2017 Nissan 370Z

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2017 MODEL
$29,990 - $39,270 See Inventory Prices

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From the time it stepped in North America in 1969, Nissan's Z series cars have always enjoyed great reputation. So much so, that there yearly meets take place around the world for enthusiasts. Sharing the same legacy as the Nissan GT-R, the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe enjoys a perfect blend of style and performance. No wonder this car provides a power-packed and fun ride, all while being easy on your pocket.

Priced at $29,998 and loaded with a 3.7L V6 engine paired to a manual transmission. With a sleek roofline, bulky haunches and a long hood, it looks every bit like a sports car. Its 350-horsepower engine only adds to this notion.

Despite the 370Z's longstanding run of nine years in the US market, this is the first time that the company hasn't made many performance enhancements in a car. Despite that, with a long list of safety features and fairly impressive interiors and improved styling, this car is one you can't simply overlook.


5.8/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.7/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Nissan 370Z is the 6th generation iteration of the fabled series from Nissan. It is a 2 door coupe that is available at a lucrative pricing. The latest iteration embeds Nissan's philosophy of an affordable sports car and brings a delightful proposition of performance and reliability.

The coupe is offered with a 3.7 Liter V6 engine that is tuned for 332 ponies. The powertrain doesn't promise an ultra-smooth performance but they retain a dab of its mechanical coarseness which contributes to the car's characteristic.

370Z enjoys a unique position in this segment. It is not all muscle but it also retains the finer handling characteristics of a typical sports car. Its silver lining is its cost, competing with the likes of Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. When we go up the trim ladder, the Mustang and the Camaro offer more power that comes at the cost of handling.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Features

5.8/10

370Z is slotted just below the flagship GT-R supercar. The base 370Z trim is priced at $29,990. It is offered with a 3.7 Liter V6 engine which is mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission. It competes in a small pool of rear-drive sports car.

In its base trim, the coupe is a great value for money proposition. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.

The Sport trim comes with upgraded brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels. You will also get Bose sound system and Limited-Slip Differential. The Touring trim ups its ante with additional creature comforts.

Trims 370Z 370Z Sport 370Z SportTech 370Z Touring
MSRP (Manual) $29,990 $33,570 $37,070 $37,970
MSRP (Automatic)
  • $31,290
  • $34,870
  • $38,370
  • $39,270
  • Features
  • 3.7-liter V6
  • HID
  • Nissan Intelligent Key
  • Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD)
  • 19" RAYS forged wheels
  • Nissan sport brakes
  • SynchroRev Match
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System
  • RearView Monitor
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • HomeLink Universal Transceiver
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System
  • RearView Monitor
  • Bose Premium Audio System

 

Trims 370Z Nismo Tech
MSRP (Manual) $45,490
MSRP (Automatic) $46,790
Features
  • 350 hp, 3.7-liter V6
  • NISMO aerodynamic design
  • NISMO-tuned suspension
  • NISMO forged wheels by RAYS

The top-spec Nismo Tech trim makes the 370Z a track-focused machine. Its V6 engine is tuned to produce 18 more ponies and peak torque also gets a bump of 6 lb-ft. Nismo features a stiffer suspension and bigger brakes are provided for better-stopping power.

2017 Nissan 370Z Engine

8.0/10

The 3.7 Liter V6 is the first production engine from Nissan that featured Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL). VVEL helps this unit to achieve a better torque curve. This also makes the throttle response crispier. The increase in low-end torque makes the 370Z much more responsive at lower speeds.

The Nissan is best to be had with the standard 6-speed transmission. The combination of the 3.7-liter V6 engine and the manual transmission is a forced to be reckoned with. Now add Nissan's rev-matching downshift feature to this potent mix. The result is a car that rewards you every time you get behind the wheel.

Models Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
MSRP $29,990 $26,195 $25,905
Engine 3.7L V6 2.3L EcoBoost 2.0L Turbo, 4-cylinder, SIDI
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 332 hp 310 hp 275 hp
Torque 270 lb-ft 320 lb-ft 295 lb-ft

Owing to its larger V6 engine, the 370Z makes more power than the competition. But competition becomes stiffer in the mid-spec and top-spec trims. The American Muscle cars are offered with V8 engines which outclass the Nissan's VVEL V6 engine. Still, it has enough oomph to see you through most of the driving conditions.

Acceleration

The standard naturally aspirated V6 engine offered with the base trim of a car is a rarity. Naturally aspirated engines have taken a direct hit due to stricter emission norms that are observed worldwide. With a future that is bleak, the automobile industry is relying more on smaller turbocharged units which produce more power and also adhere to stricter emission standards.

Nissan's engineers have come a long way with their 3.7 Liter V6 engine. Almost a decade and this engine has seen a lot of upgrades to extract the best out of it. The engine boasts of a crazy 7500 rpm redline. Floor the gas pedal, and this V6 growls like a bear.

Models Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
0-60 MPH 5.3 sec 5.2 sec 5.3 sec
Quarter mile 13.7 sec 12.9 sec 13.8 sec
Engine 3.7L 2.3L 2.0L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4 7.1 7.7

The Nissan 370Z manages to hit the 60 MPH mark within 5.3 seconds. In its base trim, it efforlessly holds its ground against the competition.

Ride and Handling

One thing that works against the 370Z is its age. Since its introduction in 2009, the 370Z hasn't received a major refresh. Over the years, the completion has steadily incorporated major design and technological changes.

The cabin has a decent insulation with it fails to limit the noise from the V6 engine. At higher speed, the cabin can be unpleasant.

The 370Z is equipped with standard summer tires. The steering offers great connectedness with the road. The precision of the steering wheel makes turning predictable. The 370Z might be a little shy on straights but it shows impeccable behavior around the corners. The 370Z is an RWD sports car and it lives up to the name.

Braking

The braking on the 370Z's base trim is below average. The accumulated bulk of 3292 lbs. comes to a halt from 60 MPH within in 117 ft. The competition manages to pull tighter numbers despite the greater weight. It improves a lot on the mid-spec and top-spec trims and these trims feature larger brakes.

Model Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
Brake Front(in) 12.6 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear(in) 12.6 12.6 12.4
Curb weight(lbs) 3292 3532 3354
60-0 MPH (ft.) 117 106 112

2017 Nissan 370Z Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The turbocharged competition offers a better fuel economy. The Mustang manages a combined 24 mpg while the Camaro returns a combined 23 mpg.

Model Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
MPG (city) 18 21 20
MPG (highway) 26 30 30
MPG (combined) 21 24 23

2017 Nissan 370Z Interior

6.7/10

The list of standard and available features is pretty slim, though this is in line with Nissan's approach of the 370Z as a driver's car. - Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The driver's seat is where you want to be. The entire dashboard layout is focused to help the driver make the best out of the car. The instrument cluster is angled towards the driver. The gauges incorporate the retro looks from yesteryears. The tachometer sits at the center of the instrument console with a big red needle.

Front visibility is good but you need to be careful with blind spots at the rear. The rear glass offers limited visibility. It is vital to adjust the rearview mirrors to escape the blind spots. The seats tuck you in during those spirited drives.

Model Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
Passenger capacity 2 4 4
Passenger Volume (ft.-cube) 51.6 84.5 79.0
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.2/54.4/42.9 37.6/56.3/44.5 38.5/55.0/43.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A 34.8/52.2/30.6 33.5/NA/29.90

The 370Z won't charm you for its practicality. The cargo space is laughable. The cabin is a tight fit for two and lacks the nooks and crannies to keep stuff. The competition offers far better space and comfort.

Infotainment

The coupe comes with a standard 6-speaker audio system, auxiliary input, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod integration. The technology offered by Nissan is easy to use. It is a driver-focused car, and Nissan has only packed it with bare minimum equipment.

The quality of materials is reminiscent of the 370Z's Infiniti brethren. Options include a 7-inch touchscreen, a Bose sound system, and rearview camera.

Interior Features

Standard interior features include -

  • 8 Total Speakers
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Bose Premium Brand Stereo System
  • 8 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • 4 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment

Cargo Capacity

The Nissan sits on the pedestal of performance cars. It shares its place with flagship GT-R as the only performance oriented vehicles offered by Nissan. The coupe takes a big hit when it comes to practicality, and has abysmal rear cargo space. Even the cabin has very few places to keep stuff.

Model Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
Volume (ft.-cu) 6.9 13.5 9.1

2017 Nissan 370Z Exterior

8.0/10

The Z's iconic shape today will inspire cars tomorrow. - TheCarConnection

Dimension and Weight

The current generation has been around for 8 years. It has aged well and is a pleasing thing to look at. But the coupe is definitely not a head turner. It is rather hard to point out the shortcomings of the design. Nissan hasn't left much room to nitpick about things.

The 370Z has a low curb weight and a peppy V6 engine that inspires spirited driving. It is a jolly good machine around the corners but it takes a big hit when it comes to practicality. The cargo space is non-existent.

Model Nissan 370Z Manual Ford Mustang EcoBoost Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
curb weight (lbs.) 3292 3532 3354
Length(in) 167.5 188.5 188.3
Width(in) 72.6 75.4 74.7
Height(in) 51.8 54.3 53.1
Ground clearance(in) 4.8 5.1 N/A
Wheelbase(in) 100.4 107.1 110.7
Track width(in) F/R 61.0/62.8 62.3/64.9 62.5/62.7

2017 Nissan 370Z Safety

Safety Ratings

The Nissan 370Z Coupe is yet to be rated by NHTSA and IIHS.

Safety Features

Nissan 370Z comes equipped with a galore of standard safety features. Some of these features are mentioned below.

  • Driver and passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for occupant head protection
  • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC) with traction control system (TCS)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Aluminum side-door guard beams
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Nissan advanced air bag system with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Zonal body construction with front and rear crumple zones

2017 Nissan 370Z Competition

Nissan 370Z Vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost

The Ford Mustang is an American icon. The Mustang received a major overhaul in 2016. When compared to the Nissan 370Z, the Ford is fresh out of the box. Mustang's EcoBoost engine is tuned for 310 hp and a healthy 320 lb-ft of torque.

The updated Mustang also is more advanced and also carries a lower sticker price ($26,195). It offers better practicality with its seating capacity for persons and a generous 13 cu-ft. cargo space. But the Mustang is no 370Z around the corners.

Nissan 370Z Vs Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

The Camaro is priced at $25,905. It undercuts its rivals with its clever pricing. The Camaro's turbocharged I4 engine produces 275 hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. Chevy offers a seating capacity similar to the Mustang. It presents itself as a good choice with a roomy cabin and a practical cargo space.

2017 Nissan 370Z Final Verdict

The Nissan 370Z Coupe represents Nissan's endeavor to bring a sports car for the masses. The manufacturer subtracts unnecessary elements and focuses on a thoroughbred that is built on the promise of power and maneuverability. The 370Z surely has its rough edges but it is a rewarding car for the driver.

The pricing starts at the north of $29,000. The V6 engine howls at higher revs and the cabin ambiance can be unpleasant for the liking of few. The ride is compliant but at the same time, the 370Z is not meant to satisfy you with its plethora creature comforts. The age of the vehicle is also an issue. The 370Z is due for a major refresh in a couple of years.

Then again some people wouldn't like to part with their beloved roaring V6 engine and its 6-speed manual transmission. If you are on a budget but you want something that howls and growls and flies around the corners then the 370Z is a lot of car for your money.

Pros

The powerful V6 engine

Comfortable handling

Sharp manual transmission

Enhanced styling

Cons

Slightly noisy

Not many customization options

Incredibly small trunk

Standard Interiors

What's New?

The Nissan 370Z goes unchanged for the year 2017.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29990

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

226 cu. in.

horsepower

332 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

167.5 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

51.8 in.

curb weight

3292 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

51.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

494 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Nissan 370Z in Solid Red color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Pearl White color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Magnetic Black color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Gun Metallic color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Deep Blue Pearl color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Chicane Yellow color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Nissan 370Z in Black Cherry color
Solid Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.8

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.7

Exterior

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan 370Z 2dr Coupe

2dr Coupe

power
332 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$29,990 - $31,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $29,990 MSRP (18/21/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $31,290 MSRP (19/22/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Black Cherry
  Brilliant Silver
  Chicane Yellow
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Gun Metallic
  Magnetic Black
  Pearl White
  Solid Red

 2017 Nissan 370Z Sport

Sport

power
332 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$33,570 - $34,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $33,570 MSRP (18/21/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA
Sport 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $34,870 MSRP (19/22/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Black Cherry
  Brilliant Silver
  Chicane Yellow
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Gun Metallic
  Magnetic Black
  Pearl White
  Solid Red

 2017 Nissan 370Z Sport Tech

Sport Tech

power
332 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$37,070 - $38,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $37,070 MSRP (18/21/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA
Sport Tech 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $38,370 MSRP (19/22/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Black Cherry
  Brilliant Silver
  Chicane Yellow
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Gun Metallic
  Magnetic Black
  Pearl White
  Solid Red

 2017 Nissan 370Z Touring

Touring

power
332 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$37,970 - $39,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $37,970 MSRP (18/21/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA
Touring 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $39,270 MSRP (19/22/26) 332 hp @ 7000 rpm, 3.7 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Black Cherry
  Brilliant Silver
  Chicane Yellow
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Gun Metallic
  Magnetic Black
  Pearl White
  Solid Red

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