2008 Chevy Corvette Coupe

Sam Smith

There's something so right about tearing around in a bright red Corvette with the removable roof panel out and the windows down: the engine pulls strongly at any speed, the exhaust sounds like every V-8 should, and the base price is low enough that you don't need a trust fund to own one. Knowing you can lap most tracks faster than a Porsche 911 just adds to the satisfaction. This is the quintessential American sports car.

I do, however, wish the $8000 interior upgrade was worth the money. I like the dashboard being wrapped in leather, but the rest of the interior still looks and feels cheap. I didn't particularly like the seats, which don't offer a lot of lateral support for a car this fast and aggressive. Chevy either needs to make this interior standard or substantially upgrade the materials to keep the $8000 price. As it sits, I can't call this a real upgrade.

If you just want a fast car and don't want to spend a ton of money, the Corvette makes a lot of sense. The Corvette may match more expensive vehicles in terms of performance, but the level of refinement and luxury in the more expensive cars is totally worth it if you have the extra coin.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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