From the off, lets get one thing totally clear – the Chevy Corvette C8 is awesome. In fact, we outlined the top five things we love about the Corvette C8 Stingray in a post last month. However, nothing is ever perfect, so now, we’re taking another look at the first-ever mid-engine Chevy Corvette to talk about five things we don’t like.
1. Driving Experience Not As Aggressive As The C7
The Corvette C8 provides a surprisingly quiet and refined experience in the cabin – in fact, that’s one of the things we love about it. However, the tradeoff here is that the eighth-generation loses some of the aggression of the previous generation, feeling a bit more subdued by comparison. That could come as a disappointment for some buyers hoping for the same in-your-face attitude as the C7.
2. Less Usable Trunk Space Than The C7
Even though it technically has two trunks/cargo compartments, the Corvette C8 has less usable cargo space than the C7. We explored this issue in-depth in a video previously, check it out below:
3. Reduced Outward Visibility, Especially In The Rear
With the engine mounted in back, it was almost inevitable that rear visibility would suffer with the introduction of the Corvette C8. This is indeed the case, and the fact that the rear quarter window is fake doesn’t help. As a result, the blind spot alert camera is an absolute necessity, but it isn’t available on 1LT models. Luckily, it is equipped as standard on 2LT and 3LT trims. The rear-facing camera helps quite a bit as well.
4. Useless Wireless Phone Charging Setup
Wireless phone charging is supposed to make things easier. Such is not the case with the wireless charger in the Corvette C8. Positioned in the center console between the seats, the charger is difficult to reach, and even harder to get a phone in and out of. Because of this, we doubt anyone is actually using this feature.
5. Front Passenger Gets Left Out
The cockpit design of the Corvette C8 is heavily focused on the driver. The way the controls are oriented and the way in which the center console is configured is all to provide the driver with a feeling that they are cocooned in the vehicle, like a fighter pilot. However, this also isolates the passenger completely, perhaps making them feel a bit left out of the action.
Bonus Item – No Auto-Dimming Passenger-Side Mirror
Unfortunately, the Corvette C8 is like every other Chevy on sale in that it doesn’t feature an automatic-dimming passenger-side mirror, which is an issue when every rival product has it as standard. This is particularly troublesome when you consider the range of more-affordable models that have had this feature for roughly a decade or more, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee.