What happened between the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette and Consumer Reports? It seems the critics at CR didn’t love the Corvette and decided not to recommend it to readers, but not without reason. While the review mainly seemed optimistic, the 2021 Corvette lacked in a few key areas.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette didn’t impress Consumer Reports
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette didn’t get any love from Consumer Reports. As usual, the company ordered a Corvette to do a full road test before offering a conclusion. It took more than a year actually to take delivery of the sporty vehicle, but Consumer Reports finally got it. After that, the results were pretty good.
Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Corvette a 97 out of 100 on the road test. The overall score came in at 68 out of 100. That score put the Corvette at eight out of 30 sports cars over $40,000. The predicted owner satisfaction score was above average, coming in at five out of five. However, the predicted reliability only served up a two out of five. Three out of five is an average predicted reliability score.
“We came away from the experience impressed by the C8 Corvette’s performance numbers and thrilled with its fun-to-drive nature. But despite a super-high road-test score, we can’t recommend the new Corvette because of its—and Chevrolet’s—inconsistent reliability history.”
And so, for 2021, the Chevy Corvette didn’t receive the coveted “recommended” label.
Safety features are lacking on the 2021 Corvette
The 2021 Corvette was missing some critical active safety features. Forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection is unavailable. Consumer Reports says this is a glaring admission given the poor visibility provided by the Corvette.
Blind-spot warning (BSW) and rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW) are standard on the 2LT trim and up but not on the base. At the time of publication, there were no official ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). No ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) were available either.
Consumer Reports notes one open recall from June 2021 for the airbags. The NHTSA recall says that the airbag malfunction indicator light might not warn drivers if an issue is present. The malfunctioning light could increase the risk of injury. Though it might not seem like a big deal, the airbag issue has caused many headaches. Owners have also reported with the engine/valve springs.
The good, the bad, and the Edmunds review
However, Consumer Reports didn’t dislike everything about the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. The 6.2L V8 engine offers 495 hp and is coupled with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Chevrolet no longer offers a manual transmission, but that doesn’t take away from its fun. CR notes that the Corvette came in at 3.4 seconds for the 0-60 mph time in launch-control mode. That 0-60 time was faster than the Tesla Model S P85D.
If you ask Edmunds, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette didn’t disappoint at all. It offered impressive power, excellent handling, and a relatively affordable price, given the rest of the specs. Edmunds noted the same cons but thought the Corvette was worth the lack of safety features.
At the end of the day, the new Corvette is still a good sports car for most people. “Rest assured that the base Stingray will easily satisfy your need for speed,” Edmunds notes. Perhaps that elusive “recommended” label will reappear on the following Corvette review from Consumer Reports.