Dec 23, 2002
Reviewed By Bengt Halvorson
Price as Tested $49,290

Impressive acceleration, handling and braking for a modest price; dynamically very forgiving despite its mammoth power; unique new Magnetic Selective Ride control adds even more suspension composure and comfort; still looks fresh six years into the product cycle; instrument cluster is simple on the surface yet offers countless display options; 50th Anniversary Red is subtle and attractive.


Four-speed automatic (in our test car) feels uninspiring, and no easy manual control (Tiptronic-style) feature is offered; interior cargo area needs a net or tie-downs to keep items from tumbling around and into the front seat area on braking; seats could offer better overall support; headroom is tight for even average-height drivers.


Refined and sophisticated—yet still wearing its muscle-car roots—the Corvette lives up to its image as America’s great sports car. The Anniversary Edition probably has some eventual, if minimal, collector’s potential and undoubtedly some are already foolishly being put into long-term storage (though GM is willing to build up to 10,000 if the demand is there). If you just want a ’Vette for fun driving, get the higher-performance 405hp, six-speed Z06.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating