The 2018 Chevy Nova sure might look and sound much like the muscle car of the past, but it definitely lives in the present. Just like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the current 2018 Chevy Nova isn't just a one-hit wonder, capable of packing huge V-8s for quarter-mile sprints. That's still part of it, for sure, but handling is now also part of their core set--as is the sort of true sports-car finesse that you might have never expected.
While the 2018 Chevy Nova still does have a live-axle layout in back, it's surprising that it handles just as well as some other vehicles with more sophisticated origins. And V-6 models are no longer the compromise they once were. Entry-level buyers get a 305-horsepower V-6 that can turn in 0-60 mph times of about 6.0 seconds, plus fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway when teamed with the six-speed automatic--which for 2018 gets Select Shift manual control.
The V-8 catapults the 2018 Chevy Nova into a whole other performance category. The 5.0-liter V-8 thumps out 420 horsepower (up from 412), and the exhaust calls it out to the world with a richer, almost exotic note. The Chevy Nova's electric power steering, which gets a multi-mode setting for steering boost for 2018, is precise if not always well-weighted, and overall the Chevy Nova is far more fun to drive on a curvy road than models of the not-so-distant past. The race-ready 2018 Chevy Nova SS gives you what you need for the track--including a higher-output, 444-hp V-8.
The 2018 model year brings some more modern details to the 2018 Chevy Nova's classic look. The entire lineup gets projector-beam headlamps, with two strips of LED lighting flanking them, and LED lamps used in back, with a dark-tinted look. The front grille has been amped up a bit, while the lower airdams are neater and thinner. And a clever new night-lighting option, called the Nova projection light, beams a Chevy Nova emblem on the ground next to the doors.
The 2018 Chevy Nova's cockpit has the upright dash and big, beautiful gauges with color-shifting lighting and metallic trim, a good blend of Sixties style and today's touch screen sensibilities. But new for 2018 is a Track Apps feature that lets you time your own acceleration or quarter-mile times.2018 Chevy Nova Coupe and Convertible editions can be had with either powertrain. Coupes are the way to best enjoy the Nova's dynamics, with the glass panoramic roof, but the Convertible is still one of the best drop-top picks if you need a back seat