Ancira Nissan Compares 2012 Nissan 370Z VS 2013 Subaru BRZ Near San Antonio, TX

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2012 Nissan 370Z

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2013 Subaru BRZ

Safety Comparison

The 370Z Touring offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The BRZ doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 83 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the 370Z’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The BRZ’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the BRZ’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 BRZ’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 150 more horsepower (350 vs. 200) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (276 vs. 151) than the BRZ’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Subaru BRZ (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.9 sec

10.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

16.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.4 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.7 MPH

95.5 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the 370Z’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the BRZ:


370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

5200 RPM

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

5200 RPM

BRZ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

6400 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The 370Z has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the BRZ (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 BRZ:




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 BRZ:



80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

233 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The 370Z’s optional 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 BRZ’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 BRZ. The 370Z offers optional 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 BRZ.

The 370Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the BRZ’s (55.2% to 44.8%). This gives the 370Z more stable handling and braking.

The 370Z Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the BRZ Limited pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 370Z Touring Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4 MPH faster than the BRZ Premium (72 vs. 68 MPH).

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the BRZ Limited (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.2 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z w/18" wheels’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (32.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The 370Z w/19" wheels’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the 370Z Coupe is quieter than the BRZ Premium (49 vs. 50 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

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

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 BRZ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The BRZ doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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

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