Can a Tall Person Drive a Corvette?

The Corvette is built for speed. Chevrolet engineers have designed it to meet certain aerodynamic specifications. Usually, that means tightening up and limiting space. So, when it’s all said and done, can this sports car accommodate a tall person?

2021 Chevy Corvette interior dimensions

Sports cars are usually two-seaters that people might find a bit cramped. Though that’s the case for many high-performance vehicles, the Corvette is a bit different. It measures 15.2 feet long. Its wheelbase, which Chevrolet improved for handling, is 8.9 feet long. A longer wheelbase helps provide a bit more space in the cabin.

This year’s Corvette Stingray comes in three trims — the 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. There’s also an option between a coupe and a convertible body style. When it comes to passenger space, all three trims have the same measurements, and they’re also the same for both the coupe and convertible styles. As for headroom and legroom, this year’s model offers 37.9 inches for your head, while there are 42.8 inches for you to stretch out your feet, Autobytel reports. 

When it comes to shoulder and hip room, the Corvette is nothing to sneeze at. It offers 54.4 inches of shoulder room and 52 inches for hips. There’s not much in the way of cargo space — just 13 cubic feet. But the thrill is in the ride, not so much in hauling a bunch of stuff. 

How tall can you be to drive a Corvette comfortably?

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To answer that question, a YouTuber planted himself in a Corvette to find out, Motor1 reports. Matt from the LethalGarage YouTube channel stands 6 feet 5 inches tall. Though most automakers build cars to accommodate the average man’s height — 5 feet 9 inches tall — there’s still some room to play with for those who are either taller or shorter. 

The Corvette sits low for a tall person, but after a few tweaks to the seat and the steering wheel, Matt thought it wasn’t too bad for someone of his height. The dealership that was showing off the Corvette installed a roof panel for him. Surprisingly, he had enough room with just a few inches to spare for his head. He could wear a helmet and still fit inside this sports car. 

So most people who stand less than 6 feet 5 inches tall can comfortably drive a new Corvette with some seat and steering wheel tweaks. The tallest person could probably be about 6 feet 7 inches tall. Anyone taller than that could run into some issues. The Corvette Matt tested was a 2020 model, but the specs are the same for the 2021 version. 

Other features the 2021 Chevy Corvette offers

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One of the best features of the latest Chevy Corvette generation is its mid-engine design. Behind the passenger seat sits a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 490 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can roar from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. As for fuel economy, the 2021 Corvette gets 15 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. 

Even the base-model 1LT’s interior includes plenty of bells and whistles. Expect an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth integration. The 2LT adds a wireless charging pad, head-up display, 14-speaker sound system, and heated steering wheel. The top-trim Stingray, the 3LT, offers a larger touchscreen and Nappa leather seats. 

Prices aren’t too bad for a high-performance car like the Corvette. The coupe-style base model starts at $59,995. The 2LT offers plenty more features for $7,000 more. And the 3LT starts at $71,945. 

You don’t have to be of average height to enjoy a new Chevy Corvette. It offers enough space for anyone standing 6 feet 7 inches or shorter. However, expect to fiddle with your seat and steering wheel settings.