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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Review

by Roger Biermann

The Stingray is one of the most well-known names in American motoring history, and for a good reason; the Corvette Stingray has provided thrills for over half a century, and its roots can be traced back to Chevrolet's earliest attempts at professional motorsports. When GM's youngest-ever designer at the time, Pete Brock, designed the first Stingray, based on the stillborn racing concept that was the 1957 Corvette SS, no one could imagine what an impact the Stingray would have on American culture. The 2019 Stingray has remained true to its roots, providing world-class performance at a price that makes it an attainable dream for the middle-class working man or woman. The Stingray might be the base Corvette, but with a 460 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a 0-60 mph time of only 3.8 seconds even when equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission, the baby 'Vette sits comfortably at the junior supercar table, and despite its aging styling and dated infotainment system, it provides excellent value for money.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Corvette Stingray Coupe?

The 2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe forms part of the seventh generation of the Corvette and was first introduced back in 2014. There haven't been any significant updates for 2019, and it is soon to be replaced by the much-anticipated C8 which will be the first Corvette to make use of a mid-engine layout. For 2019, Chevrolet has discontinued the Carbon 65 package.

Pros and Cons

  • Unrivaled bang for the buck performance
  • Impressive trunk space for a sports car
  • Well balanced ride
  • Sonorous V8
  • The last of the front-engined 'Vettes means potential collector status
  • Interior isn't up to scratch
  • Previous generation infotainment system
  • Lacking some safety features
  • Some controls can be finicky

Corvette Stingray Coupe Exterior

Despite having been around for five years now, the Stingray manages to look as sharp and aggressive as ever, even as a base trim model. The split window inspired fastback styling is unmistakably Corvette, as is the abrupt ending of the rear-end sporting four central tailpipes, which has become one of the Corvette's signature styling features. The 2019 Stingray features some high-end exterior pieces that would traditionally have only been available on higher-spec models. The hood is a low profile full carbon fiber piece, and the headlights consist of high-intensity xenon lights with LED daytime running lights. Exterior vents are all painted in Carbon Flash. Small exterior details such as heated and power-adjustable side mirrors and capless refueling add to the everyday driving appeal of the Stingray. Dark Gray Metallic brake calipers hide behind a set of staggered wheels - 19 inches in front and 20 at the back - which finishes off the exterior of the Stingray Coupe in an elegant fashion.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Front View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear Angle View
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Dimensions

The recipe hasn't really changed much in the past 50 years. Short, low and wide is the name of the game. The C7 is the last generation to have a front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drivetrain configuration, with the C8 adopting a mid-engine layout for 2020. The 2019 Stingray is 176.9 inches long and only 48.8 inches tall. The 2019 model is 73.9 inches wide and rides on a 106.7-inch wheelbase. The British Jaguar F-Type Coupe is a close match size-wise, but the Stingray is lighter at 3,298 lbs against the Jaguar's 3,360 lbs. Chevrolet has managed to keep the weight down by incorporating as much aluminum and other composite materials, and it shows in the way the Corvette Stingray behaves itself around a track or fast back road.

Exterior Colors

There are a total of ten colors to choose from for 2019. The color palette ranges from pharmaceutical rep white to retired Florida yellow and everything in between. Officially, new owners will be able to choose between free and extra cost colors. The list of no-cost colors consists of Black, Shadow Gray Metallic, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic, Torch Red, Arctic White, and Blade Silver Metallic. Extra cost colors are Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat, Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat, and Sebring Orange Tintcoat. No matter what color you go for, the Stingray will be instantly recognizable, so why not splash out on the now-classic Racing Yellow and pretend that your commute to work is actually the Le Mans 24 hour.

Corvette Stingray Coupe Performance

The Corvette represents performance motoring more than any other American sports car brand on sale today. Since its inception, the Stingray has offered hair-raising performance at a reasonable price, and nothing has changed. In a time where even 500 hp is looked down upon, the Corvette Stingray with its 460 hp will still be more than a handful for first-time owners and demands the respect of even seasoned drivers. Straight-line speed is brisk, to say the least, but the Stingray impresses with its handling capabilities as well. Standard Brembo brakes and a locking rear differential are clear signs that the Stingray was designed to be driven hard, and not just in a straight line, although, depending on transmission choice, Chevrolet claims a very rapid quarter-mile time of 11.9 seconds and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The 2019 'Vette Stingray offers near supercar performance for the price of a premium SUV, and it has to be one of the best sports car deals going.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Front View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Engine

Engine and Transmission

The all-motor V8 found in the Stingray has survived a fuel crisis, a global economic crash and will in all likelihood still be with us when our planet decides to spit us out. The 6.2-liter V8 in the 2019 Stingray is a far cry from the days when a four-barrel Holley carb was seen as a serious performance upgrade. These days, the mighty V8 benefits from direct electronic fuel injection, variable valve timing, electronic throttle control, and an oil life monitoring system which helps it develop 460 hp and a stomach-churning 465 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers drop slightly to 455 hp and 460 lb-ft when the Stingray is not equipped with either the Z51 Performance Package or the available performance exhaust.

As the base engine of the Corvette lineup, the 6.2-liter V8 offers serious midrange grunt but feels limited by its 6,600 rpm redline. Power is channeled through a seven-speed manual transmission that features rev-matching technology. The manual gearbox gets the job done but feels somewhat clunky, unlike the rifle bolt action shifts of some of its competitors. The available eight-speed auto is a popular choice; it is more relaxed than the manual and offers better performance than the seven-speed, but loses out on driver engagement.

  • Engine
    6.2-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    7-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Handling on the 2019 Stingray is impressive. The first thing you'll notice is the quick steering rack, it might seem slightly twitchy at first, but as soon as the driver gets used to the inputs required, that steering rack becomes an ally and provides lighting fast turn in. The suspension setup in the Stingray keeps the car flat through the turns but tends to get upset by mid-corner undulations. The $1,795 Magnetic Ride option is well worth looking into: it settles the Stingray's nervous twitches and makes the car feel more planted and capable overall. There's tons of mechanical grip thanks to a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport P245/35ZR19 tires in the front and wide P285/30ZR20 tires in the rear, and everything comes to a halt via a Brembo brake system with four-piston calipers. The Brembo brakes feel grippy and durable during hard driving sessions but are easily modulated for in-town driving.

Corvette Stingray Coupe Gas Mileage

The 460 hp V8 Corvette Stingray will be stopping for gas more often than a Toyota Prius, but if driven with a light foot, it can return respectable gas mileage figures. Chevrolet gives EPA rated figures of 16/25/19 mpg city/highway/combined which almost matches the BMW M4 Coupe's 18/25/20 mpg, but most owners will never see that number as they push the Stingray through the gears. The eight-speed automatic and seven-speed manual transmission both offer similar fuel consumption numbers with the auto achieving 15 mpg in city conditions. The Stingray is fitted with a rather generous 18.5-gallon fuel tank which gives it a theoretical range of 379 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 16/25 mpg
* 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Stingray 1LT Coupe RWD

Corvette Stingray Coupe Interior

The interior of the 2019 Stingray is one of the areas where the seventh-generation 'Vette is starting to show its age. The overall design of the interior is rather bland, with the only highlight being the driver-focused layout of the instrument and infotainment controls. The rest of the Stingray's interior is vanilla. Fit and finish is also an issue on the Stingray and doesn't come close to the premium feel of its European competition. Thankfully all the controls are easily reached by the driver, and new owners will have no problems adapting to the layout while the overall sense of space is surprising. While the Stingray is a great value proposition for those looking for a fast sports car, it is clear where corners have been cut to bring down the asking price.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Central Console
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Central Console
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Steering Wheel Controls
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Seating and Interior Space

'Interior space' and 'two-seater sports car' are not terms that go together, but the Corvette Stingray is a pleasant surprise. But first you need to be able to get inside: entering and exiting the Stingray can become a tricky affair, mainly due to the low ride height and steeply raked windshield, the wide side sills offer yet another obstacle. A trial subscription to a yoga course would've been appreciated. Once inside, the driver and passenger are greeted by a set of comfortable yet supportive bucket seats that will work as well on the track as they do on the street, but taller drivers should take note that even on the lowest adjustment, the driving position might be on the high side. Getting into the perfect driving position is made easy thanks to a standard eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Interior dimensions relay the space on offer, and the front legroom is especially impressive at 43 inches, but headroom measures only 37.9 inches, which can leave taller drivers feeling cramped.

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Chevrolet has given new owners a massive range of options when it comes to the upholstery of the Stingray. Split up according to trim levels; the 1LT is available in Jet Black, Gray, and Adrenaline Red Mulan leather seating surfaces, as well as Jet Black and Gray leather with suede microfiber inserts when selecting the competition sports seats. The 2LT shares the 1LT's options but adds Kalahari Brown to the list. Sueded microfiber inserts are also available in all colors. 3LT comes standard with Napa leather and adds Spice Red and Adrenalin Red with suede microfiber inserts to the options list. The rest of the interior is covered in a mixture of soft and hard plastics as well as leather and optional carbon fiber. The steering wheel and shifter are covered in leather, and buyers get the option of high gloss or ordinary carbon fiber inserts. While the seats have a premium feel, the rest of the interior can't match the build quality of your average Mazda hatchback.

Corvette Stingray Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

The Stingray has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to its trunk and cargo space offering. Where most other high-performance sports cars in the same league as the Corvette have to make do with small traditional trunks, the Corvette gets a hatchback-style liftgate that opens up nice and wide. This solution to the conventional sports car conundrum makes the Corvette Stingray one of the more practical two-seater sports cars you can buy today. Total space comes in at 15 cubic feet, and matched with that liftgate creates enough room to fit at least 70 folded camo shorts or four years worth of midterm earnings reports. Personal storage is limited to the glove box and secret storage space behind the infotainment display screen. The cupholders in the Stingray offer excellent support and should be able to keep beverages steady up to 0.9 Gs.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Side View
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear Angle View
  • Trunk Volume
    15 ft³

Corvette Stingray Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

Features on the 2019 Stingray are evenly spread out over three trim levels, but even in base trim, the Corvette offers some neat tricks. Standard features across the range include 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a color head-up display on the 2LT and 3LT, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob and electronic cruise control. Higher trim models include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal home remote, a cargo luggage shade, and a cargo net. Overall the Stingray lacks the same level of features as some of its competitors, and despite a competitive price and excellent performance, Chevrolet has failed to futureproof the C7 Stingray, and in the end, it hurts its practicality and appeal.

Infotainment

The infotainment system on the 2019 Corvette Stingray is one of the car's significant letdowns. Corvette has chosen not to include their latest generation of infotainment systems and has instead stuck with the aging MyLink system that's been serving in the Corvette and other Chevy cars for the past few years. The eight-inch screen displays information clearly, but is slow to react to inputs and feels outdated in general. Chevrolet has made sure to include most of the latest infotainment technologies which help to soften the blow. There's Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi internet and a nine-speaker premium Bose sound system, one of the highlights of the Stingray's interior. The optional ten-speaker Bose system offers concert hall levels of sound quality. Voice commands need to be precise in order for the system to process inputs, and the recognition is not as intuitive as its competitors.

Corvette Stingray Coupe Problems and Reliability

Since the launch of the C7 Corvette in 2014, there have been numerous recalls ranging from paint and trim issues to airbag and other safety system malfunctions. Chevrolet has issued three recalls since 2017. In 2017 there were two recalls, the first was due to the front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioner failing to function during an accident. The second was issued for specific 2017 Corvette models where the power steering system could fail, causing steering issues. In 2019 there was one recall issued that affected cars produced that same year. The recall was issued due to an issue where hard braking or acceleration could deactivate the airbags. Mechanically, the Corvette has experienced very few problems and has proven to be a reliable everyday sports car. Chevrolet backs the Corvette Stingray with a standard three-year/36,000 mile warranty that includes corrosion cover, a five-year/60,000 mile drivetrain, and roadside assistance warranty, a one-year/two-visit maintenance warranty and six years worth of rust-through protection.

Corvette Stingray Coupe Safety

For such a popular sports car, it should come as a surprise to many that neither the NHTSA or IIHS has tested the Corvette Stingray. Despite the lack of official ratings, the Corvette benefits from Chevrolet's thorough experience in car building and years of research into structural integrity.

Key Safety Features

Standard safety features on the Corvette Stingray are lacking, to say the least. Chevrolet has fitted the 2019 Stingray with standard traction control, a rearview camera with wide view, an anti-theft alarm system, run-flat tires, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Frontal and side-impact airbags for the driver and passenger wrap up the safety features list. The fact that there are no active safety features to be found, not even on the options list, comes as quite a shock, and reaffirms the fact that the Corvette Stingray is starting to fall behind the rest of the pack in terms of technology and safety features. In terms of post-crash protection, OnStar automatically connects you to emergency services in the event of a crash.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe a good car?

The Corvette has always played catch-up with the rest of the sports car world but has improved to the point where it can stick with the competition dynamically. The C7's styling still looks sharp and contemporary, especially when decked out with carbon fiber bits. The drive is just as sharp and shows off how far Chevrolet has come since the days of open diffs and leaf spring setups. To get the most out of the Stingray, Magnetic Ride Control is a must. Interior space is functional, and the Stingray offers impressive overall cargo and trunk space. The three significant downsides to the 2019 Corvette Stingray all revolve around the interior. The build quality and use of materials aren't up to scratch, the previous generation infotainment system can't keep up with the competition, and most serious of all is the lack of active safety features. For some, this could be a deal-breaker, but for those die-hard fans who will buy the Stingray for its pure driving enjoyment, that 6.2-liter V8 with 460 hp should be enough.

What's the Price of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray starts off at an MSRP of $55,900 for the Stingray 1LT manual, $57,895 for the automatic, $60,900 for the manual with the Z51 Performance Package and $62,895 for the auto with the same package. The 2LT will set you back $60,355 in manual guise, $62,350 in auto, $65,355 for the manual Z51 and $67,350 for the auto. The top of the range Stingray, the 3LT comes in at $65,645 for the manual, $67,640 for the auto, $70,645 for the Z51 manual and $72,640 for the auto. These prices exclude a $1,095 destination fee.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Models

The 2019 Stingray is available in three trim levels, and each trim is available with the Z51 Performance package.

The 1LT forms the base of the Stingray range. Standard features on the 1LT include a driver mode selector with five driving modes, a carbon fiber hood and roof panel, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable bucket seats, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. The infotainment system features an eight-inch screen and includes Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto connectivity as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

The 2LT adds front curb parking cameras, a head-up display system, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a universal home remote system amongst others.

The 3LT gets exclusive options such as Nappa leather, suede microfiber trimmings, custom stitching on seats, and the optional upgraded infotainment system that includes navigation, SiriusXM NavTraffic and a performance data recorder for those who are serious about their track days.

The Z51 Performance Package available on all three trims enhances the Stingray's abilities, adding an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oil protection, revised gear ratios, a performance exhaust, bigger front brakes with black calipers, sportier suspension, a unique aero package, and improved cooling.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1LT
6.2-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$55,900
2LT
6.2-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$55,900
3LT
6.2-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$55,900
Z51 3LT
6.2-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$60,900
Z51 2LT
6.2-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$60,900
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Additional Packages

The most significant optional package has to be the $5,000 Z51 Performance Package which upgrades the suspension for flatter and harder cornering, bigger brake rotors for consistent stopping performance, an electronically controlled limited-slip diff, more aggressive gear ratios that improve in-gear acceleration and a dry-sump oil system that allows the Stingray to be pushed hard for extended periods of time. Other optional packages deal mostly with the appearance of the car. For $645 you can get the Stingray logo package that throws a bunch of Stingray logos onto the seats, cargo mats and door sills. The $1,100 Wing-Style spoiler package gets you a body-colored rear wing or wicker bill style wing.

What Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Model Should I Buy?

Seeing as the Corvette Stingray doesn't feature a whole lot of safety tech or particularly unique infotainment gadgets, the main focus will be on the performance and handling capabilities of the car. The minor improvements that the 2LT and 3LT offer over the base model will seem negligible to performance-oriented drivers, and does not warrant the extra cost. With that in mind, the 1LT with the optional Z51 performance package should offer the best bang for buck experience out of the Stingray range. The LT1 still offers its owner a leather-upholstered interior, a competent infotainment system and can be optioned with the Z51 package which adds upgrades such as a dry-sump oil system and refined suspension and braking systems. The 1LT doesn't miss out on any improved safety or substantial infotainment upgrades but undercuts the rest of the lineup by a considerable amount. Money that can be spent on other improvements.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Comparisons

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe vs Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

The Grand Sport title is one of the most iconic in the history of the Chevrolet Corvette, but what does the Grand Sport badge mean in 2019? In essence, it means more features, added luxury, and more comfort. Some standard features on the Grand Sport that aren't available at all on the Stingray include rocker extensions, and wider fenders while the superb Magnetic Ride Control and electronically controlled limited-slip differential are options on the Stingray but standard on the Grand Sport. The Grand Sport makes use of the same 6.2-liter engine as found in the Stingray, so it shares the same gas mileage figures. Starting at $65,900, the Grand Sport might be worth it just because of the fact that Magnetic Ride Control comes standard, and the fact that it boasts Z06 chassis upgrades for the sharpest-handling Corvette on a budget.

See Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Review

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe vs Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe

The most glaring difference between the Stingray and the Z06 is the fact that the 6.2-liter engine in the Z06 now features a supercharger, and produces 195 hp more, for a total of 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. This naturally means that gas mileage figures take a hit, but performance takes a huge leap, with particular focus being on track-driving. The Z06 is also over 200 pounds heavier than the Stingray. In terms of features, the Z06 shares most of its goodies with that of the 3LT Stingray. Starting at $80,900, the Z06 will begin looking like an attractive option for those interested in the 3LT Stingray, which is just $10,255 cheaper when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and manual transmission. But the Z06 offers a whole lot more than just ten grand's extra performance and for the extra outlay, a true enthusiast would be happier with the Z06 parked in their garage.

See Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe Review

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