2018 Nissan 370Z Review
2018 Nissan 370Z Review
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- 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
For 2018, the 370Z gets subtle styling enhancements, including darkened light housings front and back, a revised lower rear fascia and different 19-inch wheels. Manual-equipped cars get a new high-performance clutch, and a new Heritage Edition effectively adds some special graphics to the base 370Z coupe with the option of black or yellow paint. Finally, the base Nismo trim has been dropped, leaving only the Nismo Tech behind.
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.
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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.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
While you'll undoubtedly appreciate the 2018 Nissan 370Z's sports car design, its dated design puts it at a disadvantage against other modern performance cars. It lacks many of the latest technology features, isn't particularly fast, and suffers from high levels of cabin noise.
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.
Performance is average in most categories. The 370Z's brutish shifter deserves some of the blame (especially without the SynchroRev Match function). Brake pedal sensitivity negatively impacts drivability to the point that it requires practice to master. Handling is average for the segment.
The non-Nismo 370Z's zero-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds is reasonably quick, but you have to work for it. The six-speed manual's shift action is unnecessarily heavy and especially so at higher rpm. Without the Sport trims' otherwise excellent SynchroRev Match function, this is not a good manual transmission.
In panic situations, ABS noise and tire noise are louder than similar cars. The 3,300-pound coupe stopped from 60 mph in 114 feet, which is long-ish for a sports car with summer tires. In normal driving, the brakes are overly sensitive upon initial application.
Good turn-in and responsiveness but not a lot of road feel. On steady-state freeway turns, the steering weight would go numb temporarily, requiring driver input to re-establish the proper resistance.
Relatively well balanced. Mild understeer at the limit is mitigated well by the stability control system. The Yokohama Advan Sport summer tires offer moderate levels of grip. The suspension is firm and compliant over most surfaces.
Control efforts are all over the place. The brake pedal is jumpy and the shifter is notchy. At least the precise steering and small proportions make it easy to maneuver.
Comfort is not the strong suit of any car with sporting intentions, and the 370Z reflects these norms. It is loud, and the ride is firm. If a quieter and more compliant ride is important, there are other options in this segment worth test-driving.
Lateral support is commendable, but the firm seats without a lot of adjustments grow uncomfortable in a short period of time. The steering wheel is also tilt-only. Hard plastic armrests on the doors with a softer center console.
This ride is stiff but no more so than the average sport coupe. Its suspension does a reasonably good job absorbing smaller bumps. Larger bumps are more dramatic. Again, typical characteristics for a vehicle in this segment.
Noise & vibration
Levels of engine, tire and wind noise are prominent. Rivals are not quite this loud, but they are close. The ever-present and unrefined noise and vibration felt through the drivetrain are hard to overlook.
The Z's cabin is dated. It's hard to see out of. The shape of the door release handle is awkward — that might be acceptable if it wasn't something you touched every time you drive the car. The coupe's fastback shape and lack of a back seat reduce storage.
Ease of use
The controls are all within reach inside this compact cabin. The base model has an array of buttons and knobs only — simple and effective. Taller drivers may bang elbows on the inboard seat bolster during second and fourth gear shifts.
Getting in/getting out
A low sports-car stance is expected from the class and makes entry and exit difficult. The vertical door handle pulls are not the best design. The doors do open fully and aren't too heavy.
Only the Touring trims get power-adjustable seats, and even then, you only get four-way power adjustment — the rest are still manual. The tilt-only steering wheel doesn't telescope. In other words, you may struggle to get comfortable.
Coupes of similar performance and character offer back seats. The Z seats only two in a confining cabin. The coupe's bubble roof design at least equates to excellent headroom, even for 6-footers, but expect to rub elbows with the front passenger.
By design, a high-beltline, fastback coupe body style creates blind spots, but rearward visibility is still notably poor. A rearview camera comes on the Touring and Sport Tech trims, but it should be standard.
Average quality materials. Cloth seats and medium-hard plastics throughout. Our test car had a sticky operation for its passenger door handle and a creaky-sounding shift knob.
Despite the hatchback trunk, cargo space is unremarkable but generally average for a two-seat car. Pretty good small-item storage. Similarly priced performance cars with back seats do offer more utility.
Three cupholders each fit a medium-size water bottle, which is impressive for a sports car (whose cupholders are often small and compromised). Two open bins behind the front seats are somewhat useful.
The coupe has a meager 6.9 cubic feet of space, good compared to a Miata but much less useful than what a Camaro or Mustang offers (and they're hardly cargo-hauling champs). The convertible drops to a laughable 4.2 cubic feet, making it tough to pack much more than a couple soft-sided weekend bags.
The 370Z is an old car, and its technology is not surprisingly dated … and that's if you get any technology at all. A USB port, Bluetooth audio and a touchscreen interface are only on the Touring and Sport Tech trims.
Audio & navigation
The base 370Z has a simple radio faceplate, which makes it easy to use when driving quickly is your top priority. But it's seriously lacking in modern functionality. The available touchscreen is dated but generally easy to use.
Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard, but a USB port is not. That's inexcusable in 2018 and lacking standard Bluetooth audio isn't much better.
Which 370Z does Edmunds recommend?
We'll often recommend buying the most basic version of a sports car if you really only care about performance (and you'd have to with the 370Z). However, the base Z not only does without necessities like a USB port and a rearview camera, and it also lacks the manual transmission's SynchroRev Match feature — one of the 370Z's best attributes. As such, if the 370Z is your cup of tea, we'd have to recommend the Sport Tech trim level. Yes, it's pricey, but the 370Z just isn't agreeable without it.
2018 Nissan 370Z models
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.
4.6 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 2018 Nissan 370Z, so we've included reviews for other years of the 370Z since its last redesign.
2018 Nissan 370Z Coupe Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 18 City / 26 Hwy / 21 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.0 gal. capacity
- 2 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 332 hp @ 7,000 rpm
- Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36,000 mi.
- Length: 167.5 in. / Height: 51.8 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 72.6 in.
- Curb Weight: 3,333 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 6.9 cu.ft.
Our experts like the 370Z models:
- 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.
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Used 2018 Nissan 370Z Overview
The Used 2018 Nissan 370Z is offered in the following submodels: 370Z Coupe, 370Z Convertible, 370Z NISMO Tech. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), NISMO Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), NISMO Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A), 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A), Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M), 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 2018 Nissan 370Z comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 7-speed shiftable automatic.
What's a good price on a Used 2018 Nissan 370Z?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 Nissan 370Z trim styles:
- The Used 2018 Nissan 370Z Base is priced between $30,499 and$30,499 with odometer readings between 9494 and9494 miles.
- The Used 2018 Nissan 370Z Touring is priced between $35,990 and$35,990 with odometer readings between 20588 and20588 miles.
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