2012 Chevrolet Corvette Interior
The Corvette's interior fit and finish falls behind rivals, but most critics admit that you don’t buy a Corvette to be swaddled in luxury – you buy it for the performance. On the upside, the Corvette provides lots of useable trunk space, especially the coupe.
- "The interior is a mix of grained plastic and nicely textured leather. The overall ambiance is more sporty than upscale." -- Consumer Guide
- "The current-generation (C6) Corvette debuted in 2005, and although we wouldn't say it's past its prime, it's definitely feeling its age. The cabin lacks the sophistication, quality and craftsmanship of other sporting cars in its price range, while its many electronics controls still use the previous generation of GM switchgear." -- Edmunds
- "I understand that redesigning the interior is prohibitively expensive on a low-volume car, but I refuse to believe it's too expensive to wrap the dash in something that does a better leather impression than old garbage bags." -- Motor Trend
- "While we are certain that the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette can compete on almost any race track with almost any competitor, its interior does not compete as well." -- Kelley Blue Book
Most reviewers find the Corvette's two-seat cabin difficult to access. It’s very low to the ground, so getting in and out can be a chore. Once inside, test drivers have mixed reviews on the seats. Some say that they’re supportive and comfortable, while others take issue with the materials and lack of cushioning.
- "Headroom and legroom are adequate, and the seats are comfortable. The cockpit is wider than in most sports cars. Entry and exit are drop in/climb out, and Corvette's long doors don't make things any easier." -- Consumer Guide
- "The front seats and their bolsters have been enhanced for 2012; they may finally lose their standing as the worst seats found in a sports car." -- Edmunds
- "But I will point out that the Corvette is the only vehicle in the world sporting fake carbon fiber on top of fake leather. Still." -- Motor Trend
- "The newly designed front seats add additional side support and remain fairly comfortable even on long drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
Reviewers say that the Corvette’s controls and gauges are easy to use. However, most agree that the interior is behind the times. Several complain about materials that don’t measure up to the competition, as well as cabin electronics which aren’t competitive with the rest of the class.
- "The instrument panel features 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 absorbs and complicates audio functions. Voice recognition helps somewhat, but the user interface is still quite fussy." -- Consumer Guide
- "And really, DVD-based navigation? At least pull a newer unit out of one of your other models." -- Motor Trend
- "Even with the partial microfiber suede coverings provided in the new Chevrolet Centennial Edition, the Corvette's cockpit seems more Camaro-quality than Audi or BMW." -- Kelley Blue Book
The 2012 Corvette coupe provides an impressive 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than any other luxury sports car. The convertible, however, only provides 11 cubic feet. Overall, reviewers are satisfied with the Corvette’s large cargo hold, which gives it a dose of practicality.
- "Great for a sports car, especially in the coupe. 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
- "On the bright side, the Vette's large gauges and remarkable cargo capacity (22 cubic feet in coupes and 11 cubes in the convertible) make it a sports car that's easy to live with on a day-to-day basis." -- Edmunds
- "Trunk room is pretty good, but getting objects in or out of the high cargo opening can be a strain." -- MSN