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The sharp-edged Corvette has abundant power from its 455-hp, 6.2-liter V8 and an interior worthy of the price. A seven-speed manual is standard, with an eight-speed automatic optional. Drivers with a thirst for more power can opt for the 650-hp Z06. The car's all-aluminum construction optimizes weight savings and strength. Whether in coupe or convertible form, acceleration is blisteringly quick and handling is pinpoint. With the adjustable driving modes the car can be a fairly refined cruiser or track-ready race car. The seats deliver support and comfort. But you can't ignore the low-slung cabin, which requires almost acrobatic skills to access; the vague manual shifter; and the omnipresent tire noise. Reliability has improved to average.

Road Test

Long known for its panache and sheer brute force, the Corvette has been reborn for 2014 as a lighter, tighter, high-tech sports car. Previous Vettes delivered quick acceleration, but handling wasn't up to that of the Porsche 911 and other European th...

Highs

  • Iconic home-grown sports car
  • Thrilling acceleration

Lows

  • It's a very wide car, which limits agility
  • Low stance literally makes access a pain

Best Version to Get

Any Corvette will deliver plenty of performance. If you have any high-performance-driving intentions, go for the Z51 package, with its larger wheels and tires, more capable brakes, and other upgrades. If not, get the automatic transmission to use it as an enjoyable, attention-getting cruiser...

Specifications

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 7-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 (455 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (460 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (650 hp)

Ratings

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Comfort / Convenience
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