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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.
Despite its low height and small cabin, the Corvette is a surprisingly comfortable car--once you're in. The low height and the somewhat tight door opening on hardtop models can make entry and exit a bit tough for some.
The seats are very comfortable, well-padded and bolstered, neither too soft nor too firm. The position puts occupants' legs out front, rather than folded below, but it's actually well-suited to long trips.
There's more cargo area than you might expect as well, with the rear glass (on coupe models) lifting to reveal a wide, flat load deck, though height is limited. In convertibles, there are cubbies behind the seats to add to the trunk's capacity.
Noise levels are not luxury-sedan low, but are well within acceptable limits, especially considering the performance nature of the Corvette. The only sound that's likely to intrude on the cabin with any force is that of the engine, and it's at least part of the reason anyone buys a Corvette in the first place.
Overall build quality is good, though fit and finish sometimes come up short of what you might expect given the Corvette's price--until you remember that the money went into the car's performance more than its semi-luxury accommodations.
Though the look is less than fresh and the materials less than impressive, the cabin of the 2013 Corvette is still comfortable and functional.