Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan 370Z VS 2014 Ford Mustang Near Dublin, GA

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2014 Nissan 370Z

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2014 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

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.

The Nissan 370Z (except NISMO) has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mustang doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the 370Z and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the 370Z’s reliability will be 41% better than the Ford Mustang V8 and 45% better than the Ford Mustang V6.

Engine Comparison

The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 27 more horsepower (332 vs. 305) than the Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Ford Mustang V6 (manual transmissions tested):

370Z

Mustang

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.6 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

98.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The 370Z has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang (19 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 370Z’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

370Z

Mustang

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 370Z has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Mustang doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The 370Z stops much shorter than the Mustang:

370Z

Mustang

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

127 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 370Z has larger standard tires than the Mustang (F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18 vs. 215/65R17).

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 V6 Auto’s standard 65 series tires. The 370Z’s optional 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Mustang’s optional 40 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 V6 Auto.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan 370Z has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Mustang has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The 370Z Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the Mustang V6 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 370Z Touring Roadster handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Mustang V6 Convertible pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 370Z Touring Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.8 MPH faster than the Mustang V6 Coupe (72 vs. 69.2 MPH).

The 370Z Coupe performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 10.6 MPH faster than the Mustang V6 Coupe (67.1 vs. 56.5 MPH).

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Mustang V6 Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

The 370Z Touring Roadster executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Mustang V6 Convertible (24.8 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z w/18" wheels’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (32.8 feet vs. 33.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 9.3 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the 370Z Coupe is quieter than the Mustang GT Coupe (49 vs. 52 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The 370Z Coupe has .5 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front hip room than the Mustang Coupe.

The 370Z Roadster has .5 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front hip room than the Mustang Convertible.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 down on the 370Z the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Mustang can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the 370Z allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford Mustang doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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.

The 370Z has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Mustang only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The 370Z’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford charges extra for heated mirrors on the Mustang.

The 370Z Touring Roadster’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Mustang doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The 370Z will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the 370Z will retain 47.25% to 57.18% of its original price after five years, while the Mustang only retains 41.3% to 49.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because it costs $581 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the 370Z than the Mustang, including $162 less for a timing belt/chain.

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