Talking Cars 306: Our First Impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Our experts also discuss downsizing wheels on a Honda Accord, the best SUV for a family, and whether a Smart Car can tow

Main theme: After waiting well over a year, we’ve finally taken delivery of our 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe. This is the eighth generation of Chevrolet’s high-performance sports car, and it has undergone a radical transformation. Out with the traditional front engine, long hood, and glass hatchback design, replaced by a center-mid-engine, a more cockpitlike interior that isn’t so far back, and small front and rear trunks for luggage. Oh, and only an automatic transmission is offered: an eight-speed unit connected to a a 6.2-liter V8 engine. The team talks about the changes and putting some easy miles on the car before it undergoes testing.

Audience Questions

  • We revisit the question about Rivian’s new Adventure charging network and whether it will accommodate other manufacturers’ EVs or be proprietary?
  • Which SUV would be best for an adventurous family: an EV, a two-row sporty model, or a three-row midsized one?
  • An intrepid audience member spotted a Smart Car with a tow hitch and asked whether it’s really possible to tow with the diminutive car.
  • Is it possible to take the bigger wheels off of a Honda Accord Touring and put smaller ones on without upsetting the adaptive suspension?
Talking Cars 306
'Talking Cars' panelists Mike Monticello, Jon Linkov, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.