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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 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

It's about the drive not the boring comute. When the z07 comes out 8 speed auto with 700hp that's a drive oya

January 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

460 horsepower and a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds just so the corvette owners can sit in bumper to bumper traffic. Such a deal. Me? I'd rather bike, walk, or take the bus. I don't have to shout to the world " hey, look at me!" So cleansing.

Alex smith
January 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm


January 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

This 71 y.o. man still pines for a 'vette. All I could ever do is just watch them go by and sigh.

January 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I've been lucky enough to own 4 corvettes in my lifetime and unless you've own one you have no idea what is like.
Best American car ever built !!

January 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

Hey Nit,
You're jealous cause you can't own one!

January 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

I own a 2003 50th anniversary Corvette. I didnt buy it for the soft ride, or for taking long road trips. I got it because it's a CORVETTE!! enough said.

January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

I looked at a Sky Saturn Convertible at a local Alabama dealership. They make the 4 cylinder engine (2.4 liter) with or
without the turbo, the turbo being what they call the redline. Why in the world would GM put 2 engines available for one little car when they could go with the turbo, if ever needed for extra power. The gasoline mileage would not vary unless you decided to step on the accelerator anyway. I told the salesguy, why not do that or put a little V6 in the thing and have a real timing chain instead of a rubber/plastic made timing chain subject to break or calcify between 30k + miles. the little convertible was cute but also did not have a electric top, requiring you to pull it out of the trunk, get back in the car seat and then tighten down the front hatch. I believe I had rather buy a low mileage Ford Thunderbird and get the small V8 and all the bells/whistles for the same price.

January 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

water seeks it's own level, just sayin

January 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

What is the point of the nose on corvettes? They are 40 years old and of little value to the driver. The design is a liability when parking. Why is a newly designed car looking the same as those designed ten/twenty years ago. I guess it's to keep the old codgers in a blissful state of the way things used to be. Grow up corvette!!