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2016 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2016 Nissan 370Z impresses with its aggressive driving dynamics, but it sits toward the bottom of the competitive sports car class. It has limited engine options, few features, and much less storage space than you’ll find in many competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Muscle-car rivals offer more power
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lacks driver assistance features
  • Scarce storage space

New for 2016

  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Coupe now includes active noise cancellation and engine noise enhancement




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 6.7
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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2016 Nissan 370Z Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan 370Z a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Nissan 370Z – available as a coupe or convertible – is a decent sports car that offers scintillating grip on twisting roads. It just isn’t as refined or well-stocked as most of its class rivals. The 370Z is powered by a potent 332-horsepower V6 engine, while the Nismo model has a retuned version that makes 350 horsepower. No roadster in the class can match this Nissan, but there are muscle cars that offer a greater range of engines, and many of them are exceptionally potent. The 370Z offers good seating space, but its tiny trunk has just enough room for a couple of grocery bags. Interior storage space is also poor.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 54 Nissan 370Z reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan 370Z?

Our site has about 120 listings for the 2016 Nissan 370Z, and the average list price is $26,600. Prices range from $20,300 to $36,000, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan 370Z Cost to Own?

The 2016 Nissan 370Z’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total to about $34,430.

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

A 2019 Nissan 370Z has a starting price of nearly $30,000, which is about $4,000 more than the average list price of a 2016 model. The 2018 370Z adds only a couple of standard features over the 2016 – namely, iPod integration, a rearview camera, and a proximity key. In most cases, you’re better off purchasing the older model, which will save you money.  

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For less than the average price of a 2016 370Z, you can purchase a new sports car that offers many more benefits than the 370Z. For example, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a top-ranking sports car that has a base price of around $25,500. It offers agile handling, outstanding gas mileage, an upscale interior, and a great reliability rating. For 2019, the Miata received a standard rearview camera and a new engine with more horsepower.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan 370Z Is Best?

Nissan launched the 370Z during the 2009 model year, and the 2016 model belongs to the same generation. The 370Z hasn’t seen any major changes in the last several years. You may want to consider earlier models that are similarly equipped and styled, mainly because they offer much of the same car for less. You should start your search with the 2015 Nissan 370Z, which comes standard with Bluetooth and performance updates like steering and suspension enhancements. However, if you want to maximize your engine’s growl, the 2016 model offers Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement, both of which reduce road noise for you to better hear the engine’s exhaust note.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan 370Z?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 370Z a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is about average for the class.

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2016 Nissan 370Z Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Nissan 370Z had no reported recalls.

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Which Used Nissan 370Z Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Nissan 370Z comes in coupe and roadster (convertible) body styles. The coupe comes in six trims: base 370Z, Sport, Sport Tech, Touring, Nismo, and Nismo Tech. The roadster comes in just three trims: 370Z, Touring, and Touring Sport.

We recommend getting the Sport trim, which has plenty of performance enhancements. It comes with sport brakes, a sport-tuned manual transmission, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and a rear spoiler. Models with the automatic transmission have paddle shifters. The Sport trim also features Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement. They reduce road noise, allowing you to better hear the engine’s growl.

If you want a few more tech features along with your performance upgrades, choose the Nissan 370Z Sport Tech. It comes with navigation, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and Bluetooth audio steaming.

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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.

Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. 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 evaluated the Nissan 370Z, which is typical for sports cars. 

A rearview camera is the only available driver assistance feature.

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2016 Nissan 370Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan 370Z or 2016 Mazda3?

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a modern cabin with upscale styling and quality materials. The Miata is available with more features than the 370Z, including blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Additionally, this sports car has lower estimated ownership costs than the 370Z. While the 2016 MX-5 Miata doesn’t have nearly as much engine power as the 2016 370Z, it provides lively handling and returns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan 370Z or 2016 Ford Mustang?

Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2016 Ford Mustang is a more functional sports car for day-to-day life. However, the Mustang’s practicality doesn’t mean this muscle car is boring. Unlike the 370Z with its sole V6 engine, the Mustang is available with three power plants, including a potent V8. One of the available engines features EcoBoost technology, which helps the Mustang return better fuel economy estimates than the 370Z. Inside, the Mustang boasts an elegant cabin that mixes modern styling with retro elements like dashboard gauges. It also has more standard features than the 370Z, including a second USB port, a voice-controlled infotainment system, and Ford’s MyKey system, which allows you to record performance data. The Mustang’s trunk has almost double the capacity of what the 370Z offers. One knock against this car, however, is its below-average reliability rating for the industry. 

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2016 Nissan 370Z Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan 370Z Drive?

The Nissan 370Z’s base engine is a 332-horsepower V6 that makes 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Performance-tuned 370Z Nismo models have a modified version of the base engine that produces 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers exhilarating power and snappy acceleration. The Nissan 370Z zips around tight corners with ease, thanks in part to its standard rear-wheel drive. It also has a more comfortable ride than most of its rivals, and there’s plenty of braking power.

Does the 2016 Nissan 370Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 370Z has poor fuel economy for the class, at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the base engine and automatic transmission.

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2016 Nissan 370Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Nissan 370Z Seat?

The Nissan 370Z is available as a two-seat coupe or a roadster, which is a convertible. Cloth upholstery is standard, and some upper trims have leather-appointed seats that are heated and power adjustable. The 370Z Nismo version comes with leather Recaro seats, and the Nissan 370Z Roadster adds seating ventilation. The seats are comfortable, and even tall folks have ample room. The small back window can restrict rear visibility, however, which is common for a sports car.

2016 Nissan 370Z Features

Automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard. An eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and a 7-inch touch screen are available. The base dashboard setup is easy to operate, and the available navigation system is responsive and intuitive.

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2016 Nissan 370Z Dimensions

Nissan 370Z Cargo Space

The 370Z coupe has 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, and the roadster has 4.2 cubic feet. Both capacities are low compared to rivals. There’s also limited interior storage space.

2016 370Z Length and Weight

The 2016 Nissan 370Z measures nearly 14 feet long. The coupe model’s curb weight ranges from 3,292 pounds to 3,440 pounds. The roaster model’s curb weight ranges from 3,463 pounds to 3,543 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan 370Z Built?

Nissan assembled the 2016 370Z in Japan.

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