2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2020 Nissan 370Z

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Safety

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Compared to metal, the 86’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Nissan 370Z has a metal gas tank.

Both the 86 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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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 370Z.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.

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 86’s reliability 31 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The 370Z doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 86 gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z:

86

370Z

2.0 4 cyl. (205 HP)/6-spd. Manual

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Manual

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Manual

2.0 4 cyl. (200 HP)/6-spd. Auto

24 city/32 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

Transmission

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A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Toyota 86 with manual transmission from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The 370Z doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 86 stops shorter than the 370Z:

86

370Z

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

217 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

123 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

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The 86’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 370Z’s standard 50 series front tires.

Chassis

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The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Nissan 370Z.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the 370Z:

86

370Z

At idle

41 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

89 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

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The 86 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 370Z can only carry 2.

The 86 has 24.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 370Z (76.5 vs. 51.6).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 86 easier. The 86’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the 370Z’s liftover is 35.6 inches.

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the 86 has 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.

The 86 GT/Hakone’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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 86 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 86 with a number “1” insurance rate while the 370Z is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The 86 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 86 will retain 49.21% to 50.41% of its original price after five years, while the 370Z only retains 40.39% to 47.23%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the 370Z because typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the 370Z, including $270 less for a water pump, $213 less for front struts, $59 less for a timing belt/chain and $111 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 86 will be $2894 to $18014 less than for the Nissan 370Z.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The 370Z has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The 370Z has never been an “All Star.”

The Toyota 86 outsold the Nissan 370Z by 31% during the 2019 model year.

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