2019 Nissan 370Z vs. 2019 Subaru BRZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 370Z and the BRZ 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.

The Nissan 370Z weighs 493 to 736 pounds more than the Subaru BRZ. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 132 more horsepower (332 vs. 200) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 151) than the BRZ’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 370Z’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 127 more horsepower (332 vs. 205) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 156) than the BRZ’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 145 more horsepower (350 vs. 205) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (276 vs. 156) than the BRZ’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Subaru BRZ 2.0 (manual transmissions tested):

 

370Z

BRZ

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.6 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

92.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the BRZ (19 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic is available on the Nissan 370Z, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the BRZ.

The Nissan 370Z Sport/NISMO manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The BRZ doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z’s brake rotors are larger than those on the BRZ:

 

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

BRZ

BRZ Performance Package

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the BRZ:

 

370Z

BRZ

 

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

233 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 370Z has larger standard tires than the BRZ (F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18 vs. 215/45R17). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the BRZ (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. 215/45R17).

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring’s 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the BRZ’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the BRZ. The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring has standard 19-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the 370Z is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the BRZ.

The 370Z Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the BRZ Limited pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 370Z Sport Touring Coupe goes through Road and Track’s slalom 4 MPH faster than the BRZ Premium (72 vs. 68 MPH).

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the BRZ Limited (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (32.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the 370Z has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The BRZ uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 BRZ doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Road and Track while at idle, the interior of the 370Z Coupe is quieter than the BRZ Premium (49 vs. 50 dB).

Passenger Space

The 370Z has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.5 inches more front hip room than the BRZ.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 370Z. The BRZ doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the 370Z to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and tire rotation based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Subaru doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the BRZ.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the 370Z the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the BRZ can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 370Z’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the BRZ’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The 370Z has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The BRZ doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

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