Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Maserati GranTurismo

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati GranTurismo are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Corvette doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GranTurismo and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Maserati GranTurismo weighs 783 to 848 pounds more than the Chevrolet Corvette. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The GranTurismo comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GranTurismo has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corvette (22.7 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

GranTurismo

Corvette

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The GranTurismo stops shorter than the Corvette:

GranTurismo

Corvette

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

104 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the GranTurismo has larger tires than the Corvette (F:255/35R20 & R:295/35R20 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19).

The GranTurismo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corvette’s standard 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GranTurismo has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels are standard on the Corvette. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the GranTurismo 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GranTurismo’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Corvette (115.8 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The GranTurismo has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Corvette can only carry 2.

The GranTurismo has 34 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette (86 vs. 52).

Ergonomics Comparison

The GranTurismo’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Corvette.

The GranTurismo’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The GranTurismo has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corvette doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GranTurismo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Corvette doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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