Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Nissan 370Z VS 2015 Alfa Romeo Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Nissan 370Z

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2015 Alfa Romeo

Safety Comparison

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The 370Z has standard head airbag curtains which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The 4C doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

Both the 370Z and the 4C have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Nissan 370Z weighs 672 to 910 pounds more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 370Z second among compact premium sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The 4C isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 95 more horsepower (332 vs. 237) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 113 more horsepower (350 vs. 237) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (276 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The 370Z has 8.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4C (19 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 370Z’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4C:

370Z

370Z

4C

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 370Z has larger standard tires than the 4C (F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18 vs. F:205/45R17 & R:235/40R18). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4C (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:205/45R17 & R:235/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch front wheels are standard on the 4C. The 370Z’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels optional on the 4C.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 370Z has standard power steering to make quick and controllable low speed maneuvers easy. The 4C doesn’t offer power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 370Z’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the 4C (100.4 inches vs. 93.7 inches).

The 370Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the 4C’s (40% to 60%). This gives the 370Z more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

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The 370Z is 9.7 inches narrower than the 4C, making the 370Z easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 370Z Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 4C (6.9 vs. 3.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 370Z. The 4C doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Alfa Romeo does not offer a locking feature on the 4C’s standard power windows.

The 370Z’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 370Z’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The 4C’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 4C doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The 4C’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The 370Z’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 370Z Touring has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 4C.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the 370Z has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 4C doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the 370Z Touring. The 370Z’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The 4C doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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