Chrysler 300 vs. Chevrolet SS vs. Cadillac CTS

Chrysler 300 vs. Chevrolet SS vs. Cadillac CTS

Suggestion No. 2 – 2014 Chevrolet SS

If you want choice you’re going to have to find a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors because the Chevy SS is very short on options. It’s available in one trim level with one engine and just one transmission. When it comes to extras there are only two. You can get a full-size spare tire for $500 and a power sunroof for $900. That’s it… In short, you can have it your way as long as it’s their way.

Luckily the car comes pretty well equipped. Some of its niceties include Brembo front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension and dual exhaust pipes. Inside it’s got a navigation system with an eight-inch display, there’s also Bluetooth support, heated and cooled front bucket seats and a heads-up display.

2014 Chevrolet SS Engine

The SS is Chevy’s bad boy rear-wheel drive large sedan, probably aimed at drivers not assuaged by the mainstream Impala. It’s not necessarily pretty, the design is rather bland, but it can go from zero to 60 in less time than it takes to unwrap a stick of gum.

And it ought to be. Propulsion is provided by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that puts out 415 hp and an identical measurement of torque. All of those goodies are routed rearward through a six-speed automatic transmission.

All things considered the fuel economy isn’t that bad… oh wait, yes it is. The SS stickers at just 14 city and 21 highway; combined it scores 17 MPG.

Frightful consumption aside, we find the SS strangely appealing. It’s the obvious performance choice in this group, yet it still offers quite a bit of car for the money. Skipping the options, which isn’t that hard since for all intents and purposes there aren’t any, one of these cars can be had for $45,770, including $995 for delivery. Unfortunately that price is inflated by an additional $1,300 because of the gas-guzzler tax. Ouch!

Still, we love its V8 rumble and claimed zero to 60 time of five seconds. But we’ve got to ask, is this car related to the Schutzstaffel? Did they work with neo-Nazis to come up with the name? Dressed in black this powerful sedan looks like it could be a member of Hitler’s personal bodyguard.

  • Nick Dasko

    Chrysler doesn’t understand luxury. The 300 doesn’t even have one touch up-down windows, something that’s on my Mk5 GTI.

    If you want a luxurious rwd sedan get the Cadillac. If you prize power go for the Chevy, if you want both get a last year CTS-V.

  • Joe Kaminski

    The Chrysler does have one touch up and down.

  • Joe Kaminski

    I vote Chrysler, but I would save a little coin and ditch the Varvatos package. You can get a fully loaded V6 300C for $43,600 sticker price. The car is insanely comfortable to drive, and Chrysler’s infotainment system is probably the best out there. And judging from the almost 45000 problem free miles I’ve racked up on my 2012 Charger I’m gonna say that it seems Chrysler has gotten their quality problems taken care of.

  • Eric James

    Does one touch windows keep your VW out of service?

  • Nick Dasko

    Just in the front, not in the back. It’s the little touches.