2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 Ford GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corvette has standard front seat tall, head-protecting side-impact airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The GT doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

Both the Corvette and the GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 2 years longer than Ford covers the GT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GT ends after only 3 years.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GT’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Corvette. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GT.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 3 more horsepower (650 vs. 647) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 550) than the GT’s 3.5 turbo V6. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 108 more horsepower (755 vs. 647) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 550) than the GT’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Road and Track the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the Ford GT (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

GT

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the GT:

 

 

 

MPG

Corvette

 

Manual

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/25 hwy

 

 

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

15 city/22 hwy

 

 

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/19 hwy

 

Auto

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/25 hwy

 

 

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/23 hwy

 

 

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

12 city/20 hwy

GT

 

Auto

3.5 turbo V6

11 city/18 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’s fuel efficiency. The GT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT (18.5 vs. 15.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Corvette, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Corvette stops much shorter than the GT:

 

Corvette

GT

 

80 to 0 MPH

167 feet

190 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

145 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

113 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:325/30R20).

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT’s 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The GT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the GT’s (40.7% to 59.3%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the GT pulls only 1.11 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GT (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the GT’s (37.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

The Corvette is 10.6 inches shorter than the GT, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GT (.35). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the GT:

 

Corvette

GT

At idle

52 dB

63 dB

Full-Throttle

89 dB

100 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

85 dB

Passenger Space

The Corvette has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GT (52 vs. 43).

The Corvette has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 8.6 inches more front hip room and 6.5 inches more front shoulder room than the GT.

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT (15 vs. .4 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Corvette. The GT doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Corvette uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GT uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

An Oil Life Monitoring is standard on the Corvette to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the GT.

Ergonomics

The Corvette Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The GT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The GT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Corvette offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the GT.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GT doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Corvette’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The GT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Corvette comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Ford GT isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GT isn’t in the top three.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The GT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The GT has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The GT has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Ford GT by over 149 to one during 2018.

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