Several months ago, Chevrolet surprised us by claiming the seven-speed manual version of its 2014 Corvette Stingray could achieve up to 30 miles per gallon when driven in Eco mode. The car's official EPA rating eventually worked out to 17 mpg city and 29 highway. Now, the numbers are out for models equipped with the optional six-speed paddleshift automatic transmission – which Chevy says is the version most buyers are selecting – and the numbers are very similar to the manual, despite being down a cog on the three-pedal setup.

The EPA rates the automatic Stingray, which is paired with the same 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine, at 16 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. However, as Motor Trend notes, those figures could change for the better "if the C7 Corvette Stingray's six-speed automatic is eventually replaced by a new eight-speed automatic." Regardless of transmission, the 2014 Corvette Stingray's excellent fuel economy ratings certainly make it a standout within its segment.


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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was pleasantly shocked when my '98 convertible got 29 MPG on a trip which took it through the mountains. Mostly on cruise control set at 70 MPH. This 70 MPH is at 1700 RPM. I guess that helps.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Big engine (permitting tall gearing) + very low profile (low drag) = little drop-off in mpg at high speed My daily driver compact wagon's efficiency significantly drops off at 60 mph. It cand make 30+ mpg on surface roads if I don't have to stop for traffic or lights, but its optimal speed for efficiency is only around 40 mph, and I'm not sure if it could get 29 mpg at 70.
      jimhard10
      • 1 Year Ago
      I took a trip of about 3000 miles about 2 months ago in my 99 corvette with my brother. It has an automatic trans. 345 hp I averaged 27 and a half mpg. On one leg of the trip I got 31 mpg. at 70mph cruise control on.
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      After finding the sticker for my 2005 vette, I don't really see how these are good numbers. For a sports car, sure they're great, but for the Corvette in particular, not so much. My 2005 was rated at 18 city, 26 highway. That's with 400HP, a 4 speed auto, and NO cylinder deactivation, and technology from almost 10 years ago. Come on GM.
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikemaj82
        The procedure for measuring fuel economy was revised in 2008, resulting in lower numbers that are more representative of realistic driving. For your Corvette, the fuel economy figures were revised downward by 2MPG in each category. Making the difference in peak fuel economy between the two 4MPG, or roughly a 17% improvement. I think 17% better fuel economy and ~12% more horsepower is a pretty solid achievement.
          Jonathan Ippolito
          • 1 Year Ago
          @oRenj9
          Plus the extra safety equipment and the higher crash standards have added even more weight to vehicles since 2008 .
      OnTheRocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      These were common numbers for cars with half as much (or less) horsepower throughout the 90's. Amazing. These really are good times.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not surprising the numbers would be same as the C6, since its the SAME car!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Lee
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        foci
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Lee
        In what way is it the same as the C6?
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Lee
        Nah not really. C6 looks way better.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will always be a Donkey Cart!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
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        @nocommie11
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      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      I tell you, this car is so well-rounded and does so well in so many areas that I seriously can't think of a car that could give it a run for its money.
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        model s /end
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          The Tesla? It's a joke right?
          Chris O.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          How random.... did you drop the mic after you hit "Submit"? The Tesla is a great car, but without fully defeatable TCS and inadequate cooling to actually participate in a track day, it's just an awesome sports sedan...
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Except in the the area of not being able to transport 4 passengers. Or drive well in the snow, or even rain for that matter. Or is cheap to maintain. Or...ah nevermind.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Corvette is the best all arounder on the market.
      Bruce Schug
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just look forward to the day the black wheel fad goes away. That red car with black wheels looks so bad for such a nice car. Add nice polished alloy wheels and this car looks so much better!
        Joey Franklin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        Thank you, black wheels don't look good on everything as some people seem to think.
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        Not a fan of most black wheels either. Hard to see the design because it's black and blends in with the shadow of the wheel-well and color of the tire. Black wheels remind me of spare tires when I first see them. On the flipside, not a fan of polished chrome wheels either. So 90's and tacky. Gun-metal is a timeless color. And brushed wheels, whether aluminum or titanium, will never go out of style.
        bigwingnut
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        You can get chrome wheels, they just cost extra. Since most people hate the black wheels, GM gets to make more money on each car. Kinda like charging extra for an automatic transmission when it costs more to build the manual...greater percentage of buyers want automatic, increasing the profit per unit.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        Getting old Bruce, the shiny wheels fad is whats out of style (particularly chrome). Black in both gloss and matte finishes and painted (sometimes we body color inserts) is whats in, and I don't think we're going to go back to shiny wheels for some time anymore than we have chrome bumpers. My neighbor has a white Camaro with white wheels which IMO looks really mean and clean.
          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          What looks good is clearly subjective, and nothing wrong with silver wheels. Silver is a classic and very neutral and not likely to ever go completely out of style. Big difference between silver and shiny blingbling though.
          Bruce Schug
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          I understand what's "in". I'm more interested in what looks good.
          Bruce Schug
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          If you go into the Autoweek article referenced by EJD1984 you'll see a red car with silver wheels. It looks completely different and so much better. http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130826/carnews/130829835
          TBQ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Disagree with you, Bruce. I checked out the link to the red with silver wheels and it looks too pedestrian to me. I'm not a red car guy, but with the black wheels it looks pretty sinister--far better than the alternative you suggest, IMO.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Buicks, Cadillacs, Lincolns, Chryslers still come/w 'old fashion' chrome rims.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Schug
        I agree-black wheels almost always just look dirty. I'm not into chrome unless its vintage but black is not a good look to me. I suspect it will go the way of cars 'jacked-up in the back' from the 70s. :)
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see a Porsche or Ferrari get even close to this GM. Goes to show that the GM Giant has awakened.
        Billy Devine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EJD1984
        Actually most if not all Porsche does compete with the city mpg, most of the lower hp models do better and the highway mpg is not that far off. The 911 turbo with 560hp does 17/25 mpg, lots more power than the vette. It really is not a big thing for 17/29 mpg with this type of horsepower these days.. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymake/Porsche2013.shtml
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better mpg than one of those crummy Tacoma trucks dumb guys think they're supposed to drive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
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      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw a transporter full of these today, and I have to admit it looks better in person. But that's only because everything but the wheels/tires is in a giant white Hefty bag, so you don't have to actually see the thing.
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl_T
        I saw it at the NY car show. It doesn't look better on the ground.
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