Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Dodge Viper Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

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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 Viper doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

The Corvette has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Viper doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Corvette and the Viper have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Viper’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Viper.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 5 more horsepower (650 vs. 645) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 600) than the Viper’s 8.4 V10.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Viper (17 city/29 hwy vs. 12 city/21 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The Viper 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 Viper requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Viper (18.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Corvette Z06’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Viper:

Corvette Z06

Viper

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

14 inches

The Corvette Z06 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Viper doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the Viper:

Corvette

Viper

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

118 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Corvette Z06’s 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 25 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Viper’s 30 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette offers optional 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. The Viper’s largest wheels are only 18-inches in the front and 19-inches in the rear.

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 Viper doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Viper doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Viper (106.7 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.08 G’s, while the Viper GTS Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Viper’s (37.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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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 Viper (.369). 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 Viper GTS Coupe:

Corvette

Viper

At idle

55 dB

62 dB

Full-Throttle

91 dB

91 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Corvette has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Viper.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a larger trunk than the Viper Coupe (15 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette Auto offers a 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 Viper 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 Viper 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 Viper doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Viper doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Viper’s Keyless Enter-N-Go doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The Viper doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Viper’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The Corvette’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Viper doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 Viper’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Viper has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Viper.

The Corvette’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Viper doesn’t offer air conditioned front 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 Viper doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $4760 to $7730 less than the Viper over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 50.94% to 52.8% of its original price after five years, while the Viper only retains 49.54% to 50.79%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $44803 to $56610 less than for the Dodge Viper.

Recommendations Comparison

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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 Viper isn’t in the top three.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The Viper has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 10 years. The Viper has never been an “All Star.”

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

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Dodge Viper by almost fifty to one during the 2014 model year.

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