2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2020 Toyota Supra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan 370Z have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Supra doesn’t offer pretensioners.

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 Supra doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The 370Z NISMO’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (350 vs. 335) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Supra (19 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The 370Z offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Supra doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z Sport/NISMO’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Supra:

370Z Sport/NISMO

Supra

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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 Supra; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 370Z’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Supra (100.4 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Supra’s (32.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Supra’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

The 370Z is 5 inches shorter than the Supra, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Supra doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the Supra 3.0 Premium (82 vs. 85 dB).

Passenger Space

The 370Z has .7 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front hip room than the Supra.

Ergonomics

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 370Z has standard extendable sun visors. The Supra doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Supra’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The 370Z Sport Touring/NISMO’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Supra’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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

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