Compare 2009 Dodge Challenger vs 2008 Nissan 350Z

2009 Dodge Challenger
2008 Nissan 350Z
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2-Door Coupe R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T 16 25 $28,170 $30,220
Challenger 2-Door Coupe SE 17 25 $20,890 $22,220
Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT8 13 19 $37,270 $40,220
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2-Door Coupe Automatic Enthusiast
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
350Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Enthusiast 17 24 $28,914 $31,210
350Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Grand Touring 17 24 $34,559 $37,740
350Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 17 24 $31,345 $33,840
350Z 2-Door Coupe Manual 18 25 $26,714 $28,510
350Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Enthusiast 18 25 $27,989 $30,210
350Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Grand Touring 18 25 $33,644 $36,740
350Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Nismo 18 25 $35,822 $38,680
350Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 25 $30,884 $33,340
350Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic Enthusiast 17 23 $34,528 $37,280
350Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic Grand Touring 17 23 $38,874 $41,980
350Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 17 23 $36,701 $39,630
350Z 2-Door Roadster Manual Enthusiast 17 24 $33,603 $36,280
350Z 2-Door Roadster Manual Grand Touring 17 24 $37,949 $40,980
350Z 2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 17 24 $35,777 $38,630

Pricing

Invoice Price

$28,170
$28,914

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$30,220
$31,210

Monthly Payment Estimate

$504 / month
$520 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
8.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

Let the burnouts begin! The Ford Mustang finally has another domestic competitor. The 2008 Nissan 350Z returns to its roots, with amazing V-6 power and rear-drive handling.

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Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 17 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize sedan Subcompact

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

54.6 53.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

91.5 50.5

Second Leg Room (in)

32.6 -

Front Head Room (in)

39.3 38.2

Second Hip Room (in)

48.6 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 53.6

Passenger Capacity

5 2

Second Head Room (in)

37.4 -

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.9 -

Front Leg Room (in)

42.0 42.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.1 60.6

Wheelbase (in)

116.0 104.3

Liftover Height (in)

33.0 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

75.7 71.5

Track Width, Front (in)

63.0 60.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 4.8

Length, Overall (in)

197.7 169.8

Height, Overall (in)

57.1 52.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

16.2 6.8

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.6 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.10

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

Yes 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x 0.4 12.1 x 0.63

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.0 20

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.75 2.6

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - 37.1

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.1 15.9

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 35.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/55VR18 P245/45WR18

Rear Tire Order Code

TWN NA

Front Tire Size

P235/55VR18 P225/45WR18

Spare Tire Size

NA T155/80D17

Front Tire Order Code

TWN NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

100 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3937 3364

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.5 18 x 8

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA 17 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

14.7 9.0

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

730 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

160 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

401 @ 4200 268 @ 4800

Engine Order Code

EZH VQ35HR

Displacement

5.7L/345 3.5L/214

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

372 @ 5200 306 @ 6800

Engine Type

Gas V8 Gas V6

Fuel System

SMPI SMPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 17

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 -

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.53

Trans Type

5 5

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.83 0.84

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.16 2.76

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.19 2.35

Trans Order Code

DGJ - TBD -

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.06 3.36

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.59 3.84

Summary

Vehicle Name

Dodge Challenger Nissan 350Z

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 2dr Coupe

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Independent Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

SLA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Independent Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

five-link NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 -

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