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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Review

The 2014 Corvette ranks well among luxury sports cars thanks to its powerful base engine, athletic handling, and tech-laden interior. An added bonus is its favorable cost of ownership compared with most rivals.  

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Agile, comfortable ride
  • Tech-filled interior
  • Large cargo area
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Rough engine idle

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – available as a coupe or convertible – is one of the best used luxury sports cars on the market. This two-seater has a powerful V8 engine that also gets good fuel economy. Its interior is loaded with standard features that are only available as options in rivals. It’s held back from a higher ranking due to an average reliability rating. This is a segment where above-average reliability is the norm.

Used 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Performance and Interior

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette comes with a 455-horsepower V8 engine that makes 460 pound-feet of torque. (An available dual mode exhaust system boosts output to 460 horsepower.) Some find the V8 has a rough idle. A slick-shifting seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is available.

A Drive Mode Selector offers five different modes for handling and power management: Weather, Eco, Tour (default), Sport, and Track. They adjust throttle response, shift points (automatic models), steering effort, and suspension settings. Unlike some luxury sports car rivals, the Corvette Stingray delivers sporty driving dynamics and is comfortable on long drives. The available Z51 performance package upgrades the Corvette’s already good track aspects with an enhanced zero to 60 mph time, better cooling, and stronger brakes. Among the Z51’s other enhancements are larger front and rear tires, additional cooling equipment, bigger front brakes, high-speed stability equipment, and specific summer tires tuned for improved grip.

Even with all its horsepower and torque, the Corvette’s fuel economy numbers are good: 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, and 16 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway with the automatic.

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There’s only room for two in the Corvette, but it’s a comfortable space with leather-trimmed seats as standard – comparable to the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera. They’re supportive enough even for beefier passengers, though some taller drivers might need more legroom. Limited rearward visibility is helped by the standard rearview camera.

Open-air driving is available in either the coupe or convertible. The coupe has a carbon-fiber roof panel light enough for one person to remove and stow in the trunk. The convertible has an electric top that can be opened while the car is in motion – at speeds of up to 30 mph. Cargo space is good for the segment: 15 cubic feet of space in the coupe and 10 cubic feet in the convertible. A concern with the glass hatchback design is that your items can’t be hidden out of sight.

Standard equipment in the 2014 Corvette includes dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access, push-button start, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display. Some models add a 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and a head-up display. The controls are user-friendly, and the instrument cluster can display a wide variety of vehicle information with its 8-inch display screen.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Prices

The price of a used 2014 Chevrolet Corvette ranges from about $44,800 for the 1LT Coupe to around $47,100 for the 3LT Coupe with the Z51 package. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 15 professional reviews for this 2014 Chevrolet Corvette overview to help you make a buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2014 Corvette has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. While that is about average for the auto industry as a whole, a score of 3.5 is more typical within the luxury sports car class.

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How Safe Is the Corvette?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2014 Corvette. A rearview camera is its sole standard active safety feature.

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Should I Consider Another Used Corvette?

Chevy introduced a new Corvette for the 2014 model year, resurrecting the Stingray name. The completely redesigned 2014 model marked the beginning of the car’s seventh generation (colloquially called the C7 Corvette). This generation also includes the 2017 Corvette. Focus your shopping within the seventh generation to ensure you get a model with more recently updated features and styling.

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Which Used Chevrolet Corvette Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray comes in three trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The base 1LT trim is well-equipped, but the 2LT trim is the best choice. It has heated and cooled seats for daily driving comfort and a color head-up display that shows performance data for track days. The 3LT is a better choice only if you need navigation and upgraded leather seats.

Even with the Corvette’s average reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette or 2014 Porsche Cayman?

The 2014 Porsche Cayman, like the Corvette, was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. Both have agile handling, but the Corvette has a more powerful V8 that spools out 180 extra horsepower. The Chevy also has a slightly nicer and roomier interior than the Porsche. The Cayman does better in our ratings because of its perfect reliability, but the Corvette is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette or 2014 Jaguar F-Type?

The base 2014 Jaguar F-Type can’t match the Corvette’s horsepower, but it handles just as well. The Jaguar is well-regarded for its interior, but the Chevy outclasses it with more standard features – like leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless start, and a rearview camera. Considering its slightly lower total cost of ownership, the Corvette is the better choice.

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