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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
an interior filled with more creature comforts than some luxury cars.
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Options add up quickly, as they did on the test car, but the basic goodness is there for the entry-level sticker, and adding features did not necessarily add to my enjoyment and appreciation of the car.
For the ZR1, Chevy has added a sophisticated Performance Traction Management system that allows drivers to select from five modes (Wet, Dry, Sport with Active Handling, Sport without Active Handling, Race) that optimize power delivery for specific conditions.
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Grand Sport models and includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission. Radios on models with the navigation system add a USB port and audio input jack.
The standard seven-speaker audio system includes a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls and an auxiliary audio jack.
Thanks to a wide range of available options and packages, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette can be configured to suit most sports car buyers' tastes and budgets.
Starting from a base price of $49,600 and ranging up to $111,600 for the ZR1's starting price, the Corvette range spans a wide range of prices and equipment configurations. Standard items in all Corvettes include a six-month OnStar subscription, an MP3/CD stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, leather seats, steering wheel audio controls, and a six-way power driver's seat.
Available options include a heads-up instrument display, power passenger seat, navigation, Bluetooth, heated seats, leather upgrade package, and a wide range of interior and exterior appearance options. A range of trim levels, or "Preferred Equipment Groups," as Chevrolet terms them, combine a number of commonly-ordered features into bundles. Turn-by-turn DVD-based navigation is also available, but the small console screen and low-resolution display make it difficult to use.
The heads-up display in particular merits some special attention, as it has long been available on the Corvette, when even high-end luxury rivals didn't offer the option and are now only beginning to. It's included as standard equipment on Z06 and ZR1 models.
An abundance of packages and individual options lets owners customize the 2012 Corvette, but some of the competitions' high-end electronic gadgets are missing from the list.