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The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette marks the 70th anniversary of America’s sports car. In that time, the so-called “Plastic Fantastic” has evolved from an anemic drop-top fun machine to a bleeding-edge performance car. Check out some of the pros and cons of the 2023 Corvette, like its controversial interior. 

What are the pros of a 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray?

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette rides on the midengine Corvette platform, an evolutionary step from the C7’s front-engine design. However, the pros don’t stop there. 

  • Blistering speed and competent handling for its price point
  • Higher horsepower than direct competitors
  • Z51 Package enhances the Stingray’s handling
  • Removable roof panel in coupe models for sun-soaked rides without losing rigidity
  • 70th Anniversary Edition could be collectible
  • Daily-driver-friendly features like a nose lift make the Stingray surprisingly commute-compliant

With 490 horsepower on tap and steadfast balance, even the non-Z51 Corvette launches hard and corners confidently. Of course, the Z51 Package adds features like performance suspension and dual-mode exhaust, which adds an extra five horsepower for a total of 495, per Car and Driver. At the Corvette’s starting price point of around $65,995, no other performance car on the market offers the same budget-friendly brutality. 

However, the 2023 Corvette isn’t just snappy launches and track-ready cornering acumen; the midengine ‘Vette is a surprisingly capable commuter. For instance, a GPS-capable electric nose lift can help drivers clear speed bumps and remember where they are on their routes. 

What are the cons of a Corvette?

A 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 shows off its controversial bank of controls.
The Corvette’s bank of controls | General Motors

Of course, the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette isn’t without its faults. 

  • Fully loaded examples reach six-figure price tags
  • Isolating interior is less-than-engaging for passengers
  • Squared-off steering wheel is controversial
  • Thirsty LT2 V8 engine isn’t quite up to hybrid standards
  • Angular exterior styling can be polarizing 

While the Corvette’s competitive price point makes it a performance bargain, a fully loaded 3LT will demand over $100,000. At that price, the 3LT Z51 Convertible is not far off from the entry-level 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera, a perennial rival for the ‘Vette. Furthermore, the Corvette’s sloped bank of controls creates a literal wall between driver and passenger. Also, the Corvette’s less-than-round steering wheel is functional, if also a point of contention for some purists. 

Beyond the driver-oriented and isolating layout of the interior, the Corvette’s exterior styling is a bit polarizing. While many fans and journos tout the ‘Vette’s angular, almost fighter-jet-like lines as a victory for the model, some observers criticize the aggressive lines and sharp lighting as “un-Corvette.” Frankly, you can’t please everyone. 

Finally, despite features like cylinder shutdown, the C8 model’s EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway is less than efficient. Still, for a V8-powered performance car, any highway figure over 20 mpg is arguably commendable. 

Is a Corvette a good everyday car?

A white and black 2023 Chevrolet Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition shows off its rear-end styling.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 70th Anniversary | General Motors

Just How Fast Is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette?

The Corvette is surprisingly adept at conquering commutes and everyday driving thanks to its 12.6 cubic feet of storage, “frunk” space, and a removable roof panel. Moreover, cylinder shutdown reduces the LT2’s thirst at highway speeds, making for a deceptively efficient commuter.

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