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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best luxury sports cars on the market. It dazzles with world-class handling, strapping engines, and a silky ride. The Corvette also has exceptional interior materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Exhilarating acceleration
  • Surgical handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Sizeable trunk for a sports car
  • Slow infotainment system

New for 2016

  • Standard flat-bottom steering wheel and Apple CarPlay
  • Front-view parking camera became available
  • Limited-production racing-inspired C7.R Edition trim




Critics' Rating: 10.0
Performance: 10.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette is an excellent luxury sports car. It has both razor-sharp steering and corner-carving agility, as well as a suspension that soaks up road imperfections nicely. The Corvette boasts two robust engine options, and their exceptional acceleration will get your adrenaline pumping.

Corvettes from the previous generation (2005 to 2013) didn’t have the interior grandeur of German brands like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. However, the newer generation’s cabin is first-rate. It features top-of-the-line materials and a cockpit-like dashboard design that is driver focused. The standard seats offer multiple adjustments, but the available competition sport seats lend superior support. The Corvette also has an unusually large trunk for the class. Finally, there’s plenty of technology. For example, the available Performance Data Recorder keeps track of your driving stats. The one disappointment is the fussy 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 25 Chevrolet Corvette reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

Our site has some 440 listings for the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette, with an average list price of $56,000. Prices range from $43,900 to $74,000, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Cost to Own?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs amount to nearly $40,520.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette has a starting price of nearly $55,500, and it tops out around $130,000. There are few differences between the 2019 Corvette and the 2016 model. The 2019 Vette offers more trims, larger tires, and a standard HD Radio. Shopping for a used model instead of the new model will certainly save you some money.

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Another new luxury sports car worth considering is the 2019 Porsche Cayman, which starts at around $57,000. That’s very close to the average price of a Corvette. The Cayman offers robust engines, thrilling handling, and a comfortable cabin. The base model is a great vehicle, and it should satisfy the needs of most shoppers. However, the Cayman quickly soars in price as you start adding options.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Corvette Is Best?

The 2016 Corvette is part of a generation that launched for the 2014 model year. The 2015 Corvette received a transmission upgrade, and Chevy introduced the Z06 model. Apple CarPlay became standard for 2016, and the C7.R Special Edition was also introduced. The 2017 Corvette received no major updates, but Chevy introduced the Grand Sport model. Since the older models have similar features, consider shopping for a 2014 or 2015 model, both of which likely cost less.

These are all excellent vehicles. For people wedded to their iPhones, however, we recommend buying the 2016 model for its standard Apple CarPlay.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2016 Corvette has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s about average for the segment.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette has two reported recalls. Both concern frontal air bags that may not deploy in the event of a crash. Make sure these issues are addressed before making your purchase.

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Which Used Chevrolet Corvette Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chevy Corvette has two models: Stingray and Z06. Each has three trim levels. The Corvette Stingray comes in 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT, and the Z06 comes in 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ. The Z51 performance package is available with any Stingray trim, and the Z07 package is available with any Z06 trim.

While the base Stingray 1LT has great performance specs, the 2LT is the better trim. It comes with helpful features like a front curb-view camera and a head-up display, as well as luxuries like a 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and heated and ventilated seats. Performance enthusiasts with some money to spend should go for the Chevy Corvette Z06. It’s quite the performance beast, with stronger brakes, an adaptive suspension, and about 200 more horsepower than you’ll get with the base engine.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Corvette?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the Chevrolet Corvette for safety, which is typical for luxury sports cars

A rearview camera is the only available driver assistance feature.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette or 2016 Porsche 911?

If you like the Corvette’s performance but would prefer something more upscale, consider the 2016 Porsche 911. Like the Corvette, the 911 offers lightning-fast acceleration from its wide range of potent engines. It also has phenomenal handling, strong brakes, and razor-sharp steering. The Porsche 911’s interior is what truly puts it ahead of the Corvette. It’s handsomely styled and meticulously built with top-notch materials. While the Corvette’s seats are supportive, they lack the comfort and space found in the 911’s front seats. The 911 is also available with a couple of safety features not available in the Corvette, like automatic pre-collision braking and front and rear parking sensors.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette or 2016 Dodge Viper?

The 2016 Dodge Viper is similar to the Corvette, with precise cornering ability and brawny engines that deliver exhilarating acceleration. However, it’s one of the lowest-ranked luxury sport cars. The Viper has a harsh ride, lackluster braking power, and no automatic transmission. It also has small, uncomfortable seats and a noisy cabin made with cheap materials. While the Corvette has poor fuel economy estimates, the Viper’s are even worse. Additionally, the Viper’s reliability rating is one of the lowest in the class. The Vette is the better car in almost every way.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Drive?

The 2016 Corvette Stingray’s V8 engine generates 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and models with the dual-mode performance exhaust gain 5 horses. Stingray models with the Z51 performance package feature suspension and aerodynamic upgrades. The beefier Chevrolet Corvette Z06 trim’s supercharged V8 puts out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available. The Z07 package has upgrades for the Z06’s tires, brakes, and aerodynamics. A Corvette equipped with this package boasts a zero-to-60 time of 2.95 seconds.

The Corvette is one of the best-handling cars on the market, and things get even more thrilling in models with one of the available performance packages. Fortunately, all this driving agility doesn’t come at the expense of a comfortable ride. This is especially true of models with the available Magnetic Selective Ride control adjustable suspension.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Get Good Gas Mileage?

For a V8-powered sports car, the 2016 Corvette Stingray gets impressive gas mileage. The EPA estimates that it returns 16 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Seat?

The two-seat Corvette comes with leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable seats, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Some trims have heated and ventilated seats, power-adjustable side bolsters, and lumbar support. The seats offer plenty of adjustability, but some occupants may still wish for more support. Cabin materials are excellent, as are fit and finish.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Features

Standard features include satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, OnStar with 4G LTE, an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. The MyLink infotainment system is sometimes slow to respond to touch, but it’s user-friendly overall. A navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a Performance Data Recorder are available.

Coupe models come standard with a removable roof panel, while convertible models have a power-folding fabric top.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Dimensions

Chevrolet Corvette Cargo Space

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette coupe has a hatchback-style rear liftgate that opens up to 15 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a good amount of trunk space for a luxury sports car. The convertible has a conventional trunk lid and offers 10 cubic feet of cargo space, which is also sizeable for the class.

2016 Corvette Length and Weight

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette measures up to 14.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,298 to 3,582 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Built?

Chevrolet assembled the 2016 Corvette in Kentucky.

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