2017 Nissan 370Z Review
Pros & Cons
- Engines and transmissions deliver strong acceleration and quick responses
- Excellent fuel economy for a sedan of its size
- Front seats are some of the most comfortable in the class
- The V6's lack of refinement is off-putting
- Lots of road noise on the highway
- Small windows and a low seating position mean big blind spots
- Little cargo space, even for a sports car
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 370Z isn't the kind of sports car that you'll see in many rental-car fleets. It's meant for driving enthusiasts who will value ultra-responsive steering and a body that stays flat even in high-speed corners. When a suspension is tuned for maximum performance, though, it can lose some comfort in the process and the Z definitely falls victim to that problem. It's livable for daily commuting, but rough roads or long highway road trips will be problematic. The raucous road noise that fills the cabin is another drawback. Granted, we haven't tested a model with the optional noise cancellation system yet, and that could help.
While the Z can boast V8-adjacent acceleration numbers, 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 coarse noises that come with high-rpm engine speeds and the vibrations that come through the pedals and shifter. Despite all this, the 370Z is still invigorating to drive, especially at speed. In particular, the SynchroRev Match mode for the manual transmission is a delight, as it'll make you feel like a professional racer with every near-perfect rev-matched downshift.
The Nissan 370Z isn't for drivers who like to pack for every occasion. Interior quarters are very tight, with limited space for small items in the cabin and restrictive cargo space. 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. Competitors like the Mustang and Camaro have 9.1 cubes and 13.5 cubes, respectively. The convertible Z drops to a laughable 4.2 cubic feet, making it tough for a couple to pack much more than soft-sided weekend bags.
One surprise with the Z is the high-quality materials that wouldn't look out of place in an Infiniti. But base trim levels are missing basic features like Bluetooth audio and a USB port, likely an omission that is tied to the Z's increasing age. The seats feature sporty contours that excel at keeping occupants in place during spirited drives, and long-distance cruising comfort is respectable as well. 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.