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There's definitely a good and a bad in the SS's styling, and it depends on your expectations for this high-performance sedan. If you want to flaunt your performance potential, the 2014 Chevrolet SS probably isn't a great pick; but if you like the idea of a 'sleeper' sedan--one that doesn't give you away to the highway patrol from a mile away--then the SS could be the right kind of "under the radar."
If you squint just a bit and feel like you've seen this car before--at least from the outside--you wouldn't be too far off. The SS is essentially a reworked version of the latest 'VF' Commodore SS (the flagship muscle sedan from GM's Australian division, Holden), which in its previous 'VE' generation version made it Stateside as the Pontiac G8. And it's essentially a refined, more aggressively styled (and shorter-wheelbase) cousin of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV that's been sold for police fleets.
The fundamentals of a great sedan design are all here, though, and we appreciate how the SS feels tasteful, not overwrought (we'll leave that to the Camaro, right?).
The upside is that with staggered wheels, a low, wedgy shape, and a tapered, teardrop-like greenhouse, the new SS looks both muscle-car-like and sleek, while the big bow-tie grille calls it out as a Chevrolet.The classic three-box sport-sedan proportions and low hoodline also keep this sedan in fine form. The down side is simply that the SS is bland. It's mired in anonymity; and to pound one more nail in, it's really not as eye-catching, inside or out, as the all-new Impala that reached dealerships this year. And that factor might really limit the SS's appeal.
Inside, the SS has more of a cockpit-like layout than other current models from the Chevy stable (with ice-blue lighting). Thick, supportive sport seats, an upright, no-nonsense gauge cluster, and a very thick steering-wheel all add to the serious performance look.
Among sport sedans, the 2014 Chevrolet SS has one of the blandest (albeit nicely proportioned) exterior designs on the market; but to some people that'll be a good thing.