October 7, 2014
Back when I was in high school I had the opportunity to drive a relative's Corvette. It was a 1996 with the LT4 motor. The last of the C4s. For a few minutes, I was able to escape the reality of the 1994 Toyota Corolla that served me as basic transportation at the time. It was an unforgettable experience, the details of which I will not go into here, even though the statute of limitations has long since expired.
The LT4 is gone, and my family member misses it terribly. Unless a wave of amnesia hits the office and everybody forgets we have to sell our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, one of my favorite cars in our long-term fleet is about to depart. There was no better way to say goodbye than by bringing the Stingray back to where my relationship with Corvettes began.
October 2, 2014
Despite driving another 1,336 miles in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray last month, we didn't set any new milestones.
September 11, 2014
Another month, another 2,200 miles on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
We've now crossed 25,000 miles and when we last reported fuel economy we were averaging 18.8 mpg. Has anything changed?
August 12, 2014
Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray didn't stray too far from the office during July, racking up fewer than 900 miles. For comparison, our fleet average for the month was about 1,950 miles per car. It seems that most of last month's road trips required more than just space for two people and a pair of duffel bags.
July 07, 2014
June came and went, and in its wake we find our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe with another thousand miles under its belt.
Power was summoned, noise was made and fuel was burned — some 90 gallons of it to be exact. Click on through to see what we did with all of it.
June 4, 2014
We only added 1,953 miles to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray this month, but that was enough to vault past the 20,000-mile mark. With 4 months to go, it seems that 30,000 miles is a distinct possibility.
But we're still no closer to the Vette's 21-mpg EPA Combined rating. In fact we slipped a bit this month, the lifetime average falling from 19.5 to 19.3 mpg after a May that passed by at just 17.2 mpg.
May 8, 2014
We made it. Two days of burning tires, brakes and fuel (lots of fuel) during our car/motorcycle track weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
First order of business: Food. Authentic Mexican restaurant on the way out of town? Check.
May 5, 2014
In the past four weeks we've driven our Lime Rock Green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray a little under 3,000 miles. No, it doesn't sit around much.
And as you can see, at a lifetime fuel economy average of 19.5 mpg, it's still delivering better mileage than any supercar has a right to. However, there's something important I need to tell you about this month's numbers.
April 3, 2014
Look, we've proven that it is possible to achieve the EPA's 29 mpg highway figure with our own 30.8 mpg over a 271-mile "jaunt." But seriously, this is a fire-breathing sports car extraordinaire and we should drive it as such. Fuel economy be damned.
We added 1,417 miles in March, and lowered the worst fill MPG to a new low of 9.4 mpg — as it should be.
Here are the running totals and averages:
March 5, 2014
We rolled 1,700 miles on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in February. This was a rather uneventful month, considering we spent January driving it to and from Detroit. None of our lifetime fuel economy milestones were broken. And we averaged 18.5 mpg during this time.
February 5, 2014
January was a big month for our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. It got its first service and then we strapped on some winter tires and took our 460-horsepower coupe from Los Angeles to Detroit and then back adding over 5,000 miles to its odometer.
What impact did that trip have on our long-term fuel economy?
January 22, 2014
26.6 mpg over 2,486 miles on winter tires through a blizzard. Amazing. Our long-term 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray continues to impress.
With the Detroit Auto Show looming, I decided to drive our Lime Rock Green Corvette from our Edmunds Santa Monica headquarters all the way to downtown Detroit. Just me. Solo. Left Thursday afternoon. Hit a blizzard in Colorado 24 hours later. And checked into my Motown motel Sunday night at 10:00 p.m.
December 03, 2013
After its first full month in our fleet, the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is averaging 19.9 mpg which is 1.1 mpg below the EPA's combined estimate for the car. We put almost 2,200 miles on the Corvette last month with several road trips.
Its best (30.8 mpg) and worst tanks (11.8 mpg) came in the hands of Mike Magrath, who somehow managed to best the extremes of the Niebuhr/Frio Abusio Twins. Averaging below 12 mpg on the street is no easy task, but I think I can manage.
November 6, 2013
After its cross-country trek, our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is settling in to normal life in our long-term fleet.
Our best fill was obtained on the drive back to our office. The worst fill so far has been earned driving around Los Angeles. No surprises there.
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.
October 21, 2013
Light rain is falling this morning in Nashville. Guess the Stingray is getting wet today.
Sleepy surf troubadour Jack Johnson's tour buses are parked outside our hotel, so we pull the Corvette in front for some photos in the drizzle, then set a destination for Alabama in the nav system. I've convinced Kurt to make a 65-mile detour between here and Memphis to let me geek on a couple of legendary recording studios: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame. I promise great photo backgrounds.