Value isn't an obvious topic when discussing lithe-handling, high-horsepower performance cars but the Chevrolet Corvette isn't your average performance car. With 455 horsepower, race-worthy handling and a comparatively cheap $52,000 base price the Corvette is a go-fast bargain that only gets better when considering its category-topping resale values.
In years past the Vette's low price came at the expense of interior quality. No more. The latest car's attractive and comfortable interior truly elevates the driving experience. And boy what an experience it is. A low stance and capable suspension help the 2015 Corvette carve fast lines along winding roads while its 6.2-liter V8 delivers both kinetic and audible thrills...which sound even better with the convertible's roof lowered or the coupe's targa-style roof panel removed.
On a pragmatic note the Corvette coupe boasts a spacious 15 cubic feet under its rear glass. The convertible's 10-cubic-foot trunk is similarly impressive, offering more than enough space for a weekend getaway. And while long trips in high-performance cars can be a dicey proposition the Corvette is an exception. Not only does it ride surprisingly well but it delivers highway fuel economy approaching 30 mpg with either the 7-speed manual gearbox (featuring automatic downshift rev matching) or the optional 8-speed automatic.
Given the choice we'd choose a 2015 Corvette Coupe and spring for the $2,800 Z51 Performance Package, which adds racier tires, bigger brakes and an electronic limited-slip differential. Not that the base model is a slouch but the Z51 package is a major performance value...a theme that pops up over and over again with the Chevy Corvette.