2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Nissan 370Z

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Camaro (except LS) offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The 370Z doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Camaro’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 370Z doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 370Z doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Camaro 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 370Z 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 Camaro and the 370Z 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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 370Z’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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

Reliability

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 370Z’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the 370Z:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the 370Z NISMO Coupe (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro V6

Camaro LT1/SS

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

4 sec

5.2 sec

As tested in Road and Track the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Nissan 370Z (base engine) (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124 MPH

103.6 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the Nissan 370Z (base engine) (automatics tested):

Camaro

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 370Z doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The 370Z requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro 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 370Z doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the 370Z.

The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 370Z doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 370Z:

Camaro ZL1

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the 370Z:

Camaro

370Z

80 to 0 MPH

192 feet

217 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

123 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

119 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the 370Z (245/50R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 370Z’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 370Z doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 370Z doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 370Z’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 10.3 inches longer than on the 370Z (110.7 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.3 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 370Z.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the 370Z Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the 370Z Touring Roadster pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the 370Z Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

The Camaro SS Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 370Z Touring Roadster (24.3 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 24.8 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Camaro has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 370Z can only carry 2.

The Camaro Coupe has 41.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 370Z (93 vs. 51.6).

The Camaro Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Coupe (9.1 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Camaro Convertible has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Roadster (7.3 vs. 4.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 370Z uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The Camaro has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The 370Z doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard 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 370Z doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Camaro has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 370Z doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system 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 370Z doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’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 370Z does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro 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 370Z doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 370Z has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

When the Camaro 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 370Z’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro 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 370Z has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The 370Z doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Camaro’s optional 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 370Z doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the 370Z is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The Camaro will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camaro will retain 45.92% to 53.69% of its original price after five years, while the 370Z only retains 19.47% to 45.22%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the 370Z because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the 370Z, including $223 less for a water pump, $148 less for a starter, $286 less for front struts, $46 less for a timing belt/chain and $392 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 370Z isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The 370Z has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 370Z has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The 370Z has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Nissan 370Z by almost 15 to one during 2018.

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