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2018 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a sports car that offers muscular engines, athletic handling, and that’s about all. It ranks near the bottom of the class because its interior has few creature comforts and lacks many of the tech features found in higher-ranking rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust V6 engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Technology feels dated
  • Few available safety features and cabin amenities
  • Limited cargo room




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Nissan 370Z Overview

Is the 2018 Nissan 370Z a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a good car for those who value an old-school, driver-focused sports car. If you want anything more than that, the 370Z probably isn’t for you.

The 2018 370Z has several strengths:

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Slick manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Good road grip

Unfortunately, it also has many weaknesses:

  • Bare-bones cabin styling and features
  • Not much trunk room
  • Small back window limits rear visibility
  • Stiff suspension makes for a sometimes jarring ride
  • Predicted reliability rating is low for the class
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Nissan 370Z review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 63 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Nissan 370Z?

We have few listings for the 2018 Nissan 370Z on our site, but the average list price is $29,400, which is significantly above average for the class. This is not surprising, as the 370Z was one of the more expensive cars in this class when it was new.

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How Much Does the 2018 Nissan 370Z Cost to Own?

The 2018 370Z’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $31,900, or $6,380 per year. That’s slightly above average for a sports car.

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

Prices for the 2019 Nissan 370Z start at $29,990 and can reach upwards of $50,000. There were only a couple significant updates for the new 370Z. The 2019 model is the first with a standard rearview camera, which is helpful considering the car’s poor rearward visibility. Also, a manual transmission is no longer available in roadster (convertible) body types, though you can still get one in the coupe. Unless you want a roadster with a stick shift, stick with a 2018 model, which will probably save you some money and get you a car with nearly all the features in the newer model.

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To save even more money, consider an older used model. The 370Z has not been redesigned since its launch for 2009. We recommend starting your search with the 2015 model. It received updated suspension and steering, as well as standard Bluetooth for phone calls. For 2016, Nissan introduced an available Bose stereo with active noise cancellation. There were no major changes for 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Nissan 370Z?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 370Z a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry but below average for the sports car class.

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2018 Nissan 370Z Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Nissan 370Z:

  • Incorrectly installed air bags in some models

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Nissan 370Z Trim 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 engine paired to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available seven-speed automatic.

We recommend the 370Z Sport trim. Between its Bose stereo, active noise cancellation system, and active sound enhancement system, your audio experience is enhanced. If you want a touch screen and navigation, upgrade to the 370Z Sport Tech.

  • Nissan 370Z: The base model Nissan 370Z comes standard with cloth seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, a proximity key, and push-button start.
  • Nissan 370Z Sport: The 370Z Sport is only available as a hardtop coupe. 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: The Sport Tech trim adds navigation, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen, voice recognition, and satellite radio. This trim is only available in the coupe body style.
  • Nissan 370Z Touring: The Touring trim upgrades the seats with genuine leather upholstery, plus heat and power adjustments. Choices under this trim level include the 370Z Coupe Touring, the 370Z Roadster Touring, and the performance-oriented 370Z Roadster Touring Sport.
  • Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech: This model has sport-tuned brakes as well as a sport-tuned suspension and exhaust system. The Nismo Tech also has 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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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?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 370Z.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • none

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

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2018 Nissan 370Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan 370Z or 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is a better and much more versatile sports car than the 370Z. The Camaro's base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine doesn’t lay down as much power as the 370Z’s V6, but it gets better fuel economy. However, the Camaro has three available engines – one V6 and two V8s. The V6 is about equal to the 370Z’s. The two V8s are far more potent. The Chevy is also available with Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the handling and ride so it’s good for both driving around town and racing on the track. Both cars offer poor visibility and could use some nicer cabin materials, but the Camaro is the superior sports car overall.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan 370Z or 2018 Ford Mustang?

Simply put, the 2018 Ford Mustang is the better sports car. It features a potent engine lineup, a stylish cabin, and the easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system. So not only is it fun to drive, but it’s a pleasure to sit in, too. It’s also a great car for weekend getaways, as it has one of the most spacious trunks in the class. The Mustang has a below-average predicted reliability rating, but in every other way it’s better than the 370Z.

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2018 370Z Performance

How Does the 2018 Nissan 370Z Drive?

The Nissan 370Z's V6 engine pairs well with the standard six-speed manual transmission, though it can take extra effort to shift gears. The available automatic transmission with rev matching does an excellent job adjusting the throttle for smoother shifts.

The sport-tuned suspension rides a bit stiff, but it minimizes body roll and keeps the car planted on winding roads. Accurate steering allows you to tear through sharp turns with confidence.

  • Base engine: 332-horsepower (350 with Nismo Tech) 3.7-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available seven-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Nissan 370Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Nissan 370Z gets average fuel economy estimates for a V6-powered sports car.

  • Coupe, manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
  • Coupe, automatic: 19/26 mpg
  • Roadster, manual: 17/24 mpg
  • Roadster, automatic: 18/25 mpg

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2018 370Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 370Z Seat?

The 2018 370Z seats two. How comfortable those seats are is up for debate. Some professional reviewers find them comfortable enough for driving around town and on longer road trips, while others say the seat cushions are too firm and have limited adjustability. Rearward visibility is limited by the small back window. The 370Z’s cabin design hasn’t changed much over the years, but performance enthusiasts will appreciate the simple, driver-centered cockpit.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
  • four-way manually adjustable passenger seat

Available seating features:

  • heated seats
  • power-adjustable seats
  • leather upholstery
  • Recaro sport seats (upholstered in genuine leather and Alcantara)
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan 370Z?

Non-Nismo 370Zs have a tether anchor for the front passenger seat, but Nissan does not recommend installing a child car seat there.

2018 Nissan 370Z Features

The standard features list is slim, and the technology is pretty basic, but the infotainment features that are available are easy to operate.

  • Standard infotainment features: a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Other standard features: automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start

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2018 Nissan 370Z Dimensions

Nissan 370Z Cargo Space

The 370Z coupe has 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space – just enough room for a medium-size bag or two. The roadster’s trunk has just 4.2 cubic feet. These figures aren’t uncommon for roadsters.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Nissan 370Z Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 9 inches to 14 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,333 to 3,522 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,968 to 4,112 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan 370Z Built?

Nissan built the 2018 370Z in Japan.

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