The awards continue to roll in for the eighth-generation Corvette.
Competing against 19 other impressive cars in what the magazine considers “the wealthy enthusiast’s class,” though they did set the limit at $120,000, the Stingray joined the 2021 BMW Z4 and 2021 Toyota Supra as Best Buy selections.
No surprise since the new mid-engine Corvette offers a high level of performance for relatively little money, with a base price starting at just $58,900 for the base vehicle that scoots from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and draws as much or more attention than a Ferrari.
Consumer Guide Automotive points out “this level of overall performance and ‘curb appeal’ usually costs thousands – if not tens of thousands – more.”
The organization continues:
“Chevrolet engineers took on a monumental task in reimagining the Corvette as a mid-engine vehicle while staying true to the styling and engineering character, relative practicality, and relatively affordable pricing that have long been Corvette trademarks. By our account, they’ve succeeded with flying colors. To get anything approaching the Corvette’s level of acceleration/handling performance and exotic-car feel, you’d have to spend tens of thousands more. And despite the Corvette’s super-car design, it’s reasonably practical and comfortable in everyday driving, boasting a wide range of available comfort and convenience features and enough luggage space for an extended weekend getaway for two.”
Those features expanded slightly in 2021, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity now standard, Magnetic Selective Ride Control now available without the Z51 performance package, and new interior/exterior color and body-stripe options. Consumer Guide also noted that the Corvette’s fuel economy isn’t bad, with their test of a Z51 2LT coupe averaging 23.2 mpg in 75-percent highway driving.
About the worst things they could come up with to criticize the new Stingray was the “poor” rear visibility and “the low-key seats can make ingress and egress challenging.”
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