2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible
- Sharp steering and precise handling around turns
- One of the few two-seaters at its price point
- Very loud with abundant road noise and unrefined engine
- Inconsistent control efforts make it difficult to drive smoothly
- Huge blind spots
- Base trim missing common standard features
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Which 370Z does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
There is a decided lack of affordable sports cars these days. In fact, you wouldn't need all your fingers to count them. So we should celebrate the fact that the 2018 Nissan 370Z is so singularly focused on being a sports car with its two seats, small dimensions and powerful, non-turbocharged V6 engine.
Unfortunately, this generation 370Z came out for 2009. There hasn't been a full redesign since, which is an eternity in car terms, and Nissan hasn't made many substantive updates either. That means the 370Z continues to be just as unrefined and inconvenient for your daily drive as it was about a decade ago, but now it has also been surpassed in performance by newer competitors.
These rivals also provide more features and a more livable driving experience. You could probably get by knowing that the Z lacks advanced accident avoidance safety features or smartphone features such as Apple CarPlay. But the 370Z is so dated, it doesn't even come standard with a USB port.
Having a back-to-basics sports car certainly doesn't have to be a bad thing. But when competitors outdo the 370Z in both performance and livability, it's hard to recommend.
2018 Nissan 370Z configurations
The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a two-seat sports car available as a hatchback coupe or a soft-top convertible. The coupe comes in base, Sport, Sport Tech, Touring and Nismo Tech trims, while the convertible can be had as the base, Touring and Touring Sport. All trim levels come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque in regular 370Z trim levels and 350 hp and 276 lb-ft in the Nismo.
The base 370Z comes standard with 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, automatic 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 six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
Upgrade to the Sport trim (only available on the coupe) and you'll get a limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes, a rev-matching downshift feature for the manual transmission, 19-inch wheels, heated mirrors, chin and rear deck spoilers, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.
The Touring trim loses the Sport's performance upgrades but adds leather and simulated suede upholstery, a rear cargo cover (coupe only), heated four-way power-adjustable seats (with adjustable driver lumbar), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, a USB port, voice controls, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio connectivity, satellite radio, a media player interface and the Bose audio system. The convertible gets ventilated front seats.
The Sport Tech coupe gets most of the equipment from the Sport and Touring models minus the heated power seats, upgraded upholstery and cargo cover. The convertible's Touring Sport mirrors the Sport Tech's equipment, but it is missing the front-chin and rear-deck spoilers. It does get the upgraded seats and upholstery, though.
The 370Z Nismo Tech gets 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, upgraded tires, and special brake fluid and hoses. The Nismo also features unique aerodynamic body pieces, Recaro sport seats, a simulated suede-trimmed steering wheel and the Touring's auto-dimming rearview mirror and various upgraded electronics features, including the 7-inch touchscreen interface and navigation system.
The only option is the Heritage Edition package, exclusive to the base coupe. It features exterior decals, yellow interior trim, and a choice of either black or yellow paint.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Nissan 370Z Base Coupe (3.7L V6 | 6-speed Manual | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 370Z has received some revisions, including a new high-performance clutch for 2018. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 370Z.
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Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 370Z safety features:
- Rearview Camera
- Displays a view of what's behind you. But it only comes on the Touring, Sport Tech and Touring Sport trim levels.
- Side Curtain Airbags
- Protects the head and torso of occupants in a side impact.
- Front Airbags
- Protects occupants in the event of a front collision.
The 2018 Nissan 370Z leaves much to be desired as both a performance machine and as a daily driver, while being at a further competitive disadvantage because it hasn't had a major overhaul since 2009. For instance, interior space falls short and the base model lacks many features you would expect to find standard these days. Other vehicles in this class now match performance without sacrificing comfort while also including more modern technology.
Nevertheless, there is some life to the 370Z after all these years. A 3.7-liter V6 engine generates 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A manual transmission comes standard on all models. Or you can choose to equip your 370Z with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability (through steering-wheel-mounted paddles) and downshift rev-matching. The Sport, Sport Tech and Touring Sport trims all come with SynchroRev Match, which is a driver-selectable option that provides a throttle blip on every downshift to execute smoother gear changes.
The 2018 370Z has fuel efficiency that's comparable to other cars in its class with similar powertrains. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) for the automatic and 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway) with the manual transmission. The Roadster (a soft-top convertible model) has fuel economy that's a bit worse, but not by much, checking in at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) on the automatic transmission and 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) on the manual.
Nissan provides many trim levels to match your preference of performance, comfort or both. Choose from base, Sport, Touring, Sport Tech and Nismo tech trims. The convertible Roadster can be had in base, Touring and Touring Sport trims.
The Sport trim provides performance upgrades, while the Touring trim adds creature comforts and convenience-based features. The Sport Tech coupe is a combination of the Sport and Touring trims, save for a few features.
The Touring Sport Roadster has most of the same features as the Sport Tech coupe, minus the front-chin and rear-deck spoilers. The 370Z Nismo Tech (coupe only) includes a stronger version of the standard V6 and other performance elements.
Should the 2018 Nissan 370Z seem like it would be the ideal, purpose-built sport performer that meets your needs, let Edmunds help you find the best one near you.
2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible Overview
The 2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible is offered in the following styles: Touring 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), and Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M).
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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