2019 Nissan 370Z vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 370Z has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the AMG C 63 Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG C 63 Cabriolet. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 3 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (19 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

The 370Z Coupe has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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