August 11, 2014
A few weeks back we got a letter from OnStar letting us know that our free service was ending on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. So, naturally, I shared this information with you and asked for input.
We were on the fence. There was some good discussion and some valid points, but ultimately one person swayed us to give OnStar another shot: OnStar themselves.
July 14, 2014
Nobody buys a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for the cupholders. Still, that doesn't mean they have to be this shallow and flimsy. Or that the center divider needs to wiggle itself loose all the time. But at least it's well-sealed so that the coffee that spills every. single. time. pools up in an easy-to-clean bin.
July 08, 2014
As expected, our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is thirsty for another round of oil now that it has passed the 22,000-mile mark. It called for its first change around 7,500 miles and another after 15,000 miles so it looks like it's on a pretty regular schedule even though it's a performance-based indicator.
July 03, 2014
There aren't many things I dislike about our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray but this is one of the small ones.
July 1, 2014
Sports cars are supposed to be impractical. That's part of the charm, right? Not necessarily. Others have extolled the virtues of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's relatively massive cargo hold. It even passed the infamous "Will the bike fit?" test. At 15 cubic feet, it's roughly the size of a midsize sedan's.
June 27, 2014
After living with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for about 10 months and 22,000 miles (including my own road trip from L.A. to Detroit back in January) I'm still discovering new ways to customize the car's digital gauge cluster.
It's nearly impossible for me to cover all the choices here, so I'm not even going to try, but I will make an attempt to hit the highlights.
June 23, 2014
Earlier this month, Kavanagh reported that the screen on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was on the fritz. Specifically, he (rightly) complained that the screen flickered when placed in reverse and that the screen was blank one time on startup.
Well, both of those things happened to me this weekend and then a new one.
June 13, 2014
Something I failed to mention during my award-winning eight-part series, "The Greatest Event in Track Day History" (in retrospect, a better name would've been "We're taking America's sports car to a track day. Duh!"), was that there was some unfortunate damage to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Did I slide the car off backward into the kitty litter or worse yet, slam it into a wall?
May 21, 2014
If you're thinking about buying a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, make sure it's the 2LT that comes with ventilated seats. Why? I'll explain.
April 17, 2014
Although the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rankles Corvette traditionalists with its overstyled exterior, squareish taillights and seats that didn't come from a furniture store, it still carries one unmistakable reminder of its origins.
April 14, 2014
There I was sitting parked in the grocery store lot in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and I was completely engrossed (as usual) in NPR's broadcast of Radiolab. This time it was on an emerging hypothesis about how the dinosaurs met their demise and the long-standing theory that it was a mega meteor.
April 11, 2014
Has this ever happened to you? You get in your car at the A) car wash, B) valet, C) from the repair shop, you start your car, and the stereo blasts you right out of your seat. Naturally, the radio station isn't even in your presets.
April 10, 2014
And what does it mean that it is "On" in our Corvette?
According to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Owner's Manual:
April 8, 2014
I suppose this would fall under, "Well, what did you think would happen?" but to satisfy my curiosity, I tried to use the hidden USB port behind the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 's touch screen and then close the door.
Click through to see the video of what happens.
April 2, 2014
Boooooooooooooooooom. Booooooooooooooom. Buuuuuuzzzzzzzzz.
Who knew John Denver rocked this hard?
March 25, 2014
Among the many screens in the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray's instrument cluster is this one documenting engine hours and lifetime revolutions. It's gratuitous.
March 24, 2014
It's official, our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is getting a bit creaky.
March 19, 2014
Technically, there's no reason one can't install a child seat in the front of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Practically, there are a few reasons.
March 17, 2014
When you're driving a car that gathers speed and cruises as effortlessly as the Corvette, having a speed limit reminder is certainly a welcome feature.
Cruising along on an unfamiliar stretch of wide-open highway, for example, where speed limit signs are rare, you're sans detector and the limit itself fluctuates, it's nice to be able to see at a glance whether it's 55 mph or 65 mph.
Although you can't see it in the photo (it was like trying to photograph a computer screen), the display does have "mph" underneath the "30" so it effectively mimics a speed limit sign.
February 24, 2014
When Kurt and I fetched the Corvette from its Kentucky home for a new life in California, we reminded ourselves many times to enjoy the drive. The Corvette would be popular, we knew. We might never get seat time like this again.
Largely, that's been true. But when sign-outs went around for the weekend, which kicked off with Valentine's Day and ended with President's Day, the Corvette went unclaimed. This would not stand. This would also be my first time behind the wheel since the road trip, about 12,000 miles ago. I wanted to see which impressions held up.
The seats and driving position are as good as I remember. The ingress is tricky, yes, and in Magrath's case, painful. I'm not as tall as Magrath or Oldham, nor sit as upright, so I'm fine with the seating position and the views out the window. And there's still a sense of occasion sliding into these buckets, reinforced when you light up the V8. For all its international social climbing, you realize that the Corvette is really just a muscle car raised by good parents.
February 14, 2014
One of the seemingly few carry-over features from C6 to C7 Corvette is the push-button door "handles." The exterior one is hidden behind the hand-sized opening aft of the door, while the interior one is a button adjacent to the door pull.
February 12, 2014
With a car like this, you have to dig deep to find something this truly awful. And even then, it's rarely a deal breaker.
February 11, 2014
When we started this road trip, Oldham and I were on opposite sides of the C7 coin. Scott wasn't a fan of the C7 while I considered Tonya Harding-ing some of the more senior staff members so that they couldn't drive a stick and I'd get more sweet, sweet Corvette time.
A few thousand miles later, we're still on opposite sides of the coin. He's in love, and my Corvette Stingray Bromance is over. I wished we'd taken our 911.
February 10, 2014
Moab, Utah is not a terrible place to wake up. In fact, it's a pretty darned spectacular place to wake up. I could have stopped every 15 feet to take more pictures, but I limited the stops to about 4.
February 7, 2014
The town of Lincoln, Nebraska isn't terribly interesting. But it has an airport which means it has cheap, clean hotel rooms. My room was well insulated from the sound of private jets getting out of Nebraska but was woefully porous to the 900 mph winds that were whipping across the Midwest that day.
The wind nearly blew me over as I filled the tank with :::gasp::: 87 octane — it was all they had and my range indicator was in a panic. I had to lean into it to stay vertical. I had to stay outside the car to hold the fuel nozzle as the wind kept tripping the sensor. It was something like 18 degrees before wind-chill calculations. I've never wanted a flat tire less.
February 6, 2014
I usually like the Detroit Auto Show. The last couple of them have been great. Money's started to flow back into the auto industry, there are more cars on the floor and the reveals get more and more important.
This year, however, I just wanted it to be over. I wanted to bail before noon on the second day. I wanted to tear off my media credential, throw my tie in the trash, sprint back to the hotel and start driving our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray.
I knew I had about 2,400 miles to cover over the next few days, but I was itching to play in the snow.
January 27, 2014
If you want to test the comfort of a car, road trip it.
I just spent four days driving our long-term 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray 2,500 miles from Santa Monica to downtown Detroit. My longest day behind the wheel covered about 800 miles.
December 18, 2013
When I drive, I usually prefer to slam the seat down to the deck. This is especially true with sports cars. In our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, though, I'm limited.
December 11, 2013
This is such a small thing, but to me, it speaks to the attention to detail on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Our Corvette has extendable sun visors.
December 02, 2013
By now you probably know about the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray's hidden storage compartment behind its navigation screen. The compartment is accessed via a button to the left of the screen and is big enough to hold several smartphones, a wallet or two and other small items. It also contains a USB port.
November 29, 2013
Our Stingray is number 23. And that's pretty cool.
November 27, 2013
I noticed the 2014 C7 Corvette has this handy slot for its key fob hiding in the steering column. I'm the guy who always finds himself in the car with the fob still in his hand. Then it's a question of either trying to jam it in my pocket while seated or leave it lying in the cup holder. This beats the cup holder.
November 26, 2013
The 2014 C7 Corvette did away with a conventional handle-style parking brake on the center console in favor of an electronically actuated brake. The new button is much smaller than the old lever. It yields a tidier center console and a bigger cupholder plus a pop-up 12-volt outlet. But the C6 managed to pack in everything but the pop-up outlet.
November 22, 2013
Hey, that's neat. Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has a cold-engine redline indicator. See it there around the outside edge of the tach?
This isn't the first car to have such an indicator, but I always appreciate these things. Not because I would otherwise beat on the car when stone cold, but because other buyers do. Maybe, just maybe, the cold-engine redline indicator will prevent someone from being a bonehead.
November 18, 2013
Our $71,664.40 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has 3 USB inputs, Bluetooth audio and satellite radio controlled by Chevy's MyLink system. It does not have a CD player as I found out after a relatively successful trip to Amoeba Records.
November 15, 2013
Conventional wisdom says that cars with manual transmissions shouldn't have shift paddles on the steering wheel. Our 2014 Corvette does and they're dumb.
November 14, 2013
As soon as Kurt and Dan got back from their road trip, I made up some excuse to steal our new long-term 2014 Corvette for a long time.
On day 2, the C7 and its MyLink infotainment system fried my iPhone.
November 12, 2013
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.
November 11, 2013
If you're a single woman who wants to meet men of all ages, skip Match.com and speed dating. Just get a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. When I had the car this weekend, the attention was nonstop: thumbs-ups from a container-hauling trucker, a Scion street racer, guys getting off their shifts at McDonnell Douglas, and a baby-boomer surfer in a Ram 1500 ("Bitchin' car, dude. If I didn't have a hemi, I'd be jealous.") My favorite admirer, though, was Max.
I found Max, his dad and another guy doing a walk-around of the Corvette, which I'd parked on a suburban street while I ran some errands. Max gave me the chapter and verse about our new car, horsepower, dual-mode exhaust, etc., but hesitated a little when I invited him to sit in it. He stared down at his Pumas, apparently afraid of sullying the interior. He finally did slide into the passenger seat once his dad said it was OK.
October 30, 2013
Days Four & Five: Arkansas > New Mexico > California
Early breakfast in Arkansas and today's goal is Santa Fe, New Mexico. At 842 miles, it's ambitious. We leave early, pass through the rest of Arkansas and make our second fuel stop around mid-afternoon in Checotah, Oklahoma. Even here at the southern fringes of the prairies, you can feel the distance between horizons. The sky is massive out here.
Oklahoma's license plates pay homage to its Native American history and its road signs tell you which nation's territory — Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw — you're passing through. You wonder how long it took men on horseback to traverse this land. Even in this 2014 Corvette, it feels like it could take us days to reach some faraway settlement we see in the distance.
We've covered 777 miles so far and ranged 415 miles on our last tank. The Corvette says we averaged 25.9 mpg. While filling up, a thin man with long graying hair under a baseball cap walks over from his Dodge pickup. His tank top asks "Why You Hatin?" We aren't.
October 28, 2013
Day Three: Memphis > Arkansas > almost Oklahoma
A confession: We spent most of our cross-country road trip driving a four-cylinder Corvette.
That's right: V4, baby, every day, most of the day. That should merit exclusion from any Corvette club with a shred of dignity. But we were game to see what kind of efficiency we could wring from this new 6.2-liter, and but for on-ramp blasts taken in full Track mode, we covered most of our miles under Eco. While the V8 will still kick in during Eco mode, and often did on slight grades or under other murky combinations of speed, RPM and throttle position, the green governor wants to run on four cylinders whenever possible.