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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The Corvette offers a massive amount of luggage space and a user-friendly cockpit, along with enough ride compliance for daily-driving duty.
The Corvette is silly fast in any form, it sticks to the road and it's more pleasant as a daily driver than anything this capable has a right to be.
This is truly a car that can easily withstand serious track time as is, which is impressive considering that the base Corvette’s forgiving ride isn’t sacrificed.
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However, the Corvette does have one flaw especially evident in the higher-performance editions: The seats are trash. Their lack of lateral support is the most egregious shortcoming. Complicating the matter is a back angle adjustment handled by a flimsy plastic release lever and a too-soft spring that allows the backrest to move forward when the occupant's weight is removed.
There's no pretense that this car can hold more than two people. The dual cockpit provides loads of space for both driver and passenger. There's 22 cubic feet of cargo space, more than enough to carry a few bags for a long trip or two sets of golf clubs.
Comfort is one of the 2011 Corvette's strong suits in its class, with well-shaped and supportive seats, plenty of headroom and legroom—once you lower yourself down into the car—and more storage space than you'd expect, thanks to the hatchback-like rear access in the coupe models. The convertible lacks this storage space, but adds cubbies behind the seats to help stow your gear.
It's a two-seater, of course, but both driver and passenger get more shoulder and hip room than in a typical sports car due to the Corvette's wide stance. The materials in the cabin are much improved over previous C5-generation Corvettes, though those seeking the best in comfort will still want to opt for the optional leather package.
The sound of the big V-8 engine isn't intrusive at all within the cockpit until you really open the throttle, making it a solid bet for long road trips. Wind and road noise are present, but well within the expected range for the sports car class.
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette's interior is clearly an area of compromise, where cost savings help translate into more performance per dollar, but the optional leather upgrade package helps solve some of those ills.