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Chevy Corvette Named KBB Best Buy of 2016

May 5, 2016

The 2016 Sport and Performance Winner: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette

Declaring it the King of the Hill again, auto critic Kelley Blue Book has given one of its most prestigious awards to the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This performance car has earned the 2016 Best Buy Award, beating its speedy, competitive class.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayThe award seems particularly significant when cost is factored into the equation. The Corvette beat out cars, such as the Porshe 911, that cost many thousands more. It also beat out the newly redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata and the high-horsepower Ford Shelby GT 350 Mustang. The Stingray offers smart styling and all-around ability as well as strong resale values, according to the reviewers at Kelley Blue Book.

Horsepower is the heartbeat of this remarkable coupe. The V-8 powertrain cranks out 455 horses for track-worthy propulsion. Adding to its prowess, it also returns gas mileage that some regular cars would envy. It gets 29 mpg highway because it has cylinder deactivation. This high-tech feature shuts down unneeded cylinders during highway cruising. Kelley Blue Book remarked on its communicative steering and excellent brakes. The auto critic also praised the slick eight-speed automatic and the seven-speed manual, citing its cool automatic rev-matching downshift capability.

The car has special drive modes that allow savvy drivers to take charge of the ride. Drivers can adjust steering response, throttle sensitivity and steering to suit the type of handling that makes their heart race. Touring is the comfort mode that emphasizes ride quality. Sport provides racy handling to match the high horsepower performance. Track adds a stiffer suspension that may be best for an actual race track.

Packed with engineering achievements, the Corvette Stingray can do more with its power. The hood air extractor has precisely angled blades that help pull and direct air flow. This increases 2016 Corvette Performance Winnerdownforce and reduces lift, making high-speed handling even more fun. Meanwhile, the powertrain’s cooling system guides airflow into two heat exchangers. This reduces the heat that might otherwise slow high-performance driving. For high-speed stops, the Corvette Z51 has dual front-brake ducts. These keep the brakes cool, reducing the chances of brake fade.

The Corvette is more than a standard coupe. It has a special lift-out panel that turns it into an open-air car. If that’s not enough wind in your hair, there’s a convertible with a power top. This can be raised or lowered in seconds. The thickly layered roof will keep out road noise when the top is up. The cabin has been crafted with high quality materials. The comprehensive cockpit layout provides a link to everything that the driver may need. This ranges from the head-up display on the windshield to the fully configurable display screen between the gauges. Dash tech adds infotainment with apps and navigation. The Corvette even has an admirable amount of cargo space for a roadster. This leads Kelley Blue Book to call it a “car for all seasons and sensibilities.”

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