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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The Best Sports Car | Edmunds Top Rated 2020

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won Best Sports Car in the 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards for its stellar delivery of performance and value. In its transformation to a mid-engine sports car, the new Corvette has gained the kind of balance, poise and agility you’d expect from an exotic supercar. The C8 Corvette also remains usable on the commute, and a low base price keeps it within reach for shoppers.

2020 Corvette Stingray Review:

It's rare to see a car, let alone an institution like the Corvette, so radically transformed. But Chevrolet has taken its performance icon and improved it in nearly every way. It's bonkers fast, handles beautifully, and still manages traffic and daily errands. The styling may be controversial, but its price and performance certainly are not.

For 2020, the Corvette has undergone the most radical redesign in its 67-year history. Believing that they had squeezed every ounce of performance they could from the Corvette's classic front-engine and rear-drive layout, Chevrolet's engineers decided a new mid-engine layout was the way to go for its inherent advantages in weight distribution. Risky? Yes. But the result is hugely impressive.

In terms of performance, the Corvette Stingray equals or outshines cars costing twice to three times as much. The new 6.2-liter V8 and dual-clutch automatic transmission are a formidable combo on the track but offer plenty of oomph and smooth operation in nearly any condition. The 2020 Corvette also imparts more information about its handling balance and grip, thereby giving its driver more confidence in taking the car up to its handling limits.

As with past Corvettes, the C8 is practical for both daily driving and long trips. Although the total cargo area isn't as usable as before, it's still large enough to fit a few pieces of luggage. There's still space for the coupe's removable targa roof panel top in the rear, and the lack of an engine up front means there's a small frunk in the nose. The new interior has a sharp, driver-focused design and fine materials throughout. A Corvette convertible is on its way, too.

The new Corvette is one of the more comfortable cars in its class. Our test car had the optional MagneRide adaptive suspension. We found that it offers excellent compliance over a variety of road surfaces and smooths out bumps that would likely upset other sports cars. Adding to the comfort is the relative lack of wind and engine noise, though tire noise can be prominent on rough road surfaces.

If its performance wasn't the strongest argument for buying the Corvette, perhaps the pricing will be. Starting around $60,000, the Corvette is a relative bargain among performance cars. And when outfitted with all the go-faster options, it's still a reasonable $75,000. Build quality has always been a sore spot with Corvettes, but this generation looks to have changed that. The interior looks and feels premium, and paint and panel gaps are similarly well done.

We're hugely impressed with how the new Corvette turned out. It's stupid fast, it looks exotic, and it hammers home what the Chevy's sports car has always done: give you maximum performance at a reasonable price.

Watch our Corvette Stingray video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NphnnjQDa8w

See our full review: https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/corvette/2020/

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