Chevy Camaro Vs. Nissan 370Z: Sports Car Shootout

By Justin Cupler | February 22nd, 2019

Sports cars have become amazing vehicles that do a lot of things very well, including handling your daily commute to Wheaton or tearing up the back roads of Carol Stream. Two great sports car options are the 2019 Chevy Camaro and the 2019 Nissan 370Z, but which one is the better buy for our Lombard area buyers? Find out below.

Exterior

The sports car segment has a wide range of styling options, and the 2019 Camaro and 2019 370Z differ greatly. The 2019 Chevy Camaro has a new look for 2019, thanks to a significant refresh. This gives it the latest and greatest looks that are sure to catch the eye of all passersby.

The 2019 Nissan 370Z, however, boasts a classic wedge design from decades ago. This look may be dated to some, but sports car enthusiasts may enjoy this classic styling.

Both models have even sportier versions for buyers looking for a little more. The Camaro has the wild and powerful ZL1 model, which boasts a special aero kit and a massive rear spoiler. The 370Z has its NISMO model, which has red accents, a special body kit, and unique wheels. Plus, both models also look great in their base trims that feature 18-inch wheels, sporty lines, and aggressive stances.

The 2019 Chevy Camaro’s body is 188.3 to 190.2 inches long, 74.7 to 75 inches wide, and 52.9 to 53.1 inches high. It rides on a 110.7-inch wheelbase and weighs 3,354 to 3,883 pounds. The 2019 Nissan 370Z is significantly smaller than the Camaro at 167.5 to 170.5 inches long, 72.6 to 73.6 inches wide, and 51.8 inches high. It sits on a 100.4-inch wheelbase and weighs 3,333 to 3,486 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Camaro

  • Sharp, new look
  • Aggressive ZL1 trim
  • Larger footprints gives more interior room

Advantage: 2019 Nissan 370Z

  • Classic sports car design
  • Stylish NISMO trim

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Camaro boasts a modern look thanks to its upscale optional materials and high-tech standard features, but it also has a retro feel with its thick steering wheel, circular air vents, and a large center console.

The Nissan 370Z’s retro exterior flows inside, but not in a good way. In here, the Z lacks standard touchscreen that virtually every modern vehicle has and has sea-of-black plastic that makes up its dashboard. While old-school buyers will appreciate this look, younger buyers will immediately fall out of love with it.

In terms of roominess, neither of these sports cars offer much. The 2019 Camaro’s front seats have 38.5 inches of headroom, 43.9 inches of legroom, 55 inches of shoulder room, and 54.5 inches of hip room. The 370Z’s front seats have 38.2 inches of headroom, 42.9 inches of legroom,  54.4 inches of shoulder room, and 54.6 inches of hip room.

In its rear seats, the 2019 Camaro has 33.5 inches of headroom and a super-tight 29.9 inches of legroom. The 370Z has no rear seats, so there is no comparison.

Trunk space is never a focus for performance cars, and it shows in the Camaro and 370Z. The 2019 Chevy Camaro has 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space. The 2019 370Z’s trunk is even tighter at just 6.9 cubic feet.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Camaro

  • Roomier cabin
  • Actual rear seat, albeit tiny
  • Modern features, even in its base trim

Advantage: 2019 Nissan 370Z

  • Classic cabin styling
  • Noise cancellation

Performance

Performance is what it all comes down to in this segment, and the 2019 Nissan 370Z and 2019 Chevy Camaro have this in gobs.

The 2019 Camaro comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but there is an optional eight-speed automatic available. This all adds up to a surprisingly quick 5.4-second 0-to-60 time.

Buyers can opt for a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission for a five-second 0-to-60 time.

Moving into the SS model drops in a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic for a 4.1-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

Finally, the Camaro ZL1 boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional 10-speed automatic transmission for a 3.5-second 0-to-60 time.

The 2019 370Z comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque in its base model. The NISMO model pushes this V-6 to 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. These engines pair with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed automatic transmission. The base 370Z sprints to 60 mph in just five seconds, and the NISMO model does the same in 4.9 seconds.

While straight-line speed is great, cornering matters too. The 2019 Nissan 370Z is strong with a 0.89 G rating on the skidpad, and the 370Z NISMO is even better at 0.93 Gs. The 2019 Chevy Camaro is significantly better across the board. Its base model delivers a 1 G rating while its SS and ZL1 models deliver 1.05 and 1.18 Gs, respectively.

While sports cars are no economy vehicles, some buyers use these sporty rides as daily drivers and care about thriftiness. The Camaro leads the group with its standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers up to 22 mpg city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. With the 3.6-liter engine, the 2019 Camaro delivers up to 19 mpg city, 29 highway, and 22 combined. The added grunt of the SS model’s 6.2-liter engine pushes fuel economy down to 16 mpg city, 27 highway, and 20 combined, while adding the supercharged 6.2-liter engine drops thriftiness to just 14 mpg city, 20 highway, and 16 combined.

The Nissan 370Z uses older technology, so its V-6 engine is thirstier than the Camaro at up to 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Camaro

  • Thrifty but potent four-cylinder
  • Big V-6 power advantage
  • Massively powerful V-8 engines
  • Supercar-like ZL1 trim
  • Tight in the corners

Advantage: 2019 Nissan 370Z

  • Quicker base sprint time
  • More powerful base engine

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Camaro comes in seven trim levels — 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1 — and their starting prices range from $25,995 to $62,995.

The 2019 Nissan 370Z has four trim levels: base, Sport, Sport Touring, and NISMO. Starting prices range from $29,990 to $45,690.

2019  Key Features and Pricing by Trim

1LS: $25,995

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 3.27 rear axle ratio
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • Sport suspension
  • Driver Mode Selector
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips
  • 18-inch five-split-spoke silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Fin-style antenna
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Compass
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Folding rear bench seat
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Front floor mats
  • Driver information center
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

1LT: $26,495

  • All 1LS features, plus
  • 18-inch Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Six-way power passenger seat

 

2LT: $28,495

  • All 1LT features, plus
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats

 

3LT: $31,995

  • All 2LT features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bose nine-speaker premium audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

1SS: $37,995

  • 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Differential cooler
  • 3.73 rear axle ratio
  • Brembo performance front and rear brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • Extra-capacity cooling system
  • External engine cooler
  • Performance suspension
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear stanchion spoiler
  • Fin-style antenna
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • 20-inch five-spoke bright silver-painted wheels
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger seat
  • Folding rear seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Carpeted front floor mats
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

2SS: $42,995

  • All 1SS features, plus
  • Heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
  • 24-color ambient lighting
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Illuminated door-sill plates
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Head-up display
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Rear camera mirror

 

ZL1: $62,995

  • All 2SS features, plus
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine
  • Six-piston front calipers
  • Four-piston rear calipers
  • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • Dual-mode exhaust
  • Launch control
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Performance suspension
  • Sport rear spoiler
  • Staggered 20-inch Dark Graphite wheels
  • Sport alloy pedals
  • Red seat belts
  • RECARO front seats
  • Sueded microfiber gear shifter
  • Sueded microfiber steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad

2019 Nissan 370Z Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $29,990

  • 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-on/off bi-function xenon HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Smoke chrome door handles
  • Cloth seating
  • Sport seats
  • Four-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Interior clock
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Nissan Intelligent Key
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Mirror-integrated rearview camera

 

Sport: $33,720

  • Rev-matching technology
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Larger disc brakes
  • Red brake calipers
  • Four-piston front calipers
  • Two-piston rear calipers
  • 19-inch RAYS lightweight alloy wheels
  • Fender-mounted turn signals
  • 240-watt Bose audio system with six speakers and two subwoofers
  • MP3 playback
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Active sound enhancement
  • Heated outside mirrors

 

Sport Touring: $38,090

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Leather and synthetic suede seating
  • Heated seats
  • Four-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Navigation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • SiriusXM
  • Voice recognition
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Rear cargo cover

 

NISMO: $45,690

  • All Sport Touring features, plus
  • 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Carbon-fiber-composite drive shaft
  • High-rigidity brake hoses
  • NISMO-tuned suspension
  • Alcantara leather-appointed NISMO design steering wheel
  • NISMO aerodynamic body design with unique front and rear fascias, side sill extensions, rear spoiler, rear diffuser
  • NISMO-branded wheels
  • RECARO leather seating with Alcantara accents
  • NISMO seat logo and red stitching
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Camaro?

Buyers looking for the greatest the sports car segment offers will appreciate the Camaro. Plus, those who need some options will love the Camaro’s four engines and various handling packages.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan 370Z?

The 2019 Nissan 370Z is a great option for buyers who look back on the sports cars of yesteryear with fond eyes. It hits this spot with its classic looks, a simple cabin, and potent V-6 engine.

 

Whether you’re tearing up the streets of Carol Stream or managing a daily commute to Wheaton, the 2019 Chevy Camaro can get you there efficiently and in style. Head down to the Sunrise Chevrolet new-car showroom serving the Lombard area to test drive the 2019 Camaro and see what it offers. Can’t make it in today? You can also check out our online inventory to see if we have a 2019 Camaro that meets your needs in stock.

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