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2021 Chevrolet Corvette

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$68,990 - $77,095
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2021 Stingray w/1LT 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $59,900
2021 Stingray w/2LT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $67,200
2021 Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $67,400
2021 Stingray w/3LT 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $71,850
2021 Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $74,200
2021 Stingray w/3LT 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $78,850
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3.5 (Good)

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What's New

Good news for Corvette fans: the iconic sports car is back at the same price, but with more features. The 2021 Chevy Corvette gains wireless smartphone compatibility, plus a new seatbelt safety feature.

Performance enthusiasts also have cause for celebration, as the car’s magnetic dampers are now available as a standalone option. Finally, there are some new aesthetic options inside and out.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette comes in three trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Pricing starts at $59,995 including destination for the 1LT and reaches $71,945 for the 3LT.

Buyers can also opt for a convertible in all three trim levels. Chopping off the roof costs $7,500 on the 1LT and $7,000 elsewhere.

Engine Choices

The Corvette’s engine may have moved behind the cockpit last year, but it’s still a muscle-car powerplant. All models get a 6.2-liter V8 that starts with 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

That’s already formidable, but the Z51 package adds a performance exhaust that increases both figures by five each.

Cylinder deactivation helps the V8 save where it can, but fuel economy isn’t exceptional. It returns an EPA-estimated 15 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 19 combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Corvette is more focused on performance than cabin space, but it seats two passengers in relative comfort. The mid-engine layout moved the cockpit 16 inches closer to the front axle over the last generation.

That’s good for visibility, but it splits cargo storage in two. The frunk and trunk combine for 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a couple down from the previous generation. By sports car standards, it’s not bad. The convertible’s cargo capacity is the same as the coupe’s.

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Safety Features

The Corvette gets a nifty new seatbelt system this year, but safety remains a weakness. Chevy’s Buckle-to-Drive system, when active, prevents the car from shifting out of park until the driver’s belt is buckled.

Still, the Corvette lacks modern safety features like automatic emergency braking. It only comes standard with rear parking sensors and nothing else. The 2LT and 3LT also get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera system.


All Corvette models use an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, which comes with 4G LTE wi-fi compatibility and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. The driver also gets a 12-inch customizable gauge cluster. For 2021, every Corvette works wirelessly with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2LT and 3LT get a host of upgraded tech features. These top two trims come standard with a head-up display, navigation, a wireless charging pad, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

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1LT - From $59,995

The Corvette 1LT doesn’t lack features for the price. Perforated leather upholstery comes standard, as do LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power steering column, and eight-way power-adjustable sport seats.

The Z51 Performance Package ($5,995) is available on all trims. It dials performance up a notch, with upgrades to the brakes, suspension, exhaust, and tires, in addition to a heavy-duty cooling system and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. For 2021, the adaptive magnetic damping system is available on its own for $1,895.

2LT - From $67,295

The 2LT comes with many more features standard Tech gets an upgrade, with navigation, a head-up display, wireless charging, and a larger Bose sound system, as well as the blind-spot monitoring and surround-view cameras.

The seats are heated and cooled, with power lumbar adjustment and memory settings for both. The steering wheel is heated, too, while the side mirrors and steering wheel also have memory functionality.

Another new addition for 2021 is optional full-length racing stripes, which are available in a variety of colors.

3LT - From $71,945

The 3LT’s premium price goes mostly into its interior. Performance bucket seats are wrapped in Nappa leather, and the rest of the interior is decked out in more leather along with synthetic suede. The lone nod to performance is the inclusion of Chevy’s Performance Data Recorder, which logs lap times and video on track day.

The 3LT opens up some dramatic interior colors (red leather, anyone?), but options otherwise mirror the lower trims.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Chevy Corvette convertible is slick, but the coupe’s roof is also removable – it just can’t be done while moving. We’d stick to the coupe in 2LT trim, and add the Z51 Performance Package while we’re at it.

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Expert Review

  • Stunning design
  • Premium interior
  • Incredible performance value
  • Loads of standard technology
  • Limited luggage space
  • Misplaced rear spoiler
  • Automatic transmission only
  • Still waiting on the Z06
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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No dollar-for-dollar match. Last year, Chevy finally caved to the demands of the late, great Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was the first person on record to push General Motors to build a mid-engine Corvette.

With the engine behind the seats, the C8 Corvette took on a whole new look that rivals European supercars. Plus, it has the performance to rival (and beat) some of these $100,000+ rigs. All this came wrapped up in a tidy, sub-$60,000 package, making it an insane value.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a carryover model, but it still dominates in dollar-for-dollar performance.

Best performance value, but it’s missing one big piece. With a 490-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine nestled behind the seats, a perfectly tuned suspension, a wide stance, and a rapid-fire eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Chevy Corvette is nothing short of amazing on paper.

That on-paper awesomeness translates into real numbers too, with its three-second 0-60 mph time and incredible handling. Add the Z51 package, and the handling is even better thanks to stickier tires enhanced brakes, and more. Plus, the Z51 adds magnetic ride control for a more comfortable ride when you’re not carving up corners, and an extra 5 hp and 5 pound-feet of torque.

The Corvette’s performance is slightly behind the Nissan GT-R (565 hp and 2.7-second 0-60 mph time), but it starts from $115,335 including destination. When lined up with the more appropriately priced Porsche 718 Cayman, the value shines through. The 718 Cayman's base price rings in at $64,460, but it has just 300 hp and takes two seconds longer to hit 60 mph than the 'Vette.

With automatic transmissions now more advanced than ever, most buyers now opt for them, limiting the demand for manual transmissions. However, a small group of manual-loving car buyers still exists, and Chevy leaves them in the cold by not even offering an optional manual gearbox in the Corvette. Buyers seeking a manual have one place to look: the Porsche 718.

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Stunning European looks, but that spoiler … With its shift to a mid-engine setup, the Corvette gained a shorter nose and larger rear end, giving it Italian supercar proportions. This puts it in a class of its own, especially considering its sub-$60,000 MSRP.

Chevy built on those proportions with sharp creases, dramatic angles, and all the other design cues of European muscle. Once you get around back, though, this stunning look diminishes a bit with the relatively large spoiler fixed to the backside. While a spoiler is fine, Chevy could have done a better job integrating it with the body, giving the 'Vette a smoother look.

Buyers looking for a cleaner look will find this in the Porsche 718 or Porsche 911.

Best Corvette interior ever, but skip the luggage. The Corvette has long been bashed for its subpar interior quality. The previous generation saw a dramatic upgrade in this area, and the C8 Corvette obliterates that trend.

It now boasts a driver-focused cabin with a sizable rising divider between the driver and passenger. It also features a squared steering wheel, a standard 8-inch infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, supportive Milan leather seating, and a tight but comfortable seating arraignment.

While its interior comfort and performance may inspire a road trip, you’ll want to plan accordingly due to its limited luggage space. Between its frunk (front trunk) and the small cubby behind the engine, the Corvette has 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

Chevy claims the frunk can hold two carry-on bags and the rear cubby can fit two golf bags. This may give you enough room for a two-person weekend getaway. Anything longer, and you’ll want to ship your luggage to your destination.

While this may be tight, it’s certainly better than the 8.8 cubic feet in the GT-R or 4.6 in the Porsche 718.

Final thoughts. There’s very little anyone can say to sway the fact that the 2021 Chevy Corvette is the best performance value on the market. Add to that European design cues, an upscale interior, and loads of features, and it’s unbeatable dollar for dollar.

The Corvette isn’t without its flaws, though. First, Chevy did so much incredible work on its body but mucked it up with an out-of-place rear spoiler. With just a few extra thousand dollars, Chevy could have added an adaptive spoiler like the 718, 911, and Audi R8 have.

While it can outperform nearly anything in its class, the Corvette is a step slower than the GT-R, and there’s no option to add more power – yet. The Corvette Z06 is around the corner, and rumors peg it at over 600 hp from a high-revving 5.5-liter V8 and a mid-two-second 0-60 time. That’ll put the GT-R in its place, and rumors point toward a roughly $85,000 starting price, but this all remains unconfirmed at this point.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 490 HP / 465 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.2L V-8 / 495 HP / 470 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
15 / 27 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 490 HP / 465 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.2L V-8 / 495 HP / 470 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
15 / 27 / 20 Mpg
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
182.3 "
Exterior Width
76.1 "
Exterior Height
48.6 "
Front Headroom
37.9 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
42.8 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
54.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,535 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Monotone With Decal / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black / Carbon Fibre
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Leather / Cloth/leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
10 Bose Premium
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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