2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Push Button Door 'Handles'
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.
Frankly, I'm not a fan. I seem to open driver doors with my left hand, which is rather ergonomically unpleasant with the 'Vette. You have to awkwardly turn your hand and arm over. There also isn't a keyless lock button on the outside. The car just locks automatically at some point when you walk away, which is a bit unnerving, and is a set-up that Cadillac has abandoned.
Then again, this is a super car of sorts, and as such, ergonomic unpleasantness is sometimes the price you pay for ergonomics, styling or just simply to be different than your neighbor's Camry.
The interior door button, however, is just pointless. Unlike other functional interior frivolities like Jaguar's rotary shifter, the button isn't especially clever or cool. It's not something you'd show off to friends. It's just a button. Furthermore, since it's electronic and its possible failure could leave you locked inside the car, there is a redundant mechanical pull on the floor where a Honda's fuel and trunk release would be. So the Corvette has two door-opening implementation devices on each side of the car.
Is it really worth the effort? I say no.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor