2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Nissan 370Z

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type has standard Autonomous 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.

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

The F-Type’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 370Z doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Type’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 F-Type’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 F-Type’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 370Z doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 F-Type 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

The F-Type comes with a full 5-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 370Z.

Reliability

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

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the 370Z:

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 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 F-Type P380 is faster than the 370Z NISMO Coupe (manual transmissions tested):

F-Type

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

12.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

13.7 sec

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the Nissan 370Z (base engine) (automatics tested):

F-Type

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z Coupe:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

370Z Coupe

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

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z Roadster:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

370Z Roadster

RWD

Auto

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/25 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’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.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Jaguar F-Type comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 370Z.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the 370Z.

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, 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.

The F-Type’s 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 F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 370Z:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 370Z doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the 370Z:

F-Type

370Z

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

217 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

123 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the 370Z (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18). The F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The F-Type’s standard 245/45R18 front and 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 370Z’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 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 F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 370Z’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type 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.

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 370Z doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the 370Z (103.2 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 370Z.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the 370Z Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type R 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 F-Type SVR Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the 370Z Coupe (24 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

The F-Type R Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 370Z Touring Roadster (24 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 24.8 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the 370Z Coupe:

F-Type

370Z

At idle

47 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

89 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The F-Type has .1 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Coupe (14.4 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the F-Type easier. The F-Type’s trunk lift-over height is 33.3 inches, while the 370Z’s liftover is 35.6 inches.

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The 370Z’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The 370Z doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

The F-Type 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.

Ergonomics

The F-Type 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 F-Type 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 three different drivers share the F-Type, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 370Z doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-Type’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.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 370Z’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 370Z doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

The F-Type’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 F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The 370Z’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type 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 F-Type’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 F-Type’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.

The F-Type R-Dynamic/R/SVR’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The 370Z doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The 370Z has never been an “All Star.”

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