The Nissan 370Z is a two-seat sports car offered in coupe, NISMO, and roadster configurations. It's an iconic model, tracing its heritage to the days of Datsun. The 370Z is an ideal alternative for GT-R aspirants, especially for individuals whose pockets aren’t deep, but who still prize Nissan performance prowess.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Nissan 370Z is available in coupe and roadster body styles. This rear-wheel drive model is sold in 370Z (Base), Sport, Sport Tech, Touring, NISMO, and NISMO Tech trims for the coupe. Roadster models are available in 370Z (Base), Touring, and Touring Sport trims.

Most models are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine creating 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 370Z Coupe makes an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, and 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when paired with the automatic transmission.

NISMO models get the same engine and transmissions, but the engine is enhanced with an H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning and engine control calibration. As a result, these models make 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque.

The 370Z was introduced in 2009 and represents a long line of “Z” models. Now in its ninth model year, the current model remains mostly unchanged from its significant refresh of two years ago.

The standard 370Z Coupe 6MT model costs $29,990. Choose the automatic and your price is $31,290. The 370Z Coupe Sport 6MT model is priced from $33,570. Choose the automatic and you’ll pay $34,870. The 370Z Coupe Sport Tech 6MT model costs $37,070. The automatic version will cost you $38,370. Purchase the 370Z Coupe Touring 6MT model and you’ll pay from $37,970 or $39,270 for the automatic.

NISMO models are priced as follows. The 370Z Coupe NISMO 6MT starts at $41,990 and the automatic costs $43,290. Choose the 370Z Coupe NISMO Tech 6MT and you’ll pay from $45,490 or $46,790 for the automatic.

Roadster prices are as follows. The 370Z Roadster 7AT costs $41,820. The 370Z Roadster Touring 6MT is priced from $45,270 and $46,570 for the automatic. The 370Z Roadster Touring Sport 6MT costs $48,100 while the automatic is priced from $49,400.

Prices do not reflect $835 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Nissan 370Z
  • Any way you look at it, the 370Z is a performance machine and especially so when dressed in NISMO garb. For those who prefer to shift for themselves, the manual transmission is a thrill and the clutch offers smooth uptake. The SynchroRev downshifts are the clincher here.
  • Choose the NISMO if you are a track aspirant. Not only is it dressed to take on laps, our reviewers found it to be a non-compromise track car.

Performance Cons

  • The ride is firmer than what we like and the steering is indirect. Small demerits, nevertheless.

Interior Pros

Nissan 370Z
  • You won’t confuse the 370Z with certain German competitors, but that doesn’t mean the interior is without merit. Our reviewers found the leathers, upholstery and switchgear felt durable and supple.
  • Again, the NISMO models offer something not found in the other models, including black-and-red Recaro leather-appointed sport seats. You’ll appreciate the superior hold when accelerating and cornering.

Interior Cons

  • The cabin is snug and confining. Tall people should find the driver’s seat fine with some adjustment, but the overall cockpit is still cramped.
  • The Roadster’s cargo space is tiny, measuring just 4.2 cubic feet. If you’re by yourself, that’s one thing. But if you and your beau are planning a weekend getaway, you’ll need to pack lightly.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We’re glad Nissan held the line on prices from last year. That’s a smart move on Nissan’s part as a base model can still be had for about $30,000.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We love roadsters, but the 370Z convertible delivers too much wind noise. Press the V6 to its limits and you’ll hear the engine howl. Although engine chatter is music to every enthusiast’s ear, it becomes old after aa while.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 370Z is showing its age and needs an update. Another downside is the paucity of customizing options. It's competitors offer far more choices. Despite these shortcomings, we like that the Z remains available. We also know that although the wait has been long, what will eventually follow should meet our expectations.