Automobile Magazine has selected the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as its 2014 Automobile of the Year. This is the second time a Corvette has won the prestigious award, which is now in its twenty-fifth year. After four days of on-road and track testing, the magazine’s staff discovered that Chevrolet has imbued its signature sports car with newfound sophistication to go along with its heart-pounding performance.
The editors were impressed that the Corvette’s considerable abilities have been placed within reach of a wider spectrum of drivers, thanks to a sophisticated suite of electronic driver aids that manage to preserve the fun factor while at the same time providing an important safety net. Staffers were smitten by thoughtful touches such as the rev-matching function on the new seven-speed manual transmission and the smaller steering wheel that makes the car more comfortable to maneuver. They also noted the wholesale improvement to the Corvette’s cabin, long a point of criticism for the marque.
The Corvette faced a highly competitive field to win Automobile Magazine’s most prestigious award. This year’s finalists included cars such as the Cadillac CTS, BMW 4-series, Mercedes-Benz S-class, Jaguar F-Type, and Mazda 3. Staffers noted with interest that the two strongest contenders for the magazine’s top award both came from General Motors. Ultimately the Corvette won out, with the magazine proclaiming it: “an expression of greatness from a town and a car company that have been dismissed as losers by everyone.”