2005 Chevrolet SSR

  • 2005 Chevrolet SSR Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2005 Chevrolet SSR Review

A good looking, high-powered truck-car hybrid.

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The 2005 Chevrolet SSR, which stands for Super Sport Roadster, provides the style of a sports car with the power of a truck. The SSR is equipped with a stylish quick folding hard top, allowing its occupants to feel the wind and feeling the power of the vehicle. The Chevy SSR comes with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, which produces the 394 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque of the roadster. The Chevrolet SSR beats out competitors Ford and Dodge in terms of horsepower on similar trucks and is easy on the eyes.

The Chevy SSR has a few faults like the interior seating capacity, but makes up for it with plenty of trunk space. The trunk itself turns out to be an interesting hybrid of trunk and truck bed. The interior has its style with the new stereo system and is just as good to look as the exterior. Comfort levels are high in this vehicle with leather bucket seats, and the muscle-car sound it makes allows it to be heard coming from a mile away. The safety is top notch in the SSR providing driver and passenger protection on all sides. The fuel economy is about average for this type of vehicle.

The Range

Body styles: Convertible
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: Four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet SSR LS

What's New

The 2005 Chevrolet SSR model provides more power than last year’s model. The 5.3 liter V-8 of the 2004 SSR is upgraded to a 6.0-liter V-8 aluminum engine, which gives this beast 394 horsepower. The 2005 Chevy SSR also adds the option for a six-speed manual shift transmission, which could help save gasoline costs. Aside from power and control, Chevrolet provides more options for entertainment while driving with a new CD/MP3 stereo system installed. The fuel economy is a mile less this year and finally, the vehicle adds gas struts for the hood to make for a quieter ride.


The unique body style of the 2005 SSR causes a stir on the streets. Designed after late 40s style pickups, this vehicle is a blast from the past spiced with the novelty of a modern day muscle car. With five colors to choose from, the SSR is fully customizable for individual drivers. The convertible top allows for enjoyment of the heat from the summer while shielding from the cold of the winter. There is no external antenna to worry about as it is built into the windshield.


While this car weighs almost 5000 pounds, it can only seat two people making this a possible negative point for large families. The seats are reclining leather bucket seats featuring a six way power driver seat and a two-way power passenger seat. The CD/MP3 stereo system includes a Radio Data System, seek and scan digital clock, auto-tone control, automatic volume, and TheftLock. The leather-wrapped steering wheel includes audio controls.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Chevy SSR offers a higher horsepower than many trucks released in the same year by competitors. The SSR includes cruise control to help with those tedious road trips. The SSR is rear drive, something many have come to expect of Chevrolet’s sports car lines, which is fun to drive but may leave the vehicle stranded in the snow. The rear drive makes this vehicle a poor choice for snowier areas or for winter driving. The 2005 Chevy SSR has the sounds of a sports car, it roars on the road and purrs like a kitten when idle.


The 2005 Chevrolet SSR includes front and side airbags for both the driver and the passenger There is a switch that can deactivate the passenger airbag system if desired. The brake system is four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Traction assistance is included on this car for the automatic transmission users, and the day time running lamps ensure it is spotted in both day and night.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet SSR: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The Looks
  • The Power
  • Cargo Space

You Won't Like

  • Rear Drive in bad weather
  • Limited Seating Capacity

Sum Up

A good looking, high-powered truck-car hybrid.

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