“It was with great anticipation that we finally bought and tested the completely redesigned Corvette Stingray, with its new rear/mid-engine layout—a configuration long favored by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other exotic sports-car companies. We came away from the experience impressed by the C8 Corvette’s performance numbers and thrilled with its fun-to-drive nature.”
That’s the optimistic way Consumer Reports described its experience with the new Corvette Stingray that’s taken the world by storm since production began in Bowling Green about three years ago.
Unfortunately, the overall results of their experiences with Chevy’s new mid-engine sports car weren’t good enough for Consumer Reports, which does not recommend purchasing the car.
After waiting more than a year for delivery, Consumer Reports finally got its 2021 Z51 model in May and ended up giving it 97 points in the road test, five out of five points for owner satisfaction, and two out of five points for predicted reliability.
“We can’t recommend the new Corvette because of its inconsistent reliability history,” Consumer Reports concluded.
Anecdotal stories from happy owners about how “I haven’t had a problem with my car” aside, Auto Evolution reports they did a search on the 2021 Corvette on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator’s website and found 128 manufacturer communications and one recall over a malfunction with the airbag indicator light. The news was worse for the 2020 model, which has 285 manufacturer communications and four recalls.
Of course, Corvette owners have heard that kind of doomsday opinion for years, and yet we’ve still supported the car with the ultimate reviewers – our pocketbooks. We bet not many of the thousands of folks waiting patiently in line for a 2022 model – and beyond – will be all that influenced by the Consumer Reports’ snub. How about you?
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