The sports car market is dominated by expensive luxury-sport vehicles from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Acura and more. There aren’t nearly as many affordable sports car options on the market as there used to be, though they are slowly starting to rise back up. In fact, this lack of sports cars might be a result of the entire market turning a bit sportier in design. Regardless, we thought we’d see how our resident sportster measures up to one of its biggest competitors by pitting the 2019 Hyundai Veloster against the 2019 Nissan 370Z.
These two vehicles are both sport coupes, though the former is a kammback while the latter is an outright sports car. The Veloster was first introduced as the HND-3 Concept car in 2007, but it officially joined the Hyundai production lineup for the 2011 model year. The 370Z has itself been around since 2009 but underwent a big update back in 2013.
One can get a good feel for these two vehicles by taking a peek at the table up above. The 370Z is clearly a purebred sports car, while the Veloster is more like an everyday-driver sports coupe. It’s more conscious of its driver’s everyday needs, such as efficiency and space, rather than just packing in as much power as possible. There is certainly a market for each, so we’ll go through the advantages row by row to give you a better feel.
Honestly, the 370Z is surprisingly efficient for how powerful it is, but it still achieves 8 fewer miles to per gallon than the Veloster when combining city and highway fuel economy ratings. Of course, that’s due in large part to its near 200-horsepower surplus. More specifically, the 370Z generates 185 horsepower more than the Veloster.
However, the Veloster nearly triples the amount of cargo space it offers its drivers, by offering 13.0 cubic feet more space than its Nissan competitor. Even with all of that extra space, it offers a whole row of seats more than the 370Z, accommodating up to 4 passengers instead of 2. If power is your true desire, perhaps the Nissan 370Z is for you. But if you’re looking for a more well-rounded vehicle, then consider the 2019 Hyundai Veloster!