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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Ample cargo space
  • Controlled, comfortable ride
  • Lackluster interior materials
  • Numb steering




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Auto writers said the V8-powered 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has ample power off the line and on the highway. With its more powerful V8, the 2012 Corvette Z06 is wickedly fast, they added. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available. Some test drivers said that shifting the six-speed manual transmission required more effort than they would like. The 2012 Corvette gets up to an EPA-estimated 16/26 mpg city/highway, which is good for a V8-powered sports car. Auto writers praised the Corvette’s strong brakes and impressive road grip, and said that its handling is confident and controlled, particularly around corners. They also noted its comfortable ride, though a few critics wished the steering provided more feedback.

Auto writers said the materials in the Chevrolet Corvette’s cabin are low-rent, and that rivals have interiors that are more stylish and upscale. Updated front seats offer good support and adequate head- and legroom, test drivers noted. The 2012 Corvette Coupe has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. There’s a lot less cargo space in the convertible, but it still offers a competitive amount of space for a sports car. The 2012 Corvette comes with keyless entry, push-button start, a CD audio system, an auxiliary input, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include a Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, voice-controlled navigation with a touch-screen display, a head-up display, Bluetooth, a USB port and heated and power-adjustable sport seats. Auto writers said the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette’s available navigation system seems outdated compared to those of rivals and that its controls aren’t very intuitive.

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers said the 2012 Porsche Cayman has incredibly athletic handling and a responsive base engine. In contrast to the Corvette, reviewers praised the Cayman’s upscale cabin and top-notch interior materials.

The base 2012 BMW Z4 gets great fuel economy for the class, and it comes standard with a power-retractable hardtop. In addition, critics were impressed with the Z4’s balanced performance and attractively furnished cabin.

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