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2012 Nissan 370Z
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $30,241 $32,280
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $31,457 $33,580
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $34,250 $36,980
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $35,452 $38,280
2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $37,506 $40,500
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,916 $41,660
2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $40,002 $43,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $41,205 $44,500
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2-Door Coupe V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 19 29 $21,245 $22,310
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 19 29 $24,399 $26,310
2-Door Convertible V6 19 29 $25,845 $27,310
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $27,459 $29,710
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 19 29 $28,899 $31,310
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 17 26 $31,059 $33,710
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $31,959 $34,710
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 17 26 $35,559 $38,710
2-Door Coupe Boss 302 17 26 $36,999 $40,310
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 15 23 $44,161 $48,810
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 15 23 $48,611 $53,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,241
$21,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,280
$22,310
Monthly Payment Estimate
$538 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars. The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 42.4
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
51.6 83.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 51.6
Second Leg Room (in)
- 29.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- 46.8
Second Head Room (in)
- 34.7
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.6 73.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.84 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
167.2 188.1
Height, Overall (in)
51.8 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
35.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
6.9 13.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.6 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 12.4 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 16.0
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
34.7 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.5 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 33.4
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
245/45WR18 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/50WR18 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D17 NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3245 3453
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 5200 280 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
VQ37VHR 99M
Displacement
3.7L/- TBD - 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
332 @ 7000 305 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 29
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.32 2.53
Trans Order Code
NA 44X
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.69 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 4.23
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Nissan 370Z Ford Mustang
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 3-Link Solid Axle
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.3
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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