The 2021 Corvette may not be a “recommended buy” by Consumer Reports because of “predicted reliability,” but that doesn’t mean Chevy’s new mid-engine supercar isn’t immensely popular with the people who matter – the owners.
In fact, the 2021 Stingray coupe and convertible just finished in first place in J.D. Power’s annual Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study for vehicles in the Premium Sporty Car segment.
The Corvette beat out several impressive competitors, including two Mercedes-Benz models, two BMWs, and two Porsches.
The survey questioned verified owners of new vehicles, in an attempt to determine the makes and models that are most satisfying in terms of their overall appeal. To be eligible to respond, owners must have had their cars for at least 90 days and share with J.D. Power their likes and dislikes about the vehicles. J.D. Power then took that information to come up with an overall appeal index score.
The new Stingray ranked first with a score of 907, beating out runner-up Lexus LC’s score of 899 and well ahead of the 10th ranked finisher, the Toyota Supra’s 841. Of the new Corvette, J.D. Power had this to say:
One year after a complete redesign that fundamentally altered what a Corvette is and can do, America’s sports car saw few changes for the 2021 model year. The only thing today’s Corvette has in common with those of the past, aside from its Corvette and Stingray names, is its pushrod-style V8 engine. But now, the power plant lives in the middle of the car, behind the front seats, giving the Corvette the same layout as supercars and exotics. In the Chevy’s case, though, the price is attainable enough for many of the dreamers who’ve always wanted one.
Here are the top 10 finishers in this year’s J.D. Power APEAL Study for the Premium Sporty Car segment:
10. 2021 Toyota GR Supra – 841
9. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 845
8. 2021 BMW 2 Series – 853
7. 2021 Audi A5 – 861
6. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 865
5. 2021 Porsche 718 – 880
4. 2021 BMW 4 Series – 892
3. 2021 Porsche 911 – 897
2. 2021 Lexus LC – 899
1. 2021 Chevrolet Corvette – 907
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