2019 Nissan 370Z

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#8 out of 8 in Sports Cars

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2019 Nissan 370Z Performance Review

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Performance: 8.1

The 2019 Nissan 370Z doesn't deliver the same level of performance as most other sports cars. Class rivals are either nimbler or more powerful, and some are both. That said, the 370Z still has better performance than the average vehicle, with plenty of engine power, quick acceleration, and agile handling. Fuel economy is below average in the 370Z, but the ride is generally smooth.

  • Performance is average in most categories. The 370Z's brutish shifter deserves some of the blame (especially without the SynchroRev Match function)." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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 You may think it awkward, outdated and maybe even a bit stupid.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 features a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, or you can opt for a seven-speed automatic. This Nissan accelerates fairly quickly and provides plenty of power, but the engine whines at higher rpms.

The 370Z Nismo trim features the same engine, but it produces 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Though it looks like a good number, rivals like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger all offer high-performance trims with horsepower ratings far beyond that of the 370Z Nismo.

The 370Z gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Many rivals come standard with a four-cylinder engine that delivers better fuel economy. However, even measured against competitors' V6 engines, the 370Z's gas mileage ratings are below average.

  • The Z got to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, but it seemed to take no pleasure in doing so. The launch is tricky without a limited-slip and the engine's coarse groan makes it mentally difficult to wring it out to the 7,500-rpm redline. The Z is pretty quick, but so are comparable Mustang and Camaro models." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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 handles extremely well by the standards of a normal vehicle, but it doesn't stand out – and may indeed trail the competition – in the sports car class. The car sits low and has a firm suspension, which limits body lean around turns and helps you feel connected to the road. The ride is generally smooth, though you will feel larger impacts. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is not available.

  • "A sports car should excel above everything else in performance. And while the Z manages to keep up with the competition in a straight line, its handling prowess is restricted by a lack of a proper differential and an unrefined drivetrain." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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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