The Corvette has standard tall side airbags that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The DB9 doesn't offer 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 DB9 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 DB9 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 2 years longer than Aston Martin covers the DB9. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the DB9 ends after only 3 years.
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. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the DB9.
There are over 351 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.
The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 457) than the DB9’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 110 more horsepower (650 vs. 540) and 193 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 457) than the DB9’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Z06 Auto S.C. V8 gets better highway fuel mileage than the DB9 GT (13 city/23 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The DB9 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 DB9 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The DB9 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the DB9 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:295/30R20).
The Corvette Z06’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 DB9’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 DB9 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Corvette has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The DB9’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the DB9 Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Corvette Z06 Coupe goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 6.9 MPH faster than the DB9 Coupe (53.7 vs. 46.8 MPH).
For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the DB9’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet).
The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Aston Martin DB9.
The Corvette is 8.9 inches shorter than the DB9, 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 DB9 (.35). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.
The Corvette has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the DB9.
The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the DB9 Coupe (15 vs. 6.6 cubic feet).
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 DB9 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The DB9 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
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 DB9 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
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 DB9’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 DB9 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
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 DB9 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 DB9 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The DB9 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
With standard voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The DB9 doesn’t offer a voice control system.
The Chevrolet Corvette has won recognition from these important consumer publications:
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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette first among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The DB9 isn’t in the top three.
Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The DB9 is not ranked.
The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 18 years. The DB9 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 11 years. The DB9 has never been an “All Star.”
The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The DB9 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 DB9 has never been chosen.