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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ranks near the top of the luxury sports car class. Brutishly powerful engines, thrilling handling, low total ownership costs, and elegant cabin materials all contribute to its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Jackrabbit handling
  • Roomy and comfortable seats
  • Large trunk
  • Low total ownership costs for the class
  • Laggy touch screen
  • Subpar fuel economy estimates




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is an excellent luxury sports car, and it's consistently one of the best on the market.

The 2018 Corvette has plenty of good traits:

  • Brawny V8 engines
  • Exhilarating handling
  • Upscale cabin
  • Comfortable seats
  • Large trunk

This car also has a couple drawbacks:

  • Touch screen slow to respond
  • Below-average fuel economy
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Chevrolet Corvette review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 38 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear on dealer lots. Based on listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette on our site, the average price is $58,500. Prices range from $47,000 to $79,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Cost to Own?

The 2018 Corvette’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $37,190, or $7,438 per year. Those are about average among luxury sports cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Corvette?

Outside of reintroducing the ZR1 trim to the Vette’s lineup, Chevy made no major changes to the 2019 Corvette. You can likely spend less with a nearly identical 2018 model instead.

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Chevrolet redesigned the Corvette for the 2014 model year. For 2015, a Wi-Fi hot spot became available, and an eight-speed automatic transmission replaced the six-speed unit found in older models. Additionally, the Corvette Z06 debuted for 2015. Apple CarPlay and a soft-close trunk lid became standard in 2016 Corvettes. Other than the addition of the Grand Sport trim for 2017, there were no major changes between 2017 and 2018. Given these updates, you can likely save money on a similar used model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Corvette?

The 2018 Corvette has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Chevy Corvette.

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Which Used Chevrolet Corvette Trim Is Right for Me?

The Corvette is available in several configurations. Choose between the base Stingray, the Grand Sport (a special edition featuring the base engine and wide-body design of the Z06 with suspension and brake upgrades), and the high-performance Z06. All three can be had as a coupe with a removable roof panel or as soft-top convertible. Each also comes in three trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT for the Stingray and Grand Sport; and 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ for the Z06 Corvette. Performance and power distinguish the Stingray, Grand Sport, and Z06, while tech and safety features differentiate the trim levels.

The base trim Stingray comes well-equipped with a lot of high-tech features, making it a great choice for many shoppers.

  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The entry-level Corvette Stingray has a seven-speed manual transmission paired with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 455 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available, as are upgrades like a sport-tuned suspension and dual-mode performance exhaust that raises output to 460 horsepower.
  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: The Grand Sport features the same engine but comes standard with the performance exhaust. It also has the wider side body panels from the Z06, Magnetic Selective Ride Control (optional in the Stingray), and an electronic limited-slip differential. A Z07 suspension and carbon Brembo brakes are available.
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06: The Z06 is the high-output variant in the Corvette lineup. Its supercharged V8 engine makes 650 horsepower, and it has the same standard and available upgrades as the Grand Sport.
  • 1LT/1LZ: Both the 1LT and 1LZ have the MyLink infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. You’ll also find leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera.
  • 2LT/2LZ: 2LT and 2LZ models gain a head-up display, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, heated and ventilated seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a front curb-view camera.
  • 3LT/3LZ: The top-of-the-line 3LZ and 3LT come with upgraded Nappa leather upholstery and navigation.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Corvette, which is common for high-end luxury sports cars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • front curb-view parking camera

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Corvette or 2018 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is not a great luxury sports car. It’s not all bad, as it matches the Vette’s dynamic handling and potent powertrains. The F-Type has more luxurious cabin materials, but in most other respects, the Corvette takes the edge. It has a larger trunk, more features (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration), a higher predicted reliability rating, lower total ownership costs, and a more intuitive infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Corvette or 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is a great sports car. Like its two-seat sibling, the Camaro has agile handling and a varied lineup of engines. Unlike the Vette, the Camaro has rear seats, though they are only suitable for tiny humans. However, the Camaro’s biggest edge is its price. On average, it costs around $30,000 less to buy the Camaro than the Corvette. Part of this price difference may be attributed to the Camaro’s wider array of engines, which include a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6 on the lower end, in addition to the two V8s it shares with the Corvette. Choosing between these two vehicles comes down to price and preference.

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2018 Corvette Performance

How Does the 2018 Corvette Drive?

The base V8 engine in Stingray and Grand Sport models provides more than enough power for just about every driving situation, and the one in the Z06 feels even brawnier. When equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission and performance package, the Z06 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just under three seconds.

Lively and sporty, the Vette feels exhilarating on the road. It boasts responsive steering and strong braking, and it excels both on the city streets and on the racetrack. The available Magnetic Selective Ride Control auto-adapts for different road conditions. You can also adjust it for added sportiness or extra comfort.

  • Base engine: 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8
  • Available engines: 
    • 460-horsepower 6.2-liter V8
    • 650-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard seven-speed manual; available eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Corvette Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Chevy gets subpar fuel economy estimates for a luxury sports car, though in fairness, a number of classmates are equipped with more efficient four- and six-cylinder engines.

  • Stingray, manual: 16/25 mpg city/highway
  • Stingray, automatic: 15/25 mpg
  • Z06, manual: 15/22 mpg
  • Z06, automatic: 13/23 mpg

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2018 Corvette Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Corvette Seat?

Regardless of body type, this sports car seats two people. The seats are roomy, comfortable, and supportive, making them well-suited for long cruises or brisk jaunts. The cabin is driver-centric, with attractive surfaces and major controls close at hand.

Standard seating features:

  • leather seats with suede inserts
  • eight-way power-adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated seats
  • power-adjustable bolsters and lumbar support
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette?

Like most roadsters, the Corvette does not have LATCH car-seat connectors. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Features

Using the MyLink infotainment system is simple, but the touch screen can be slow to respond to inputs. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a nice touch.

For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system and a 10-speaker premium stereo
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a head-up display

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Dimensions

Chevrolet Corvette Cargo Space

The Corvette convertible has a 10-cubic-foot trunk, and the coupe has a 15-cubic-foot trunk. Both figures are higher than most luxury sports cars offer, including the 2018 Porsche Cayman. Unlike some luxury convertibles, which lose space when the top is lowered, the Corvette does not.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,298 to 3,582 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Built?

Chevrolet built the 2018 Corvette in Kentucky.


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