The 2022 Chevy Corvette’s Awful Reliability Dulls Its Shining Consumer Reports Road Test

The Chevy Corvette is one of the most iconic cars in American history, and many sports car and performance fans will buy a brand-new Corvette over its muscle car rivals. That being said, while the Corvette certainly has power, this Chevrolet isn’t exactly going to be a perfect car. Here’s a look at the 2022 Chevy Corvette and how its terrible reliability rating harmed it in test drives.

The 2022 Chevy Corvette is amazing on the road

A 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports car driving through the desert
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray | Chevrolet

According to Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Corvette is simply a great car on the road. In Consumer Reports’ road test, the Corvette earned a 97 out of 100, one of the highest road test scores for any cars that Consumer Reports had tested in the current model year. In fact, only two vehicles had a better road test result: the BMW X5 and the BMW 7 Series

One of the things that make the Chevy Corvette so fun to drive is its design. According to Consumer Reports, it now has a rear mid-engine layout that companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini love to use. When paired with the Corvette’s powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 2022 Corvette brings a lot of fun to the road.

Not only is it a fast car in a straight line, but it also handles really well behind the wheel. As such, it’s also an excellent car for the track. On top of that, Consumer Reports also reports that its ride quality is pretty decent, especially compared to other sports cars and performance models. Taken as a whole, it’s easy to see why this brand-new Chevy scored so well on its road tests.

Its reliability rating is a huge letdown, though

Unfortunately for the Chevy Corvette, however, Consumer Reports wants to consider all aspects of the car, including its reliability. As Consumer Reports wrote, the Corvette’s predicted reliability rating was very low. This is precisely why, despite earning a near-perfect road-test score, Consumer Reports didn’t recommend the Corvette. 

Indeed, Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Corvette a predicted reliability rating of just 1 out of 5. Not only is that a very low score, but it’s also bad compared to similar cars. For example, the 2022 Toyota Supra sports car has a predicted reliability rating of 3 out of 5. 

The main reason why the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette has a poor predicted reliability rating is that the older models of the car didn’t have a great reliability history, which hasn’t been fixed. For example, the current generation of the Corvette, the C8, debuted in 2020, and that model year had some engine reliability issues, according to Consumer Reports. In the 2021 model year, Chevy seems to have fixed those issues, but the Corvette gained transmission reliability issues instead.

An overview of the 2022 Chevy Corvette

Time will tell how truly reliable the 2022 Chevy Corvette will be, but its prior model years aren’t a good look. Regardless, while these reliability issues may scare some folks away, it’s still a true beast of a muscle car. Its 6.2-liter V8 engine gets about 495 horsepower, allowing the Chevy to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Of course, that amount of power won’t be cheap.

The Chevrolet Corvette starts at about $61,000, and it only gets about 19 mpg combined. Not only that, but just like with any other sports car, the Corvette is going to be cramped, especially when it comes to cargo space. Additionally, while the Corvette comes with an 8-inch infotainment screen, its safety features are disappointing, too. Smart safety features like Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking are currently not available for the car.

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