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The standard features of the Nissan 370Z Base include VQ 3.7L V-6 332hp engine, 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $41,820
|Search New||$41,820||332-hp 3.7L 6-cyl||7-spd auto||18 / 25|
|Touring Search New||$45,270||332-hp 3.7L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||17 / 24|
|Touring Search New||$46,570||332-hp 3.7L 6-cyl||7-spd auto||18 / 25|
|Touring Sport Search New||$48,100||332-hp 3.7L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||17 / 24|
|Touring Sport Search New||$49,400||332-hp 3.7L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||18 / 25|
The 370Z offers excellent driving dynamics and mostly excellent ride quality. It’s nimble as well as powerful, well done. However it has a slightly dull steering feel and there’s not much communication between road and wheel. It’s still rewarding and engaging to drive hard.
The 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 isn’t as refined as some rivals and doesn’t sound sweet at full song. It’s Nissan’s well-worn VQ engine series, more reliable than the previous 3.5-liter but also more mechanical sounding.
Both transmissions are slick and respectable. We like the 6-speed manual for its short, stiff throws between gears. Rev-matching downshifting eliminates heel-and-toe, and unlike heel-and-toe gets the throttle blip right every time. The paddleshifting automatic also does the blip, and with an automatic it’s all good because it doesn’t take away anything, from the driver.
The coupe, roadster and Nismo share lines. The coupe has aggressive details that aren’t overstated. The convertible looks muscular with the power top down, while still looking sleek and sporty with the top up. The Nismo has different trim, but it’s not like many sports cars, where the high-performance model gets wings and flares.
The cabin is simple, functional, and pleasing, designed to be purposeful. The materials and are premium, one step shy of luxury. The leathers, upholstery and switches feel durable and supple. But you won’t confuse the cabin for a Mercedes SL.
The four-way power seats are low and snug, with decent padding that’s comfortable for many body types. Still, the fairly stiff ride will get you. The seats are heated and cooled on upper models.
The power convertible top is quick to use, but it lets wind noise into the cabin when it’s up, and takes up trunk space (as they all do) when it’s down. It’s the nature of a soft top.
The standard wide tires are loud in the cabin. So is the engine, even with the noise-canceling system that’s standard on all models except base. Some engines we want to hear at full song, but the aging V6 in the 370Z is less mellifluous than it used to be.
Forward visibility is good but rearward three-quarters not so good, on account of thick pillars in the coupe and roadster. That worrisome blind spot, looking over your shoulder when pulling onto the highway at an angle, can’t be helped. However a rearview camera is standard on all models except base.
We suggest a good long test drive in the 370Z, before you buy. If you like the engine and dynamics, buy it. There are no dealbreakers with this car except it might not grab you.
Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.
The 2017 Nissan 370Z is available in coupe and roadster versions. There’s also a Nismo-tuned coupe.
Safety features include front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control, but not much else. There are also active head restraints and pre-tension seatbelts.
It comes as a base model, Sport, Sport Tech, and Touring for the coupe; Touring and Touring Sport for the convertible; base and Tech for the Nismo. None of the trims can be customized from the factory, although dealer options can be added, for example an aero kit. For 2017, the coupe and convertible come in a new color, bright Chicane Yellow, though the 370Z is rarely a rolling chicane.