2013 Nissan 370Z Overview

CarsDirect Staff
December 10, 2012

The Nissan 370Z is a two-seat roadster that continues a long line of Nissan's Z cars. Available as a coupe or a roadster, it occupies its own niche. The 370Z offers more supple handling than pony cars like the Ford Mustang and better fit and finish that entry-level coupes like the Miata or Subaru BRZ. Yet, it still has a 332-HP V6 with a manual transmission that helps drivers change gears by opening up the throttle for a moment, available in the Sports package.

Standard features include eight-way driver’s seats and leather-wrapped steering wheels. Like entry-level luxury cars, the Nissan 370Z offers automatic climate control and LED and Xenon headlights to make it easier to see at night. Optional packages include a rearview camera and touchscreen interfaces, which makes it easier to park the 370Z with its reduced rear visibility as well as handle trip directions. Increased power is also available in the NISMO package. Throughout, the Nissan 370Z combines the ability to carve turns with a suspension that won’t jar occupants over rough roads.

One downside for some buyers will be the V6 engine, which has a rough sound in the Nissan 370Z and the interior isn’t well insulated. It may make some consider the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which adds two more seats and a roomier interior. The starting price of a Ford Mustang is a bit lower, but the brakes are worse and handling isn’t as good. Similarly, the Audi TT has more seats, as well as more power amenities, but substantially less power. The Mazda Miata is another coupe option, but doesn’t have a factory hard-top, has worse brakes and is quite slow. The Nissan 370Z isn’t plush, but it is comfortable and rewards buyers with great handling and power in a sleek, curvy package.