When the 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe finally made its grand entrance back in July of 2019, the public’s response was both immediate and visceral. Here was a brand-new, mid-engine sports car with supercar levels of performance offered for surprisingly little outlay, one-upping the current crop of performance vehicles in terms of both speed and value for money.
The publication praises General Motors and Chevy for offering all that mid-engine goodness for far less than the six-figure price tag often associated with the segment, while also highlighting things like the C8’s sub-three-second 0-to-60-mph time and raucous exhaust note. “The seats are set forward on its footprint, giving you that tip-of-the-cruise-missile feeling,” Popular Mechanics writes. “By the end of our week-long test drive, the view from the driveway and the driver’s seat never lost its novelty.”
However, there’s more to the 2020 Corvette than just speed and thrills. The two-door is also surprisingly comfortable and practical, with 13 cubic feet of cargo space to point to for the latter. Popular Mechanics also says that the latest Vette managed to make “a four-hour trip in heavy traffic and rain, the kind of drive that would be exhausting in any vehicle, [mostly] pleasant,” adding that the C8’s infotainment screen was clear, and that the HVAC controls were easy to use after just a few miles of driving.
And while the publication does point out that the 2020 Corvette doesn’t have quite the same precision as high-dollar rivals, the Vette still finds “a good balance” between comfort and driver engagement.
Finally, Popular Mechanics points out that for the last three years, each of its Car of the Year awards has gone to an all-electric vehicle, including the Chevy Bolt EV. “But even if this is the last non-electric car we award, the C8 will have partially defined the automotive industry for 2020,” the publication writes.