Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan 370Z VS 2017 Toyota 86 Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan 370Z

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2017 Toyota 86

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 86 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the 86 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 available rearview cameras.

The Nissan 370Z weighs 477 to 729 pounds more than the Toyota 86. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Engine Comparison

The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 132 more horsepower (332 vs. 200) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 151) than the 86’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 370Z’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 127 more horsepower (332 vs. 205) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 156) than the 86’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 145 more horsepower (350 vs. 205) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (276 vs. 156) than the 86’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Toyota 86 2.0 (manual transmissions tested):

 

370Z

86

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.8 sec

17.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The 370Z has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 86 (19 vs. 13.2 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 86:

 

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

86

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.4 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the 86:

 

370Z

86

 

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

211 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 370Z has larger standard tires than the 86 (F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18 vs. 215/45R17). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. 215/45R17).

The 370Z Sport’s 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 86’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the 86. The 370Z Sport has standard 19-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the 370Z is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 86.

The 370Z NISMO Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the 86 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the 86 (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the 86’s (32.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 86’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The 370Z Touring/Sport/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 86 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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

 

370Z

86

Full-Throttle

82 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The 370Z has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.5 inches more front hip room than the 86.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 370Z. The 86 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 86 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 Toyota 86 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 86 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z Touring/Sport/NISMO’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The 86 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The 370Z’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 86 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Standard air conditioned seats in the 370Z Touring Roadster keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 86 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The 370Z’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 86 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the 370Z has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 86 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the 86 because it costs $378 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the 86, including $14 less for an alternator, $10 less for front brake pads, $135 less for a starter, $217 less for fuel injection and $167 less for a fuel pump.

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