Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Family

Better than all the rest

What “Luxury Sports Car” was chosen as the best of them all by U.S. News, based on their independent analysis of published reviews and test drives, plus safety and reliability data? The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. Better than anything from Germany or Japan or Great Britain; simply the best. Words like “dazzles,” “remarkable” and “breathtaking” have been thrown around with complete abandon by automotive writers everywhere, and the best part is that this great new Corvette is one of the most affordable sports cars to be found.

Given its startling performance and the universal high-regard the new Corvette has inspired, the car’s $53,000 starting MSRP is even more remarkable; Car and Driver called it a “screaming value,” and AutoTrader called it “simply the best high-performance value on the planet.” After driving the new Corvette, Consumer Guide editors said, “The truth of the matter is, this latest C7 generation of the Corvette is in a performance league where few others can play. And most of those that do cost multiples as much.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray line offers coupe and convertible body styles, Stingray and Z51 models, and 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims for both models. There’s also a Z51 Performance Package that can be added each of the three Z51 trims.

The 2014 Stingray Coupe 1LT is a lightweight, high-precision two-seat sports car that embarrasses competitors costing many thousands more. An aluminum frame and the latest generation of the vaunted small-block V8 are at the heart of it all. This 6.2-liter V8 produces 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, and it hurls the Stingray to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The standard transmission is a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching and Launch Control. A six-speed paddle-shift automatic is available, and you can adjust it just the way you like thanks to selectable shift feel and shift points. A torque converter with reduced inertia improves shift quality and speed.

Other 1LT features include all-new eight-way power adjustable seats, leather upholstery, Keyless Access and Push-Button Start, a power tilt/telescope steering column, a rear-vision camera, a body-color removable carbon-fiber roof panel, a carbon-fiber hood, a Driver Mode Selector, and a Bose® audio system with nine speakers and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT (MSRP $57,210) is fitted with a variety of popular features and equipment, including heated and ventilated seats with lumbar/wing adjustment and seat emblems, seat position and mirror memory, Bose® premium audio, HomeLink universal remote, auto-dimming mirrors, a color head-up display, one-year SiriusXM subscription, a cargo net and shade, and an enhanced theft-deterrent package.

In Stingray Coupe 3LT (MSRP $61,005), even more luxury is blended into the sport. The 3LT gets a custom leather-wrapped interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces. Navigation, which is available in 1LT and 2LT trims, is standard in the 3LT. The instrument panel in the 3LT matches the interior color, too.

For high-performance lovers looking for the sharpest nail, there’s the 2014 Corvette Z51 (MSRP starting at $57,000). It’s the Stingray for the purist who wants the lightest weight possible. You get the same trims and features as above, plus the availability of the Z51 Performance Package.

The Z51 Performance Package is all business. You get larger wheels in staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear sizes with Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport® summer tires; and a dry sump engine oil system to stand up to high performance driving. An electronic limited-slip differential is included, as are performance gear ratios, and there’s extra cooling for the differential and transmission, as well as HD cooling for the engine. The Z51 chassis rides on its own specific shocks, springs and stabilizer bars. Also exclusive to the Z51 is an aero package that reduces lift at high speeds to enhance stability. Larger, 13.6-inch diameter front brakes with black calipers and slotted brake rotors bring confident stopping to match the impressive acceleration. The Z51 Performance Package can be further enhanced with available Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Performance Traction Management.

Available amenities include Competition Sport bucket seats, with solid magnesium seat frames that are lightweight and strong; and a sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel in a smaller, 14.1-inche diameter for performance driving. A sueded, microfiber-wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package richens the interior with a microfiber headliner, visors, A-pillar trim, trim above the windshield and rear window and around the quarter windows. The standard body-color carbon fiber panel can be replaced with a transparent removable panel or a Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with body-color surround. The Body Color Dual Roof Package includes both the transparent panel and the carbon-fiber panel, and the Carbon-Fiber Dual Roof Package pairs the Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with the transparent panel. Brake calipers in red or yellow give you options besides the standard dark gray metallic, too.

The standard rear axle ratio for all Corvette Stingray trims is 3.42:1. This delivers a great blend of performance and economy. Available for 1LT and 2LT trims is a long-legged 2.56:1 limited-slip rear end that pairs with the six-speed automatic transmission. Z51 models offer an available 2.73:1 ratio with the automatic.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette inspired AutoTrader writers to say, “You can certainly pay a lot more for rival sports cars, but it’s hard to imagine wanting more than what this revolutionary C7 ‘Vette provides.” See and drive the new Corvette for yourself, and be your own judge. Schedule your test drive today.

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Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu


The everyman sedan

 

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is the all-American midsize sedan that’s packed with features and style. The Malibu plays in a competitive field, but it’s a perfect package, with outstanding efficiency, plenty of performance and a roomy interior.

To cover all the bases, the Malibu (MSRP from $22,340) comes six ways. The Malibu LS carries a standard Ecotec® 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With direct injection, this engine is a strong motivator, delivering 196 hp and 191 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is partnered with the engine, sending power to the front wheels. New fuel-saving engine stop/start technology is also standard, as is a revised suspension that improves ride and handling. While offering excellent passenger room, the Malibu is also efficient, delivering EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. That kind of economy gets a lot of miles out of the standard 15.8 gallon fuel tank in the LS.

The Malibu LS also features 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome-highlighted front grille, solar-absorbing glass and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth®. The driver gets treated to convenience features, too. The driver’s seat features two-way power height adjustment, and the multifunction steering wheel carries audio and cruise controls. The reassurance and convenience of OnStar® is standard, and a six-month trial of Directions & Connections services is included.

The Malibu 1LT enhances the driving experience with the addition of Chevrolet MyLink. MyLink puts you in control of your technology. The system pairs with your device and offers Bluetooth® streaming for audio. A seven-inch color touch-screen is your window into control of vehicle functions and infotainment, and it offers easy integration with apps like Pandora® and Stitcher, plus USB connectivity and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Using MyLink is as easy as talking to a co-pilot with its enhanced voice control by Nuance®, and it can even read text messages to you and respond with predetermined messages, helping you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Other Malibu 1LT features include heated body-color exterior mirrors with integral turn signal repeaters, projector headlamps, and a larger, 18.5 gallon fuel tank for a highway range that stretches to 650 miles. Inside, the Malibu 1LT features carpeted floor mats, premium cloth upholstery and ambient lighting.

The Malibu 2LT heads upscale. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels and foglamps enhance the exterior, and inside, you’ll find an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A remote starter system is also standard.

While the 196-hp 2.5-liter ECOTEC® four-cylinder is plenty powerful, there’s a lot more muscle to be had beneath the hood of the Malibu 3LT. Featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, the Malibu 3LT hits the road with 259 hp and a whopping 295 lb/ft of torque.

If you want your Malibu to be a luxury car, then the LTZ is for you. The Malibu 1LTZ treats you to heated leather seats and exterior enhancements that include 18-inch machine-spoke aluminum wheels, LED taillamps and chrome door handles. Want to combine all the luxury with all the performance? That’s the Malibu 2LTZ, which underscores all the standard luxury features with the direct injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Malibu 2LTZ trims also get a sunroof as standard equipment, as well.

Whichever Malibu you pick, they’ll all deliver comfortable accommodations for up to five occupants. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, Brake Assist, safety belt pretensioners, and the peace of mind of OnStar. A Rear Vision Camera is also available on its own or as part of the Power Convenience Package. Other packages include the Electronics and Entertainment Package, which includes a Pioneer® nine-speaker premium audio system, 120-volt power outlet and universal remote. The LTZ Premium Package features high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, push-button access and keyless start with passive entry, and driver’s seat and power mirror memory. The Advanced Safety Package bundles Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Rear View Camera. So you’re never lost, the MyLink® system can be enhanced with navigation.

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is the solid bedrock of the midsize sedan segment. Every trim is well-equipped, and quality is outstanding. It’s a classic case of getting the most for your money, and that’s never a bad thing. Come in to see and drive the 2014 Chevy Malibu today.

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