2020 Chevrolet Corvette: What's It Like to Live With?
Living with America's Sports Car
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Latest Highlights (updated 08/09/21)
- Holes in our wheels?!
- Corvette still reigns supreme in performance and comfort
- Over-the-air updates make recalls easy
2020 Chevrolet Corvette: Real-World Fuel Economy
We've matched the EPA combined fuel rating our C8, an impressive feat considering how we've been driving it.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.0
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined ( 15 city / 27 highway )
Best fill mpg: 29.9
Best range (miles):: 429.2
Current odometer: 12,184
"With a touch over 10,000 miles showing on the odometer, our Corvette's fuel economy has settled into predictable averages. While tall gearing and cylinder deactivation make it a particularly light fuel sipper on the freeway — evident by Travis' still-best 29.9 mpg average — the C8 gets much thirstier around town. Factor in plenty of drag races for our YouTube channel and you get an average consumption of 18.1 mpg. We feel pretty good about that, considering the EPA's combined rating is 19 mpg." — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
"After nearly 5,000 miles in our long-term C8 Corvette, we're averaging 19.4 miles per gallon. That's impressive not just because it's better than the Corvette's EPA combined estimate of 19 mpg, but because of how fun the Corvette is to drive. I've driven it with quite a bit of enthusiasm, and even on my worst day, I'm getting around 14 mpg in the C8. Compare that to a record low near 7 mpg in our long-term GT500 and you'll see who comes out on top in the efficiency department.
Another place where the C8 trounces the GT500 is in our category of best-recorded fuel economy. I took a long road trip in our Shelby and the best I could get was 22.1 mpg. That was going from Northern California to Los Angeles, with 72 as my top speed and the cruise-control engaged for over 300 miles. With the C8, it was no contest. On a similar trip, from NorCal to LA, I was able to get 29.9 mpg by simply pinning the Corvette's cruise control at 75 mph. When I filled up at home, I had done 429 miles on one tank and I still had several gallons of fuel left. If you have a light foot, you can go 500 miles between fill-ups with this thing." — Travis Langness, reviews editor
"The amount of customization you can do with the Corvette is very cool. Like a lot of cars, the Corvette has some basic default drive modes, such as Tour and Sport, that you select from the knob mounted on the center console. There's also a My Mode setting where you can individually select the settings you want for various parameters, such as suspension firmness, exhaust loudness and steering feel.
But wait, there's more! Chevy also added a Z-Mode button on the steering wheel that you can push to instantly switch the car to its sport-focused settings. You can also customize Z-Mode to your own liking. And this is just the drive mode stuff. You can also set up different driver profiles with memorized settings. All of this choice can seem a little overwhelming at first, but I think once you've owned your Corvette for a while and had the chance to experiment, it's gonna be great." — Brent Romans, senior editor, written content
"Favorite feature on our Corvette? By far, the front suspension lift. As a former C6 owner, I had to deal with the "scrrrckkk" sound of my car's plastic underbody air dam scraping on my driveway every time I backed out of my driveway. It was almost embarrassing when neighbors were around. Oh, it would happen on parking garage entrance ramps, too! Those were awful. Scrrrckkk.
But now I can just lift the front-end with a push of a button or, better yet, program it into the navigation system so that it does it automatically when I approach my driveway. Brilliant! I remember reading a few years ago about a front-end lift feature on a Lamborghini and kind of snickering to myself. Like, "Ooh, poor baby Lambo owner doesn't want to scrape his car? Let me get my little violin." But now I've actually experienced the beauty of this feature, and it is glorious." — Brent Romans, senior editor, written content
"Thank goodness for the technology features we added to our Vette. First off, the blind spots are massive, so I'm forever grateful for the blind zone alert system that came in our 2LT package (though it really should be standard). Likewise, parking is aided by the front camera split into three different angles to help you maneuver around safely. The Vette is actually pretty compact, so with the cameras it's much easier than I expected to fit into my tight, ‘50s-era garage. Finally, the adjustable front lift is a lifesaver for keeping that pointy front end away from driveways. Its $1,495 price tag is steep, but it reacts quickly and has undoubtedly saved us from countless scrapes already." — Ryan ZumMallen, reviews editor
"The Corvette's optional 14-speaker Bose sound system doesn't set new standards in audio clarity, but it gives me exactly what I want out of a stereo: volume. I can dial in the different EQ levels and tune a system to fit my ear with a little bit of fiddling, but the most annoying thing in a new car is when the stereo just doesn't get loud enough - especially on a road trip. That, however, is not a problem with the C8. The C8's optional 14-speaker Bose system system uses a 10-inch subwoofer in each door, plus another 12 speakers throughout the cabin that absolutely BLAST tunes. Not once, in five days of cruising up and down California, did I ever turn the system up to its maximum volume - a practical first for me in nearly a decade of testing cars. Whether I had the top up or the top stowed away in the trunk, the system was loud enough to drown out road noise, wind noise and any honking-and-waving passers-by who were admiring the Corvette. If you're getting a new C8 - put the upgraded Bose system on your list of must-haves." — Travis Langness, reviews editor
"I'm into leather. No, not like that, ya perv. I work with leather on many of my maker projects and have an appreciation for craftsmanship. Before I go into my little rant, I will say I do indeed like the Vette and when I nitpick, that's a good sign for a car. So, here goes. The leather craftsmanship in the C8 disappoints me in two spots: the steering wheel and the little palm rest thingy on the center console. There are some inelegant creases where the wheel meets the spokes and where your thumbs would naturally fall and where the leather wraps underneath for the palm rest. Those creases tell me that the patterns weren't quite right and the leather wasn't properly burnished flat. It wouldn't be as much of an issue if they weren't primary contact spots. Want to know who consistently gets it perfect? Alpina. Their uber BMWs show a remarkable attention to detail and they use the best hides (even Rolls-Royce has started using the same material). I know I shouldn't expect perfection from a C8 Corvette, but I should expect better craftsmanship than a 2008-era Kia." — Mark Takahashi, senior reviews editor
"Quite an impressive job by the folks at Chevrolet. The surfaces are appropriately soft and the touch points feel hefty and responsive. Sure, the dash is way too busy and some of the lines come together in a mish-mash sort of pattern – particularly around the door handles. It's also strange that the drive mode dial has to return to center, making it difficult to tell if your command registered. Why can't it just rotate and stay there? But all in all, this is a huge step forward in the Corvette lineage. I even like the square steering wheel. They can make it a triangle for all I care, as long as it drives like this." — Ryan ZumMallen, reviews editor