2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Video Review | Edmunds

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review

  • This Chevrolet Corvette Stingray video review includes information about pricing, fuel economy, technology, interior space and driving dynamics. For more information, read the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Review.

    The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray provides pretty much everything a sports car shopper is looking for. Besides strong performance, it offers a comfortable cabin, a spacious trunk, great value and surprisingly good fuel economy.

    There are two Corvette body styles: a coupe with a removable carbon-fiber roof panel and a convertible with a fully power-operated top. There are also multiple trim levels that up the level of performance as well as interior comfort.

    At the heart of the Corvette is a 6.2-liter 455-horsepower V8, which goes up to 460 horsepower if you opt for the dual-mode exhaust. That's not a lot of extra sauce, so there must be some other reason you'd want this system on your Vette...

    A six-speed automatic is available, but it lacks the immediate shifts of competitors' automated dual-clutch transmissions. Instead, we recommend sticking with the seven-speed manual gearbox. Its auto rev-match function means even if you can't perform perfect heel-and-toe downshifts, the car can. Not only does this make things smoother driving around town, but it'll help out track-day novices, too.

    With so many gears at your disposal, the manual returns excellent fuel economy at 21 mpg combined. We've managed as much as 31 mpg on the highway. Then again, we've also managed much lower. Because sometimes, we drive like this...

    The new Corvette is considerably more impressive in terms of its handling, especially when you opt for the Z51 package that includes upgraded brakes and suspension, bigger wheels and a limited-slip differential. You can also opt for the Performance Traction Management system that makes the Corvette almost too easy to drive fast. The optional magnetic dampers have the ability to firm up the suspension for aggressive driving, but with the turn of a dial, they provide an amazingly comfortable ride. Now that's something we never would've said about a Corvette in the past.

    Chevy has improved the Corvette's interior exponentially. Not only does it have a modern style, but the materials are far better, it gets Chevy's MyLink infotainment system and the comfy seats offer ventilation. Even more important, those new seats actually hold you in place through corners.

    The coupe's trunk is once again one of the largest you'll find in any sports car. One of our editors even claims you can fit a full-size mountain bike back there.

    A Corvette trademark that remains the same is value: you still get incredible performance for tens of thousands less than cars like a Porsche 911 or Nissan GT-R. But now, there's more refinement, comfort and interior quality that make the Vette more livable on a daily basis.

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