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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
The new cabin is a clear upgrade in sound isolation, quality of materials and fit and finish.
Los Angeles Times
Tread noise still penetrates the thin composite skin, and the ride is firm even in touring mode, but there is nothing to complain about in the comfort category.
Car and Driver
And like previous Corvettes, the Stingray excels as a long-distance grand touring car thanks to its comfortable seating, roomy cargo area and compliant suspension tuning.
Whatever it weighs, the new interior is killer. The eight-inch high-res display in front of the driver is particularly entertaining, as it can morph into several different presentations (including my favorite, a Motec-style rpm bar graph).
Soft-touch trim surrounds the cabin, the seats are now sturdy and supportive, and the digital instrument cluster is as crisp as an Apple Retina display.
Owners had many legitimate beefs with the sixth-generation Chevy Corvette, but fortunately, they've been fixed for round seven.
The interior, once a rather chintzy agglomeration of plastic and (optionally) mid-quality leather, replete with flat, none-too-comfortable seats, is new. The new materials are very good, with soft-touch surfaces at almost all interface points, and the style is sharp and modern without being annoyingly avant garde.
Sport seats are standard, and they're surprisingly comfortable despite holding occupants in place well. Upgraded seats with more race-inspired form and function will become available closer to the start of Corvette production.
For the driver, there's a highly adjustable seat and a tilting/telescoping steering wheel to acquire a comfortable driving position. In manual-transmission models, the shifter falls right where you'd expect it to, at a comfortable height. The steering wheel itself is comfortable and fairly small in diameter, making room in the Corvette's snug-but-not-tight cabin. Hip, head, and leg room are all good enough even for those a bit over six feet tall (and a bit over the 200-pound mark).
As for space for your things, the 2014 Stingray has that, too. In the cabin, there are a few cubbies and boxes for smaller items; even the nav screen has a James Bond-esque hidden compartment behind it with a plug-in jack for your phone. The real magic of the Corvette, as before, is how it makes use of its large, flat cargo area under the rear hatch. It holds a surprising amount of luggage or other cargo, and makes the Corvette a rather practical option for a two-door, two-seat sports car.
As for the tight-fitting automatic top, it requires no additional lock at the top of the windshield, and you can raise or lower the top at speeds of up to 30 mph—not that you'd want to, but we appreciate how it's not so finicky.
Wind buffeting isn't as great as in some touring convertibles, but it's not bad either. A dealer-installed windblocker makes a meaningful improvement.
Every weakness of the C6 Corvette's interior has become a strength for the 2014 Stingray.