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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette finishes high in our luxury sports car rankings. It offers loads of V8 power and agile handling, making it a blast to drive. It also has a comfortable interior and a strong predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Incredibly strong engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Good trunk space
  • Slow infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best used luxury sports cars. It has two commanding engine choices, impressive handling, and a comfortable interior. Compared to its classmates, the Corvette has one of the lowest average prices and an above-average predicted reliability rating. Its interior may not be the most luxurious in this class, but it's hard to argue against this car's value.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 31 professional evaluations for this 2017 Chevrolet Corvette review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

There are 149 listings on our site for the 2017 Chevy Corvette. Prices start at $46,000 and top out at $79,900, with the average list price sitting at $58,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette are estimated to be $38,865. That’s about average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Corvette?

The 2019 Corvette has a starting MSRP of $55,495, which is roughly $3,400 lower than the average price of a 2017 Corvette. If you're only shopping for a base model, you may want to compare prices of used Corvettes with those of the new 2019 model.  However, if you're looking for a pricier Vette like the Grand Sport or Z06, note that 2017 models often have a lower price than a new Corvette.

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There are some highly ranked new luxury sports cars and nonluxury sports cars that compete with the 2017 Corvette. A 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS has the same V8 engine and horsepower rating as a base Corvette Stingray, but it has a substantially lower starting price of about $37,000. The 2018 Porsche Cayman starts at $55,300. It doesn’t have the Corvette’s horsepower, but the Cayman boasts arguably the best handling in the class.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Corvette Is Best?

The current generation of the Corvette dates back to the 2014 model year. The 2015 Corvette saw the introduction of the high-power Z06 and an eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaced the six-speed found in the 2016 Corvette. Apple CarPlay became standard for 2016, and Chevy reintroduced the Corvette Grand Sport model for 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Corvette has two open recalls for airbags that may not deploy. Before you buy, make sure a Chevy dealer has addressed these recalls.

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Which Used Chevrolet Corvette Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Corvette comes in three forms: Stingray, Grand Sport, and Z06. Each of these configurations is available in three trim levels that tack on additional features as you go up the ladder. No matter which model or trim you select, you can choose from either a coupe body style (with a removable center roof panel) or a soft-top convertible.

The base Stingray provides more than enough performance and comfort. It offers brisk acceleration and standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8-inch digital instrument display, and push-button start. The standard MyLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The Grand Sport and Z06 are for shoppers who want even more thrills. The Grand Sport has the same engine as the Stingray, but it adds wider tires (with wider body panels to match) and other performance enhancements, such as stronger brakes and a standard adaptive suspension. The Z06 adds a stronger with roughly 200 more horsepower than the base engine. This top-of-the-line model also comes with most of the Grand Sport's upgrades.

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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, but 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 crash tested the 2017 Corvette. A rearview camera comes standard, and a front curb-view camera is available.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette or 2017 Dodge Viper?

The 2017 Dodge Viper may have more power than a base Corvette, but the Corvette Z06 is easily the Viper's equal in terms of power output. Both offer great performance, but the Corvette is an all-around better car. The Chevy is a much more comfortable daily driver, while the Viper has a harsh ride quality and an uncomfortable interior. Unless the Viper's raw spirit is appealing to you, the Corvette is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette or 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

In terms of performance, it’s worth comparing the top trims of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro with the 2017 Corvette. The Camaro SS shares the 455-horsepower V8 found in the base Corvette. For the Corvette Z06’s 650-horsepower supercharged V8, you’ll want the Camaro ZL1. Power isn’t everything, though. The Corvette is more aerodynamic, has a lighter curb weight, and is the better handling sports car. However, that doesn’t mean the Camaro is a slouch. If you need four seats and have a tighter budget, go for the Camaro. Otherwise, stick with the Corvette.

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2017 Corvette Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Drive?

Regardless of trim, the 2017 Corvette is a well-balanced, athletic machine that is sure to impress. Around curves, the Corvette sticks to the pavement with ease. The available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension further minimizes body roll on even on the most winding roads. And despite its corner-carving performance, the Vette maintains a comfortable ride on most surfaces. The Grand Sport and Z06 trims boast upgraded suspensions, brakes, and limited-slip differentials.

The Corvette’s standard engine is a 455-horsepower V8. Models with the available performance exhaust system have an additional five horsepower, for a total of 460. The Z06 trim has a supercharged 650-horsepower V8 and can go from 0-60 in under 3 seconds, according to Chevy. A seven-speed manual transmission with active rev-matching technology is standard, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is available.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Corvette Stingray with a seven-speed manual transmission gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With the available eight-speed automatic, expect 15/26 mpg city/highway. The Z06 gets 15/22 mpg with the manual transmission and 13/23 mpg with the automatic.

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2017 Corvette Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Corvette Seat?

This quintessential American sports car seats two on standard leather upholstery. The supportive seats hold you tight during spirited rides. Power-adjustable seats are standard, and upgraded upholstery, heated and cooled seats, as well as Competition sport seats with extra side bolstering are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

We do not recommend using a child seat in a vehicle with only two seats.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Features

The 2017 Corvette comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, proximity key, and push-button start. The standard MyLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen located on the easy-to-reach center stack. This interface is sometimes a bit sluggish to respond to your commands, though. Fortunately, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay help you integrate your smartphone with the Corvette’s infotainment system.

Available features include a front curb-view camera, a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, a color head-up display, and navigation. Also available is a performance data recorder that captures vital statistics, like speed, rpm, G-force, and track times. It can also record audio and video of your drives.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Dimensions

Chevrolet Corvette Cargo Space

Thanks to its hatchback style, the 2017 Corvette Coupe has an admirable 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on par with a midsize car and great for a luxury sports car. The convertible has 10 cubic feet of space.

2017 Corvette Length and Weight

The 2017 Corvette is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,298 to 3,582 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Built?

Chevrolet manufactured the 2017 Corvette in Kentucky.

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