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Auto review: Corvette Stingray may be too fast and furious for mere mortals

Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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A small storage space up front could hold a little bit of luggage. Another behind the engine has a little more room.

But you'll get plenty of testing in when all your friends and neighbors want a ride in your Corvette.

Get some sun: Even in the coupe, the roof comes off for some sunshine fun. But then the rear compartment is taken up by the roof panel, so plan accordingly.

Play some tunes: The stereo system is upgraded beyond the standard General Motors fare. It features just a dial for volume control, a few buttons for function — audio, map, etc — but then it's all touchscreen. It faces toward the driver but is accessible to the passenger, as well.

Sound from the Bose Performance audio system (part of a $7,300 package adding front curb view camera, rear camera mirror, heated and ventilated seats, and much more) is just good, about a B+. Bass, midlevel and treble adjustments couldn't find me a happy tune.

Keeping warm and cool: The HVAC and seat temperature controls are all in a row between the driver and passenger, on the tall console. It takes some getting used to.

 

Fuel economy: I averaged about 14 mpg in a week that included plenty of performance tests.

Where it's built: Bowling Green, Ky.

How it's built: Consumer Reports gave the 2019 model a top reliability rating; no information on this latest redesign.

In the end: It's a new Corvette, and all the Corvette lovers are going to rip me a new one. The Corvette is awesome — for the track.

But here on planet Earth, other options such as the Lexus RC 350 and BMW 430i perform far better. And people don't bother you in either of these when you're out for a drive.

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