2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Thinking C7, Buying CTS
November 10, 2014
On the left, the car my father thought he might buy. On the right, the car he recently bought.
During our year with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, I encouraged, cajoled, enabled and endorsed my father's thoughts about getting a Stingray. Like many of us, he was ambivalent after seeing photos of the C7, but he was smitten once he saw one in the wild. In my own self-interest, I urged him to reconsider the seven-speed manual, but he was adamant about the automatic. Too damn old for a stick-shift anymore, he reasoned.
So what swayed he and my mother into a CTS instead of the Corvette?
A road trip in their SLK 280, actually. They bought it new in 2006 and only started putting real miles on it after mom retired. Day trips here and there. Some Vegas runs. The more Dad drove it, however, the more he disliked the seating position. The seats also weren't holding up for him for extended drives. Getting out of the cockpit was also turning into a pain.
Riding shotgun with me in the Corvette one day confirmed his suspicions: the car was just too low, the seating position too low, and the ingress and egress too troublesome for him to enjoy. It felt like the SLK, only bigger. I suggested he schedule a couple of test-drives, maybe wait for one to show up in a local rental fleet and drive out to Vegas to get a better impression.
He waved me off. "I had my fun," he said, remembering the white Stingray he owned in the late 1970's.
So they test-drove some sedans and ruled out the 3 Series ("nice, nothing special"), the XTS ("too long") and the Fusion ("already have a C-Max"). I almost got him to bite on testing a Macan, but Dad stubbornly believes Porsche begins and ends with the 911 (the nearest Porsche dealer didn't have any on the lot then, either). In the end, he traded the SLK for a 2.0-liter turbo CTS with tan interior. A solid choice for the desert where they live and trips out of town.
Now I just need to plant seeds for a trade-up to a V wagon in a few years and we're set.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor