Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan 370Z VS 2017 Dodge Challenger Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan 370Z

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2017 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

Both the 370Z and the Challenger 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.

Warranty Comparison

The 370Z’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 370Z have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 13 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

 

370Z

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

95 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The 370Z’s brakes have 15% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger with its standard brakes (603 vs. 523 square inches), so the 370Z has more braking power available.

The 370Z’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.

The 370Z stops much shorter than the Challenger:

 

370Z

Challenger

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the 370Z has larger standard rear tires than the Challenger (245/45R18 vs. 235/55R18). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Challenger (285/35R19 vs. 275/40R20).

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 Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires. The 370Z Sport’s 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Challenger SRT’s 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 370Z NISMO Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the Challenger SXT 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 quicker than the Challenger Scat Pack (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .81 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Challenger SXT/R/T’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Challenger Scat Pack’s (34.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 950 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The 370Z is 2 feet, 6 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .3 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Challenger (.337 to .383). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 370Z has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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

 

370Z

Challenger

At idle

48 dB

59 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The 370Z has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

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

The 370Z’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Challenger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the Challenger, including $372 less for an alternator and $46 less for front brake pads.

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