Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan 370Z VS 2017 Ford Mustang Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan 370Z

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2017 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 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Ford Mustang (automatics tested):

 

370Z

Mustang V6

Mustang ECOBoost

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

102 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The 370Z has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 370Z has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Mustang are solid, not vented.

The 370Z stops much shorter than the Mustang:

 

370Z

Mustang

 

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

218 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the 370Z has larger standard rear tires than the Mustang (245/45R18 vs. 235/55R17). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Mustang (285/35R19 vs. 265/35R20).

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’s standard 55 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 370Z NISMO Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the Mustang V6 Fastback 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 Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Mustang w/17” wheels’ (32.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Mustang Performance Package’s (34.1 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 8.8 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the 370Z has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Mustang uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

 

370Z

Mustang

At idle

48 dB

50 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

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 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 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 Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 Mustang is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the 370Z than the Mustang, including $127 less for a timing belt/chain.

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