With the next model year already on the horizon—and the 2015 Z06 already revealed—the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has captured another major third-party honor, and this one may be the most important yet, since it address a long-time Achilles heel for the Corvette family: its cabin. That's the one facet of the Corvette experience that has kept critics harping in past years, but the next-gen model was just honored with a 2014 10 Best Interiors award from Ward'sAuto World.
As reported by Tom Murphy, writing for the publication, the interior of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is "highly competitive with more-expensive rivals from Porsche and Jaguar, securing [the Stingray's] status as a sports car for the ages." Murphy also mentioned the way the car kept drivers informed about various vehicle systems, noting that: "High-visibility reconfigurable digital graphics in the instrument cluster and central display do a great job communicating mission-critical information to the driver both on and off the track."
Exemplifying that sharp focus on driver satisfaction, as well as the attention to detail that's a hallmark of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, designers even moved the passenger-side climate controls away from the driver's switchgear, incorporating them into a "micro LED screen" mounted below the dash vent. Other notable features of the new Corvette's premium interior include:
- Two different seat styles, highlighted by a light-weight Competition Sport design
- A fully wrapped steering wheel
- Luxurious, soft-touch materials on all surfaces
- Chevy MyLink infotaintment plus OnStar with three-dimensional nav mapping
- Available trim accents in Nappa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede
The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is on sale now with an MSRP of $53,000.
(Also, for the curious, General Motors had one other entry on the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list, the 2014 Sierra GMC Denali.)