2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Why It's the Perfect Car for Me
May 14, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't exactly practical. It doesn't have as much cargo space as a crossover, or a big cabin with lots of cubbyholes, but it fits me like a glove. And for an impromptu weekend trip up the coast to Monterey, I couldn't have asked for a better car. Here's why.
I really like the sound system. Mike Magrath disagrees. He thinks the system has too much bass. For me, the sound quality on the 10-speaker Bose audio system was great. With the treble, midrange and bass adjustments all equalized, I had no problem blasting the newest Black Keys single (which is a pretty bass-heavy song). And once I had exhausted my rock playlist, I had no problem finding podcasts for the long and boring bits of the journey. After just a few experiences with Chevy's MyLink system, I found it easy to get used to its controls.
The seats and driving position are ideal for a guy my size (5'9" - 175 lbs). The Corvette's seating position seems to favor shorter guys like Dan Frio and me, while taller guys like Scott Oldham and Mike Magrath aren't as happy in the cockpit. They can't adjust the seat to a low-enough position, and there isn't enough headroom to fit a helmet while they're at the track without some serious recline.
Even though it's a low-slung sports car, the Corvette isn't prone to bottoming out on driveways and the front bumper is high enough to avoid picking up stray rocks along the highway. (Anyone with a C5 Vette will find this news shocking.) Some exotics are so low that every pebble in the road, will damage the front end. With the C7 I didn't feel like I was going to tear the nose off when I came across some minor road debris, and that makes trips like this much less stressful.
For a 460-horsepower supercar, it gets great gas mileage. I resisted the urge to stomp on the loud-pedal most of the time and the Vette easily beat its combined EPA ratings of 21 mpg. I drove about 700 miles in two days, over a variety of highway and city streets, with no real concern for hypermiling and it got 22.2 miles per gallon.
Most importantly, it's easy to drive fast through the hills. Switching from "Touring" to "Sport"' and back are easy. Engaging the rev-matching technology is just as simple. Thanks to the dual-mode exhaust and metric-ton of V8 power, it's absolutely invigorating to drive quickly. Does it get a bit bumpy over imperfect roads? Yes. Does this bother me? No. Even with a bad back, I wasn't sore after 14 hours in the driver's seat. It is a bit louder inside the Corvette than our old long-term 911, but that just means I can hear the exhaust without rolling the windows down.
This combo may not be appealing to everyone, but for me it's perfect.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 19,245 miles