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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
A surprising level of utility comes along for the ride, too
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
The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is comfortable enough, even for daily use, but some reviewers feel that the interior quality doesn’t match the sexy look presented by the exterior—especially considering the Corvette starts at $45,000 and tops out at more than $100,000.
Cars.com states that the Chevrolet Corvette is a "two-seater" sports car that offers decent levels of driver and passenger comfort. ConsumerGuide says "headroom and legroom are adequate, and the seats are comfortable," and the larger-than-average dimensions of the car ensures that the "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 that opinion.
Sports cars aren’t typically recognized for their generous storage, but TheCarConnection.com’s experts are pleased to find a functional space in the rear. ConsumerGuide reviewers agree, declaring 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 asserts that the 2010 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—the 2010 ZR1—can fit an impressive amount of stuff in the back thanks to the fact that it boasts a very similar body to the base coupe.
Buyers who are upgrading from the C5 Corvette will be surprised by the greatly improved interior quality on the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. Edmunds declares, "Chevrolet has made big strides in terms of interior fit and finish since the debut of the current-generation Corvette," but if you "poke around a bit…you’ll find some flimsy plastic panels." ConsumerGuide, however, claims that "the interior is a mix of grained plastic and nicely textured leather." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the interior materials are acceptable, with the possible exception of the range-topping 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. On the top-end Chevrolet Corvette, one Jalopnik reviewer deems the standard interior "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 good.
The ride is also commendable for such a capable vehicle, with ConsumerGuide finding that "base models with the standard suspension ride surprisingly well" and "convertibles have impressively little structural shake and body quiver." If you put the suspension "in the touring mode [Corvette] soaks up road harshness like a large luxury sedan," according to Kelley Blue Book.
Certain loud noises, such as the growl of a V-8 engine, are welcome in a sports car, and reviews show that the unwelcome noises are mostly kept to a manageable level in the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. ConsumerGuide points out that the "engines are always heard" and the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s mill "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 that both "can occasionally be a bit intrusive, but it’s nothing out of the norm for this type of car." Kelley Blue Book also mentions that “the Corvette's cabin can still be noisy at highway speeds.”
The interior isn’t perfect or especially refined, though the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette’s ride is reasonably comfortable. And with this kind of performance, owners are less likely to nitpick.