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Car of the year: Corvette Stingray

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Posted: 3 pm ET

The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has won the prestigious 2014 North American Car of the Year this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named the winner after receiving 211 points from the jury. It beat out the Mazda3, with 185 points, and the Cadillac CTS, with 94 points. The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is new for 2014 and is the most powerful Corvette ever built at its standard model level. Its 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces 455 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. An optional Z51 Performance Package gives the Stingray 460 horsepower and 465 pounds-feet of torque and enables it to travel from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The award is given by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada and is financed solely from jurors' dues. The group initially considers all cars that are new or substantially redesigned for the 2014.

This is the sixth time in the award history that a General Motors branded car has won. Domestic automakers have won the award 12 times in its history, while European automakers have won four times. Japanese automakers have received the honor three times, while a Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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January 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

The new Corvette looks like a squashed Pontiac Aztek.

It's the ugliest car of the century.

Alex Ceruzzi
January 23, 2014 at 6:30 am

I love my 2014 Night Race Blue Metallic Corvette. The looks, the
way it handles, the power, and the electronics are fabulous. Yes
I have had many Vettes including a 1977, 2-1984's, a 1989, a 2003
Z06,and a 2004. I also owned a new 1994 Dodge Viper. They were all nice cars but none of them could hold a candle to this new
2014 Sting Ray. I did not buy all of the extras which some would
have been nice but a little too costly. GM got it right.

January 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

how does it hold in a crash?

January 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm


1975 was probably the WORST year to buy a new car in the USA. That was the first year for FTP75 emissions compliance. The cars had all sorts of technical issues back then, and your 'vette was probably about a whopping 130 horsepower that year. Way down on power, driveability issues, poor fuel economy, durability issues, etc.

Frank T
January 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm

The Corvette is truly a nice car no doubt, but im good with my 5.0 GT Mustang with only 412HP.Less then half the cost of the vette. However they hold their value more then any American car out there thats for sure. I just saw today on Barret-Jackson auction a 53 Corvette sold for almost $500,000 and a rare 71 special edition sold for $2.3 million. Now thats impressive!

John Winzell
January 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Owned a 75 Vette (also a AH Sprite, 3 Porsches, a Triumph TR4A)
Bought a new 91 Acura NSX, still own it, it is cherry.
The Vette was probably the WORSE car I ever had.