2020 Infiniti Q60 vs. 2020 Nissan 370Z

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Safety

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The Q60 Red Sport 400’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 370Z doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q60 Luxe/Red Sport 400 has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 370Z doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 370Z doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q60 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 370Z doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Q60 Red Sport 400’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 370Z doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Q60 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 370Z only offers a rear monitor.

The Q60 (except Pure)’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 Q60 (except Pure)’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 Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Infiniti Connection, 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 Q60 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Q60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 370Z’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q60 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the 370Z. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 370Z ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Q60’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 370Z’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q60’s reliability 43 points higher than the 370Z.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 8 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

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The Q60 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 270) than the 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The Q60 3.0t’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 276) than the 370Z NISMO’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 50 more horsepower (400 vs. 350) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 276) than the 370Z NISMO’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q60 Red Sport 400 is faster than the Nissan 370Z (base engine) (automatics tested):

Q60

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q60 gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z:

MPG

Q60

RWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

20 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

370Z

RWD

Manual

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

Auto

3.7 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q60 2.0t’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 370Z doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q60 has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 370Z (20 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Drivetrain

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All wheel drive, available in the Q60, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Nissan 370Z is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Q60 stops shorter than the 370Z:

Q60

370Z

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q60 has larger standard tires than the 370Z (255/40R19 vs. 225/50R18). The Q60 Red Sport 400’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The Q60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 370Z’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The Q60 Red Sport 400’s 255/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q60 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 370Z. The Q60 Red Sport 400’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q60 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

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The Q60 offers an available 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 Q60’s wheelbase is 11.8 inches longer than on the 370Z (112.2 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

The Q60 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 370Z (25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

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The design of the Infiniti Q60 amounts to more than styling. The Q60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the 370Z (.3). A more efficient exterior helps the Q60 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Q60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Q60 has 33.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 370Z (85.4 vs. 51.6).

The Q60 has .2 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q60 has a much larger trunk than the 370Z (8.7 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Q60 easier. The Q60’s trunk lift-over height is 33.4 inches, while the 370Z’s liftover is 35.6 inches.

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q60 offers cargo security. The 370Z’s hatchback body style and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The Q60 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 46% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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The Q60 (except Pure) 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 370Z doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Q60 offers 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 Q60 (except Pure), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Q60’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 370Z’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Q60’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Q60 Red Sport 400 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 370Z doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q60 Red Sport 400 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Q60’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO.

When the Q60 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 Q60 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 Q60’s optional (except Pure) 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 Q60’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 370Z doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Q60 Red Sport 400 offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 370Z doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q60 outsold the Nissan 370Z by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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