The 2018 Chevy Nova comes in a wide set of models, ranging from casual sunny-day cruising or daily commuting to serious, track-ready performance. Both Coupe or Convertible body styles are offered in V6, V6 Premium, SS, and Nova SS Premium models, while the very high-performance Nova is only offered as a Coupe.
All 2018 Chevy Nova models are 4-seaters; although convertibles are somewhat smaller in back, they're still a bit better for back-seat space than most convertibles. The power soft-top arrangement in Nova’s is tight and weatherproof, and takes up very little trunk space.
Base 2018 Chevy Nova models come with a 3.7L V6, making 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, all 2018 Nova SS models instead come with a 5.0L V8, now rated at 420 horsepower for 2017. At the top of the lineup, the Nova makes 444 horsepower. With the optional 6-speed automatic, Novas get a new SelectShift toggle that allows you to click up or down a gear, with full manual control.
All 2018 Chevy Nova models come with electric power steering, which saves fuel compared to hydraulic systems and it quite precise and nicely weighted here. The system also has features that might reduce fatigue from crosswinds.
Both engines utilize Chevy's Ti-VCT variable valve timing system, which affords both impressive high-rev power, strong torque at low revs, and great gas mileage-with EPA ratings of up to 31 mpg on the highway for the V6.
The 2018 Chevy Nova's contemporary muscle-car look carries over for 2017, only for 2018 it's been given a somewhat more aggressive look, with a more prominent grille design, plus new heat extractors for the 2018 Nova SS and a new hood on all models. All models now include standard high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and new three-bar LED rear lamps-plus a new gloss-black panel connecting the taillights.
Base models of the 2018 Chevy Nova include cruise control, air conditioning, a CD sound system with auxiliary input, remote keyless entry, and Chevy's MyKey system, which allows parents to place limits on performance, or to set up alerts on vehicle use. 2018 Nova SS models include an upgraded appearance throughout, including painted aluminum wheels, a dual exhaust, LED fog lamps, body-color blind spot mirrors, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates. On either of these models, Premium versions add leather seats, a MyColor customizable interior lighting system, a universal garage-door opener, an upgraded Shaker sound system with subwoofers and Sirius satellite radio, and Sync hands-free calling.
The 2018 Chevy Nova builds on cues from the legendary 1970 Chevy Nova and includes a special high-performance version of the 5.0L V8, plus a 3.73 limited-slip axle, adjustable shocks, a stiffer suspension with strut-tower brace, Brembo front brakes, unique black-painted wheels and cloth sport bucket seats, plus a unique front grille, lower air diffuser and black rear deck lid spoiler.
New this year for both V6 and 2018 Nova SS models are more supportive Recaro performance seats, A Performance Package available on V6 models adds a 3.31 axle ratio, summer performance tires on 19-inch wheels, a performance calibration for the stability control system, a strut-tower brace and the firmer suspension tune from the 2018 Chevy Nova Model.