2018 Chevrolet Corvette
This is the sports car that needs no introduction. Right up there with the premier Italian, German, and other American performance models, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is the hybrid of speed and American muscle that countless people dream of owning. Compared to the price tags of some of the more luxurious sports cars on the road, it is also one of the more budget-friendly high-performance vehicles you can own. Whether you are looking for the true experience of speed and acceleration on the open road or want a piece of modern American automotive design in your garage, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is the sports car to choose for some good old-fashioned American muscle.
The best way to think about the Corvette is as a perfect blend of muscle car, sports car, and daily commuter. While it will not hold an entire family, it still is a perfect way to get around town during the daily commute. Better still, it is the perfect way to get noticed by other people as you are driving. There is no denying that the Corvette has the looks to get people’s attention. For the price, in combination with the specific capabilities and performance specifications the car comes with, you will get a great car that makes a statement on any street you happen to be driving on.
The Chevy Corvette has always been about performance and speed over the type of convenience you are likely to find in more family-friendly sedans and station wagons. This focus on performance starts with the engine options, outputting a range of 455 to 650 hp from the standard 6.2L V-8. Combined with its aerodynamic exterior, the Corvette wants to go fast. As long as you are okay with 16 MPG city/25 MPG highway for fuel efficiency, the Corvette is a good performance car that rivals more expensive options. That doesn’t mean, however, that it lacks the accents of luxury other sports cars provide. In fact, you will find many things to like in the convertible’s interior, including Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette starts with the base price of $55,495.
16 City / 25 Highway
Driving around in a Chevy Corvette is unlike any other experience, even when compared to other muscle or sports cars. Much of the reason for this unique experience, in addition to the performance under the hood, is the comfortable and roomy interior the vehicle delivers. Combining a great mixture of classic design cues and upgraded technologies into a single cabin, the Corvette is the perfect blend of old and new.
Given the number of trim lines the Chevrolet comes with, there are several different interior options for you to consider. Some notable ones include the Corvette Grand Sport Carbon 65 Special Edition trim that adds several carbon fiber accents on the steering wheel and sides. Other trims feature bold coloring, including red, yellow and blue on some side panels and fabric stitching. Regardless of the trim you choose, you can expect the same spacious two-seater layout with a large central display that contains the infotainment system.
The infotainment system itself is one of the top options Chevy has to offer in any of its models. Using Chevy’s MyLink system, the infotainment panel includes standard 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity for mobile devices in the car. There’s also standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for effortless voice control while driving. Optional navigation, real-time traffic, and real-time weather reports come with some higher trims as well. For those wanting to truly experience the cutting edge of automotive technology, you’ll appreciate the heads-up display that projects certain bits of information right in front of the driver just above the dashboard.
The emphasis on performance and speed does not mean the Chevy Corvette lacks the important safety features to keep you and a passenger protected in the event of a crash. While it does not have many active safety systems, the Corvette relies on Chevy’s decades of automotive design experience to keep you well secured in the event of an accident. This means you can take the Corvette out on the road with the confidence of knowing you will be protected in the event of a worst-case scenario.
Knowing that the Corvette lives at higher speeds compared to other vehicles on the road, Chevy has done a good job of giving the driver and passenger in this vehicle a good amount of standard safety features to protect them in the case of an accident. The standard safety features include front and side airbags for both the driver and right-side passenger. Since it is a two-seater car, you should not expect any tether or latch points, making it unsuitable for a car seat.
The car also comes with a rearview backup camera as a standard feature to expand the driver’s awareness when the vehicle is in reverse. Unlike other Chevy vehicles, the 2018 model doesn’t come with any of Chevy’s active safety features such as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning systems.
It should go without saying that the Chevy Corvette excels in the performance department. As a sports car, everything from the V-8 engine to the sleek, aerodynamic lines of the exterior is meant for one thing: speed. A great drivetrain and suspension system also gives the Corvette a great sense of handling and maneuverability in challenging driving conditions. If you are looking for the most in terms of what a modern car can give you at this price point, the Corvette is your magic bullet.
Right from the start, you will understand the Chevy Corvette is all about excellent performance under the hood. Most of the trim lines use the same 6.2L V-8 engine to give the car a lot of acceleration from a starting stop. With this engine, you can expect a maximum of 455 HP and 460 pound-feet of torque, most of which is instantly accessible within its 6,500 RPM range. For a metric most performance lovers will understand, this car is capable of getting up to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
In true performance sports car fashion, the Corvette utilizes a seven-speed manual transmission as the standard you will receive when purchasing the base trims. If you prefer automatic shifting, you will like the optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions offer easy shifting and information displayed in the cluster to keep you aware of your current gear selection while driving at high speeds.