Compare 2009 Chevrolet Corvette vs 2010 Ford Mustang vs 2009 Nissan 370Z

2009 Chevrolet Corvette
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2010 Ford Mustang
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2009 Nissan 370Z
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2-Door Conv w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/1LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/2LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/3LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Conv w/4LT 16 26 $48,164 $53,220
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/1LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/2LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe Z06 w/3LZ 15 24 $66,902 $73,925
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/1ZR 14 20 $96,692 $103,970
Corvette 2-Door Coupe ZR1 w/3ZR 14 20 $96,692 $103,970
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/1LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/2LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/3LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
Corvette 2-Door Coupe w/4LT 16 26 $43,951 $48,565
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2-Door Conv GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
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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
$48,164
$30,706
$29,259
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,220
$33,395
$31,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$887 / month
$557 / month
$521 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
While the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette provides plenty of impressive performance to dream and/or brag about, this car is not a one-trick pony. If ever there were a practical sportscar, this is it. Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe. 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
16 mpg 16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.6 53.4 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
52 81.0 51.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 38.8 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.3 54.4
Passenger Capacity
2 4 2
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.4 42.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- 45.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
- 36.5 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 45.0 -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 29.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 62.0 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 - TBD - 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
174.6 188.2 167.2
Height, Overall (in)
49.1 56.1 51.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 62.6 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 107.1 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.6 80.1 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 9.6 6.9
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr 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)
12.8 x 1.26 12.4 x 1.18 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 x 1.0 11.8 x 0.75 13.0 x 0.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 16 19
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Speed Sensitive Pwr Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 34.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.7 13.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 37.7 32.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P285/35ZR19 P235/50WR18 245/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P235/50WR18 225/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3222 3651 3278
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 10.0 18 x 8 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.2 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
424 @ 4600 325 @ 4250 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
LS3 99H NA
Displacement
6.2L/378.3 4.6L/281 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
430 @ 5900 315 @ 6000 332 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.50 NA 0.86
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.66 3.38 4.92
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.32 2.04
Trans Type
6 5 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.62 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 3.38 3.97
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.78 2.00 3.19
Trans Order Code
MN6 44F NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.55 3.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 0.77
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Corvette Ford Mustang Nissan 370Z
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible 2 door coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spr NA Double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.34 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Short/Long Arm 3-link solid axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spr w/Panhard rod Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 9.8 -

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