Nissan 370Z Vs. Toyota 86

By Emily Stout | May 17th, 2019

Sports cars may not have tons of cabin room to offer families, but they can make every ride exhilarating. The 2020 Nissan 370Z and 2019 Toyota 86 offer this and more. Which one is better for you, our Bradenton area car shopper? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Nissan Z-Car has not been through a redesign since 2009, so it’s got plenty of miles on it. That said, when it hit showrooms, it arrived with a retro-inspired look that includes a long hood and cab-rearward design. This delivers a look traditionalists love, though modernists will likely turn their noses up to this old design. This retro look also helps it age with class.

The Toyota 86 arrived in 2017, but this design stretches back to the 2013 Scion FR-S. This design has seen a few tweaks through the years, but its base looks have remained the same. Like the 2019 Nissan 370Z, the 2019 Toyota 86’s design is distinctly retro with a long hood, short trunk, and cab-rearward design.

In terms of sizing, the 2019 Toyota 86 is smaller than the 370Z in virtually every measurement.

 

Measurement 2020 Nissan 370Z 2019 Toyota 86 Difference
Length 167.5 to 170.5 166.7 to 168.8 +0.8 to +1.7
Width 72.6 to 73.6 69.9 +2.7 to +3.7
Height 51.8 50.6 +1.2
Wheelbase 100.4 101.2 -0.8
Ground Clearance
4.9
Curb weight 3,333 to 3,486 pounds 2,776 to 2,817 pounds +557 to +669 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Nissan 370Z

  • Sharp sports-car look
  • Exclusive 50th anniversary model

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Smaller footprint
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Sharp TRD Special Edition

Interior

As a retro sports car, the 2019 Nissan 370Z has a relatively basic cabin. While some buyers may appreciate this look, there are is one glaring issue inside the Z. It is one of the only new vehicles that does not come standard with at least an infotainment display screen. It comes standard with a basic audio system ripped straight from the late 2010s. In its Sport Touring trim, it gains a 7-inch touchscreen and navigation, but no other trims have a touchscreen.

The 2019 Toyota 86’s cabin is also simple with its upright dash and limited features, but it has a few goodies the Z-Car lacks to spruce things up. It includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, suede-like accents, and more.

In its front seats, the 86 has tons more legroom and headroom than the 2019 370Z. In the rear, the 2019 Toyota 86 separates itself with rear seats the 370Z lacks.

 

Measurement 2020 Nissan 370Z 2019 Toyota 86 Difference
Front headroom 38.2 37.1 +1.1
Front legroom 42.9 41.9 +1
Front shoulder room 54.4 54.5 -0.1
Front hip room 54.6
Rear headroom
35
Rear legroom
29.9
Rear shoulder room
51.7
Rear hip room
Cargo room 6.9 cubic feet 6.9 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan 370Z

  • Very simple interior

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Simple interior but still has more standard tech
  • Can haul four people in a pinch
  • Tons of suede-like accents

Performance

Sports cars are all about weight savings and ample power combining to deliver a spirited drive. The 2020 Nissan 370Z is the more powerful of these sports cars with its 3.7-liter V-6 engine cranking out 332 horsepower in its base model and 350 horses in its NISMO trim. This results in a peppy 4.9- to five-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

The 2019 Toyota 86 relies on a four-cylinder boxer engine that cranks out 200 to 205 horsepower 151 to 156 pound-feet of torque. This results in a significantly slower 6.2-second sprint time with its standard six-speed manual transmission and 7.7 seconds with the optional six-speed automatic. Though it is slower, it holds the same Gs in the corners as the Z-Car and delivers much better fuel economy.

2020 Nissan 370Z 2019 Toyota 86 Difference
Engine 3.7-liter V-6 2.0-liter boxer 4-cyl
Horsepower 332 at 7,000 rpm 200 to 205 hp at 7,000 rpm +127 to +132 hp
Torque 270 at 5,200 rpm 151 to 156 lb-ft at 6,400 rpm +114 to +119 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd manual
Optional transmission 7-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline RWD RWD
0-60 time 5 seconds 6.2 to 7.7 seconds -2.7 to -1.2 seconds
Skid pad 0.89 G
MPG City 17 to 19 mpg 21 to 24 mpg -7 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 26 mpg 28 to 32 mpg -12 to-2 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 22 mpg 24 to 27 mpg -7 to -2 mpg
Optional engine 3.7-liter V-6
Horsepower 350 hp at 7,400 rpm
+145 to +150 hp
Torque 276 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm
+120 to +125 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual
Optional transmission 7-spd automatic
Driveline RWD
0-60 time 4.9 seconds
-2.8 to -1.3 seconds
Skid pad 0.89 G 0.89 G
MPG City 17 to 19 mpg
-7 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 26 mpg
-12 to-2 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 22 mpg
-7 to -2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Nissan 370Z

  • Tons more power
  • Smokes the 86 to 60 mph

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 86

  • Big fuel economy advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Nissan 370Z comes in four key trim levels — Base, Sport, Sport Touring, and NISMO — and their starting prices range from $30,090 to $47,190.

 

There are just three trim levels in the 2019 Toyota 86 lineup: Base, GT, and TRD Special Edition. Their respective starting prices range from $26,505 to $32,470.

2020 Nissan 370Z Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $30,090

  • 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Carbon-fiber-composite driveshaft
  • Exedy high-performance clutch
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Four-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Auto-on/off bi-functional HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Smoked LED taillights
  • Smoked-chrome door handles
  • Aluminum hood, doors, and hatch
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Dual exhaust finishers
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cloth seating
  • Eight-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger seat
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
  • Remote windows down
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 12-volt power outlets
  • Tilt, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake
  • Rearview monitor

 

Sport: $33,820

  • All Base features, plus
  • Rev-matching transmission
  • Viscous limited-slip differential
  • Sport brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers
  • Larger brake rotors
  • 19-inch lightweight RAYS aluminum alloy wheels
  • LED illuminated Z side marker emblems
  • Front chin aero deflector
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Eight-speaker premium Bose audio system
  • Active noise cancelation
  • Active sound enhancement

 

Sport Touring: $39,490

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Nissan hard-drive-based navigation
  • 7-inch VGA touchscreen
  • Voice recognition
  • NavTraffic and NavWeather by SiriusXM
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Power seats
  • Leather sport seats with synthetic suede inserts
  • Synthetic suede door panel inserts
  • Aluminum pedals
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth streaming audio

 

NISMO: $47,190

  • All Sport Touring features, plus
  • High-output V-6 engine
  • NISMO dual exhaust with H-pipe
  • High-rigidity brake hoses
  • R35 Special II brake fluid
  • NISMO-tuned suspension with increased spring and damper rates
  • NISMO front and rear chassis dampers
  • 19-inch NISMO forged alloy wheels by RAYS
  • NISMO aerodynamics
  • NISMO RECARO leather seats with Alcantara inserts
  • NISMO Alcantara and leather steering wheel
  • NISMO smooth leather-wrapped shift knob
  • NISMO signature red stitching

2019 Toyota 86 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $26,505

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Torsen limited-slip rear differential
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Sport-calibrated electric power steering
  • 17-inch twisted-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED projector headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED combination taillights
  • Color-keyed power mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Rear lower diffuser
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power windows with auto-up/down operation
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Multi-information display
  • Digital clock
  • Digital speedometer
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel with silver contrast stitching
  • Cruise control
  • Sport bucket seats with black shoulder pads
  • Knee cushions
  • Granlux suede-like material on door panels, armrest, and instrument panel
  • Folding seatback
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM radio with Aha
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • HD Radio
  • Rearview camera with mirror-integrated display
  • Hill-start assist

 

GT: $28,365

  • All Base features, plus
  • Matter-black rear wing with body-color end plates
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Aerodynamic underbody panel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless unlock on all doors
  • Keyless ignition
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake with silver stitching
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift boot with silver stitching
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seat bolster

 

TRD Special Edition: $32,470

  • All GT features, plus
  • 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels
  • Brembo brakes
  • Larger front and rear rotors
  • SACHS performance dampers
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler
  • TRD front, rear, and side underbody spoilers
  • TRD performance exhaust
  • TRD tri-color graphic
  • Red-and-black leather steering wheel
  • Red contrast stitching
  • Red and black seats with side bolsters
  • Red seatbelts

Who Should Buy the 2020 Nissan 370Z?

Buyers who want a sports car that delivers the best in straight-line speed will prefer the 2020 Nissan 370Z. With its big V-6 engine, the 2020 370Z delivers a five-second 0-to-60 time, which beats the 86 by at least a second.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota 86?

The Toyota 86 is a great option for a buyer who wants a sports car that also delivers decent fuel economy for their daily commute.

 

Head down to Nissan of Bradenton to test drive the 2020 Nissan 370Z today and see how fun it is to tear up the streets of the Sarasota area in this retro sports car. Can’t make it to our St. Petersburg area showroom today? Stop by our online inventory page to see what 2019 370Z models we have in stock in the Bradenton area. You can then choose the 370Z that best suits your needs and schedule a future test drive.