Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i

Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i

Suggestion No. 2 – 2014 Chevrolet SS

Fortunately Chrysler isn’t the only Detroit automaker that offers a V8-powered large sedan. Chevrolet’s new SS features a menacing body and blistering performance. This full-size four-door can blast from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 4.7 seconds!

Power comes courtesy of a 6.2-liter small-block that puts out 415 ponies with an identical measure of torque. The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic that routs power rearward.

Curiously this quintessentially American car is built in the land down under at GM’s facility in Elizabeth, South Australia. Guh-day, mate! Not surprisingly it shares the same architecture as Chevy’s Camaro, the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden’s VF Commodore so it should be built to withstand years of abuse.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Chevrolet SS Review

Pricing out a new SS is a refreshingly simple affair. There’s just one trim level to choose from, which includes but one engine and transmission combination. Only five exterior colors are available and one hue for the cabin. Available options are just as sparse, including a full-size spare tire ($500) and a power sunroof ($900).

Fortunately this car is well equipped right out of the gate. It comes with a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, a cabin filter, heads-up display, dual-zone climate control and more. Power windows, locks and mirrors are also included, as is a CD player and air conditioning.

There’s a lot to like about the Chevrolet SS, including the way it looks, sounds and drives; this car is a lot of fun. Unfortunately it’s not all that fuel efficient. It’s a good bit less economical to operate than the 300. Combined it stickers at 17 miles per gallon, a figure that’s derived from its city score of 14 and its highway rating of just 21 MPG.

2014 Chevrolet SS Engine

Pricing is another sore spot because this bow-tie bruiser is not cheap. With zero options it checks out at a little less than 46 grand, a figure that includes $995 for shipping and handling plus an additional $1,300 to cover the gas-guzzler tax.

If you can swing the monthly payment Chevy’s SS is an appealing sedan, with tons of performance and aggressive styling. This car seats five passengers, has four doors and gives you ZERO excuses for letting a Mustang GT beat you while merging on the freeway.

  • M Harris

    Wow – You recommend a car that doesn’t meet three of his basic criteria (American, RWD and V8), is smaller than and has less power than the other two options, and will in reality cost more to buy and ultimately maintain once out of warranty. I doubt you can buy a BMW with zero options but optioned out with similar features to the $47K SS (heated seats, Nav, active safety systems like blind spot warning, etc) and you’re quickly up to $53K for the 335i. I’ve got nothing against BMW’s but apparently you owe them money or something to come up with this as some sort of better alternative to the Chrysler or Chevy.

  • M Harris

    Quick correction to my post…the 335i is RWD, so I guess it really is a better deal…:-)

  • Jake Carlin

    “Walt has a “burning desire” to get another rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered American sedan, though he’s well aware that his options are fairly limited these days. He’ll consider German models[…]”

    The letter writer seems perfectly content to consider things outside of “V8, FWD, American” as long as it fits the spirit of that type of vehicle. The 300 and SS are obviously top contenders, but there’s nothing wrong with also recommending the 335i, other than the fact that it’s tricky to keep one within the $45k budget.

  • Isend2C

    Hyundai Genesis could be a compelling choice too if Walt is OKay with Korean cars. It can have an 8-speed and a 5.0 V8 with 400+ HP and RWD.