2011 Nissan
370Z
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang GT

2012 Ford Mustang GT

9.8

starting from

$34,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
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Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang GT

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Quite powerful
412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.7 s s @ 111.3 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
4.4 seconds
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Leather
Standard
2011 Nissan 370Z

9.1

Runner-up

Nissan 370Z

starting from

$33,510

Reasons to buy the Nissan 370Z

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Great cornering ability
1.01 g
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Better suspension
Independent
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Fantastic range in the city
361 miles
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More gears
7
Luxury Features 7.0 vs 10.0
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Practicality 8.1 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
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  • Room for 2 more people, 4 vs 2
Entertainment System 8.6 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
  • The Mustang GT has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Nissan 370Z Winner: 370Z
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  • The 370Z can change direction more than 10% faster, 1.01 g vs 0.88 g
  • Almost the same, 102 ft vs 104 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.5
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  • The 370Z has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
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  • The 370Z 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The 370Z has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
  • Almost the same, 32.8 ft vs 33.4 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Overall 9.1 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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370Z
2011 Nissan 370Z
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Mustang GT's power seats; not available on the 370Z
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Mustang GT; the 370Z only offers cloth seats

Practicality

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370Z
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Passengers 2 vs 4 The Mustang GT has the usual number of seats, while the 370Z has very few
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Highway driving range 494 miles vs 416 miles The 370Z has good highway range and the Mustang GT is reasonable
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Cargo space 6.9 ft3 vs 13.4 ft3 The Mustang GT has OK cargo room, while the 370Z has very little
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front seats 51.6 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Mustang GT's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the 370Z
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Mustang GT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 370Z
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Cupholders 3 vs 2 The 370Z has an OK number of cupholders while the Mustang GT has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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370Z
2011 Nissan 370Z
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Number of speakers 4 vs 8 The Mustang GT has an OK number of speakers, while the 370Z has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang GT's satellite radio
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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370Z
2011 Nissan 370Z
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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0-60 mph 4.9 seconds vs 4.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 102 ft vs 104 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 13.4 s s @ 105.2 mph mph vs 12.7 s s @ 111.3 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 1.01 g vs 0.88 g The 370Z has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Mustang GT is below average
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Top speed 155 mph vs 155 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Safety Features

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370Z
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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 3 The 370Z has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang GT has very few (missing Head / Curtain)
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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 None

Performance

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370Z
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Mustang GT
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Horsepower 332 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Mustang GT is fairly powerful, but the 370Z is not far behind
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The 370Z has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Mustang GT is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the 370Z 's semi-automatic transmission and the Mustang GT's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.8 lb/hp vs 8.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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 33.4 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Cost

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370Z
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MSRP $33,510 vs $34,105 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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370Z
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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 Touring 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is 370Z Touring vs Z4 sDrive35is
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Pete (3:18 AM, February 03, 2014)
False information about the price of the new Mustang GT. You will not find this car under $40k at any Ford dealership.
 
Hector (4:45 AM, June 08, 2013)
This website sucks. They act like they've never driven a GTR before, its not even on the d list. They have their options & standards all messed up & the Z competes with the 911, Boxster & Cayman first, then Audi TT, BMW Z4. How in the world does it compete with a Challenger & GTI? Or is it the server re-setting?
 
Hector (3:39 AM, June 08, 2013)
I just bought one with white leather and power seats. He said the Z only has 4 speakers - it has 5 including a Bose amplified sub-woofer.
 
Chris (5:50 AM, November 24, 2012)
So much of this information is incorrect, it's almost funny.
 
Juan350gt (6:04 PM, May 25, 2012)
This comparison is very biassed you compared an Automatic car that is a tad bit slower than the manual and the Z does offer navigation system bose premuin sound with ipod system, leather seats more than 4 speakers.. and a 0-60 time of 4.7sec's not 4.9 and a 1/4 mile of 13.3/.2 not 13.4 do your research right the next time and top speed on the 370z is 180mph.. total bias comparo..
 
Joe (7:25 PM, December 26, 2011)
A lot of this information is crap. The 370z offers leather seats, upgraded stereo with subs, navigation, power adjustable seats, etc. Do your research next time.