Chevrolet says its 2004 Chevrolet SSR will deliver a ""boulevard-cruiser ride and refined roadster handling."" The highly-anticipated SSR, which stands for Super Sport Roadster, is a cross between an open-air roadster and a hot-rod pickup truck. It is equipped with a ""top-stack"" hardtop that is retractable. The rear-drive SSR is powered by 5.3-liter, V-8 engine with 300 horsepower paired with an automatic transmission.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet SSR
The 2004 Chevrolet SSR is unchanged from the debut, late 2003 model. The 2004 model is the first full production year of this brand new vehicle. Chevrolet borrowed a few styling features of its 1940s pickup trucks when designing this new crossover vehicle.
Chevrolet’s family of trucks, produced from 1947 to 1953, was the inspiration for the SSR’s styling. This roadster features a sculpted hood and large, flared fenders. Stacking roof panels store vertically behind the passenger compartment and because the panels tuck rearward in a ""waterfall"" fashion, the cargo-bed capacity doesn’t change if the roof is up or down.
The cargo bed is approximately 4.2 feet long and 3.5 feet wide, while the SSR measures 191.4 inches long overall. It has a 116-inch wheelbase and uses body-on-frame construction. The battery is mounted at the rear to preserve the SSR’s styling and is said to improve weight distribution.
Featuring full-length hydroformed steel rails, the SSR has eight cross-members on a modified version of the TrailBlazer platform. The SSR was given a lower stance and wider stance to increase stability and flatten cornering. The exterior is finished off with aluminum wheels that are 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back. The wheels are accompanied by Goodyear Eagle RS-A all-season performance tires.
The 2004 Chevrolet SSR has room for the driver and companion inside a twin-cockpit theme interior with body-colored accents and a horizontal aluminum-look bar, which spans the width of the dashboard. Three of the gauges are a bit difficult to see because of the car’s low placement. Audio is behind a movable panel.
Ride comfort isn’t quite what a consumer would want it to be. Plenty of the road can be felt behind the steering wheel. The SSR feels more like the Camaro than a modern vehicle.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Chevrolet SSR pickup crossover will get anyone noticed on the road. If the unique look doesn’t catch the attention, the loud exhaust note will. Standing-start performance is in sync with its energetic appearance. Acceleration could be better when passing or merging, but most drivers will be satisfied with the performance. The 5.3-liter Vortec V-8 engine produces 300 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 335 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Power is distributed to the wheel with the most traction under the Torsen traction differential.
In the way of safety, the 2004 Chevrolet SSR offers up the fairly standard four-wheel all-disc anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet SSR: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Unique look
- Power retractable roof
- Convertible effect
You Won't Like
- Acceleration for passing
- Ride comfort
One of the most unique vehicles to ever hit the road.
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