Happy To Be in Sunny California - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Happy To Be in Sunny California

December 17, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

I was taking a break and sitting on my couch and watching TV on a recent Sunday. Between the NFL's Week 14 "Snow Fest" and news videos of icy roads and skidding cars, it seemed like a pretty unpleasant time to be out and about.

Well, if you lived in the Midwest or East Coast, that is. Meanwhile in Southern California, it was another ideal day to drive our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

If I owned our long-term Stingray, and I lived on the East Coast or Midwest, it would have been neatly tucked away and garaged during that weekend. Heck, I'm sure there are Corvette owners who just park their cars for the entire winter. If it was my daily driver, having a set of snow tires would be a requirement in my opinion.

But here in Southern California, you can drive a Corvette pretty much 365 days a year and not worry about weather. With 460 horsepower and newfound handling agility, the Stingray is one car that I'd want to drive as much as possible.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


  • coxwill_ coxwill_ Posts:

    I live in Madison, WI. Last night during evening rush hour we had a quick moving store move through dropping 3 inches of snow in 3 hours. I was out running and saw a guy drive buy in a boxter...sure hope they were rocking winter tires.

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    I hate those quick moving stores...STAY STILL.

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    I was about to say maybe it was a 4s when I realized you said boxster not 911. I've seen a few 911 4s driving around on snow covered roads in NJ. I remember coming up behind the one guy going he's crazy having that out in the snow and then I saw the badging and changed my thoughts to 'good for him' a true DD sports car just like mine.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Even with AWD you'll still need good winter tires. AWD doesn't help you stop any better.

  • Here in SW FL, you could drive that Vette every day that same as in SC. Gotta love it, esp after spending 30 years in the dreary, rainy, snowy, and generally miserable weather in Pittsburgh.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    So you can drive 365 days a year in a car with a 7-speed manual, in LA's hellacious stop-and-go traffic. Sounds like paradise.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @fordson1: I'm probably just a manual fanboy but as inconvenient as a clutch can be in some situations, I have always regretted not having a manual in the two automatic equipped cars that I have owned. I'll probably change my tune as I get older, but righ

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    quadricycle, I have 2 cars, both WITH manuals, BECAUSE I don't have to put up with LA's traffic. And yeah, my nicer, newer car is tucked away for the winter.

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