2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette was new.

The Chevrolet Corvette combines the quick and sporty nature of high-priced exotics with the practicality and affordability of a daily driver -- making it a great choice for anyone in the market for a sports car.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard 430 horses of power
  • Performance on par with high-end exotics
  • Sporty handling doesn't inhibit daily driving comfort
  • Iconic styling
  • Large cargo hold enhances practicality
  • Competitors offer more interior refinement
  • Difficult to enter and exit the cabin

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Chevrolet Corvette has a score of 9.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

The 'Vette is an all-American classic. Since its 1953 introduction, it has combined sexy styling with high-end sports performance that still rivals the craziest of street machines. "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," writes Forbes. Best of all, it has comfortable seats, a large (for a sports car) cargo hold, and boasts great gas mileage too. Altogether, there's a lot to love about the Corvette.

If you're in the market for a luxury sports car, also consider the Porsche Boxster and Cayman -- which have no issues keeping pace with the much-loved Corvette and even trump it in terms of interior luxury. If, however, speed is what you're all about, make sure that the Lotus Exige is on your short list. All told, these are great cars.

The '09 Corvette is a carryover from the previous model year. In addition to two new exterior colors (Blade Silver and Cyber Gray), new standard features include Bluetooth connectivity and steering-mounted audio controls.

Be sure to check for current Chevy deals that may be available on a new Corvette. Buy a 2009 or 2010 model before November 30 and take advantage of GM's new 60-day money-back guarantee.

The Corvette is available in two body styles, coupe and convertible, and a variety of trims. High-performance Z06 and ZR1 models are also available.

  • "The Corvette is fast fun. These are reasonably practical sports cars that cost thousands less than rivals with similar performance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It seems there's a certain stereotype associated with America's sports car, one that involves a midlife crisis and gold chains on exposed chest hair, possibly accompanied by visions of the hideous Vette Mark Hamill drove in "Corvette Summer." However, you can reply with this: "Corvette Summer" was 21 years ago, gold chains haven't come back into fashion yet and the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette has nothing to do with the stereotypes -- it's simply a fantastic sports car." -- Edmunds
  • "Maybe 26 mpg isn't fuel efficient to Vespa jockeys, but for a car with the Vette's speed and fun potential, it's untouchable." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
  • "Once hailed as America's only true two-seat sports car, for 2009 the Chevrolet Corvette continues to offer driving enthusiasts the most bang for the buck, running neck-and-neck (and in some cases surpassing) exotic cars costing up to four times as much -- or even more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "[T]he Corvette really is what General Motors does best. No matter what the financial condition of the company, this is an amazing machine that delivers spectacular performance without throwing aside all considerations of economy." -- Popular Mechanics

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