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2016 Chevrolet Corvette: Real World Review

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Few American cars are as iconic and revered as the Chevrolet Corvette, and the newest model year is no exception. Toting a raucous 460-horsepower V8, the Corvette can sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in a lightning-fast 3.7 seconds. That's one of the reasons why the team here at Autotrader was so excited to get their hands on a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. After a week of experiencing what the 'Vette had to offer, our staff came away with some pleasant surprises.

A Real Looker

All of our team agreed, to varying degrees, that the aggressive exterior styling of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette was a thing of beauty. While Tommy believed the Corvette was better-looking than most of its foreign rivals, specifically the Porsche 911, he also thought the rear end looked too busy. Dwight disagreed with the 'Vette looking better than the 911 but chalked the discrepancy up to a matter of taste. Comparisons aside, the team loved driving the stylish convertible with the top down and noticed no real sacrifices from the inclusion of the drop-top, aside from the reduced visibility of a small rear window when the convertible top was up.

Daily Dasher

Despite the Corvette's sports-car pedigree, the team discovered the 'Vette was actually competent enough to use as a daily driver. The trunk was surprisingly spacious for a convertible, providing ample room for six bags of groceries with the top down. The Corvette was also easy to control in virtually any condition -- from the open road to gridlock during rush hour. It was during these seemingly inopportune times of day that the team discovered how the manual transmission was really easy to use, even in traffic. Dwight was able to regularly shift gears in the Corvette without irritating his knee, a common problem caused by having to frequently manipulate a clutch. We think a sports car featuring a transmission with such ease of use would be a welcome addition for drivers in traffic-snarled cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

Ample Interior

The interior of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette is vastly improved from previous iterations. The cheap plastic interior has been replaced with luxurious refinements, including custom leather-wrapped door panels, inserts and a console. The seats of the Corvette are both heated and ventilated, providing comfort regardless of temperature, and the infotainment system features premium sound and navigation. Touches such as these make the team here at Autotrader think that this Corvette rivals almost anything offered from foreign competitors.

An Apple a Day

Our team was thoroughly impressed by the inclusion of Apple CarPlay within the 'Vette's infotainment system. While using Apple CarPlay, the infotainment system will actually mimic your phone, giving the same look and feel as your iPhone. Apple CarPlay has its downsides, however, as the system will only display six apps instead of all the apps stored on your device. Still, Apple CarPlay will read your text messages to you and streamline talk-to-text functionality via iMessage. This means drivers do not have to worry about texting and driving in the Corvette, which is safer for everyone on the road.

Our Take

We think the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is both a great car and a great value. Ben thinks the Corvette is the best sports car for the money, and we tend to agree. The team loved the convertible and would recommend this version over the standard roof, as there is nothing like hearing the throaty growl of the Corvette's V8 unencumbered. If you're in the market for a sports car that delivers high performance for a price tag lower than most of its competitors, be sure to give the Corvette a lap or two.

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