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2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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Once hailed as America's only true two-seat sports car, for 2009 the Chevrolet Corvette continues to offer driving enthusiasts the most bang for the buck, running neck-and-neck (and in some cases surpassing) exotic cars costing up to four times as much – or even more. No where else but in America can you find a sub-$50,000 sports car delivering 430 horsepower while returning an EPA highway fuel economy figure of 26 miles per gallon. Although not as light or nimble as the Porsche 911, the Corvette's luxurious interior and comfortable ride make it perfect for daily commutes or long weekend getaways. For those willing to spend a lot more money for even more performance, there's the 505 horsepower Z06 and, beyond that, the optional ZR1 Performance Package delivers track-ready supercar status.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love your cars American and iconic, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car purist's dream come true. Drivers experience awesome V8 power, amazing handling and an interior filled with more creature comforts than some luxury cars.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though its handling is admirable, fans of lighter, more nimble sports cars may find the Corvette's size ponderous in tight turns and tight spots.

What's New for 2009

A new, lower-priced LT1 Convertible joins the fleet, while the LT2 version receives as standard a power operated top. New features for the 2009 Corvette include steering-wheel audio control, optional Bluetooth connectivity, a new variable steering ratio and, on the Z06, a new 10.5-quart dry-sump lubrication system. The Z06 and Corvette Coupe also receive a power hatch pull down.

Driving the Corvette

Driving Impressions As you would expect, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is a terrific driving experience. The 6.2-liter V8 delivers abundant power throughout its speed range, a fact the driver is reminded of...

with even the slightest touch of the accelerator. There is no need to work hard to "handle" this muscle machine. Instead, it steers with ease and precision, dealing with twists and turns as effortlessly as imaginable. All three of the suspension packages – base, Magnetic Ride Control and the Z51 package – are notably enhanced from the previous-generation systems. In the sport mode the Corvette grabs the pavement with tenacity, and in the touring mode it soaks up road harshness like a large luxury sedan.

Six-Speed Transmission
Chevrolet's latest short-throw six-speed manual transmission makes the shifter in past Corvette models feel like something pulled out of a 1966 Chevy pickup.

Keyless Access with Push Button Start
Keep your keys in your purse or pocket – when you approach the car, you simply reach for a touch-panel in the door handle and the vehicle starts up with the press of a button.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Details
2009 Chevrolet Corvette photo Interior

The Corvette's clean, uncluttered interior is executed using the highest quality parts and trim, bringing it into world-class contention. A handsome Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package was added last year and carries over largely unchanged. It adds two-tone leather inserts to the dash and console area, a nice touch for those who prefer to customize their rides. The Corvette's seats are surprisingly supportive yet not so snug as to cinch the driver in place. Interior sound levels are about average for this class, which means the Corvette's cabin can still be noisy at highway speeds.

Exterior

The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette bears a strong family resemblance to previous Corvettes dating back to the ground-breaking 1968 C3 design, although the subtle changes to the exterior make this sixth-generation car a different animal than its predecessors. Overhangs both front and rear are noticeably shorter and the overall look is less boy-racer and more sophisticated sports car. A flush-fitted set of headlamps molded to fit the curving hood line set off the front of the car, a radical departure from the pop-up headlamps gracing the Corvette's design language since 1963. A large removable body-colored roof panel is standard and can be ordered with tinted glass or in a package that includes one of each (not available on the Z06).

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Corvette features a 6.2-liter V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, traction control, limited-slip rear axle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), xenon headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, color-keyed removable roof panel, dual-zone air conditioning, Driver Information Center (DIC), keyless access with push-button starter, leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and 18- and 19-inch front and rear alloy wheels, respectively. The Z06 adds a race-inspired 7.0-liter V8, revised front end, wider rear fenders, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear ten-spoke wheels and a firmer suspension.

Optional Equipment

Options include a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission, front side-impact airbags, Head-Up Display (HUD), Bose audio with six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Turn-by-Turn and DVD navigation, the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust system, transparent roof panel and polished alloy wheels. Also available is the Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package, which adds padded door armrests, custom embroidery on the dash and headrests and two-tone leather-wrapped pieces to the upper and lower instrument panel, door pads and seats.

Under the Hood

Although there is no denying the pleasure a 430-horsepower (436 horsepower with the optional dual-mode exhaust) V8 delivers, with the Corvette you also get a certain lack of refinement. The 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 feels gruff at idle and roars loudly when pressed into action. It's a purely American feel that instantly takes one back to the late 1960s muscle-car era. Porsche and Jaguar lovers will probably never love this engine, but they can't easily overlook its tremendous performance potential, either.

6.2-liter V8
430 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
424 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 (manual), 15/25 (automatic)

7.0-liter V8
505 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
470 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 682 Ratings for the 2005 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

covered and garaged, perfect in and out, 6 speed

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,850

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"performance pkg, 2 tops, chrome wheels, black with ebony interior, heads-up display, 7850 open road miles."

Top performance and looks for$

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best looks and performance for the money. Comfortable cruiser and very versatile. Glad to take off for a week, weekend or longer in this machine. Returns 28MPG Plus on Highway average 22 around town."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A blast to drive!!!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "it's a blast!!!"

Cons: "Wide doors, low profile make parking challenging"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 6 years. It is a blast to drive, especially on long trips. It has plenty of luggage space, and gets 28-30 mpg on trips. Sport suspension makes for a rough ride on rough roads. When you purchase this vehicle, you become a member of a brotherhood/sisterhood of Corvette owners. SAVE THE WAVE!!!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fun & great car

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast & Fun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This my 5th Corvette & it is the most fun I have had in a car since my 1st corvette in 1977. I get compliments on this car all the time. I love the 505 horsepower."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great ride and great gas mileage.

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "All sorts of fun"

Cons: "Two seater and not a winter vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very pleased with the comfortable ride and the gas mileage is 16/27! Very rare color of Daytona Sunset orange metallic. Only 1500 produced in 2006. The power is unreal in the 6.o Liter with automatic/paddle shift. Definitely would buy another one."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This is my 2nd corvette. Best sports car for money

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,433

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "Wish it had a place to hook up my i phone."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my 2nd corvette i have owned. It is a joy to drive and it compares to no other. The only reason i m selling is because i recently was married and we need an SUV. Thats my wifes reason. I also have a 105lb lab that really doesnt like it. I owned many sports cars in my days. Its amazing that you get the gas milage you do with over 400 hp. Great design. Love everything about this car. What i really like is that i can get my golf clubs along with my wifes clubs in the trunk. I could go on and on about this car. IT IS BY FAR THE BEST SPORTS CAR FOR MONEY, HANDS DOWN!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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