Bottom line: The 2014 Chevrolet SS is limited-run, probably no more than 4,000 unites in the United States for the entire model year, for a reason. GM cannot afford to sell too many of those heavy gasoline drinkers without jeopardizing its federal fuel economy standing. Not too many consumers can afford to pump premium gasoline into a car at the rate of 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets superior marks in all three.
Head-turning quotient: It is an elegant compromise between stunning and understated.
Body style/layout: The Chevrolet SS is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, full-size high-performance family sedan based on the Commodore, a full-size sedan by GM’s Holden subsidiary in Australia. There is only one trim level.
Engine/transmission: The car comes with a 6.2-liter, 16-valve V8 delivering 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be shifted manually.
Capacities: Seating is for five people. Maximum cargo capacity is 16.4 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.8 gallons of gasoline. Premium grade is recommended for best performance.
Mileage: I averaged 20 mpg in highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; stability and traction control; a full suite of advanced electronic safety equipment; high-intensity discharge headlamps; side and head air bags.
Pricing: The base price of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan is $43,475 with a dealer’s invoice price of $41,736. Price as tested is $45,770, including a $1,300 federal gas-guzzler tax and a $995 factory-to-dealer transportation charge.