The People Love Its Styling - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The People Love Its Styling

February 27, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

I've only spent a few days in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray long-termer so far. But it seems nearly every time I get in or out of the new Vette, someone comes up to me to say how much they like the new car.

We hear words like "bitchin," "rad car, dude," and "I love the new body." I'm pretty sure with the last one they were talking about the car, not me...

Honestly, it's a near-constant occurrence that someone is complimenting the C7, or waving/smiling/giving thumbs-up from another car. It's truly cool how excited people get about a new Corvette.

What's funny is that, while I absolutely love driving the new Stingray, I'm lukewarm on its styling. To me it seems a bit over-contrived. Like someone was trying too hard.

The rear and the rear three-quarter areas are the busiest to me. Of course the crazy-tall tire-to-wheel well height isn't exactly helping things.

Maybe with a little more time I'll warm up to it.

I'll say two things though: First, the Lime Rock Green/black wheels color scheme is helping the car's cause with folks. It's classy.

Second, I spend most of the time driving the Vette, not looking at it. And when I'm driving it, I'm having such a blast that I never think about its styling.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 14,750 miles


  • I've seen a bunch of them now, and they do look great. One that I especially liked was in white with black wheels. Porsche pulls off that combo really well, as does the Miata CS (seriously!). And so does the Vette. The least impressive colour that I have seen interestingly was a red C7. It just did not do anything.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    I'm a hard core Porschephile and I have to admit.... I didn't like the C7 the first time I saw it in pictures. I warmed up having seen it/sat in it at the car shows but now, I really like it. In fact, I was thinking today after seeing a C6 ZO6 on the freeway on the way into work today that now the C6 bodystyle looks very old and dated. Great job GM. I still wish you kept the round tail lights but the styling has really grown on me.

  • Ugliest 'Vette ever, which really says something. The C7 is nothing but an awful, subpar Detroit knockoff of a Nissan GT-R, and the fact so many seem to like the look speaks volumes of how many morons we've allowed to breathe and breed.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    In general I like the car and would happily keep it if given one (unlike say a Camaro, which I would immediately sell or trade for something else), but I don't love it.

  • I go back and forth between really liking it, and being lukewarm about the styling. Hate black wheels on anything, period. So played. However, at this point I am hoping that the depreciation drops like a rock on C6's so I can grab one of those, esp. a ZO6 or Grand Sport. I still like that body style, esp. with the widened rear sides/flares.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The car generally looks very good when you see it on the road, but definitely the back end is the busiest part. If they got rid of/toned down the quad cannons and didn't stretch the diffuser black so far upwards, I think it would look nicer. As it is the car needed (well, not needed, could have used) new styling for the C7 generation but it could use some further refinement.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The thing I don't care for with the styling is the rear badge. It looks too tall to me.

  • edbradley edbradley Posts:

    Always nice to hear from the basement dwellers regarding a car they can't afford and haven't the common sense to appreciate, all while waiting for that perfect girl to stop by and sweep them off their feet.

  • edbradley edbradley Posts:

    P.S. @Mr. Ugliest 'Vette Ever - Yada, Yada, Yada

  • bthayer23 bthayer23 Posts:

    Why don't you lower the rear end? I thought the ride height was adjustable.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I'd pay a few bucks to watch edbradley and nukedetroit go at it. These guys are hilarious.

  • nagant nagant Posts:

    I liked the C6 much better but styling is very subjective. I find cars like the Aventador just hideous for example. I think that Chevy was trying for the "exotic" look actually. The fact that the Vette is really as good as it is, makes a lot of people that dont like American cars really, really is indicated by the post below.

  • Eddie, poor Eddie... you have no taste in automobiles, but at least you may comfort yourself in knowing you're part of the moron majority in the U.S. Meanwhile, more discriminating types will never, ever consider a Detroit product for... anything.

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