2017 Nissan 370Z Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Nissan 370Z was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2017 Nissan 370Z features a strong V6 engine, athletic handling, and a fairly composed ride. Reviewers think the 370Z offers a good combination of performance attributes. For the ultimate in performance in this class, they note that the 370Z doesn’t match the driving experience offered by V8-powered rivals. It also gets low fuel economy for the class.

  • "The 370Z isn't the kind of sports car that you'll see in many rental-car fleets. It's meant for driving enthusiasts who will value ultra-responsive steering and a body that stays flat even in high-speed corners.” -- Edmunds
  • "Really helping the Z stand out is its balance between comfort and handling. You'd expect the excellent handling you get with the Z, but the comfortable ride you get when cruising to the beach is unexpected, and welcome." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Nissan 370Z comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. NISMO-branded models have a retuned version of the engine that makes 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a seven-speed automatic is optional. On Sport and NISMO models, the manual transmission has a rev-matching feature to smooth out downshifts and provide an even flow of power when upshifting.

The 2017 370Z gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, while those with the automatic transmission gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Those figures are lower than other V6-powered rivals in the class like the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Challenger.

Test drivers are impressed with the 370Z’s engine power, noting that acceleration is swift and shifts are quick. They think the SynchroRev Match feature boosts performance even more. However, they note that the car’s overall driving experience doesn’t match up to that of V8-powered rivals.

  • While the Z can boast V8-adjacent acceleration numbers, revving it to its redline isn't the reward it is in other sports cars. In normal driving, you'll often find yourself shifting up to the next gear to avoid the coarse noises that come with high-rpm engine speeds and the vibrations that come through the pedals and shifter. Despite all this, the 370Z is still invigorating to drive, especially at speed.” -- Edmunds
  • "Thanks to its strong engine and quick-shifting transmissions, the 2016 Nissan 370Z provides an abundance of power and acceleration. There's no shortage of straight-line performance here. The Z will impress you both off the line and on the open road. With the SynchroRev Match feature, the performance experience is deftly elevated." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "Under the long nose of the 2016 370Z is Nissan's excellent 3.7-liter V6 engine. Developing 332 horsepower in regular 370Z models, and 350 horsepower in the Nismo, it makes the Z a quick, powerful and responsive machine." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Handling and Braking

The 370Z has rear-wheel drive. It earns nearly unanimous praise from auto reviewers for its agile handling capabilities. It is most at home on twisty roads and offers a strong grip of the road, precise steering, and little body roll. The Z doesn’t glide over road imperfections as some cars do, but its ride is otherwise comfortable for a sports car.

  • "A big part of the 2017 Nissan 370Z's appeal is how well it goes around turns. It's easy to drive quickly and boasts an uncommon level of precision thanks to its relatively small size and light curb weight. Take a 370Z along your favorite serpentine road and you'll get a feeling of nimbleness that bigger sport coupes can't match." -- Edmunds
  • "The real magic happens when the Z's sport-tuned suspension is put to the paces at high speeds through tight corners. Whether on sharp canyon switchbacks or a super-curvy racetrack, this car exhibits gobs of grip and virtually no body lean. Its blend of agility and balance inspires tremendous confidence." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "To drive the 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe or Roadster around town, you'd be hard pressed to believe it's as capable as it is on a twisting road. Although road distortions and freeway expansion joints will quickly make their presence known, the ride isn't overly harsh, especially for a 2-seat sports car. Get the Z out on one of those mountain passes, though, and you'll discover a car with flat cornering, excellent steering and powerful brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

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