Chevrolet SSR car reviews

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Chevrolet SSR car reviews
Chevrolet SSR

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EPA gas mileage

17 city, 23 highway manual is 16/26) but expect

One of the happier results of a new spurt of cars and trucks is the Chevrolet SSR, a with almost universal thanks to its attractive design, performance, and pleasant ride. the Plymouth Prowler and PT Cruiser are designs, most people at enjoy the SSR; and, the Audi TT, Volkswagen New Beetle, or Thunderbird, the SSR can back up its looks both performance and function.

The Chevy SSR is powered by a high-performance V8, out around 300 horses more classic Chevy pickups — is, 390 horsepower, with a whopping 405 of torque. The V8 makes the SSR feel and more like a Corvette a Silverado, since that’s the engine is from (a version is with some pickups and has a though much more sound).

Thanks to ample low-rpm this engine provides acceleration whenever it’s with kick limited by the traction control (which can be off rather easily from the console). The burbling muscle-car instantly turns into a modified-muscle roar on heavy as the transmission immediately downshifts. no cushioning in the transmission – it shifts, it does so quickly and with a jolt, as it should in a car this.

No matter how fast or the SSR is going, it can instantly be flung at will or whim. The power is that of most modern you don’t have to worry revving, you don’t have to for the transmission to catch up, and you don’t to deal with torque as the engine cuts its own power for transmission-saving shifts. Instead, you get a beefy automatic tuned for results.

When the pedal is a tremendous boost comes in or, if you’re already moving, you to accelerate, the engine slams a lower gear, and then the comes, coupled with an and well-tuned roar from the When the transmission shifts accompanied by a squeal of drive acceleration dips slightly but fall as much as it would in vehicles with a four-speed It takes almost no time or to get to quite illegal speeds, and a bit of restraint to obey GM’s driving policy.

The 2003-04 SSR had a 5.3 liter engine went from 0-60 in 7.6 – about the same as a 300M. with the extra and torque going into over two tons of weight. The SSR does the same 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, quicker than the or Audi TT, making it a terribly fun car much easier to drive a Camaro SS. Viper, or, for that the far-less-functional and claustrophobic Audi TT .

Gas is, according to the EPA, actually for a pickup, but since (like else) we drove the SSR the way it’s to be driven, we tended to get rather low – about 13-14 mpg in the That’s about the same as a Denali – more and feature-laden, but nowhere near as fun.

The ride is good for a high-performance especially one based on a truck minivan-like TrailBlazer). While firm, it does cushion and road problems so that the SSR brings you close to the road but actually hit you with it. We found the to be more comfortable than non-performance trucks, and it handles speed bumps, and roads resemble rumble strips without shocks or fuss.

Chevrolet SSR

is good, but by no means up to Camaro or levels; this is one place you realize it’s good to be to the ground. That said, the SSR is a straight-line runner that can probably beat any traditional car on a curvy course. The traction manages the power well on so that sometimes you get a bog effect, but go you intend to go, instead of having power that launches you in the direction.

Most of the time, the traction is not needed, and few drivers are likely to the limits of the SSR’s cornering. The are quiet and not prone to squealing, and the are quite good and predictable.

you can drive quickly in the SSR, it take longer to get anywhere, as stop, stare, and ask you about it. We our first drive in the PT Cruiser similar – but when the PT a 120,000-vehicle-per-year success, the stares The SSR is still rare, and always be, with production limited by the capacity (and sales by the rather steep price

The exterior is straight out of Chevy’s past, with the rounded and low styling of an era when pickups more likely to have a than any other engine, modern Chevrolet styling as well. The flowing lines a minimal impact on the functionality of the which retains a small but bed and has ample room for two inside used to be the norm for pickups).

The striking headlights put out a well-focused, beam pattern, despite the that seems to split in two (the top half is the headlights, and the half is the bright lights. Fog are underneath).

The design touches of the SSR are and consistent, starting with the latch – a chrome set sideways, and easier to operate it sounds. The door locks are the old-fashioned type, again with the easy-to-pull tops started to disappear in the 1970s and well and truly gone by the

Design elements include the black plastic along generous amounts of a dull material, a wood-like material (it may have been wood), and metal, in our case bright It all works well together.

the standard Chevy pickup panel was replaced by a more if less informative, setup deeply recessed gauges a big speedometer going to 140 mph, an big tachometer, and smaller gas gauge, oil and thermometer. Carrying on the retro is an optional set of three small at the bottom of the center stack (or would be the center stack in a car), though their is unusual: one is for outside temperature, one for and one for voltage.

Less fortunate is the placement of the controls, which are in their position at the base of the seats; is almost no room between the and the seat, so reaching down to the seats or turn the seat on or off can be impossible. Back incline is by a mechanical lever, while and fore-aft movement are handled along with overall

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