2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Camaro doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the Camaro 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 370Z’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).


For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 370Z have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

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 17 points higher than the Camaro.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.


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


Camaro turbo 4 cyl.

Camaro V6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.5 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.2 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.8 MPH

95.9 MPH

101.7 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 370Z Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro Manual V6 (17 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The 370Z’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The 370Z stops much shorter than the Camaro:



80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

The 370Z has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 370Z executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 5.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (32.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (34.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).


The 370Z is 1 foot, 8.8 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 370Z has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO/50th Anniversary Edition uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camaro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:



At idle

48 dB

55 dB


82 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB


The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’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 Camaro can only operate 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 Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $670 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the Camaro, including $312 less for a muffler, $141 less for front brake pads, $34 less for fuel injection and $125 less for a fuel pump.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Camaro isn't recommended.

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