2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GT and the Corvette 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

The GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

The GT’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the GT has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 192 more horsepower (647 vs. 455) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 460) than the Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 187 more horsepower (647 vs. 460) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 465) than the Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8.

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

 

GT

Corvette

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

134 MPH

131 MPH

Top Speed

216 MPH

212 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford GT higher (3 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Corvette (1). This means the GT produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corvette every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Ford GT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corvette.

The GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Corvette doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corvette:

 

GT

Corvette

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

The GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Corvette doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops shorter than the Corvette:

 

GT

Corvette

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

149 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the Corvette (325/30R20 vs. 285/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the Corvette.

Suspension and Handling

The front suspension of the GT uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Corvette doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corvette.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the Corvette Stingray Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Corvette Stingray Coupe (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.9 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

Chassis

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Corvette doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the GT’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Corvette can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GT’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Corvette hasn’t been picked since 2009.

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