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2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Used Car Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents the seventh generation of the Bowtie brand’s fabled sports car. All-new from the ground up, the 2014 Corvette debuts a lighter, stronger aluminum frame, a carbon-fiber hood, composite doors, fenders, rear quarter panels and underbody panels to help achieve a 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance. Its new direct-injected LT1 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 is the most powerful standard Corvette engine ever. Chevrolet offers both the hatchback coupe and the convertible body styles, as well as a performance-oriented Z51 model.

The 2014 Corvette is a good used-car choice, because parts and service are both readily available, and evergreen popularity means it will have a good resale value down the road.

What We Like

Semi-exotic Gen 7 styling; great-sounding optional dual-mode exhaust; remote convertible top operation; 6.2-liter V8 acceleration; base suspension ride quality; Z51 track-ready handling

What We Don’t

Push-button door releases; complexity of configurable gauges; flinty Z51 ride quality; appearance of interior carbon-fiber trim; blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert not available

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 Corvette Stingray and Corvette Stingray Z51 are each available with just one engine, but it’s a good one. The standard all-aluminum, direct-injected 6.2-liter overhead-valve (OHV) LT1 V8 delivers 455 hp at 6000 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm. When equipped with the optional "shock and awe" dual-mode performance exhaust, output rises to 460 hp and 465 lb-ft. Premium fuel is recommended but not required. The Z51 features a dry-sump system with additional oil capacity to keep the engine internals well lubricated in high-g turns during track use.

The 6.2-liter V8 is teamed with a 6-speed automatic or 7-speed manual transmission with active rev-matching on downshifts. The 6-speed automatic cars are equipped with steering-wheel-mounted paddles to enable manual shift control. The 7-speed manual in the track-oriented Z51 has shorter gearing to allow the engine to rev faster and higher. With any of the three transmissions, the Stingray can accelerate from rest to 60 in less than 4 seconds.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Corvette 6.2-liter V8 at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the 7-speed manual transmission, and 16 mpg city/27 mpg hwy with the 6-speed automatic. The 6.2-liter has a cylinder-deactivation system, Active Fuel Management, which, when activated, idles four of the eight cylinders under low-load conditions to improve fuel economy.

Standard Features & Options

Both the Corvette coupe and convertible are available in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims.

Typical 1LT equipment includes power-operated leather seats, a black dash, door and console trim, dual-mode automatic air conditioning, a power-operated top (convertible), a manual targa sunroof (hardtop), cruise control, a power tilt-telescopic leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with remote audio controls, remote keyless entry, an OnStar communication system, a 9-speaker AM/FM stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio, a Chevrolet MyLink system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, 18-in front/19-in rear alloy wheels, a backup camera, stability and traction control, antilock brakes and power doors, windows and mirrors.

The 2LT trim adds a Bose 10-speaker audio system, luggage shade, cargo net, a head-up display, memory seat and mirror presets, auto-dimming mirrors, heated and ventilated seats, power lumbar and seat bolsters, a garage-door opener and heated outside mirrors.

The 3LT trim brings navigation, a performance data recorder, a leather-wrapped color-coordinated dash, upper door and console leather trim and suede interior accents.

The Z51 model adds performance upgrades such as Bilstein shocks, a sport suspension, an aero package, an electromechanical limited-slip rear differential, shorter manual-transmission gearing, larger slotted front brake rotors, a differential cooler, a larger-capacity dry-sump engine lubrication system, P245/35ZR19 front/P285/30ZR20 rear performance tires and a performance exhaust. Magnetic ride control featuring advanced magnetorheological shock absorbers is also an option on the Z51.

Popular options include sport seats, the performance exhaust and a carbon-fiber roof. Various custom paint and stripe packages are also available.

Pricing

The Gen 7 Corvette introduced for 2014 was quite an improvement over its predecessor, and prices of used examples have held up very well. The good news is most used models will have very few miles, a consequence of the Corvette being a 2-seater used mostly for fair-weather recreational driving. You’ll pay a bit more for convertible versions and for the performance-oriented Z51 model.

To get an idea of the 2014 Corvette’s price range, investigate the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette:

Due to a software issue with the airbag sensing and diagnostic module, the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to interior occupants.

The welds on the rear shock absorbers factory-installed in 1,939 model year 2014 Corvettes were faulty and may break, affecting vehicle dynamics and increasing the crash risk.

On Corvettes with optional sport seats, an unbelted small child is at increased risk of neck injury in an impact deploying the passenger side airbag.

On 33 model year 2014 Corvettes, a short circuit in the sensing and diagnostic module may deactivate the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, increasing the injury risk in a crash.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA did not crash-test the 2014 Corvette.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did not evaluate the 2014 Corvette for crash performance.

General Motors covered the 2014 Corvette with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or less. Every CPO Corvette undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Additionally, the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage is extended to 6 years and includes roadside assistance and a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 — It’s no Hellcat, and the GT500 is larger, heavier and more of a hot rod than a sports car. With a 662-hp supercharged 5.8-liter under its bulging hood and a claimed top speed over 200 mph, however, the folks at Cars and Coffee will get it, but the Gen-7 2014 Corvette will handily outmaneuver it on a track.

2014 Dodge SRT Viper — As America’s only other 2-seat performance coupe, the reborn SRT Viper amazes with a 640-hp 8.4-liter V10 and 6-speed manual transmission, capable of low-3-second bursts to 60 mph. What it lacks is the sweet rumble of a Hemi V8.

Autotrader’s Advice

Corvettes are evergreen, and there are no bad choices here. For everyday use, a base non-Z51 will deliver a better ride, and the convertible with the 6-speed automatic will make a great cruiser. Collectors will gravitate to the lower-production Z51 with manual transmission. Go for a Chevrolet certified pre-owned Corvette when available, and check with your dealer to make sure all applicable recalls have been performed.

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