Compare 2009 BMW Z4 vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2009 Nissan 370Z

2009 BMW Z4
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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2009 Nissan 370Z
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2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive30i 19 28 $42,090 $45,750
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 18 25 $47,520 $51,650
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2-Door Roadster 3.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster 3.0L 17 26 $42,734 $45,950
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster 3.5L 18 26 $47,384 $50,950
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 22 $61,101 $65,700
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic 18 26 $29,259 $31,230
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 18 26 $33,122 $35,760
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $28,043 $29,930
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $36,551 $39,130
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $31,919 $34,460
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,090
$42,734
$29,259
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,750
$45,950
$31,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$763 / month
$766 / month
$521 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 BMW Z4 isn't a lightweight, basic roadster anymore, but it's a comfortable and exhilarating touring sports car that leaves a lot of flexibility. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines the romance of a small roadster with grand-touring comfort, as well as the poise and performance of a larger sportscar. The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seater 2 Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.6 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 49.0 51.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.9 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 52.2 54.4
Passenger Capacity
2 2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 61.0 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 95.7 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 70.4 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 60.1 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
166.9 161.5 167.2
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 51.1 51.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.0 9.8 (6.5 w/top down) 6.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x 0.4 13.0 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 18.5 19
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.5 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.16 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 34.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.4 - TBD - 13.5
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17 225/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P245/40R17 245/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3241 3208 3278
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.2 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
147 90 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
- TBD - SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
220 @ 2600 221 @ 2500 - 5000 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182.8 3.0L/183 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 6600 228 @ 6100 332 @ 7000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 17 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.27 3.27 3.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.25 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.84 0.86
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 4.46 4.92
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.72 2.04
Trans Type
6 6 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 4.06 3.97
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.01 2.61 3.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 0.77
Summary
Body Style
2 Dr Conv 2 Door Roadster 2 door coupe
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Nissan 370Z
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-arm Multi-Link Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- TBD - Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA 3-Link Double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5 5

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