2011 BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
vs. 2011 Nissan
370Z Touring

2011 Nissan 370Z Touring

10.0

starting from

$36,910

Reasons to buy the Nissan 370Z Touring

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Good range on the highway
494 miles
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Good range in the city
342 miles
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Very inexpensive
$36,910
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Tighter turning radius
32.8 ft
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

9.6

Runner-up

BMW Z4 sDrive35is

starting from

$63,375
"The interior environment is typical BMW, a bit stark but crafted from quality soft-touch materials."
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's build-quality
"Handles like a dream"
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Has rear spoiler
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More gears
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Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring Winner: 370Z Touring
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 40% longer, 494 miles vs 348 miles
  • Almost the same, 51.6 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring Winner: 370Z Touring
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 370Z Touring's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Practicality

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370Z Touring
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 494 miles vs 348 miles The 370Z Touring has great highway range, but the Z4 sDrive35is is very limited
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Cargo space 6.9 ft3 vs 8.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.6 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The 370Z Touring's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Z4 sDrive35is
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 3 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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370Z Touring
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the 370Z Touring's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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370Z Touring
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MSRP $36,910 vs $63,375 The 370Z Touring has a great price and the Z4 sDrive35is is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Z4 sDrive35is's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 370Z Touring's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Z4 sDrive35is's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 370Z Touring's is very short

Safety Features

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370Z Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Performance

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370Z Touring
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2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
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Horsepower 332 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 335 HP @ 5,900 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The Z4 sDrive35is has more gears and the 370Z Touring is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Z4 sDrive35is's semi-automatic transmission and the 370Z Touring's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Z4 sDrive35is comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 370Z Touring
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The Z4 sDrive35is's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.9 lb/hp vs 10.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 32.8 ft vs 35.1 ft The 370Z Touring can make tight turns, and the Z4 sDrive35is is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

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370Z Touring
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Entertainment System

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370Z Touring
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Z4 sDrive35is
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The 370Z Touring's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Z4 sDrive35is does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the 370Z Touring's satellite radio; in the Z4 sDrive35is, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

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370Z Touring
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2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
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0-60 mph 4.9 seconds vs 5.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 102 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 13.4 s s @ 105.2 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 1.01 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs 155 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Z4 sDrive35is vs SLK350
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 BMW M3 Z4 sDrive35is vs M3
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z4 sDrive35is vs Corvette Z06
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Z4 sDrive35is vs 911 Carrera 4S
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Z4 sDrive35is vs Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition 370Z Touring vs GT-R Black Edition
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 370Z Touring vs G37 Sport
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring 2011 Audi TT 370Z Touring vs TT
2011 Nissan 370Z Touring 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 370Z Touring vs Impreza WRX STI
2011 Nissan 370Z 2012 Ford Mustang GT 370Z vs Mustang GT

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