2016 Nissan 370Z Review
2016 Nissan 370Z Review
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- Excellent handling
- cool rev-matching manual transmission
- strong V6
- high-quality interior
- relatively low price.
- V6's lack of refinement
- intrusive road noise
- big blind spots
- little cargo space
- no USB port or Bluetooth audio on base and Sport trims.
For 2016, the Bose audio system is now standard on all but the base trim level, and it adds Active Noise Control and Active Sound Enhancer technology borrowed from the Nissan GT-R.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z still holds some appeal as a dedicated sports car. But from the vantage point of practicality or refinement, there are better choices available.
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The 2016 Nissan 370Z is the latest in a long line of "Z" coupes and convertibles from Nissan that have featured sporty styling, rear-wheel drive and six-cylinder power. The latest generation debuted back in 2009, however, leaving it as one of the oldest models on the market. The 370Z is still a top-tier athlete, and its relatively affordable pricing means there is ample value to be found. But whether the 2016 370Z makes for a smart purchase will largely depend on your priorities.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z's styling is looking pretty familiar these days.
The current Nissan Z focuses on handling and performance over comfort and cruising. A strong engine is matched by strong grip, and together they help rocket the 370Z through corners with authority. The 370Z also features a well-appointed and surprisingly upscale cabin. On the downside, there's not much cargo capacity, and the Z's large tires and modest noise insulation result in plenty of road noise at speed.
For 2016, Nissan is hoping to minimize the noise, having added Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Enhancer (ASE) to all models equipped with the Bose audio system. Nissan says the ANC is meant to remove undesirable low-frequency engine noise without diminishing the urgency of the 3.7-liter V6, while ASE is intended to make the engine sound sportier. A harsh, unrefined engine note has been a complaint in the 370Z since it was released. It's an unfortunate trait that detracts from what is an otherwise stout motor.
The 370Z has no direct competition, with most two-seat sports cars being far more expensive. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2016 Ford Mustang compete with the 370Z on price and offer thrilling V8 engines, but both have larger footprints and aren't as nimble around turns. If you want to save some cash, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S twins offer fantastic handling and a lot of value, but they aren't nearly as quick as the Z. For an extra dose of luxury along with excellent all-around performance, the BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible should hit the spot.
Like generations of Z cars before it, the 2016 Nissan 370Z is truly a niche sports car. But its various limitations make it something of an acquired taste, especially at this advanced stage of its career.
Performance & mpg
All versions of the 2016 Nissan 370Z except the Nismo models are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for all coupes and Touring and Touring Sport roadsters. On Sport and Sport Tech coupes and Touring Sport roadsters, the manual gearbox includes SynchroRev Match, a driver-selectable mode that automatically blips the throttle during downshifts to deliver perfectly smooth gearchanges.
A seven-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability and downshift rev-matching is optional for all 370Z coupes and standard on the base 370Z Roadster. Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are included on all automatic-equipped models except the base coupe.
In Edmunds performance testing, a 370Z coupe with a manual transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, while the heavier Roadster accomplished the same run in 5.5 seconds. That's about as quick as the four-cylinder BMW 228i coupe and convertible, but notably slower than the six-cylinder 235i and the V8-powered Camaro and Mustang.
The EPA rates fuel economy for the coupe at 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway) with the manual; the automatic also checks in at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway). The Roadster's fuel economy is slightly worse at 20 combined (17/24) with the manual and 21 combined (18/25) with the automatic transmission.
The 370Z Nismo models use a specially tuned version of the V6 that generates 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match is standard, with the seven-speed automatic available as an option. We've tested a couple manual-transmission Nismo models, the most recent a 2015 Nismo Tech. Zero to 60 mph took 5.2 seconds, a disappointing performance given the exclusive engine tune. The EPA has not separately evaluated the Nismo's fuel economy, but on Edmunds' highway-biased evaluation loop, we managed to earn 24 mpg, a surprisingly respectable result.
Every 2016 Nissan 370Z comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control and side airbags. The coupe gets side curtain airbags, while the Roadster's side airbags extend upward for head protection. A rearview camera is standard for the coupe's Touring, Sport Tech and Nismo Tech trims and the 370Z Roadster's Touring and Sport Touring trims.
In Edmunds brake testing, a coupe with the available upgraded brakes and 19-inch summer performance tires stopped from 60 mph in a short 106 feet, while a Roadster with the Sport package matched that feat. However, the most recent 370Z Nismo we tested posted a longer distance of 111 feet.
The 370Z is clearly meant for driving enthusiasts. The steering is ultra-responsive, while the body stays flat even in high-speed corners. Not surprisingly, the ride is pretty stiff, especially with the Nismo's sport-tuned suspension, though it's still livable in daily use. More objectionable is the raucous road noise that fills the cabin over certain types of pavement, though this year's model could be a little bit better with the optional noise cancellation system.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z is quick around turns, but its V6 engine isn't as rewarding.
It's hard to argue with the V8-like acceleration you get with the 370Z's 3.7-liter V6, but revving it to its redline isn't the reward it is in other sports cars. In normal driving, you'll often find yourself shifting up to the next gear to avoid the high-rpm coarseness the engine sends through the pedals and shifter. Although annoying, this lapse in refinement doesn't keep the 370Z from being invigorating to drive at just about any speed. In particular, the SynchroRev Match mode for the manual transmission is an enthusiast's delight, as it'll make you feel like a professional racer with every perfectly rev-matched downshift.
When you get inside the 2016 370Z, you may be surprised to find high-quality materials that wouldn't look out of place in an Infiniti. But you can't get Bluetooth or a USB port on either the base or Sport trim, a sure sign of the current Z's advancing age. The seats feature sporty contours that excel at keeping occupants in place during spirited drives, but long-distance cruising comfort is also laudable. Although the steering wheel doesn't telescope, Nissan compensates to an extent by providing a gauge cluster that moves with the wheel's tilt adjustment. Still, you'll want to make sure that your arms are comfortable with the reach to the wheel, because you won't be able to adjust it.
In spirited driving, the 2016 Nissan 370Z's seats are highly supportive.
Satisfying seats aside, the 370Z's interior quarters are very tight, with precious little storage space for even small items. In the coupe, the bulkhead between the seatbacks and the cargo area makes for a particularly closed-in sensation, whereas the convertible's intimate interior is more typical of that body style. The coupe's rear visibility also leaves much to be desired, as does its meager 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The convertible drops to a laughable 4.2 cubic feet, making it tough for a couple to pack much more than soft-sided weekend bags.
2016 Nissan 370Z models
The two-seat 2016 Nissan 370Z sports car is available as a hatchback coupe or soft-top convertible (Roadster). The coupe comes in base, Touring, Sport, Sport Tech, Nismo and Nismo Tech trim levels. The 2016 370Z Roadster is sold in base, Touring and Touring Sport trims.
The 2016 370Z can be had in either coupe or convertible form.
The base-model 370Z coupe and Roadster come standard with 18-inch wheels and summer performance tires, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Roadster gets a power-operated convertible soft top.
Available only on the coupe, the Sport trim brings a limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes, special lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, chin and rear deck spoilers and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with Active Noise Control and Active Sound Enhancer technology.
The Touring trim loses the Sport's performance upgrades but adds creature comforts like leather/simulated-suede upholstery and suede door trim panels, a rear cargo cover (coupe only), heated seats with four-way power driver adjustment (and four-way manual lumbar adjustment) and four-way passenger-seat power adjustment, ventilated seats (roadster only), aluminum pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, voice controls, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio connectivity, USB/iPod integration and satellite radio.
The coupe's Sport Tech and Roadster's Touring Sport essentially combine the content of the 370Z Sport and Touring models, although Touring Sport Roadsters lack the Sport's chin and rear deck spoilers, and Sport Tech coupes don't get the Touring's heated power seats, upgraded upholstery, aluminum pedals or cargo cover.
The 370Z Nismo coupe has a more powerful version of the standard V6 and features the same or upgraded versions of the Sport trim's performance hardware (including an exclusive sport-tuned suspension and special brake fluid and hoses). The Nismo also features unique aerodynamic body pieces. Inside, the Nismo largely shares the Sport's feature content, notably adding leather/simulated-suede Recaro manual sport seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger) and a suede-trimmed steering wheel. The Nismo Tech trim level adds the Touring's auto-dimming rearview mirror and its various upgraded electronics features, including the touchscreen interface and the navigation system.
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4.38 out of 5 stars
Great car, but know your options
2016 Nissan 370Z 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A)
I wish I'd done more research on this car before buying but.. Ride comfort and road noise is tolerable but don't be surprised if others complain about it. Unless you're pulling some Fast and Furious **** or tracking the car, the base model has ample power. This car is a serious looker and is a lot more uncommon than the new Mustangs, 5th gen Camaros or whatever other RWD 2 door sports … coupe you're comparing it to. Just know that there are other options present/will be present, especially at similar and lower prices. The new Mustang has been out for a bit, the 6th gen Camaro is coming, there are rumors of a new Genesis Coupe and Dodge Challenger as well as a new 370z in the next few years.
4 out of 5 stars
don't believe what you hear..
2016 Nissan 370Z 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A)
all I have read in virtually every review from "experts " is that there are better choices available. really? name one!. My 2014 grey 370z roadster is an absolute superstar. It is stunning to look at. I am shocked when i go a single day without compliments or admiring glances. The power is awesome. The engine sound is brutal, in a good way. The handling and braking are true sportscar. … It is absolutely reliable and the oil changes are the same price as a sentra. And I paid $38,900 for my base roadster. Now in a two seat sportscar, what car on this planet does what the Z does ??.A corvette roadster for $55,000?. A boxster for $ 60,000?..And don't make me laugh By even mentioning a miata or an FRS. And by the way, a mustang is NOT a Z competitor!, that competes with camaros and challengers, and phony auto journalists should know that. The Z is unique in the price range, and it is an excellent true sportscar!
5 out of 5 stars
A Gem, Actually a Pearl
2016 Nissan 370Z Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
This my third Z, and I'm more than brand loyal. The Zs are fun to drive, incredibly reliable, and relatively safe for sports convertibles. You could buy two of these cars for what you might pay for a Porsche. The Bose sound system is crystal clear, and the road sound dampening improvements in the 2016 cars are a real plus.
5 out of 5 stars
Oh Baby! Sweet Ride!
2016 Nissan 370Z Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
I purchased my car brand new. It currently has 109,000 miles on her. She is 7 years old at the time of this review update (2022).The first thing a shopper should know before buying this car, Nissan 370Z Sport Tech, is that it IS a sports car. Keep that in mind. It is not a huge luxury vehicle with tons of room. It IS a joy to drive. I bought the stick shift, manual model. It is a … fast, "purty", little thing. I did my homework before I even stepped inside the dealership and would recommend you do the same. I drove 100 miles away to get nearly $7,000 off what the other dealers were selling her for. She only had 19 miles on her when I drove her off the lot. I used Edmunds.com and Truecar.com to get online estimates and made sure the Internet Rep of the dealerships honored their bid. Obviously, this car being a two seater sports car, you are not going to have a lot of cargo storage space, but look, I don’t plan on using her to haul baggage. She does pick up alot of road noise via the tires and sitting so low to the ground but if you are listening to the BOSE stereo system or Sirius XM you learn to love the sound. All in all, I am extremely pleased with this purchase. MPH is about the same as my last car G6, nothing stupendous to write home about 23 city/27 highway. She uses only premium gas (91) so consider how much you can afford for gas as in California we pay the highest amount for gasoline in the country. By the way, I am a single female, with no minor children. I bought this car, not out of practicality, but because I wanted her. She is gorgeous to look at and people (men especially) stop to tell me so. This car hugs the turns and picks up speed fast. Step aside, boys. This little Red Hotrod is for Girls! The only negative issues I've experienced is when driving across country. Road conditions are horrible with many pot holes. You tend to drive carefully and defensively as she sits extremely low to the ground. There are only two things I'd change on her if I could. 1) I'd love leather seats. 2) I'm 5'7" and drive with my seat pushed closer to the clutch and would move the center counsel forward by 3 or 4 inches. I've done all the required maintenance based on mile input and up until this year required nothing more than regular oil changes and one time replaced front and rear brakes. This year I changed out her clutch. Don't use dealer for such repairs after your cars warranty has expired as they are too expensive. Make friends with a certified, independently, factory trained mechanic in your area to save money. It's imperative you change the belts and spark plugs at 100,000 miles plus have the mechanic check for power steering hose condition, and coolant container, as they tend to dry out. I just had all those replaced for hardly nothing and Zena drives better than ever. I cannot express how much I love this car. I plan on giving her to my grandson when he turns 18. She needs to remain in premium condition.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2016 Nissan 370Z, so we've included reviews for other years of the 370Z since its last redesign.
2016 Nissan 370Z Convertible Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 18 City / 25 Hwy / 21 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.0 gal. capacity
- 2 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 7-speed shiftable automatic
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 332 hp @ 7,000 rpm
- Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36,000 mi.
- Length: 167.2 in. / Height: 52.2 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 72.6 in.
- Curb Weight: 3,470 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 4.2 cu.ft.
More about the 2016 Nissan 370Z
Used 2016 Nissan 370Z Overview
The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z is offered in the following submodels: 370Z Coupe, 370Z Convertible, 370Z NISMO, 370Z NISMO Tech. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), NISMO Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), NISMO Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), NISMO 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Touring 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M), NISMO 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), and Touring 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M). Pre-owned Nissan 370Z models are available with a 3.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 332 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual.
What's a good price on a Used 2016 Nissan 370Z?
Price comparisons for Used 2016 Nissan 370Z trim styles:
- The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z Base is priced between $23,990 and$34,998 with odometer readings between 10391 and73359 miles.
- The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z Sport is priced between $26,998 and$31,990 with odometer readings between 12350 and67220 miles.
- The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO is priced between $24,990 and$24,990 with odometer readings between 64533 and64533 miles.
- The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO Tech is priced between $42,998 and$42,998 with odometer readings between 5937 and5937 miles.
- The Used 2016 Nissan 370Z Sport Tech is priced between $26,999 and$26,999 with odometer readings between 70900 and70900 miles.
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