Released for the 2020 model year, the Chevy Corvette C8 is a highly desirable and sought-after performance vehicle. However, this ethos hasn’t been shared by all publications alike, as Consumer Reports had yet to recommend the purchase of the sports car. Now, this appears to have changed for the 2023 Corvette.
For the first time since the C8 arrived for the 2020 model year, Consumer Reports has given the Vette a “recommended” rating. This new high for the Corvette comes on the back of a few different scores:
- Owner satisfaction rating – 5/5
- Road test rating – 97/100
- Predicated reliability rating – 3/5
- Overall score – 87
An overall score of 87 ranks the 2023 Corvette first in CR’s sports/sporty cars over $40,000 segment. This places the C8 above the likes of the 2023 Toyota Supra, the 2023 Porsche 718 Boxster, and the BMW 2 series.
From a predicted reliability standpoint, the 2023 Corvette’s 3 out of 5 rating is an improvement over the publication’s 2/5 score for the 2022 Corvette, although it still points out paint and trim, body hardware and in-car electronics as potential trouble spots.
Consumer Reports’ road test review praised the Corvette’s performance and handling as well as its interior fit and finish. However, it lamented its light list of active safety features and its overall fuel economy. “We came away from the experience impressed by the C8 Corvette’s performance numbers and thrilled with its fun-to-drive nature,” the publication commented, adding that the 2LT trim level is the one to choose for its standard feature list.
Overall, Chevy performed well in CR’s latest rankings. In addition to the Corvette, the Bow Tie brand has four other 2023 vehicles boasting a recommended rating, including the Chevy Blazer, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Trailblazer, and Chevy Traverse.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette comes in two trim flavors, the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06. The Stingray is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, with output rated at 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, or 495 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional dual-mode, high-performance exhaust system.
Meanwhile, the Z06 is motivated by the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine. This high-revving screamer develops 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Both performance machines are fitted with GM’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for structure, the 2023 Corvette rides on the GM Y2 platform, which is shared by every C8 variant. All Corvettes are assembled exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.