2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2019 Ford Mustang

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 370Z has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mustang doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Reliability

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 370Z’s reliability 25 points higher than the Mustang.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 370Z has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang GT’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The 370Z stops shorter than the Mustang:

370Z

Mustang

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the 370Z has larger standard rear tires than the Mustang (245/45R18 vs. 235/55R17).

The 370Z’s standard 225/50R18 front and 245/45R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series front and 45 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang.

Suspension and Handling

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (32.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 7.6 feet tighter than the Mustang GT Fastback Performance Pack 2’s (34.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 9 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the Mustang GT Fastback:

370Z

Mustang

Full-Throttle

82 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

Ergonomics

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

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 Mustang can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 370Z has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because it costs $14 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the Mustang, including $358 less for a muffler, $45 less for front brake pads, $79 less for a timing belt/chain and $357 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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