Compare 2011 Mazda RX-8 vs 2011 Nissan 370Z

2011 Mazda RX-8
2011 Nissan 370Z
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4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport 16 23 $24,819 $26,795
4-Door Coupe Manual Sport 16 22 $24,819 $26,795
4-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 16 22 $29,878 $32,260
4-Door Coupe Manual R3 16 22 $29,904 $32,290
4-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 16 23 $30,526 $32,960
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $29,464 $31,450
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $30,680 $32,750
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $33,483 $36,150
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $34,684 $37,450
2-Door Roadster Manual 18 25 $35,378 $38,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $36,581 $39,500
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,139 $40,830
2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $39,077 $42,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $40,280 $43,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,819
$29,464
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,795
$31,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$524 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2011 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.0 51.6
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42.9
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
175.6 167.2
Height, Overall (in)
52.8 51.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 100.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.6 6.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 19
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.99 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.4 34.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 13.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 245/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 225/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3111 3232
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 9.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.4 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 150
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5500 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA VQ37VHR
Displacement
1.3L/80 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
212 @ 7500 332 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas Rotary Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.30 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.62
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.32
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mazda RX-8 Nissan 370Z
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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