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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

Multiple reviewers praise the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette's driver-focused interior, which they report feels like the cockpit in a jet. The Corvette's cabin materials are impressive overall, test drivers report, though some point out that Porsche competitors still have higher-quality interiors. Auto writers say the Corvette's seats are supportive, and cargo space is great for a sports car. The Corvette's infotainment system sometimes responds slowly to user inputs, but reviewers say it's easy to use overall, with redundant buttons and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

  • "In our interior evaluation, we loved the cockpitlike feel of this Corvette. The door panel and central controls seem to wrap around the driver, creating an intimate sports-car atmosphere largely missing from the previous car. The vastly better seats are supportive in all scenarios, and either of the two available Bose stereos will keep the tunes cranking. This is a pretty cool place to spend some time." -- AutoTrader
  • The cockpit is more driver-centric than ever, with a sharply canted center stack and wraparound door panels that create a jetfighter-like vibe. Materials quality is downright revelatory compared to previous Corvettes, although little things like the flimsy-feeling engine starter button allow Porsche to retain the lead in interior craftsmanship." -- Edmunds
  • "It used to be that the Corvette's interior was something drivers tolerated so they could enjoy the car's performance. Now, it's a primary selling point." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Soft-touch materials abound, and premium trimmings such as Nappa leather, micro-suede, aluminum and carbon fiber can be spec'd as options." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette seats two and comes standard with leather upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable seats and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Available features include heated and cooled seats, a power-adjustable lumbar support, power-adjustable seat bolsters and Competition Sport seats with added bolstering to better hold you in place during cornering.

Auto writers report that the Corvette has supportive seats, and the optional Competition Sport seats provide even better lateral support. Some note that legroom is limited for tall people, and reviewers say knee room is reduced because of the Corvette's wide center console. Test drivers also complain that rearward visibility is poor.

  • "We do like the seats, which provide firm, well-shaped support in all driving scenarios -- particularly with the optional power side bolsters. The available sport seats add even more lateral snugness." -- Edmunds
  • Taller folks may wish for more legroom, but regardless of size, both the driver and - more so - the passenger will find that the wide center console limits side-to-side knee room. Visibility is okay to the front and sides, but anything back much past your shoulders gets at least partially hidden by seat headrests, roof pillars, or the tall tail. There are small rear quarter windows that help, but the view back is still quite restricted." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "The base touring buckets are comparable to those in Corvette competitors such as Porsche's 911 Carrera, with firm padding, a low driving position and yes, at last, comfortable and functional side bolstering." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette include a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, OnStar with 4G LTE, an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay iPhone integration. There's also an 8-inch screen in the gauge cluster that displays additional infotainment content. Coupe models also come standard with a removable roof panel, while convertible models come with a power-folding fabric top.

Optional features include navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a head-up display and a Performance Data Recorder.

Some test drivers say the MyLink infotainment system's touch screen can respond slowly to user inputs, but they note that there are a number of other ways to control infotainment functions, including straightforward buttons and knobs and a user-friendly voice recognition system. Auto writers report that the new Apple CarPlay iPhone integration feature is easy to use. They also like the sharp, customizable display in the gauge cluster, as well as the clever Performance Data Recorder, which you can use to record video and collect performance statistics.

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  • "This was my first Apple Car Play experience. You control it via the touchscreen; I suppose there's probably voice activation, too, but I didn't try that. It's easy and intuitive: plug in the phone and the Car Play button pops up on the screen, press that and what looks like your phone screen appears, and off you go, able to pick music, maps, whatever." -- AutoWeek
  • The touchscreen can occasionally be slow to respond and/or prone to glitches, but its impressive feature set helps compensate, particularly the available Performance Data Recorder with its built-in track camera and various acceleration and handling metrics. There's also a cool 8-inch customizable display in the gauge cluster that has a different layout for each drive mode you select." -- Edmunds
  • "Dashboard knobs and steering wheel buttons give users alternate ways to control MyLink, and there's also a voice recognition system for hands-free calls, destination entering, song selection and more. Its 'natural language' functioning can recognize a staggering number of phrases - effectively eliminating the need for the clunky and cumbersome memorized commands." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The gauge cluster is dominated by an eight-inch screen flanked by analog speedometer, oil temperature and gas gauges. That reconfigurable display is crisp and legible even with polarized sunglasses on." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "An instrument cluster to make Nintendo jealous, an eight-inch central touch screen, and a sensible mix of control knobs and buttons reside on the action side of a vertical partition." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette coupe has a hatchback-style rear liftgate. It offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which is impressive for a sports car. The convertible has a conventional trunk lid and offers 10 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for the class.

  • "Corvette owners have long enjoyed the coupe's generous hatchback storage, and that tradition continues with the coupe's 15-cubic-foot cargo area, which offers plenty of room for luggage, groceries, golf bags and what have you. As for the convertible's conventional trunk, it's pretty generous by drop-top standards, checking in at 10 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Details include two power USB ports in the center console and excellent cargo space under the coupe's rear hatch; even the convertible sports a big and usable trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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