolet SS gets several notable changes for the 2016 model year. The front fascia has received a mild redesign, now incorporating LED fog lamps and a pair of subtle hood vents to aid with cooling. Navigation now comes standard on the SS, while a new set of 19-inch wheels and a dual-mode exhaust round out the changes for this year.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet SS

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system includes Traction Control and Brake Assist
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact and knee, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Automatic Parking Assist
    • Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Door locks, rear, child security
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral rear window
    • Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; Hands-Free smartphone integration
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Radio AM/FM, Navigation, 8" Color Touch
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 19" x 8.5" (48.3 cm x 21.59 cm) front and 19" x 9" (48.3 cm x 22.9 cm) rear ultra-bright, machined-face, cast aluminum
    • Wheel, spare, not desired
    • Tires, 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear, blackwall, summer only (Do not use summer only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, see your dealer for a copy of the vehicle's owner's manual.)
    • Tire inflation kit (Deleted when (QSB) spare tire is ordered.)
    • Spoiler, rear
    • Hood blanket
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, driver-side auto-dimming, memory, body-color, manual folding
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • License plate bracket, front
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front Sport bucket includes adjustable head restraints and 3 passenger rear seat with rear center armrest
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seats, ventilated driver and front passenger
    • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power with power lumbar
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger, 8-way power with power lumbar
    • Driver memory recalls driver "presets" for power driver seat and outside mirrors
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Sill plate, bright accent
    • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, leather, sport with redundant audio controls
    • Head-Up Display with color digital readouts for vehicle speed, selected gear, audio system information, high-beam indicator, compass, outside air temperature, turn signals, tachometer, vehicle messages, Turn-by-Turn information and phone information
    • Driver Information Center, color display includes driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
    • Compass and outside temperature display
    • Retained accessory power
    • Keyless Access, passive entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering wheel mounted
    • Remote vehicle starter system (Deleted when (MN6) 6-speed manual transmission is ordered.)
    • Climate control, dual-zone automatic
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Air filtration system with pollen filter
    • Glovebox with light
    • Cup holders, 2 in front console
    • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, located forward of center console and in center console bin
    • Windows, power
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Assist handles, rear outboard
    • Lighting, interior, front dome and map; rear dome and map
    • Lighting, trunk courtesy lamp
    • Shift lever, leather-wrapped
    • Pedals, alloy
    • Cargo convenience net, trunk
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 6.2L V8 SFI (415 hp [309.8 kW] @ 5900 rpm, 415 lb-ft of torque [560.3 N-m] @ 4600 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic with TAPshift
    • Rear axle, 3.27 ratio
    • Keyless start, push button
    • Differential, limited slip, rear
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Cooler, engine oil
    • Cooler, transmission oil (Deleted when (MN6) 6-speed manual transmission is ordered.)
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Battery rundown protection
    • Alternator, 140 amps
    • Suspension, Sport
    • Suspension, rear independent
    • Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    • Steering, power, non-variable ratio, electric
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Brakes, Brembo, front and rear, Red color
    • Brake, parking, electric
    • Exhaust, dual-mode

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.0 x 1.26
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.2 x 1.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 16.4
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 11.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LS3
    • Engine Type - Gas V8
    • Displacement - 6.2L/376
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 415 @ 5900
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 415 @ 4600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 114.80
    • Length, Overall (in) - 195.50
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.70
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.90
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.60
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.40
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 112
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.70
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 59.10
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 57.20
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.50
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.70
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 59.00
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 58.00
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 16
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 14
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 22
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - - TBD -
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet SS
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Multi-Link MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - 4-Link Independent
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RJ8
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RJ8
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QSB
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/35R19
    • Spare Tire Size - 245/40R19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MX0
    • Trans Order Code - MN6
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/Manual Shift
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.03
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.01
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.07
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.53
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.43
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.15
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.57
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.06
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.28
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.27
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.70
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Large Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 11
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3997
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3982
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 9.0
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Available Colors

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  • Heron White Jungle Green Metallic Mystic Green Metallic Phantom Black Metallic Red Hot 2 Regal Peacock Green Metallic Silver Ice Metallic Slipstream Blue Metallic Some Like It Hot Red Metallic
  • Heron White
  • Jungle Green Metallic
  • Mystic Green Metallic
  • Phantom Black Metallic
  • Red Hot 2
  • Regal Peacock Green Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Slipstream Blue Metallic
  • Some Like It Hot Red Metallic

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The Chevrolet SS is a full-size four-door sports sedan with one engine, a huge 6.2-liter V8. There’s really only one competitor to the SS, and it’s a worthy one, a Dodge Challenger with a 392 cubic-inch Hemi. There is also the 707-horsepower supercharged Challenger Hellcat, but that’s in a tire-smoking world of its own.

The SS is Chevrolet’s first rear-wheel-drive sedan since the 1996 Impala, which lives today as a front-wheel-drive car. But it’s not the Impala that the SS has evolved from, it’s the 2008 Pontiac G8 that was developed Down Under. GM sent engineers from Detroit there to work on that car.

In Australia, GM calls itself Holden. There, the throaty Commodore SS is seen as the last muscle car, prestigious and high profile on those long flat highways. Despite the lack of corners, and the low speed limits enforced around the cities by Big Brother cameras, the Australian-built cars have always handled better than the American-built ones (just as the Australian V8 Supercar Series blows NASCAR off the track when it comes to road course execution and excitement). The SS benefits from its Australian experience, mainly in the excellent balance from 52/48 weight distribution, and carefully developed multi-link rear suspension.

Another thing about the SS: it’s a cop car. It’s refined, and it has style, but a strip search will uncover a Chevrolet Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle). The Blues Brothers never had it so good.

With only the big V8 engine, the SS isn’t intended to be a big seller. Chevrolet appears to build it just because it can, and to keep its tradition alive. Also to keep enthusiasts happy (as if they couldn’t be happy with the stunning Corvette and dazzling Camaro SS). And perhaps to make the folks at Chevrolet happy, to see it here.

That V8 is a 415-horsepower version of the previous-generation Corvette LS3 engine (70 horsepower less than the Hemi engine in the Dodge Challenger). It comes with a solid 6-speed manual transmission (truly old school in a full-size sedan), or a 6-speed automatic that unfortunately isn’t up to the task. It accelerates from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds, and sounds nice doing so, a burble at zero and bark at sixty. Beefy Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control dampers, and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with Z-rated tires are standard. Cops need that stuff.

The SS hasn’t been crash tested, because it is low volume. It gets an EPA-rated 17 miles per gallon Combined city and highway driving, with either the manual or automatic transmission; that’s 15/21 mpg City/Highway with manual, 14/21 mpg City/Highway with automatic. However, the manual avoids the $1300 gas guzzler tax, don’t ask us why.

Nice changes for 2016 include a revised front fascia with vertical ducts at the outer edges, LED front running lights, hood vents, alloy wheels with painted pockets, and standard navigation.


The 2016 Chevrolet SS ($46,575) comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote entry and remote start, head-up display, Bose audio, eight-inch color touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink, which does infotainment apps through a smartphone and 4G LTE connectivity that can become a WiFi hotspot for a monthly fee.

Safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert, plus eight airbags, including knee bags for the driver and front passenger, and Automatic Parking Assist, even with the manual transmission. There are few options, other than a sunroof ($900) and full-size spare tire ($500).


Although true to its character, the SS loses some distinction by looking throwbackish and less contemporary than its rivals. Although we wonder who they might be, so let’s say less contemporary than many other full-size sedans. However, when you describe its features, it certainly sounds contemporary.

The Chevy SS is low. It’s got some wedge to it. It’s got a tapered greenhouse with hints of teardrop. Its wheels are staggered. Angled HID headlamps. Still, it does look like it might be a muscle car. Mostly, it looks like a Chevrolet, with its big bow-tie grille.


Inside the cabin, the SS feels more like a cockpit than other Chevy models. It’s got all the right stuff. Ice blue lighting. Nice leather. The front sports seats are quite comfortable, with ample bolstering that’s nicely supportive.

Given the hydraulic damped suspension bushings, and rubber isolation in the rear, we expected the cabin to be quieter than it was. We became quite aware of road noise on a long highway trip.

Driving Impressions

We wouldn’t enter the Chevy SS in an Australian V8 Supercar race, but the Aussie and visiting Detroit engineers did a true-blue fair dinkum job in building a chassis that’s a cut above the standard. It’s not easy to get cornering balance out of a rear-wheel-drive car with a big heavy engine in front (although Cadillac engineers did it, without Australian help, in the CTS-V).

The third generation of Magnetic Ride Control suspension, standard on the SS, has much to do with this. There are three modes: Tour, Sport and Performance. Tour is a bit firm, but still does a good job of burying the bumps around town, so the casual city ride is comfortable. Sport mode not only stiffens the dampers, but also makes the steering quicker, enhancing an already excellent response. It’s firm and quick enough for the most spirited street driving. Performance mode is for track days.

We’re disappointed in the 6-speed automatic transmission, that’s lazy and delayed in Drive and still not quick or sharp enough in Sport mode. If only the automatic transmission were the brilliant GM-designed 8-speed automatic that’s in the Cadillac CTS-V. It must be a money thing. We wish it were an option.

The 6-speed manual gearbox is available at no extra cost, and it’s a better choice, but still not easy. We’re going to assume the clutch was adjusted correctly in our test car, where we found that the engagement for changing gears came high on the travel of the pedal, so quick shifts were challenging. It was difficult to shift smoothly and easy to stall. But at least the throw of the lever was short and smooth.


If you want a 21st century muscle car, and you’re not a MoPar man, the Chevy SS is all there is. That’s not bad. But go for the manual transmission, and work with it. Stay true to the dream.

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