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2017 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2017 Nissan 370Z's has unbridled performance thanks to its forceful V6 engine and athletic handling. However, the 370Z is one of the lowest-ranked sports cars. Its unfiltered nature gives it sizable drawbacks, and many rivals offer similar levels of enjoyment with fewer compromises.

Pros & Cons

  • Hearty V6 engine
  • Agile handling
  • Technology is sparse and feels dated
  • Limited cargo room
  • Lower fuel economy than rivals




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Nissan 370Z Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan 370Z a Good Used Car?

The Nissan 370Z is a good choice if you’re looking for the classic sports car experience. Cars like this eschew hand-holding and computerized systems to deliver an unadulterated connection between the driver and the road. Z cars are an acquired taste, however, and you may prefer the higher level of refinement and technology that many other sports cars offer. If so, you’ll likely see the 370Z as an out-of-date sports car that’s too rough around the edges.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Nissan 370Z in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 60 professional Nissan 370Z reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Nissan 370Z?

As a new vehicle, the 2017 Nissan 370Z came with one of the highest base prices among sports cars. Coupe models started at $29,990, and roadster models started about $11,800 higher, at $41,820.

When it comes to used-car prices for the 370Z, keep in mind that factors such as optional features, vehicle condition, and mileage affect the actual listing price. Pricing information for used 2017s models was not available at the time of this writing.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan 370Z Cost to Own?

We estimate that you'll pay around $32,000 over five years to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2017 370Z. That's several thousand dollars higher than our estimates for the 2017 Subaru BRZ ($27,700) and 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata ($23,100), but still cheaper than a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ($33,000) or 2017 Nissan GT-R (42,800).

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

Nissan rearranged a few trim levels and features for 2018. Otherwise, the 2017 is a carbon copy of new 2018 and 2019 models. Consider saving your money by opting for a used 370Z instead of a new model.

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Before you zoom off in a Z, you may want to take a spin around the block in a couple of its top competitors. The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is an excellent alternative if you dream of an energetic roadster and don’t care much about raw power. Its handling is exquisitely responsive, and its starting price is around $25,300. For something a little larger and more muscular, consider a 2018 Ford Mustang. This pony car has a plethora of trim levels and powertrain options, with sticker prices as low as $25,700.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan 370Z Is Best? 

Although Nissan's Z car has been around for quite some time, the sixth-generation model is especially long in the tooth. Launched in 2009 (and including the 2019 model), the 370Z has received few major updates over the years, and its scores in our rankings have barely changed since 2012. A few treats have been added recently, such as active noise cancellation and enhanced engine sounds in 2016. Because this car is otherwise unchanged, you can likely save money by shopping for an older model instead.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan 370Z?

J.D. Power predicts that the 2017 370Z will be slightly more reliable than the average used car, giving it a score of 3.5 out of five.

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2017 Nissan 370Z Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not issued any recalls for the 2017 370Z as of the date of this review.

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Which Used Nissan 370Z Model Is Right for Me?

For 2017, Nissan offered the 307Z in three configurations, each with its own set of trim levels. The coupe model is powered by a 332-horspower V6 engine and comes in base, Sport, Sport Tech, and Touring editions. The drop-top roadster model employs the same V6 engine but splits trims into base, Touring, and Touring Sport. The performance-oriented Nismo versions include the Nismo and Nismo Tech trims, which boast a 350-horsepower V6 engine.

If leather seats are a must, look for one of the Touring editions. We recommend the 370Z Sport for shoppers that want to spend a little less. It lacks the touch-screen display, but you’ll get an upgraded Bose audio system, active noise cancelling, and active sound enhancement (a system that essentially boosts the sound of the engine in the cabin).

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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?

Like numerous other sports cars, the 370Z did not undergo crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some uplevel trims come with a rearview camera, but no other advanced safety features are standard or available.  

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2017 Nissan 370Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan 370Z or 2017 Ford Mustang?

If you want a sports car that’s both brawny and iconic, you can't overlook the 2017 Ford Mustang. Like the Nissan Z, the Mustang was first unleashed well before the 1970's gas crisis curtailed the muscle car engine. The current generation honors its heritage with the cabin's retro styling and toggle switches. The Mustang also has plenty of new technology, better fuel economy, far more optional safety features, and more high-tech infotainment options than you get with the 370Z. The blue oval muscle car also has outstanding crash test ratings, and it can seat two extra people. It gets our recommendation as the better buy in this comparison.  

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan 370Z or 2017 Subaru BRZ?

The Subaru BRZ only comes with a four-cylinder engine, so you'll have to stick with the 370Z if wielding a growling, meaty V6 engine is a requirement for your thrills. That doesn't mean this Subaru isn't fun in its own right, though. Lightweight and agile, the BRZ is quite athletic, and its 205-horsepower engine is plenty enthusiastic. Our advice: Take both the 370Z and BRZ for a drive, and opt for the one that you enjoy more.

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2017 370Z Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan 370Z Drive?

As an unfiltered sports car, the 370Z is meaty and athletic, but it may feel too unforgiving or unpolished for some. Its 3.7-liter V6 engine (rated at 332 horsepower in the coupe and roadster, or 350 horsepower in Nismo editions) gets things moving with gusto, whether you are sprinting from a stop or at highway speeds. The rear-wheel-drive Z has precise steering, excellent road grip, and a sport-tuned ride that can be overly harsh for a daily driver.

Does the 2017 Nissan 370Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 370Z gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That's on the low side for a sports car.

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2017 370Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 370Z Seat?

With no back seat, the 370Z has room for two people. Reviewers are split on whether the manually adjustable seats are cushy and supportive, or too firm for extended drives. Upgrades are fairly limited, though select models come with goodies like heated and cooled seats, leather and suede upholstery, and Alcantara-trimmed Recaro sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan 370Z?

The passenger seat has one top tether anchor, usable only for forward-faced child safety seats. However, we do not recommend using a child seat in a vehicle with only two seats.

2017 Nissan 370Z Features

Technology is sparse inside the 370Z, but what's there is easy to use. The minimalistic interior design is a nod to the original Z cars. Every model features a USB port and iPod integration, while higher trims delete the old-school radio in exchange for an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.    

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2017 Nissan 370Z Dimensions

Nissan 370Z Cargo Space

Trunk space is quite slim in the 370Z, even for a two-door sports car. Coupe models have a 6.9-cubic-foot trunk and roadster models have 4.2 cubic feet of space. That's enough room for a weekend's worth of luggage – as long as you pack light.

Nissan 370Z Length and Weight

In coupe form, the 370Z stretches almost 14 feet and has a curb weight that ranges between 3,292 and 3,353 pounds. Roadster editions are shorter by less than an inch, with a curb weight as high as 3,503 pounds. The 370Z Nismo is 14.2 feet long, and has a curb weight between 3,389 and 3,398 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan 370Z Built?

Nissan built the 370Z in Japan alongside the 2017 Nissan GT-R, 2017 Infiniti Q50, and 2017 Infiniti Q60.

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