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 thoroughbreds. The new Corvette has narrowed the gap, with quick reflexes, flat cornering, and less of the nose-heavy sensation of older models.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2001. Side air bags standard from 2010.
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 thoroughbreds. The new Corvette has narrowed the gap, with quick reflexes, flat cornering, and less of the nose-heavy sensation of older models. Moreover, gone is the cheap interior of past Vettes, replaced with higher-quality materials and a more refined feel. The new Corvette -- in coupe or convertible body styles -- is a bargain among high-performance cars, delivering ferocious acceleration, precise handling, and excellent braking for thousands of dollars less than competitors such as the 911 and Jaguar F-Type. And the driving experience can be fairly refined or wild, depending on your mood.

Punching the throttle is an eye-opener. The direct-injected 460-hp, 6.2-liter V8 helped it post a blistering 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds. From a start, our Stingray shoots forward with seemingly boundless torque and a throaty bark.

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
2-door hatchback
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 7-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (650 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (460 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (455 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Chevrolet Corvette owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When shifting from 6 to 7 to 8 speeds transmission would slip/skip caused by torq converter. Under warranty. Dealership had already had 5 previous 2016 corvettes w/the same problems"

Joann G., VA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

"SHUDDER, BANG WHEN DOWN SHIFTING."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"TRANSMISSION SHUDDER AND DOWN SHIFT CLUNK AND BANG. TRANS FLUID CHANGED TWICE WHICH HELPED WITH OPERATION."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"Major shifting problem. Changed fluid. Seems to have solved the problem."

Anonymous, (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Problem was evident in this year of Corvette"

Anonymous, (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Exactly that. Rough shifting. Dealer changed transmission fluid to a different kind. This has fixed the problem so far. This has been a problem in 2015 and 2016 Corvettes."

Jerry S., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"I purchased a used 2016 Corvette Stingray Z51 in Feb 2020. It had 11,000 miles on it. I purchased it out of state and had to drive about 500 miles to get it home. I noticed on my drive the slipping transmission but couldn't figure out what was causing the symptom. Luckily it still had 6 months warranty and when I got home I took it immediately to a local GM dealership that specializes in Corvettes. They indicated there is a technical bulletin on this issue and GM will pay for a double flush of the original transmission fluid with updated fluid. I had them do it because I had nothing to lose (but time, it took 3 hours). This fixed all the symptoms I was experiencing that can be summed up as "slipping transmission." Now the car drives like a dream, very smooth on the highway using cruise control. No more jerks or jolts when the vehicle is supposed to be maintaining a constant speed. I wonder if this is why the original owner sold it, and maybe couldn't figure out how to fix it because otherwise its in cherry condition."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"SEE PAST STATEMENT."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Transmission computer

"Erratic shifting and jerking. Manufacturer's recommended fix was transmission fluid change which did not solve the problem. Flush was done 3 times by the dealer."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"faulty shift sensor caused check engine codes to set. in shop now for replacement. Will see if that is the problem"

Dave B., AZ (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Loads and functions erratically."

John R., MO (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Display freezes and then goes dark. Radio reboots itself. Again and again"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Screen would freeze up while driving. Could not operate until turned vehicle off, then back on."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"The driver display is integrated with info display. The communications link fails cause frozen info screen and complete loose of drivers display intermitently for about 8 seconds at a time. Repeats every 10-20 minutes. Lost info of speed, fuel, temp. When resets all warning lights flash on."

Douglas S., TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Apple CarPlay almost non-functional through car controls, other than through touch-screen and when already running prior to plugging into the car. Put another way, if the iPhone is running, the phone is plugged in, and the touch-screen is used, the system would be 4/5 stars. If the car is running, the iPhone is plugged in, and the choices -- especially music choices -- are run through the steering wheel, the system would be 1/5 starts"

John R., MO (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"A navigation system contains a GPS. Only an idiot thinks they are the same thing. The navigation system defaults to West Virginia if you try and enter an address. So each and every time you put in an address you have to override the state. When I complained I was told that GM was aware of the problem and was working on a fix. However the 2015 and 2016 both had the problem and the 2017 defaults to North Carolina"

Bil G., VA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Steering wheel controls

"The electronics running through the steering wheel controls, especially but not exclusively running the iPhone, run erratically"

John R., MO (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Voice control commands

"The System is awful at understanding voice commands"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Defective torq converter from Bowling Green plus fuel line leak"

Joann G., VA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

"Transmission had a skip, dealer diagnosed the torque converter and replaced it"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Tach jumps 1-200 as if it is trying to shift. GM once a year tried to fix it. It is better but not perfect. At first I though it was the road causing the funny feeling.Dealership changed hands and I was treated poorly after that."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"If the change of fluid had not solved the shifting problem, GM would have changed the torque converter"

Anonymous, (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Rough shifting"

Anonymous, (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"New supplier to GM. Many of their vehicles have had torque converter problems"

James B., SC (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

"Shimmy or vibration in the driveline. Thought it was either the engine or transmission. Torque converter was replaced under warranty."

Jerry N., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Random warbling/grinding sounds"

Glenn E., NC (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

"A light came on indicating there was a problem with the rear axle. Dealer found differential was 1 quart low in fluid. It is being replaced by a dealer with a new part from GM"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"repaired under warranty. torque converter serviced"

Jerry N., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"TOEQUE CONVERTER SHUDDER. POOR QUALITY PARTS."

Anonymous, RI (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"SHUDDER/SLIPPAGE"

Philip B., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Passenger side would not cool, vent to the leg area does not work"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Chevrolet dealership never told me exactly what problem happened to be other than a leak in refrigerant. Seems to be working at present."

Anonymous, (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"POOR COOLING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS.HOT AIR FROM HOOD VENT COMES BACK INTO CAR STOPPING PROPER COOLING OF INTERIOR."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"POOR AC COOLING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS."

Anonymous, RI (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Heater system

"erratic heat in cold weather,"

Sue S., WI (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"broken rubber seal that the removable roof panel sets in"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"The dash leather is shrinking and pulled loose.Dealer offered $1100 toward $2500 repair."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"The Corvette emblem on the driver's seat broke and was replaced by the dealer."

Robert N., TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Air bubble under clear coat"

David A., TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver door was not closing properly. Slight adjustment was the repair. They also replaced the Sound system while it was in the shop due to intermittent operation."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"I have been unable to get the memory seat option to operate exactly as the owner's manual says it should. I had a dealer look at it and they said they could not duplicate the problem. They thought it may be due to seats hitting limits because of my height."

Robert N., TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Sunroof

"It's actually the latch that holds the sunroof or top to the car. It was hard to open and then when the dealer tried opening it, it broke. They replaced it but it took a while. Had to order the part and all of the other stuff. TIME!"

Richard C., NY (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Received two warnings from Advanced Diagnostics OnStar saying to take the car to my dealer within seven days"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"The vehicle was kept at the dealer for roughly 4 days in order to correct the problem. Since then there have been no further issues with the brakes that would keep the car off the road."

Craig S., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Rotors

"rear rotors were out of spec for lateral runout"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Constant squeak and rattles over any type of pavement"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

"Squeak from behind right seat from either seat belt holder or rear cover holder. I haven't taken it in yet. Just had the car for a month now"

John E., NM (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)
Wind noise

"Loud cabin noise while driving"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Gas pump filler has to be held justright or pump stops"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Knock was fixed under warranty, no ongoing problems."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Fuel cap wouldn't open"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Fuel injection system

"3 fuel injectors all went out at the same time."

Theresa M., TX (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"At slow speed if you steer sharply to the left or right the car feels like it is running over logs. GM claims there is no solution. The problem is due to big tires"

Bil G., VA (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Overheats on the racetrack after 7 or 8 laps. Most likely was air in the supercharger intercooler line"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"There is a valve in the muffler that allows it to switch from 2 to 4 outputs depending on driving conditions, etc. That valve started to rattle while in the 4 cylinder economy mode. Because the dealer did not stock the muffler, it took a week to get a new one."

Brian N., FL (2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 6.2-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"convertible top failed to either open or close. Car was at dealer for repair for three months."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Chevrolet Corvette LT 6.2-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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