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After a 17-year hiatus, Chevrolet is finally bringing back to showrooms a rear-wheel drive V8 performance sedan in the form of the new SS.

This four-door Corvette boasts a 6.2-litre LS3 V8 turning out 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque but seats five, so it's family friendly.

Want? Of course you do. But you can't have: they ain't selling any this side of the border.

That doesn't mean we Canucks are out of luck. We've other SS-badged Chevy sedans to choose from—it's just a matter of which you'd rather own.

At $8,500, last week's 1946-ish Willys wagon found Worth It supporters with ease. The Jeep reaped some 82 percent of the favourable vote after a week.

This week we're mixing utility – in the form of four-door sedans – with a little performance – courtesy some Chevy V8s and supercharged V6s. Listen, just 'cause you can't get the new 2014 SS doesn't mean you can't have some bowtie V8 family-hauler fun.

We've three such candidates lined up for you in a special triple-ballot Would You Rather faceoff.

All three cars are around the $11,500 mark, give or take $500, and they're all painted darker shades, so you can't pick by favourite colour.

First off, the legend Chevrolet keeps referring to when they talk about their last RWD V8 sedan from 17 years back, a 1995 Impala SS sedan.

Our Alberta example is bone-stock, dark cherry, and equiped with power everything. It boasts a potent 5.7-litre 260-horsepower LT1 V8 borrowed from the Corvette, plus all the parts you'd find on the police-spec Caprice. This seller says his has never been winter-driven, and has clocked just 147,000 km. But if that ain't your style, how 'bout an '06 Impala SS?

This car similarly comes well-equipped, but keep in mind that unlike the '95, these ninth-generation cars were front-wheel drive.

It does feature an even more powerful 5.3-litre 300-horsepower V8, though, capable of blazing through quarter-miles at just over 14 seconds while still returning 12.4 L/100 km (19 mpg) thanks to its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation.

Last but not least, we've a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS – yes, the revered 'SS' name has been affixed to just about everything, really – which ups the practicality factor with a rear hatch, but trades down engine-wise.

Our example spins the wheels courtesy a 3.9-litre V6 good for 240-horsepower, and also comes with an options list as long as your arm.

So, assuming you had $12,000 to spend, what would it be? The last-ever-RWD legend? The outgoing-gen more powerful 'Pala? Or the five-door FWD Maxx?

Would You Rather: Which Chevy SS is best? - Sympatico.ca Autos
 

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Too bad Canadians won't be able to feed into any of this since they won't be getting the SS at all but maybe they can find a newer caprice PPV used? It'll be a good enough SS replacement for them.

Plus it'll probably be 1/2 the price of an SS.
 
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