2018 Nissan 370Z Performance Review


Performance: 8.3

The 2018 Nissan 370Z carries on the Z’s tradition of being an athletic, energetic sports car. Its V6 engine sprints quickly off the line, augmented by precise handling and outstanding grip. For some, the 370Z's driving demeanor is too extreme for the Z to be a pleasant daily driver.

  • Performance is average in most categories. The 370Z's brutish shifter deserves some of the blame (especially without the SynchroRev Match function)." -- Edmunds
  • Aside from its commendable sporting performance, the regular Z is still a fine car for the daily commute. Its ride is compliant enough to comfortably get you where you're going." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • The 370Z Nismo is like an aging prizefighter. It's getting a bit long in the tooth and around town it can be a bit of a lumbering brute. You may think it awkward, outdated and maybe even a bit stupid. But when it steps into the ring, the Z Nismo takes on a grace you wouldn't have thought possible. It's still got some impressive footwork and there is a practiced intelligence and experience behind its still impressive performance." -- CNET (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 370Z is powered by a 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed automatic is available. The engine feels energetic and powerful, though shifting gears with the manual transmission can take extra effort. The available SynchroRev Match system helps smooth out shifts by quickly adjusting the throttle as you shift. Gas mileage is typical for a V6-powered sports car: up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

The same-sized engine and matching transmission choices power the 370Z Nismo Tech. With this powertrain, the horsepower rating increases to 350, but expected fuel economy remains the same.

  • Fortunately, the good folks at Nissan added an Exedy high-performance clutch on all 2018 370Z trims. The former Z's clutch was like using a thigh-press machine at the gym, making the car difficult to drive in traffic and tough to modulate off the line. The lighter Exedy clutch for 2018 is easier to control, and while driving a stick shift in traffic is never fun, at least now you won't be left with a beefy left thigh at the end of the day." -- CNET
  • The non-Nismo 370Z's zero-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds is reasonably quick, but you have to work for it. The six-speed manual's shift action is unnecessarily heavy and especially so at higher rpm. Without the Sport trims' otherwise excellent SynchroRev Match function, this is not a good manual transmission." -- Edmunds
  • Thanks to its strong engine and quick-shifting transmissions, the 2017 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 (NISMO), the performance experience is deftly elevated." -- Autotrader (2017)

Handling and Braking

The 370Z comes only as a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Handling feels like a traditional sports car, with responsive steering and high levels of grip, for an experience that intimately connects the driver to the road. Drivers who have experienced this type of setup before will appreciate how the suspension system keeps a firm hold on body roll, but some may find the ride too firm for everyday driving.

  • Overall the ride is a bit stiff, thanks to the sporty suspension that keeps the 370Z flat in the turns. It's fine for some folks but if this is your first foray into sports car territory, you might find it a little jarring." -- CNET
  • This ride is stiff but no more so than the average sport coupe. Its suspension does a reasonably good job absorbing smaller bumps. Larger bumps are more dramatic. Again, typical characteristics for a vehicle in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • It should come as no surprise that the 2017 370Z offers up excellent handling. It is a 2-seat sports car, after all, and that's its job. But the unexpected benefit of a comfortable ride when you just want to cruise to the beach is equally welcome." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

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