Test Drive: 2014 Corvette Stingray Review

Jerry Reynolds | October 24, 2013
Test Drive: 2014 Corvette Stingray Review

If you want an unbiased review of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, stop reading now. I am so enamored with this car, I am going to gush about it, brag about it, and overall just embarrass myself. You have been warned.

I’m not sure where to start the love fest, so I will start with first impressions of the exterior. It is angular, tough and fast looking, and it screams I AM FAST. It sort of looks angry to be honest. My tester is the Z51 package in Torch Red, has black 19” wheels on the front, 20” wheels on the rear, and has yellow front brake calipers. It does not have any stripes on it. The side view is sharp, but the front view and the rear end are spectacular.

Like all the 2014 ‘Vettes, this one has a carbon fiber hood and removable carbon fiber roof, both are painted to match the rest of the car. From behind, you see four large exhaust pipes lined up in the center of the rear bumper. Honestly, this is a car that makes everyone smile when they look at it.

Lets take a look under the hood at the 6.2-liter V8 that has 460-horses and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is a little higher than most Corvettes due to the Multi-mode Exhaust. This exhaust sounds amazing by the way. My red tester has a 7-speed manual transmission that shifts incredibly smoothly. The feel and sound of full acceleration is like nothing I have ever experienced. It is nothing short of a rush, and I’ll tell you now that if I get through this week without a ticket, it will be a miracle.

Handling is superb and you can choose from five different drive modes that give the Corvette very different handling and ride dynamics. New for 2014 is a new aluminum frame that makes this monster more rigid than previous versions. You also get GM’s cylinder deactivation system to improve highway mileage.

All these changes are awesome, but the real story is the interior. As long as I can remember, the interior of previous years was sub-par, and that is being kind. That has all changed now. The leather interior on this 2014 is fantastic. It is higher quality and Chevy did an awesome job with stitching throughout. I have never been in a car that had more of a cockpit feel. Everything inside matches, the seats, dash, console, door panels, etc. and it really works.

The one I have is the 2LT, which is not the top of the line, but the middle package. Even so, you get memory power seats, heated and air conditioned seats, premium Bose audio that rocks, theft deterrent system, and a spectacular heads-up display.

Also standard on all Corvettes is stability control, Xenon headlights, removable roof, a color touchscreen with Bluetooth, backup camera, dual-zone air conditioning, and power tilt steering wheel. Options on this Corvette is the Multi-mode exhaust for $1195, navigation system for $795, painted calipers for $595, and the upgraded wheels for $495.

The first Corvette debuted in 1953 and has improved overall with every new generation. The C6 that came out in 2005 was a pleasing change, and although this version had some shortcomings, it was the best ‘Vette up to that time. Make no mistake, the 2014 C7 raises the bar with performance, a stellar interior, and a car that is comfortable. Where else are you going to find a machine that will do 0-to-60 in under 3.8 seconds and will still get 30-miles per gallon on the highway?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is a beast, it is priced right, and quite possibly the most enjoyable car I have ever driven.

What I liked most: Exterior looks, interior comfort & quality, and performance.

What I would change: Zip, zilch, zero, nada.

MSRP: Base price $53,800, as equipped $62,085.

Fuel Economy: EPA rated at 17 City/29 Highway, doing 30 on the highway.

Weight: 3300 pounds

2014 Corvette Stingray in a few words: Best. Corvette. Ever.

Warranty: 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 2 years/24,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.

Car Pro Rating: 5+ out of 5 Stars.

Dealers: If you want a Chevy of any kind, we have dealer affiliates in Dallas, Granbury, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Phoenix, and Fresno.

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.chevrolet.com/corvette-stingray.html

Jerry .
Here ya go! I just got one myself, they are AWESOME!

Hedrick's Chevrolet
961 W. Shaw Ave
Clovis, CA 93612

Owner: Brett Hedricks
Main 559-291-7711
Direct: 559-294-2279

Thanks for being a listener!
Jerry Reynolds, President
Car Pro Radio Network
Ryan K.
Jerry , i listen to your radio show every weekends around noon i believe when its on I was thinking about getting a C7, anyhow do you know where i can start talking to get the best deal. in California?
I am from Fresno.
Jerry .
Steve, on this new one you can change the suspension to be tight or there is a comfort setting that makes the car ride really well.

Let me know how I can help you!

Jerry Reynolds, President
Car Pro Radio Network
Steve S.
Question. How is the ride? I know it's a sports car, but the last Corvette I had felt like a buckboard without springs. I'd like to get another, but all the bells and whistles don't count for much if your fillings fall out.
George S.
Ok Jerry, I take back my dislike of you spending too much time on foreign cars and give you thumbs up on your praise of the Corvette. Man when you get it right you come thru with flying colors.
After owning 14 Corvettes from the C-1 thru the C-6 as well as some in between, I do believe
they are the best Car made in America if not the world. Thank you, for the high praise of the C-7..
George Sockrider