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The only thing detracting from the ZR1's grand-touring credentials is the interior
Interior is a mix of grained plastic and nicely textured leather
A surprising level of utility comes along for the ride, too
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is comfortable enough for daily use, but some reviewers feel that the interior quality doesn't quite live up to the expectations one has when shelling out between $45,000 and, in the case of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, $100,000.
Cars.com reports that the Chevrolet Corvette is a "two-seater" sportscar offering decent levels of driver and passenger comfort. ConsumerGuide says "headroom and legroom are adequate, and the seats are comfortable," while the larger-than-average dimensions of the Chevrolet Corvette mean "the cockpit is wider than in most sports cars." Kelley Blue Book adds that "the Corvette's seats are surprisingly supportive yet not so snug as to cinch the driver in place," and other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com support the opinion.
Sportscars aren't typically known for their voluminous cargo capacity, but TheCarConnection.com's experts are pleased to find functional storage in the rear. ConsumerGuide reviewers agree, finding that cargo room is "great for a sports car, especially in the coupe," and they mention "the convertible has small storage cubbies located behind the rear seats." Edmunds also finds that the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette's "remarkable cargo capacity (22 cubic feet in coupes and 11 cubes in the convertible)" helps to "make the Vette a sports car that's easy to live with on a day-to-day basis." Even Chevrolet's $100,000 supercar can fit an impressive amount of stuff in the back thanks to the fact that the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 boasts a very similar body to the base coupe.
Buyers who are upgrading from the last generation of Corvette will be surprised at the vastly improved interior quality found on the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. Edmunds reports that "Chevrolet has made big strides in terms of interior fit and finish since the debut of the current-generation Corvette," but they qualify the comment, saying if you "poke around a bit...you'll find some flimsy plastic panels." ConsumerGuide, however, claims "the interior is a mix of grained plastic and nicely textured leather." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the materials are acceptable, with the possible exception of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. On the top-end Chevrolet Corvette, one Jalopnik reviewer finds that the standard interior is "cheap and nasty," while "the 3ZR upgraded interior package" transforms the interior "into luxurious bass boat territory with more embroidered ZR1 and Corvette logos than my fragile mind could comprehend." Edmunds says that "overall, the interior is a step or two behind the class leaders," but on the positive side, the build quality is generally quite good.
Certain loud noises, such as the growl of a V-8 engine, are welcome in a sportscar, and reviews show that the unwelcome noises are kept to a manageable level in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. ConsumerGuide reports that the "engines are always heard" and the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's "produces a distinct roar under hard throttle, with just a touch of supercharger whine thrown in for good measure." As for wind and road noise, Edmunds says both "can occasionally be a bit intrusive, but it's nothing out of the norm for this type of car."
The interior of the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is improved, but not perfect; though in reality, Corvette drivers should keep their eyes on the road and out of the cockpit.