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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette was new.

Although the Corvette's fit and finish falls behind competitors, most auto writers agree that considering the price, it's good. What's more, its seats are comfortable and it offers loads of trunk room.

  • "If there's one area people usually criticize an American car, it's the interior accommodations. While we aren't going to tell you the Corvette rivals the Audi's beautiful layout, the Aston's high-quality feel or the Ferrari's pure purposefulness, we will tell you the Corvette's interior delivers no-nonsense controls, super-comfortable seats (though lacking in lateral support) and a supremely convenient head-up display. While it doesn't feel like a million bucks, keep in mind the Corvette starts at just $45,170!" -- Road and Track
  • "The interior is a mix of grained plastic and nicely textured leather. The overall ambiance is more sporty than upscale." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Chevrolet has made big strides in terms of interior fit and finish since the debut of the current-generation Corvette. Still, poke around a bit and you'll find some flimsy plastic panels. Overall, the interior is a step or two behind class leaders, particularly at the rarefied price points of the ZR1 and Z06, though the pricey 4LT leather package does help considerably." -- Edmunds
  • "The Corvette's clean, uncluttered interior is executed using the highest quality parts and trim, bringing it into world-class contention." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Most reviewers find the Corvette's two-seat cabin difficult to access, but once inside they like its supportive, comfortable seats.

  • "Though the Corvette's interior is larger than the prior model's, it's still close quarters, especially considering how large the vehicle is overall. However, once you slither in, it's comfortable for two adults, even large ones." -- Forbes
  • "The Corvette's seats are surprisingly supportive yet not so snug as to cinch the driver in place." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate, and the seats are comfortable. The cockpit is wider than in most sports cars. ... Entry/exit is drop in/climb out, and Corvette's long doors don't make things easier. -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's not easy to enter or leave any version of this low-slung 2-seater without some contortions, and long, heavy doors aren't suited to tight parking spots." -- MSN
  • "Given their size and low stance, the newer models are plenty easy to get in and out of, and as always, once you are in there, these are very comfortable cars." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "It's fairly easy to slide in and out, although long doors are a handicap in tight parking situations." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Interior Features

Auto writers find the Corvette's cabin features satisfying -- even when just basically equipped.

  • "Options add up quickly, as they did on the test car, but the basic goodness is there for the entry-level sticker, and adding features did not necessarily add to my enjoyment and appreciation of the car." - Orlando Sentinel
  • "While some of those extras are desirable to some folks, they're not really necessary unless you've got extra money to throw around because even the base Corvette hatchback coupe and convertible are well-equipped..." -- MSN
  • "Clear gauges with mostly logical controls. Corvette's available head-up display shows vehicle and engine speeds. It can also be configured to show handling information, including lateral acceleration. The display can be switched off, but, on the whole, it is useful. The available navigation system includes, but doesn't complicate, audio functions. Its responsive voice-recognition feature further simplifies things." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Large gauges, simple controls (even on the optional navigation system)... make the Vette a sports car that's easy to live with on a day-to-day basis." -- Edmunds
  • "A handsome new Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package adds two-tone leather inserts to the dash and console area, a nice touch for those who prefer to customize their rides." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The '09 Corvette coupe and convertible provide 22.4 and 11 cubic feet of storage room, respectively. Reviewers are satisfied with its large cargo hold, and -- on balance -- find that it enhances the Corvette's practicality.

  • "Both body styles have sufficient space for two golf bags, but liftover is high, and coupes lack a partition between cargo hold and cabin. Note that the convertible has small storage cubbies located behind the rear seats. Cockpit storage is otherwise minuscule." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[U]sable cupholders and massive cargo capacity...make the Vette a sports car that's easy to live with on a day-to-day basis." -- Edmunds
  • "There's quite a bit of luggage room beneath the rear hatch, and several little cubbyholes up front for change and cell phones, aside from the glove compartment and center console." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Trunk room is pretty good, but getting objects in or out of the high cargo opening can be a strain." -- MSN
Review Last Updated: 10/5/09

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