Compare 2012 Ford Mustang vs 2012 Nissan 370Z

2012 Ford Mustang
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,245
$30,241
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,310
$32,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$538 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.3 51.6
Second Head Room (in)
34.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.6 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.9
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
29.8 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
46.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
188.1 167.2
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 51.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.9 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.9 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
62.3 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 6.9
Brakes
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)
11.8 x 0.8 12.6 x 0.6
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)
12.4 x 1.4 12.6 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 19
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 13.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.4 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 34.7
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 225/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 245/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3453 3245
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
Displacement
3.7L/227 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
305 @ 6500 332 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
280 @ 4250 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
99M VQ37VHR
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.62
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.53 2.32
Trans Order Code
44X NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.73 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.23 3.79
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Nissan 370Z
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.3 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
3-Link Solid Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Panhard rod Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.7
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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