Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Nissan 370Z Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Nissan 370Z

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Corvette’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 Corvette has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 Corvette 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Chevrolet Corvette has a better fatality history. The Corvette was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 74% lower per vehicle registered than the 370Z, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the 370Z. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 370Z ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 370Z’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 370Z.

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

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Corvette is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Corvette’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 370Z’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the 370Z:

Horsepower

Torque

Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 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 Motor Trend the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the Nissan 370Z (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette S.C. V8

Corvette V8

370Z

370Z NISMO Coupe

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

n/a

1.8 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

3.7 sec

4.9 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

n/a

8.2 sec

n/a

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

n/a

12.8 sec

n/a

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.8 sec

n/a

2.4 sec

2.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

12 sec

13.6 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.3 MPH

118.4 MPH

102.9 MPH

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Corvette

370Z

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/7-spd Manual

17 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Manual

n/a

17 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Manual

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/8-spd Auto

16 city/29 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Auto

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6 (332 HP)/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The 370Z doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

The Corvette 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 Corvette Z06’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 370Z:

Corvette Z06

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The Corvette Z06 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 370Z doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the 370Z:

Corvette

370Z

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

214 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette has larger standard tires than the 370Z (F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:225/50R18 & R:245/45R18). The Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The Corvette’s standard 245/40R18 front and 285/35R19 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 370Z’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the 370Z Sport’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 370Z. The Corvette’s optional 20-inch rear wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the 370Z Sport.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 370Z doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Corvette 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 Corvette offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 370Z’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the 370Z (106.7 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 2.1 inches wider in the front than the average track on the 370Z.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the 370Z’s (54% to 46%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.11 G’s, while the 370Z Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Stingray Convertible handles at 1.00 G’s, while the 370Z Touring Roadster pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the 370Z Coupe (23.7 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the 370Z (.3 to .34). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the 370Z Coupe (69 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has .1 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the 370Z Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Coupe (15 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 370Z Roadster (10 vs. 4.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette Auto offers a 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 370Z doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Corvette has a power 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 two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The 370Z doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Corvette’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 Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 370Z doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the 370Z Touring/Sport/NISMO.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The 370Z’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 370Z offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Corvette’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.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations 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.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium 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 Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The 370Z has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 10 years. The 370Z has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The 370Z has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The 370Z has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Nissan 370Z by almost five to one during the 2014 model year.

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