For generations, Corvette owners have complained about the interiors of their beloved model, citing uncomfortable seats, plain-Jane dash boards and general quality that didn’t live up, in some people’s minds, to the standard that should go along with the Corvette name. But with the introduction of the 2014 Stingray, all of that changed and it wasn’t just owners that noticed. In fact, GM just announced that the latest Corvette generation just received a top honor from a notable source for its interior!
Following in the Chevy Spark’s footsteps from last year, the Stingray Corvette was named one of WardsAuto World magazine’s top 10 interiors of 2014. This year, 41 new cars, or vehicles with recently upgraded factory interiors, were up for the pickings for the top honor, which is based on ergonomics, materials, safety, driver information, comfort, design harmony, materials and fit and finish.
“We went to great lengths to insure that this vehicle was worthy of the iconic Stingray name on the inside and out,” Ken Parkinson, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design, said in a recent Chevrolet press release. “We selected authentic, premium materials, integrated connected and intuitive technologies, all while balancing craftsmanship and precision execution.”
Everything from the Stingray’s leather-wrapped instrument cluster to the ambient lighting were scrutinized before the top 10 finishers were announced. To Wards, what really set the new Corvette’s interior apart was the carbon-fiber trim, bucket seats with contrast stitching and microfiber headliner, all which put the car into a category with much higher-dollar entries. Editor-in-Chief of Wards, Drew Winter, also called out the car’s high-visibility graphics in the center display and instrument clusters as being major sources of success for the iconic sports car’s interior.
Other vehicles on Wards’ list of top 10 interiors of 2014 include the ’15 Chrysler 200, ’14 GMC Sierra Denali, ’14 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, ’14 Jeep Cherokee Limited, ’14 Kia Soul, ’14 Mazda3, ’14 Mercedes-Benz S550, ’15 Volkswagen GTI, and the ’14 Rolls-Royce Wraith. Vehicles in this year’s list range in price from $24,010 (Kia Soul) to $372,800 (Rolls-Royce).
Congratulations goes out to the 2014 Corvette Stingray for this latest honor!