2021 Chevrolet Corvette

MSRP range: $58,900 - $70,850
Edmunds suggests you pay$63,149

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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Review

  • Impressive power and acceleration
  • High handling limits don't take heroic skill to reach
  • Relatively affordable price for what you get
  • Cabin design can make the passenger feel isolated
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Lacks some of the latest advanced driver safety features
  • Wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Adaptive suspension now available without the Z51 package
  • More paint and graphics options
  • Part of the eighth Corvette generation introduced for 2020

When Chevrolet introduced an all-new Corvette last year, it did more than just redesign the car. It fundamentally reformulated the recipe in order to take performance to the next level, placing the V8 engine behind the seats and forward of the rear axle, transforming America's sports car into a legit mid-engine exotic that competes with vehicles twice its price.

Chevy is just getting started too. Hotter variants are planned, starting with a return of the Z06 to the lineup in the near future. In the meantime, rest assured that the base Stingray will easily satisfy your need for speed. It's hard to overstate how this new C8 Vette has improved compared to earlier incarnations. Check out our Expert Rating to see our full evaluation and performance test numbers.

What's it like to live with?

Edmunds is a fan of Corvettes, so we bought one for a long-term test. The goal goes beyond having a deliriously good time behind its squared-off steering wheel. We're living with this mid-engine sports car for a year to see what it's like to drive it every day, using it for everything from grocery shopping and road-tripping to ripping around local racetracks. Be sure to read our in-depth long-term Corvette coverage to learn more.

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It's rare to see a car, let alone an institution like the Corvette, so radically transformed. But Chevrolet has taken its performance icon and improved it in nearly every way. It's bonkers fast, it handles beautifully, and it still manages traffic and daily errands. The styling may be controversial, but its price and performance certainly are not.
Even in a class full of impressive performance cars, the Corvette stands out. In Edmunds testing, using launch control rocketed our Z51 test car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at more than 120 mph. Both times are very quick. Braking performance isn't quite as impressive, but that's largely down to the narrow front tires. We recorded panic stops from 60 mph in 105 feet, which is still a good number, and noted the Corvette's stability and excellent pedal feel.

Steering and handling are both much improved over previous Corvettes, and the car's considerable limits can be explored even by drivers with only moderate skill. Our skidpad testing showed the chassis' excellent balance with an eye-opening 1.09g, which is a number you'd expect from much more expensive performance cars. Likewise, the new eight-speed automatic transmission impresses with its smooth and quick shifts.
The new Corvette is one of the more comfortable cars in its class. Our test car had the optional MagneRide adaptive suspension. We found that it offers excellent compliance over a variety of road surfaces and smooths out bumps that would likely upset other sports cars. Adding to the comfort is the relative lack of wind and engine noise, though tire noise can be prominent on rough road surfaces.

Our drivers generally disliked our test car's optional Competition seats. Most of us started to get uncomfortable after 30 minutes because the seats are too confining. There are two less aggressive seating options available, so keep that in mind when you buy your Corvette. The climate system provides good airflow from its stylish vents.
Maybe just as striking as the exterior design, the Corvette's interior is certainly eye-catching. While it is relatively easy to use, there is quite a bit of controversy around the placement and design of the climate control buttons. They simply aren't arranged intuitively. Passengers might also feel left out since there is little they can interact with.

It's a bit more difficult to get into the Corvette than some other higher-riding sports cars, and getting out of it is more difficult still. This predicament is exacerbated in tight parking situations. But buyers will likely figure out a way and won't be too bothered. The compromised rear visibility will take some getting used to as well. Chevy added a camera-based rearview mirror display to help out, but the blind spots created by the rear pillars are still significant.
The Corvette benefits from Chevrolet's newest infotainment system. The graphics are crisp and modern, and the touchscreen's proximity to the driver makes it easy to operate. As small as the interior is, the optional 14-speaker Bose audio system manages to produce a decent soundstage with plenty of power. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard.

It lacks adaptive cruise control and emergency braking, but rear cross-traffic assist is a very welcome feature, as are the cameras that help with low-speed maneuvering. An optional nose-lift system can use GPS to remember steep driveways, which is handier than you might imagine. Of course, Chevrolet's Performance Traction Management software is available and excellent.
Mid-engine sports cars aren't well known for their practicality. But the Corvette makes pretty good use of its available space. The front trunk can hold a couple of grocery bags, and the rear is big enough for two golf bags. Rear storage all but disappears, however, when you store the Corvette's removable roof panel in the trunk.

Similar to other cars in this class, interior storage is limited to a small, shallow center console box and an equally small pair of cupholders. The door pockets are long and lined with felt but can't hold a whole lot.
The Corvette is estimated to return 19 mpg (15 city/27 highway). On our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, our test Corvette returned 20.1 mpg, which is commendable given that some fairly hard driving was done. As with all high-performance cars, single digits are just a good road and a heavy foot away.
If its performance wasn't the strongest argument for buying the Corvette, perhaps the pricing will be. Starting around $60,000, the Corvette is a relative bargain among performance cars. And when outfitted with all the go-faster options, it's still a reasonable $75,000. Build quality has always been a sore spot with Corvettes, but this generation looks to have changed that. The interior looks and feels premium, and paint and panel gaps are similarly well done.
It's easy to be impressed by the new Corvette. Its performance rivals that of sports cars costing nearly twice as much, yet the Corvette is still everyday comfortable and practical. But it's the performance that shocks the most. The transformation has been nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Which Corvette does Edmunds recommend?

Though the Corvette 3LT's interior is plush enough to banish the complaints about quality that have dogged this car for decades, it is the Corvette 2LT that we recommend for its combination of equipment and value. Plus, the 2LT trim is a requirement to get a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, necessities given how awful rear visibility is from the driver's seat. You'll also need the 2LT's available front lift system to avoid scraping the car's nose.

Chevrolet Corvette models

The 2020 Corvette Stingray is available as either a coupe with a removable roof panel or a traditional convertible. The three trims are 1LT, 2LT and 3LT, each one building off the last with features and available options. All are powered by a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 (490 horsepower, 465 lb-ft) that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Highlights of the base 1LT include:

  • Leather seats
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • 12-inch digital instrumentation display
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system
  • Rear parking sensors

The 2LT offers a wider variety of standard features:

  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • 14-speaker Bose audio system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Performance data recorder (records info and video for high-performance driving)
  • Head-up display
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

At the top of the lineup you have the 3LT trim level. It comes with:

  • GT2 sport seats
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped interior panels
  • Suede headliner

Optional features generally mirror those on the 2LT trim save for what already comes standard.

The Z51 Performance package is available on all three trims and comes with significant upgrades to the powertrain and chassis. Cars with the Z51 package get a slight bump in power (495 hp and 470 lb-ft) thanks to a performance exhaust system. Other Z51 upgrades:

  • Heavy-duty cooling system
  • Z51-specific suspension tuning with adaptive dampers
  • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • Grippier tires

Other significant options, depending on the trim, include:

  • Adaptive suspension dampers for non-Z51 cars
  • Competition Sport seats with additional bolstering
  • Front-end lift system to help minimize scraping on driveways and speed bumps
  • Transparent or carbon-fiber roof for the coupe
  • Various paint stripe schemes and carbon-fiber trim

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    The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette wins the title of Top Rated Sports Car in the Edmunds Top Rated Awards for 2021. Last year, the Corvette won this award due in large part to the new mid-engine layout, which tremendously enhanced the sports car's performance. Not much has changed from last year's model, but the 2021 Corvette is still outpacing the competition, and at a fraction of the price. It boasts impressive power and acceleration on the open road, yet it's able to handle city traffic and daily errands. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is the best sports car on the road today and our experts' pick for Edmunds Top Rated Sports Car for 2021.

    SPEAKER 1: In the past year, new sports cars have emerged, but none have matched the combination of driving fun, comfort, technology, versatility, and value as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Edmunds top-rated sports car for the second year in a row. Indeed, it rated so highly that we went out and bought that very car. SPEAKER 2: And now we have constant staff arguments over who gets to take it home. Running the C8 in our long-term test fleet has only solidified our appreciation for what Chevrolet has done. The Corvette is equally at home on a racetrack, a windy road, the main drag, or in stop-and-go traffic. The Corvette's fabulously responsive and excellent sounding V8 maintains its muscle car credentials, while it's new and much talked about mid-engine layout is super-car stuff. Yet the Corvette goes beyond both muscle and super-car expectations, with advanced suspension technology that offers a plush ride, while features like an expansive exterior camera system and front nose lift make daily use stress-free. SPEAKER 1: With a Corvette, Chevrolet's combined an acute understanding of what makes a sports car exciting with a price tag that's within reach of more shoppers. To find another sports car that says fun, quick, and comfortable, you'd have to spend almost twice as much. And soon, they'll be versions with even more performance. In 2021, the best might get even better. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    Features & Specs

    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT features & specs
    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT
    6.2L 8cyl 8AM
    MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automated manual
    Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT features & specs
    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT
    6.2L 8cyl 8AM
    MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automated manual
    Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT features & specs
    Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT
    6.2L 8cyl 8AM
    MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automated manual
    Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite Corvette safety features:

    Side Blind Zone Alert
    Alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot. Helps prevent a collision when changing lanes.
    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    Warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse. Helpful when backing out of parking spaces.
    Rear Camera Mirror
    Displays a live camera video feed in the rearview mirror, replacing the reflected image. Helps mitigate the Corvette's limited rear visibility.

    Chevrolet Corvette vs. the competition

    Chevrolet Corvette vs. Ford Shelby GT500

    With a big V8 engine in front that powers the rear wheels, the Mustang Shelby GT500 is more like Corvettes of old than the latest C8 is. With 760 horsepower on tap, it's devastatingly fast at a drag strip and impressively talented on a road course. Comparatively speaking, the more affordable Corvette is less ferocious and more civilized yet it's no less thrilling to drive.

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    Chevrolet Corvette vs. Jaguar F-Type

    You've heard the phrase "less is more." That's not true of the Jaguar F-Type, which, in spite of a substantial makeover for 2021, can't come close to offering the bang-for-the-buck supplied by the Corvette. For example, you'll spend six figures just to get a V8 engine. But the Jag does offer all-wheel drive and a terrific warranty and maintenance program.

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    Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

    Both of these sports cars have a mid-engine design, are great fun to drive, and wear competitive price tags. But that's where the similarities end. The bigger Corvette, though transformed into something different than it was, remains comparatively large and in charge, with brash American-style detailing. The smaller 718 Cayman is more of a precision driving instrument of unassailable quality. Either is worthy of consideration.

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    Is the Chevrolet Corvette a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Corvette both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Corvette fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Corvette gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Corvette has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Corvette. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette:

    • Wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Adaptive suspension now available without the Z51 package
    • More paint and graphics options
    • Part of the eighth Corvette generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the Chevrolet Corvette reliable?

    To determine whether the Chevrolet Corvette is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Corvette. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Corvette's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Corvette and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Corvette is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette?

    The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $58,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) which starts at $70,850
    • Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) which starts at $66,200
    • Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) which starts at $58,900
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Corvette?

    If you're interested in the Chevrolet Corvette, the next question is, which Corvette model is right for you? Corvette variants include Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), and Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM). For a full list of Corvette models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

    The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is offered in the following submodels: Corvette Coupe, Corvette Convertible. Available styles include Stingray 2dr Convertible w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), Stingray 2dr Convertible w/3LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), Stingray 2dr Convertible w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM), and Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM).

    What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Corvette.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Corvette featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM)

    The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $75,485. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) is trending $2,288 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,288 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $73,197.

    The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) is 3% below the MSRP.

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    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM)

    The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $62,000. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) is trending $1,959 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,959 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $60,041.

    The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) is 3.2% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2021 Chevrolet Corvettes are available in my area?

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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