Chalk up another victory for the 2014 Corvette Stingray: the 2014 Yahoo Autos Car of the Year.
While other awards may involve the technical aspects of the latest and greatest from Chevy, Yahoo Autos admits that “you’ll have to look elsewhere for physics-class style analytics and G-force inducing skid pad tests.”
Yahoo’s testers instead relied on their brains and butts to rate an unusually large crop of 16 new models on their interior design, exterior styling, power delivery, ride and handling.
“While this distinguished group from the United States, Europe and Asia all had their merits, and a few really grabbed our reviewers by the collar,” Yahoo says, “one stood out: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a laudable and unignorable revival of a classic American sports car.”
They say the new Stingray is “by no means perfect,” but it still won on several fronts and was “never far from the top in any category.”
The exterior design, of course, won over many of the testers, including one who said it “looks like a supercar, sounds like a muscle car,” and another who praised the Stingray for having “the ‘it’ factor, soaking up attention from all around you.”
Performance was another strong suit of the car. “3.8 seconds to 60 mph for around $50,000 base? Sold!” said one reviewer. Another gushed: “Easily the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”
Likewise, the newly improved interior earned kudos from the testers. Yahoo summarized it by saying: “While it may not yet be in Mercedes-Benz S-Class territory in terms of materials and fit and finish, the Stingray leaps beyond previous-generation Corvettes.”
They also praised the fuel economy of 16 city and 28 highway for such a powerful car.
“For a vehicle with damn-the-torpedoes looks,” Yahoo says, “those are some impressive numbers that allow you to motor in style while not constantly hunting for the next gas stop.”
Then there’s the topic of price.
“…if you do have around $50,000 to realize a childhood fantasy that involves speed, looks and other less definable daydreams, our 2014 Yahoo Autos Car of the Year strikes an amazing balance, providing supercar performance and looks for less than its European rivals while offering a welcome reminder that a bona fide legend of the American roads has no intention of pulling over,” Yahoo concludes.
Photo By Robert Kerian for Yahoo Autos
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