2018 Nissan 370Z

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2018 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a throwback sports car powered by pure muscle. While some enjoy its rough edges and no-frills interior, these traits relegate the 370Z toward the bottom of our sports car rankings.

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 6.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

 

  • Robust V6 engine
  • Athletic handling

 

 

  • Technology feels dated
  • Few available safety and comfort amenities
  • Limited cargo room

 

Is the Nissan 370Z a Good Car?

Though the 370Z holds up the bottom of our sports car rankings, it's not a bad car. Just think of it as a car with a very specific mission. It boasts old-school, coarse driving dynamics that forge a connection between driver and road. The tradeoff is a rough ride, an outdated cabin design, and few features.

Should I Buy the Nissan 370Z?

You should buy a new Nissan 370Z if you salivate over the Nissan GT-R but can't afford its six-figure price tag. Although the Z provides a raw experience behind the wheel, you may find it too rough for daily driving.

There are several other sports and muscle cars that deliver thrilling performance, albeit with modern aides that eschew the 370Z's old-school dynamics. If you need something with back seats, check out see the Ford Mustang. Look to the Audi TT for fresher technology.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan 370Z?

For 2018, there are some subtle changes to the 370Z. Acceleration and torque delivery benefit from new engine tuning, and manual 370Zs receive a motorsport-inspired clutch that aims to improve performance. The high-performance model formerly known as Nismo is now called Nismo Tech, but there are few notable differences between the models. The exterior receives new tinted headlights and taillights, and a black rear fascia gives the car a slightly more aggressive appearance.

Consider a used model if you want to save money and don't care about the 2018's improvements. The car received a refreshed suspension and steering, along with standard Bluetooth, for 2015. For 2016, Nissan introduced noise cancellation for the Bose stereo. To research some other models in this generation, visit our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Nissan 370Z. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 63 Reviews Analyzed

This overview includes analysis of 63 professional Nissan 370Z reviews, combined with details such as performance specs, a rundown of standard features, and fuel economy estimates. This 2018 Nissan 370Z review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2009 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan 370Z Cost?

The 2018 370Z is one of the most expensive models in our sports car rankings. The Nissan 370Z coupe starts at $29,990 and tops out at $39,590 for the Touring trim. The 370Z roadster comes in three trim levels, with starting prices ranging from $41,820 to $49,400. Expect to pay $45,690 or more for the performance-oriented Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech.

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Nissan 370Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan 370Z or Chevrolet Camaro?

Powertrain options in the Chevrolet Camaro beat the 370Z's specs when it comes to fuel economy (with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder) and horsepower (the V8-powered ZL1 has a 650-horsepower rating). Performance options like Magnetic Ride Control make the Camaro both a comfortable daily driver and a track-worthy sports car.

 Which Is Better: Nissan 370Z or Ford Mustang?

The Ford Mustang's deft handling, high-quality cabin, and powerful engine lineup help it rank near the top in our sports car rankings. The Mustang also gets great crash tests scores and has an above-average reliability rating. Simply put, it’s a much better choice than the 370Z.

Which Is Better: Nissan 370Z or Audi TT?

If you have some wiggle room in your budget, you may want to consider the Audi TT. This luxury sports car is light and lively on its feet (err, wheels), but its base engine is less powerful than the 370Z’s. Still, the TT is refined inside and out, and it boasts plenty of standout tech features like a cutting-edge driver's display.

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370Z Performance

370Z Engine: Meaty V6

The 3.7-liter V6 engine powering the 370Z feels almost as authoritative as a V8. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and the available SynchroRev Match system does an excellent job adjusting the throttle for a cleaner shift. A seven-speed automatic transmission is available. The Nismo Tech edition (which has the same size engine and same transmission options) raises the horsepower rating from 332 to 350.

370Z Gas Mileage: Typical for a V6

The 370Z gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. While that's thirstier than rivals with a four-cylinder engine, it's typical for a V6-powered sports car.

370Z Ride and Handling: Planted and Athletic

The rear-wheel-drive 370Z is a joy to drive through twisty canyons, and it’s capable of holding its own on the track. Its precise steering and first-rate grip add to its athletic appeal. The sport-tuned suspension minimizes unwelcome body movements but may feel overly stiff for those unaccustomed to riding in an authentic sports car.

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370Z Interior

How Many People Does the 370Z Seat?

Because reviews are mixed on the comfort of the two-person 370Z, we recommend taking an extended drive to judge the cushions, bolsters, and adjustments for yourself. Pay particular attention to the visibility – if you find the view out the rear too limiting, you'll want to buy a trim that comes with a rearview camera. Cloth upholstery is standard in this sports car, and seating options include leather seats, heat, and Recaro sport seats.

370Z and Car Seats

Non-Nismo 370Zs have a tether anchor for the front passenger seat.

370Z Interior Quality

Like seating comfort, appraisals of the 370Z’s interior styling depend on personal taste. The design itself is getting long in the tooth (this is the ninth production year for the current generation), but enthusiasts welcome the driver-focused cockpit. Materials are a mix of cloth and hard plastic, with higher quality elements such as leather, Alcantara, and aluminum showing up in upper trim levels.

370Z Cargo Space

Underneath the hatchback of the 370Z is 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space – enough room for a couple pieces of luggage, but not much else. In comparison, the Audi TT has as much as 12 cubic feet of trunk space.

370Z Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The description of the 370Z as a driver's car is evident when you look at the car's technology. Its infotainment system is basic: The standard Bluetooth connection doesn't support audio streaming, and only the top two trims come with a touch screen, navigation, and a rearview camera. The technology is user-friendly, though, and shoppers who prefer a distraction-free cockpit will have few complaints.

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370Z Reliability

Is the Nissan 370Z Reliable?

The 2018 Nissan 370Z has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s average for the industry but slightly below the class average.

Nissan 370Z Warranty

The 2018 370Z comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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370Z Safety

370Z Crash Test Results

The 370Z – like most low-production models – doesn't undergo crash test analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

370Z Safety Features

The 370Z doesn't come standard with any advanced safety technology. A rearview camera comes only in select trims.

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Which Nissan 370Z Model Is Right for Me?

Nissan 370Z models are split into three main categories: coupe (with four trim levels to choose from), convertible roadster (available in three trims), and the high-performance Nismo Tech. The non-Nismo cars come with a 332-horspower V6, paired to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available seven-speed automatic. More details on the notable standard features of each trim is listed below. Unless you're in the market for a minimalistic driver's car, we recommend the 370Z Sport. Between its Bose sound system and two active noise systems, your audio experience is enhanced. Its price strikes a good middle ground between the base model and higher trim levels, though it does lack the Sport Tech's touch screen and navigation.

Nissan 370Z

The base 370Z coupe ($29,990) comes with cloth seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, iPod integration, a proximity key, and push-button ignition. Upgrading from the manual transmission to the automatic adds $1,400 to the price; add $11,830 to the base MSRP for the convertible roadster.

Nissan 370Z Sport

The 370Z Sport comes only as a hardtop coupe, with prices starting at $33,570. Standard features include an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, active noise cancellation (a system to minimize low-frequency engine noise), and active sound enhancement (which boosts the sound of the engine in the cockpit). Larger wheels and a limited-slip differential are also included.

Nissan 370Z Sport Tech

Navigation, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, and satellite radio are among the upgrades added to the 370Z Sport Tech. This $37,070 trim is only available in the coupe body style.

Nissan 370Z Touring

Leather seats with heat and power adjustments come in the range-topping 370Z Touring trim, along with most standard features from the Sport Tech edition. Choices under this trim level include the 370Z Coupe Touring ($39,590), the 370Z Roadster Touring ($46,570), and the performance-oriented 370Z Roadster Touring Sport ($49,400).

Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech

Nissan has slightly adjusted its top performance edition of the 370Z for 2018, releasing it as the 370Z Nismo Tech ($45,690). It's powered by a 350-horsepower V6 mated to a six-speed manual transmission; you can upgrade to a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for $1,400. Nismo models have sport-tuned brakes and sport-tuned suspension and exhaust systems. They also include a limited-slip differential, Recaro sport seats with Alcantara inserts and leather trim, and the same level of infotainment technology as the Sport Tech edition.

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The Final Call

Unlike cars that can speak to many types of buyers, the 2018 Nissan 370Z calls out specifically to one market: enthusiasts yearning for a rear-wheel-drive coupe that handles like a traditional sports car. In other words, the emphasis is on the driver, the road course, and little else. Spirited drivers will thrill over the robust engines and athletic handling that Z cars are renowned for, with few technology diversions to water down the experience. Others will find this effect too brash for their taste.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Unfortunately, this generation 370Z came out for 2009. There hasn't been a full redesign since, which is an eternity in car terms, and Nissan hasn't made many substantive updates either. That means the 370Z continues to be just as unrefined and inconvenient for your daily drive as it was about a decade ago, but now it has also been surpassed in performance by newer competitors. These rivals also provide more features and a more livable driving experience. … Having a back-to-basics sports car certainly doesn't have to be a bad thing. But when competitors outdo the 370Z in both performance and livability, it's hard to recommend." -- Edmunds
  • The formula for building an enthusiast-oriented coupe is pretty much set in stone. Team a stiff, rear-drive platform to a nimble suspension, add a powerful engine and slick-shifting manual transmission, and finish it off with a modern cockpit as comfortable as it is functional. In the 2017 Nissan 370Z, this formula is tweaked to perfection, creating one of the last affordable rear-drive, 2-seat sports cars on the market." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • Nissan's 370Z … manages to strike a compelling balance between the sports-car driving experience its name and design suggest, but while simultaneously being a car you can live with every day. Available in Coupe, drop-top Roadster and Nismo versions, there's a Nissan 370Z for just about anybody, as long as they don't need more than two seats. Priced alongside cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, many owners compare their Z to cars like the Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4. It's not just posturing, as the 370Z offers plenty of power, excellent handling and even track-ready driving in Nismo form." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

 

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