LikesStar power
Beautiful styling and packaging of the aluminum V-8; rear-wheel-drive power
One of the best factory exhaust growls we've heard

DislikesEmphasis in the interior of form over function
The stance of the SSR needs to be lower and with less rake
The need for crowd control when driving or parking

'04 Chevrolet SSR

Base price: $41,370 (tax, license, delivery charges excluded)

Price as tested: $43,910

Vehicle type: midsize two-seat convertible pickup

Construction: steel unibody on hydroformed frame; rear drive

Engine: Vortec 5300 V-8: sequentially fuel-injected, OHV pushrod, 2 valve/cyl., aluminum block and heads, 325ci/5.3L, 9.5:1 comp. ratio

Horsepower: 300 @ 5,200 rpm

Torque: 331 @ 4,000 rpm

Fuel: 87 octane unleaded

Transmission: Hydra-Matic 4L60-E 4-speed automatic w/ Overdrive

Suspension: F: double A-arm R: five-link solid axle

Wheel: F: 19x8-inch aluminum; R: 20x10-inch aluminum

Tire: F: P255/45R19 Goodyear; R: P295/40R20 Goodyear

Brakes: power-assisted four-wheel vented disc with 4-wheel antilock braking system; front rotor: 12x1.14 in; rear rotor: 12.8x0.78 in

Wheelbase (in): 116

Length/Width/Height (in): 191.4/78.6/64.2

Track (in): F: 64.1; R: 64.9

Turning circle (curb to curb): 38.1 ft

Curb weight (lbs): 4,670

Tow rating (lbs): 2,500

EPA city/hwy/combined mpg: 15/19/17

Fuel-tank capacity/range: 25 gal/475 mi

Acceleration 0-60: 7.49 sec

Quarter-mile elapsed time: 15.36 @ 91.35 mph

Braking 60-0: 144.9 ft

Brake fade 60-0: 140.3 ft

600-ft slalom: 60.93 mph