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2015 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2015 Nissan 370Z has a powerful engine and lithe handling, but it ranks near the bottom of the sports car class because of its high projected ownership costs, noisy cabin, and tiny trunk.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V6 engine
  • Agile handling
  • Firm ride
  • Noisy interior
  • Small trunk





Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Nissan 370Z Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan 370Z a Good Used Car?

The Nissan 370Z is a fair option if you’re shopping for a used sports car. It’s just not a top pick. The 370Z has a brawny V6 engine and a taut suspension, and it zips up to speed as competently as it carves corners. On the other hand, the two-seat Z is impractical for daily driving. It offers meager fuel economy, a tiny trunk, a jittery ride, and above-average projected ownership costs.

Before you buy, consider four-seat alternatives like the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Scion FR-S. These sports cars are fun to drive but have fewer everyday compromises.

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How Much Is the 2015 Nissan 370Z?

Based on listings for the 2015 Nissan 370Z on our site, the average price is $24,000, which is a bit above average for the class. Prices range from $19,000 to $30,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan 370Z Cost to Own?

The 370Z’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $33,700, or $6,740 per year. That’s above average for a sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 370Z?

The 2019 Nissan 370Z starts at around $30,000, and its price can soar past $40,000 in its higher trims. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older 370Z, and you’ll find similar features, styling, engine performance, and handling. The 370Z has seen very few updates.

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For the average price of a 2015 370Z, there are several sporty new-car options. The 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth and 2019 Ford Fiesta ST start at $20,495 and $21,340, respectively. These hot hatchbacks aren’t as powerful as the 370Z, but their small size and light weight make them comparably fun to drive. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (starts at $22,900) is another sporty option, and it boasts a sleek interior with plenty of high-tech features.

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Which Model Year of the 370Z Is Best?

The 370Z launched for the 2009 model year as a successor to the popular 350Z. Nissan has made few changes to the 370Z over the years, mostly shuffling features between trim levels. As a result, you can likely save money by buying an older 370Z that’s nearly identical to some of the newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan 370Z?

The 2015 Nissan 370Z has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Nissan 370Z.

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Which Used Nissan 370Z Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Nissan 370Z comes in two body styles: coupe and roadster. It’s available in five main trim levels: base, Sport, Touring, Touring Sport, and NISMO. Most shoppers should be happy with the base model, which is available in both body styles.

The base 370Z has a 332-horsepower V6 engine, and it’s available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic. Standard features include cloth seats, automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 370Z Touring trim is also available in both body styles, and it gains leather seats and the Tech package, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, and a rearview camera. The convertible model has heated and cooled seats, though the coupe only has the heating functions.

The coupe-only 370Z Sport trim includes a limited-slip differential, larger brakes, and 19-inch wheels, and the Tech package is available. The convertible-only 370Z Touring Sport trim has these same features, but the Tech package is standard.

Lastly, the coupe-only 370Z NISMO is available with the Tech package, and it has a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, an extra 18 horsepower, a performance exhaust, restyled bumpers and side skirts, and racing-inspired Recaro leather seats.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the 370Z?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2015 Nissan 370Z.

The 370Z doesn’t come with any standard driver assistance features, but a rearview camera is available.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan 370Z or 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2015 Mazda Miata and the 370Z have many similarities, for better or for worse. Both of these two-seat sports cars are a blast to drive, thanks to their balanced handling and responsive steering. Both also provide very little cargo space, making it a necessity to pack light on longer trips. With its four-cylinder engine, the Miata doesn’t accelerate with as much gusto as the Z does with its V6, but if you can live with that, the Mazda is a better pick. The Miata’s projected ownership costs are much lower than the 370Z’s, and older models often cost much less.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan 370Z or 2015 Subaru BRZ?

The 2015 Subaru BRZ can’t match the 370Z’s engine performance, but it does provide driving thrills with fewer everyday compromises. The BRZ is a four-seat sports car, and though its rear seats are small, they can comfortably fit younger kids. The BRZ’s cargo area is more accessible as well, thanks in part to its folding rear seats. The Subaru earns far better fuel economy than the Nissan, and older models are typically less expensive.

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2015 370Z Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan 370Z Drive?

The Nissan 370Z has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 332 horsepower. The NISMO variant cranks the horsepower up to 350. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, and a seven-speed automatic transmission is available.

The V6 engine is muscular, eagerly hustling the 370Z up to speed. Throttle response is quick, and there’s ample passing power on the highway. The manual transmission is a breeze to shift, and it has a rev-matching feature that can make even the clumsiest gear change feel slick and purposeful. The automatic transmission serves up reasonably quick shifts as well, and drivers can change gears on their own using the steering wheel shift paddles.

The 370Z offers one of the raciest driving experiences in its class. The car feels taut and agile, and it slices around turns with excellent stability. Steering is quick and responsive, and the brakes slow down the 370Z confidently.

The drawback to the Z's sporty handling is a firm ride on uneven road surfaces. The standard 370Z tends to jiggle and jolt over bumps in the road, while the stiff-legged NISMO model feels downright uncomfortable on rough pavement. Another issue concerns the V6 engine, which makes some gravelly noise under hard acceleration, and these vibrations are felt throughout the car. It’s not the smoothest revving engine out there.

Does the 2015 Nissan 370Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 370Z has mediocre fuel economy for a sports car. The 370Z with the manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 370Z’s automatic transmission improves gas mileage to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Opting for the 370Z roadster with the automatic transmission lowers these ratings to 18/25 mpg city/highway, while models with the manual transmission return 17/24 mpg.

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2015 370Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 370Z Seat?

The Nissan 370Z is available in coupe and convertible body styles, and both have two seats. These seats are supportive, and they offer adequate head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. The driving position is comfortable for longer road trips as well. The 370Z convertible has a power-operated soft top that can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds. Both body styles offer fine forward visibility, but rear visibility is poor because of the car’s slim windows.

The 370Z’s cabin is trimmed with a mix of hard and soft-touch plastics, which is typical for the nonluxury sports car segment. A lot of road and wind noise makes its way into the cabin, which can quickly become annoying.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan 370Z?

Like many two-seat sports cars, the 370Z does not have LATCH connectors for securing child safety seats. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2015 Nissan 370Z Features

The 370Z’s convenience features look and feel outdated. On the plus side, they're are all easy to use. The base model is equipped with four speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Upgrades include navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, and satellite radio. The touch screen also has a control knob and additional buttons underneath for making quick adjustments.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Dimensions

Nissan 370Z Cargo Space

The 370Z coupe has just 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, and the 370Z roadster has an even smaller 4.2-cubic-foot trunk. That’s not much room for the sports car class, and there isn’t a pass-through area. Anything larger than a small suitcase or a few grocery bags probably won’t fit.

2015 370Z Length and Weight

The Nissan 370Z ranges from 14 to 14.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,274 to 3,556 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan 370Z Built?

Nissan built the 2015 370Z in Japan.

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