Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has always been the quintessential American sports car, which every other vehicle aspires to be. Not only did the Corvette kick-started America’s sports car dream, but it also showed the world that a sports car can be powerful, comfortable and affordable, all at the same time. This ‘American Pocket Rocket’ has always been able to undercut similar vehicles in terms of price and features, while offering an exhilarating level of performance.
While the Corvette Stingray’s cabin might feel old in light of newer competition, the Corvette still manages to beat every other car in its segment in terms of raw performance. It also falls short when it comes to overall equipment, but that really shouldn’t matter since the Corvette punches out this downside in terms of space, comfort, and performance, which makes it an all-round performance machine.
The Corvette Stingray is the base variant of the expansive Corvette lineup but doesn’t skimp in terms of options on offer. The Stingray is available standard with a 6.2-L V8 engine that puts down 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed manual transmission is offered as standard with an option to upgrade to an 8-speed automatic for the added convenience. Corvette’s other options for this year have ZR1 and Z06.
This car is available both as a coupe and a convertible. The sub-trim levels comprise of the 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT with varying amounts of standard features. The Corvette Stingray range kicks off at $55,900 excluding destination charges and dealer markups.
What’s new in 2019 Corvette Stingray?
The 2019 Corvette Stingray gets no changes in terms of equipment or engine options. However, the Corvette lineup did get the supercar beating ZR1 trim which equips a 755 horsepower supercharged 6.2L V8 under the hood. The ZR1 is a serious value for money when compared with similar cars which cost three times for a similar experience.
- Lots of firepowers, even on the base variant
- Sublime handling
- Comfortable and spacious interiors
- Practical cabin and trunk space
- Good quality interior material used
- Affordable performance machine
- Lacks modern features
- Slightly dated dashboard
- Low gas mileage
Trims available in 2019 Corvette Stingray
2019 Corvette Stingray 1LT
- 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels
- Summer tires
- HID headlamps
- 9-speaker Bose sound system
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Solar-Ray light-tinted glass
- Cruise control
- Perforated Mulan leather upholstery
- Chevrolet’s 8.4-inch MyLink infotainment system
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Steering mounted controls
- Rearview camera
- Anti-theft system
- SiriusXM Radio
2019 Corvette Stingray 2LT
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror and external mirrors
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Driver’s seat memory function
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- 4G LTE mobile hotspot
- Head-up display
- 10-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer in the boot
2019 Corvette Stingray 3LT
- Perforated Nappa leather upholstery
- Powered seats
- Built-in navigation feature that includes a performance data recorder function
Which 2019 Corvette Stingray we recommend?
Corvette Stingray in the mid-spec 2LT trim comes with nearly every luxury feature one would expect from a sports car in this category. The main highlight of the 2LT is the excellent 10-speakers Bose premium sound system which provides a surreal audio experience inside the cabin.
2019 Corvette Stingray Performance
Engine & Transmission
The Corvette Stingray gets a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 as standard, which produces 455 horsepower without any kind of forced induction. This makes the Corvette’s V8 the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever produced. Power delivery from the engine is instant from a standstill, especially when equipped with the slick-shifting 7-speed manual transmission. The 8-speed automatic does dull down the experience, but not by noticeable levels.
Corvette Stingray’s Acceleration
The Corvette Stingray is a brutal acceleration machine and doesn’t run out of breath at any point. 60 mph comes up in 3.7 seconds, which is even faster than some sports cars in its segment! Even when it comes to drag races, the Vette can blaze the quarter-mile in 12 seconds, which is an impressive feat for a vehicle in its bone stock condition.
Ride and Handling
American sports cars have never been known for their ride and handling prowess. However, the Corvette is one of the few American sports cars out there that can take any corner without facing any problems. The standard Magnetic Ride suspension dampers help in making the car’s ride feel like you’re riding over a plush carpet, while not making you feel too disconnected from the road.
Its ride quality basically provides a perfect balance between comfort and sportiness, which is a rarity in many sports cars. Braking is handled by four-piston ventilated discs in the front and two-piston discs in the rear. The brakes are strong enough to bring the car to a complete standstill in seconds. The brakes also have a characteristic progressive feel which lets you know exactly how much of brake force you’re applying.
Corvette Stingray’s Fuel Economy (MPG)
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers combined fuel efficiency of 19 mpg, while16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Though the Corvette is not fuel-efficient by any means, it certainly performs well for a vehicle with a powerful V8 motor under its hood. Most other cars in the segment return 16 mpg at best.
2019 Corvette Stingray’s Interior
As standard, the Corvette Stingray offers leather seats that provide excellent support and comfort for long-distance rides. However, the side bolsters feel a bit too stiff and might not be comfortable for some. The seats could’ve also done with a slightly less upright position, although this won’t be a problem for shorter drivers. Power adjustment is available as an option from the 2LT trim onwards, but we would’ve liked Chevrolet to include this as a standard feature since it’s available on much cheaper cars nowadays.
The 2019 Corvette Stingray comes standard with Chevrolet’s MyLink System built into a massive touchscreen which takes the center stage in the cabin. The touchscreen can also be retracted to reveal a secret storage space right behind the screen, which can be accessed by pressing a button present near the screen. The digital driver’s display is very well integrated with the infotainment screen and not only it shows important information related to the car, but it also offers a ton of customization options to suit everyone’s tastes. But, the software available on the Stingray’s infotainment screen feels a bit dated, especially with what its rivals offer.
How Much Will the 2019 Corvette Stingray Cost?
Cost Of Ownership
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Thus, taking insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost, and depreciation into consideration, the 2019 Corvette Stingray will cost $44,712 to own over a period of five years, which is a considerable amount of money, considering that this is just the cost of ownership for the base 1LT variant. Higher variants are even more expensive to maintain and own over a long period of time.
Pricing in Top 5 States
Currently available at a significant discount (since the newer 2020 mid-engined C8 Corvette is already available), the following are the prices of the Corvette in its five most popular states in the US, for the 2019 model year:
- Virginia: $46,092
- Florida: $47,205
- North Carolina: $47,700
- Washington: $47,961
- Georgia: $48,661
2019 Corvette Stingray’s Competition
2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs 2019 Porsche Cayman
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray competes against Porsche Cayman.
While the Corvette is slightly cheaper than the Cayman, the Corvette is available at a massive discount right now since its replacement is already here in the form of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette does offer more equipment as standard, which makes it terrific value for money when compared to the Cayman.
In terms of the engine, while the latter equips a turbocharged flat-four motor, the Corvette gets a much larger and performance-oriented V8. The Corvette also produces nearly a hundred more horsepower than the top of the line Cayman GTS, which makes it the de facto choice if you’re looking for a performance vehicle. However, the Cayman does return better fuel economy.
In terms of the interiors, the Corvette’s interiors feel dated when compared to the Cayman. This age is even more evident when you compare the infotainment experience to each vehicle. The Cayman’s build quality also feels much better and refined than what the Corvette offers.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray might have become an old car in the market, but it sure is still a pocket rocket. The sheer amount of power and torque available is second to none and at this price point, it is also good enough to smoke sports cars from nearly a segment or two above it.
However, the Corvette’s biggest Achilles’ heel is its age, which is clearly evident in its cabin. While the cabin layout is very thoughtful and ergonomic, the touchscreen’s graphics and screen quality are in a serious need for an update.
The new 2020 Corvette is an entirely new vehicle which also switches to a mid-engine layout and also addresses these concerns. However, if you still want the old long-hood Vette, then this an excellent performer in its segment and is available at a steal in nearly every state – while stocks last!
Karan Harit has been writing quality content for a variety of online sources over a span of more than 3 years. His background in Mechanical Engineering makes him a specialist in many fields of science, but automobiles are his primary preference. Karan has an excellent knowledge base of tuners and exotics alike. He has also worked on various projects that involve modifying and designing cars, from Honda Civics to VW Golfs.