2019 Nissan 370Z vs. 2019 Mercedes SLC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 370Z and the SLC 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 SLC. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the SLC 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.

Engine

The 370Z has more powerful engines than the SLC:

 

Horsepower

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

SLC 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the SLC’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The 370Z offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The SLC doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The 370Z’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the SLC 300 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 370Z NISMO Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SLC (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:235/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the SLC 300. The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the SLC.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 370Z’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the SLC (100.4 inches vs. 95.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the SLC’s (32.8 feet vs. 34.5 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the SLC’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.5 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .3 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the SLC (.33 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

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 SLC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The 370Z has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the SLC (51.6 vs. 48.8).

The 370Z has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the SLC.

Ergonomics

The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the SLC’s power windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 370Z has standard extendable sun visors. The SLC doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the 370Z Touring Roadster/Sport Touring Roadster keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The SLC doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Nissan 370Z comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Mercedes SLC isn’t available as a coupe.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan 370Z will be $831 to $11870 less than for the Mercedes SLC.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan 370Z outsold the Mercedes SLC by 74% during 2018.

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