2008 Chevrolet Corvette

Overall Score: 9.3 / 10
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette was new.

The Corvette's high ranking is based on its ability to reach mind-blowing speeds in relative comfort and its accommodating two-passenger cabin. Altogether, the Corvette proves to be a smart choice for anyone wanting a luxury sports car with Ferrari-like performance at a bargain price.

SEATING


2

MPG


15-16

  CITY


25-26

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


RWD

HP


430-436
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 430- horsepower V8 engine
  • Mind-blowing speed allows it to compete with more expensive exotics
  • Versatile handling dynamics afford daily driving comfort
  • An impressive 22.4 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Subpar interior appointments
  • Limited cabin storage

Scorecard

Overall: 9.3
Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.6
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5

The Chevrolet Corvette score of 9.3 out of 10 is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pictures

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff February 24, 2009

The Corvette's high ranking is based on its ability to reach mind-blowing speeds in relative comfort and its accommodating two-passenger cabin. Altogether, the Corvette proves to be a smart choice for anyone wanting a luxury sports car with Ferrari-like performance at a bargain price.

Introduced in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has risen to become what the Chicago Sun-Times describes as "an iconic world class sports car" for its "great combination of style and speed for relatively low prices." Largely a carryover from 2007, the 2008 Corvette is praised for performing impressively well on both the track and open road -- so much so that many critics consider it to be a suitable rival for some expensive exotics. With its relatively comfortable cabin, the 2008 Corvette shines. In fact, Car and Driver names it one of its "10Best Cars." The Corvette also receives awards for its retained value.

The 2008 Corvette is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. A 505-horsepower performance-oriented Z06 trim is also available. Whichever trim you choose, be sure to check for current Chevy deals that may be available on a new Corvette.

  • "GM is doing a lot of things right lately. Not messing up the Corvette, and continuing to build its sports car mystique, is another one it nailed perfectly." -- AutoWeek
  • "The basic formula remains the same for the venerable Chevrolet Corvette: high performance and handling in a stylish package that offers reasonable comfort at a (relatively) affordable price." -- Forbes
  • "Continual development is the key to success for any automobile, and the latest Corvette makes an excellent poster car for that proposition." -- Car and Driver
  • "America's best-known sports car -- the Chevrolet Corvette -- is also one of the world's most underrated sports cars...the Corvette is the best it's ever been. ... It's in the value criterion that the Corvette shines. Even with its as-tested price of $56,185, the Vette is $71,015 less than the next cheapest car (the Aston), and a full $192,718 less than the Ferrari." -- Road and Track
  • "It's still a bargain. Arguably, the new Corvette isn't quite as refined as rival models from Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes. But it's close. You're getting the best version yet of an American icon, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars less." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The first new Chevrolet Corvette I tested was in 1985. After driving that car, and probably every model year since then, I typically think, 'For the money, this is about as good as it gets.' And every year, it gets better." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Corvette is facing an increasing number of alluring rivals, but it undercuts them on price and practicality -- and remains America's dream machine." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "With each iteration, Chevrolet's sports car gets faster, yet more refined. The 2008, with a base price of $45,170, is arguably one of the best performance-per-dollar values on the market." -- Kansas City Star
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