Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2016 Nissan 370Z Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2016 Nissan 370Z

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The 370Z doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 370Z doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 370Z doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Mustang’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Nissan 370Z has a metal gas tank.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 370Z doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the 370Z 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 rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The 370Z doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the 370Z:



Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the 370Z NISMO Coupe (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

12.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

105 MPH

Top Speed

164 MPH

157 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z:



2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

22 city/31 hwy


3.7 V6/6-spd. Manual

17 city/28 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Manual


17 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Manual (Conv.)

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy


3.7 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Auto


18 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Auto (Conv.)

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The 370Z requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 370Z doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Mustang GT


370Z Sport/NISMO

Front Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the 370Z:



80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

214 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the 370Z (235/55R17 vs. 225/50R18). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (265/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 370Z Sport’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 370Z’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 370Z’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 370Z doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the 370Z (107.1 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 370Z.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the 370Z Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the 370Z Coupe (24.4 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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



At idle

43 dB

49 dB


82 dB

89 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 370Z can only carry 2.

The Mustang Fastback has 32.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 370Z Coupe (84.5 vs. 51.6). The Mustang Convertible has 28.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 370Z Roadster (80.8 vs. 52.3).

The Mustang Fastback has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room and 1.9 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room and 1.9 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z Roadster.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Coupe (13.5 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 370Z Roadster (11.4 vs. 4.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the 370Z’s liftover is 35.6 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Mustang has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 370Z doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 370Z doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 370Z does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 370Z’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Mustang Premium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The 370Z doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 370Z doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The 370Z doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mustang will cost $1480 less than the 370Z over a five-year period.

The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Mustang will retain 47.07% to 58.17% of its original price after five years, while the 370Z only retains 43.56% to 51.12%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $10382 to $10730 less than for the Nissan 370Z.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Kiplinger’s Award




A “Best Value in Class”

no award

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 370Z isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The 370Z has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The 370Z has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Nissan 370Z by almost seventeen to one during the 2015 model year.

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