Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan 350Z vs MX-5 Miata

0-60mph

Nissan 350Z
5.2 s
MX-5 Miata
6.8 s

Top speed

Nissan 350Z
155 mph
MX-5 Miata
130 mph

0-100mph

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
MX-5 Miata
19.5 s

1/4 mile

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
MX-5 Miata
16.3 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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A lot faster in the quarter mile 13.8 s vs 16.3 s More than 15% faster at the drag strip
A lot faster to 100mph 13.8 s vs 19.5 s Around 30% faster to 100mph
Faster top speed 155 mph vs 130 mph 25 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM vs 140 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM More than 95% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,700 RPM More than 65% stronger engine
Bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 2,000 cc 75% bigger engine
Front view of Mazda MX-5 Miata

Reasons to consider the
Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Lighter curb weight 2,474 lb vs 3,370 lb More than 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan 350Z  vs
MX-5 Miata 
Brand Nissan Mazda
Year 2002-2007 2006
Highway mileage 25 MPG 30 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.91 lb/hp 14.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM 170 HP @ 6,700 RPM
Maximum torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM 140 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,600 RPM 6,700 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc 2,000 cc
Cylinders V6 I4
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.3:1 10.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.78 in / 3.19 in 3.44 in / 3.27 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Nissan 350Z  vs
MX-5 Miata 
Top speed 155 mph 130 mph
1/4 mile 13.8 s 16.3 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 6.8 s
0-100mph 13.8 s 19.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 3.54:1 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 432/? 178
Rear wheels 216/? 180 432/? 178

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,370 lb 2,474 lb
Width 71.5 in 67.7 in
Height 51.9 in 49 in
Length 169.4 in 157.3 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 91.7 in
Nissan 350Z
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