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Both the SS and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SS’ warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet SS uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The CTS-V requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The SS offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the CTS-V, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the SS is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the CTS-V.
The SS’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the CTS-V’s (52.7% to 47.3%). This gives the SS more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the SS’ turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the CTS-V’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.3 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the SS is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CTS-V is rated a Mid-size.
The SS has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V (106.9 vs. 97).
The SS has 3.4 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V.
The SS has a much larger trunk than the CTS-V (16.4 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).