MPG

370Z

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

NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Corvette

Manual

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/25 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/25 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan 370Z higher (3 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Corvette (1). This means the 370Z produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corvette every 15,000 miles.

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 Corvette; 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.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the 370Z uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

The 370Z is 9.4 inches shorter than the Corvette, 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 Corvette doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the Corvette ZR1 Coupe:

370Z

Corvette

At idle

48 dB

57 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

99 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The 370Z has .3 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front hip room than the Corvette.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 370Z easier. The 370Z’s trunk lift-over height is 35.6 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 41.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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 Corvette’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 Corvette can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

The 370Z’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 370Z owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 370Z with a number “3” insurance rate while the Corvette is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Corvette because it costs $697 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the Corvette, including $830 less for a muffler, $177 less for front brake pads, $177 less for fuel injection, $150 less for a fuel pump, $564 less for a timing belt/chain and $295 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan 370Z will be $14686 to $16895 less than for the Chevrolet Corvette.

Recommendations

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

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