Unimpeachable V8 power; world-class handling; much-improved seats and interior quality; excellent fuel economy; amazing value
Engine shakes at idle (but maybe you like that); gaudy graphics on the instrument panel
The Corvette is all-new this year
The 2LT is the sweet spot, adding desirable luxuries such as power side bolsters without inflating the price to 3LT levels. As for the Z51 package, it's up to you, but we'd have a hard time saying no to all that extra performance for $2,800.
The 1LT coupe ($51,995) and 1LT convertible ($56,995) come standard with staggered-size alloy wheels (18-in front, 19-in rear), a carbon fiber hood, keyless entry with push-button start, leather upholstery, power seats, two 8-in color displays (one in the gauge cluster and one on the dashboard), a rearview camera and a 9-speaker Bose audio system with iPod/Bluetooth integration and satellite radio.
The 2LT coupe ($60,415) and 2LT convertible ($65,415) add color-matched console and door panels, heated and ventilated seats with memory settings and additional power adjustments (lumbar and side bolsters), Corvette seat emblems, a universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, a color head-up display, a 10-speaker Bose audio system with dual subwoofers, a cargo net and a luggage shade (coupe only).
The 3LT coupe ($68,005) and 3LT convertible ($73,005) tack on a full leather interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces, a navigation system (optional on lower trims) and a color-matched instrument panel.
The popular Z51 package ($2,800) adds bigger wheels (19-in front, 20-in rear) with Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP summer tires, a dry-sump oil system, an electronic limited-slip differential, more aggressive gearing, bigger front brakes (13.6-in discs versus 12.6), sport-tuned suspension components and lift-reducing aerodynamic tweaks.
Other notable options include adaptive magnetic-ride dampers with a track-oriented stability control system (Z51 only), sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, a suede steering wheel and a transparent roof panel (coupe only).
The coupe's hatchback trunk can hold 15 cu ft of your favorite items, while the convertible's traditional trunk maxes out at 10 cu ft.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Ford Mustang GT -- Don't laugh. The current 420-hp Mustang GT may be on its last legs, but it has a glorious V8 engine of its own, and it's a lot cheaper than the 'Vette.
Dodge Viper -- The attention-grabbing Viper is as outlandish as ever, though its high cost and edgy character limit its appeal.
Porsche Cayman -- Considerably smaller than the Corvette, the Cayman boasts ultra-precise handling and exceptional engine refinement. It's not nearly as fast, however, even in S trim.