2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Driver-Friendly

November 12, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

When I pulled into the car wash this morning, the manager, an affable guy who's very familiar with Edmunds and its long-term cars, raised his eyebrows at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and at me emerging from it.

"This is too fast for you?" he asked, archly.

"How would you know?" I replied. We laughed and slapped each other's shoulders. All in good fun.

He was right, though. I am not the traditional target for this car, nor the typical buyer. The car has a track-day image, and the average Corvette owner is a man over 60. But Chevy has said that with this new generation Corvette Stingray, it's determined to win over women who are married to prospective buyers. Chevy would like to swoop up some Porsche enthusiasts, too.

Speaking as a woman and the co-owner of a Porsche 911, I'd say Chevy is off to a good start. I felt welcomed by the car. It was easy to set to my liking, from seat and mirror positions to phone pairing and music preferences. It seemed ready to adapt to me, rather than the other way around. It's striking, comfortable, responsive and has a miraculous number of features for the money: worth every penny of the out-the-door $71,664.40 we paid for it.

All weekend, I kept running into Corvette owners, who nodded approvingly at the new generation Stingray. One was a retired auto mechanic, the original owner of a 1988 convertible with just 30,000 miles on it. (I told him to drive more.) Another, the owner of a 2007 convertible with 8,900 miles on the odo, chatted us up at stoplights along Pacific Coast Highway, listing off the features he wanted in his next Corvette. My neighbor owns the black beauty you see here.

I just have a temporary pass to the Corvette club, but I can see why so many people have joined, and why the circle will grow wider with this car.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 3,187 miles

Comments

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    An 88 convertible with 30k miles sounds like my uncle, he has an 89 convertible with ~10k miles, cars are meant to be driven!

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    cool pic--the photo looks like two sharks waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting seal.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    "Speaking as a woman and the co-owner of a Porsche 911, I'd say Chevy is off to a good start. I felt welcomed by the car. It was easy to set to my liking, from seat and mirror positions to phone pairing and music preferences. It seemed ready to adapt to me, rather than the other way around. ..." Damn that a lot of women stereotypes packed in such a small paragraph! Mirrors, cellphones, music, adaptation to her needs... So many jokes, so little time...

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Hopefully that parking job was just for this photo. Eek.

  • As the former owner of a C5 six speed convertible, it was fun being part of that group. I'm an anti-group person usually (bought a Victory instead of a Harley, rode a Duc instead of a Hon/Yam/Suz/Kaw, etc.), but the Vette thing was a little different. If finances next year allow, I'll be exploring C7 ownership...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    "Another, the owner of a 2007 convertible with 8,900 miles on the odo, chatted us up at stoplights along Pacific Coast Highway, listing off the features he wanted in his next Corvette. My neighbor owns the black beauty you see here. " //////////////////////////////////////////// California one of the few places in the world were the traffic is so bad you can hold an entire technical conversation with little to no issues. WALL OF TEXT NEEDS TO GO!

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