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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Nissan 370Z OVERVIEW
The Nissan Z series has been around for roughly 46 years, and for most of those years the recipe has stayed more or less the same. The Z series has always been a two-seater performance car that is a ball to drive and comes with a reasonable starting price.
The 370Z is back for 2017 despite rumors that it may have been on its way out. While it managed to stay in production, the 370Z is basically unchanged from last year with color choices being the only major change and pricing remaining the same as 2016.
What's New for 2017
The 370Z is a holdover with almost nothing changing, including the price. A new, bright yellow paint color called Chicane Yellow is available as an option on any non-NISMO trim. Magma Red will no longer be offered as a color choice.
Choosing Your Nissan 370Z
The 370Z keeps its 3.7-liter V6 engine under the hood, which cranks out 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed automatic. The high-performance NISMO 370Z keeps the same engine under the hood but ups the horsepower to 350 via a different exhaust system and software adjustments.
The 370Z starts at $30,825 for a base model coupe and goes all of the way up to $48,100 for the Roadster Touring Sport. It's available as a Coupe and a soft-top Roadster and each comes in a variety of trim levels that determine how a car is equipped—there aren't any options except for the $1,300 automatic transmission.
If super-high-end performance is the most important thing to you, the NISMO is the only choice, but the Sport Tech model also provides a performance orientated ride combined with the tech conveniences many drivers crave. Even at the low end, the base model is packed with performance at a very affordable price point in this category.
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