2015 Nissan 370Z Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Nissan 370Z was new.


Performance: 8.6

Athletic handling and potent acceleration make the 2015 Nissan 370Z a compelling performer, according to critics, and unique features like an available rev-matching manual transmission add to its appeal.

  • "Some sports cars sacrifice comfort in the name of performance, while others do just the reverse. Finding the best of both worlds is the 2015 Nissan 370Z, a sports car that strikes a proper balance between the two extremes, remaining vibrant and dynamic yet easy to live with." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Z will impress you both off the line and on the open road." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "For those buyers looking for a quick weekend tourer capable of carving up and down a good mountain pass, the 370Z Roadster scratches most of the right itches." -- Road and Track (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 Nissan 370Z comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, while the 370Z NISMO model offers slightly more power, with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automatic is available. Automatic models come with Nissan’s Downshift Rev Matching system, while a SynchroRev Match system is available on models with the six-speed manual. During gear changes, these systems adjust the engine speed to match the new gear, which facilitates smoother downshifts. According to the EPA, the 2015 Nissan 370Z Coupe gets up to 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a V6-powered affordable sports car.

Reviewers agree that the Nissan 370Z accelerates quickly, and that its responsive V6 engine provides ample power. Some also report that the driving experience is enhanced by the available SynchroRev Match system, which makes downshifting particularly fun.

  • "The Z accelerates to 60 MPH in about five and a half seconds, and that's great. With your foot all the way down, you really feel it." -- Jalopnik (Roadster)
  • "The 3.7-liter V6 engine remains one of the gems of the auto industry: quick to rev, gutsy torque curve, and a bit more power than the standard car. …" -- Autoblog (NISMO)
  • "In particular, the SynchroRev Match mode for the manual transmission is an enthusiast's delight, as it'll make you feel like a professional racer with every perfectly rev-matched downshift." -- Edmunds
  • "Smooth, strong and always willing, the potent V6 might not have the low-end grunt of a big V8, but it feels more refined in everyday driving and delivers reasonable fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The Nissan 370Z has a retuned suspension for 2015, and test drivers report that it improves ride quality without hurting the car’s trademark agility and grip. They say the Roadster handles well too, despite being heavier than the coupe. Critics are also pleased with the 370Z’s sharp steering and strong brakes.

  • "For 2015, Nissan has revised the suspension tuning on all 370Z models, and it has added a small degree of suppleness to the ride quality without detracting much from the sharp handling and near-endless grip for which the current Z car has always been known." -- Edmunds
  • "The brakes worked, and didn't fail on me after trying a few panic stops, so there's that. Good pedal feel, too." -- Jalopnik
  • "We found the 370Z's power steering delivers a satisfying blend of minimal effort with great on-center feel, and the brakes remained strong and consistent even after hard use." -- Kelley Blue Book

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