The Nissan's Z car has a long and storied history of delivering driving thrills in an elemental package and at a reasonable price. Though it lost its way a bit in the 1990s, the resurrected Z, most notably the current 370Z, is a return to its roots of accessible performance without breaking the bank.

Best Value

What you see is pretty much what you get in the 2018 Nissan 370Z. What we mean is that the trims are pretty much set, and there are very few – if any – optional packages available.

To us, the best value of the bunch is the 370Z Sport Tech, as it not only gets all the performance goodies of the Sport model, like the limited-slip differential, 19-inch RAYS wheels, sport brakes, and rev match, but it also gets some of the Zs limited tech features. The latter include navigation, a rearview camera, and Homelink garage door opener.

  • Model: 2018 Nissan 370Z Sport Tech
  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6
  • Output: 332 hp/ 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: N/A
  • Base Price: $37,995 (including am $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $37,995

Performance

Nissan 370z

With 332 horsepower coming from its base V6 and a standard six-speed manual transmission, the 370Z delivers an engaging drive that traditional sports car lovers will fall in love with. What’s more the manual transmission’s rev-matching system makes any driver seem like a heel-toe professional.

Those looking for even more fun can opt for the Nismo model, which ups the power to 350 hp and 276 pound-feet of torque. It also gains a retuned suspension for even more fun in the twist.

Like many sports cars, the ride 370Z’s ride quality is not even bordering on good, especially with the optional 19-inch wheels. The steering system is also surprisingly numb for a sports car, making it feel a bit like a video game steering wheel.

Interior and Exterior

The Nissan 370Z’s classic styling is pleasing to the traditionalist’s eye, as it boasts all the proportions of sports cars from years past while still looking modern. Its interior does much of the same and resists the temptation to get too boy-racer-like. The front seats are also comfortable enough for a road trip, though most of the comfort is left for its INFINITI sibling, the Q60.

Nismo models find clever ways to deliver a touch of uniqueness with their mild red highlights, but they have mostly shed all the wilder styling elements that made them stick out. This makes the higher-performing model more palatable for the masses.

Its simplicity does go a bit too far in its standard features list, as the 370Z lacks a standard infotainment screen, which is a must-have in today’s world. Also, models without the optional noise-cancelation technology can get a little loud on rougher roads and at higher throttle levels.

The Best and Worst Things

Classic sports car look, feel and drive all evoke memories of the Z cars that started it all. There are few vehicles on showroom floors today that can deliver this same look and feel. Plus, just having a manual transmission is a miracle in a new car, but having a slick one like the 370Z has is an added bonus.

However, the Z's simplicity also breeds a little too much of a utilitarian feel. Its lack of a standard infotainment screen is a big oversight, and its unrefined ride in the base model shows that Nissan took a set-it-and-forget-it approach with the 370Zs chassis several years back.

Right For? Wrong For?

Nissan 370Z

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is the perfect rig for the buyer who always says, “they don’t build ‘em like they used to.” The 370Z is built “like they used to” almost to a flaw, making it a great option for the traditionalist who only cares about an analog sports car that does what you tell it to do.

Younger buyers who are looking for all the latest tech and nannies to make them feel like a race car driver will find they are in way over their heads in the Z.

The Bottom Line

Though it may lack all the gadgets and gizmos some of its competitors boast, the 370Z delivers for sports car traditionalists. This is not to say the 370Z is a rolling time capsule filled with 1980s tech, like K.I.T.T.-inspired digital dashboards and slow-as-molasses power windows, but it is just a step behind the competition, and this lag almost seems intentional.