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2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible

#19
in Compact convertibles
2018 MODEL

$41,820 - $49,400

7.5

Overall Rating

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Overview

You might have observed that the sports cars are being powered by a 200 horsepower engine while the 500+ horsepower is reserved for the supercars. So what’s with this powerful sports car by Nissan? This car is for the audience who want the powerful engine in their sports car but can’t afford the 6-digit price tag of a supercar. Not to mention that the 370Z is one of the few two-seaters available at this price point.

The car has been priced in the 40 grand and 50 grand price bracket, and it is one of the few two-seaters at this price. This sports 2-seater is capable of producing 300+ horsepower in all of its trim levels. And it produces it using the 6 cylinders placed in the V-configuration. That’s just the nerdy way of saying that the car has a V6.

The car looks good in paper but it’s not on the level with the sports cars in the market. Sure they come at a bigger windows sticker price. By the end of our review, you’ll know how well the 370Z Roadster justifies its windows sticker price.

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Pros

Impressive Handling

Steering feels perfectly in control

Cons

Huge Blind Spots

Sometimes the car doesn’t feel under control, making it hard to drive

Cabin filled with noise from engine and traffic outside

Many features being skipped from base trim.

What's New?

Darkened Light housing front and back

Revised Lower Rear Fascia

New 19-inch Wheels New High-Performance Clutch with Manual Transmission

Introduction of Heritage Edition


Features

Power

332 hp

270 lb-ft

MPG

18 city

25 hwy

Engine

v6 cyl

3.7 l

transmission

7A

drivetrain

RWD

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

0 to 60

5.7 sec



Styles

 2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Pearl White color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Passion Red color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Magnetic Black color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Gun Metallic color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Deep Blue Pearl color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Chicane Yellow color  2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible in Brilliant Silver color
Pearl White

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Ratings

Exterior

8.0

Engine

8.0

Interior

6.7

Fuel Economy

7.1

Driving

9.3

Features

5.8

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible 2dr Convertible

2dr Convertible

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$41,820

Configurations
2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 7A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm

 2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible Touring

Touring

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$46,570

Configurations
Touring 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 7A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm

 2018 Nissan 370Z Convertible Touring Sport

Touring Sport

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$48,100 - $49,400

Configurations
Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (17/20/24)
Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm
Touring Sport 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 7A)
Transmission: 7A Drivetrain: RWD
MPG: (18/21/25) Torque: 270 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 19 days ago

7.5

Overall Rating


5.8/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.7/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The car has been priced in the 40 grand and 50 grand price bracket, and it is one of the few two-seaters at this price. This sports 2-seater is capable of producing 300+ horsepower in all of its trim levels. And it produces it using the 6 cylinders placed in the V-configuration. That’s just the nerdy way of saying that the car has a V6.

Features

5.8/10

The 370Z Roadster is being offered in three trim levels: Base, Touring and Touring Sport. The base trim starts with a windows sticker price of $41,820 and with the Touring Sport, the price shoots up to $49,400. And that is obviously excluding the charges for the optional features which you wish for. All the trim levels come with the 3.7 Liter V6 engine with the power output of 332 BHP.

The base trim skips out on the Leather seats in the favor of the basic fabric seats and you get the normal speaker in place of the Bose Premium Audio System. So to have those features, you’ll have to upgrade to the Touring variant. While the 19” RAYS wheels, Nissan sport brakes are reserved for the buyers for the Touring Sports trim level.

Trims

370Z

370Z Touring

370Z Touring Sport

MSRP

$41,820

$46,570

$49,400

Features

3.7-liter V6

Power convertible soft top

18" Black-finish aluminum-alloy wheels

HID headlights

Nissan Intelligent Key

INCLUDES 370Z FEATURES PLUS:

Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System

Leather-appointed seats

Bose Premium Audio System

HomeLink Transceiver

370Z TOURING FEATURES PLUS:

19" RAYS forged wheels

Nissan Sport Brakes

Limited-slip differential

We Recommend
We would recommend the base variant of the 370Z Roadster. However, the base variant lacks features such as a rearview camera, USB port and manual transmission's SynchroRev Match feature. If you are looking for a more advanced set of sporty appeal, then you must go for the Sport Tech trim. Yes, it's somewhat costly but you can't imagine a sport car without prominent features. 

Engine

8.0/10
“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.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of the 2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster is the 3.7 Liter V6 engine which produces 332 horsepower at 7000 RPM and 270 ft-lbs. of torque at 5200 RPM. All of that crazy power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission so you perform all those stunts shown in the Tokyo Drift. Please don’t go and crash this little roadster.

Models

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

MSRP

$41,820

$59,000

$31,180

$32,900

Engine

3.7L V6

2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy

2.3L EcoBoost

2.0L Turbo, 4-cylinder, SIDI

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

332 hp

300 hp

310 hp

275 hp

Torque

270 lb-ft

280 lb-ft

350 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

Comparing it to the competition, base trims of Mustang and Camaro couldn’t match their performance to this car. Even the costlier and sporty Porsche 718 Boxster lacks behind the 370Z. While the competition lacks behind when you make a horsepower-specific chart, other cars get on the top of 370Z when you talk about the torque. And that might give others an upper hand in the acceleration. Unlike 370Z Roadster, others are powered by a 6-speed manual transmission.

Acceleration

Because the 370Z produce less torque to spin its rear wheels, it takes slightly longer to reach 60 mph mark from a standstill. So when you launch the Nissan 370Z against the 718 Boxster, Mustang and Camaro, Porsche touches the 60 mph mark early at 4.9 seconds, followed by Camaro at 5.3 seconds and then Mustang at 5.6 seconds, leaving the 370Z behind at 5.7 seconds.

Models

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

0-60 MPH

5.7 sec

4.9 sec

5.6 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.9 sec

14.2 sec

14.1 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

3.7L

2.0L

2.3L

2.0L

Emission

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

8.4

7.3

7.6

7.7

And then the horsepower kicks in and the Nissan accelerate at yet almost-constant rate while the acceleration slows down in other cars, make the board flips. Camaro gets to be the first one at 13.8 seconds to finish at the quarter-mile finish line, followed by 370Z at 13.9 seconds and then the Mustang at 14.1 seconds, leaving the Porsche in the last position at 14.2 seconds. I must say, for the price you’ll be paying for this, the car performs surprisingly well.

Braking

Nissan 370Z is a sports car with a curb weight of 3494 lbs. That’s heavier considering the size of the car. 370Z Roadster is equipped with 12.6 inches of disc brakes for both the front and rear wheels.

Model

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

Brake Front(in)

12.6

13.0

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear(in)

12.6

11.8

12.6

12.4

Curb weight(lbs)

3494

2943

3642

3647

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

112

106

112

Ride and Handling

The driving experience in 370Z Roadster might not get you the chills that you might have expected. The stubborn shifter and the over sensitive brake pedal makes the things even worse. The Shifter in the manual is still a job to struggle for. Even though they have used a new clutch this year but it doesn’t seem to be working as expected. And the brake pedal is so sensitive that a feather push will give you a great impact on the performance. It’s not certainly bad but this might cause some unexpected stopping-scenario and you might just want to put your feet away from the brake pedal.

Steering is good but doesn’t give you much feedback. You might not notice the steering going off if you do not pay proper attention to the road. Handling is good in this car with a sense of understeer which is corrected by the stability control. Yokohama tires used in the car provide great grip on the road. You will feel the suspension being firm and works just great over most surfaces. Even though the brake pedal and the gear shifter are something to cry for in this car, accurate steering and great control over the car makes up for it.

Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Except for the power output, nothing seems to be in favor of the 370Z when put in the competition. 370Z Roadster will give you the fuel mileage of 18 miles per gallon in the busy roads of the city and will run of 25 miles per gallon on a highway. This brings the combined gas mileage to 21 mpg. Compares to the competition, it is 2 mpg less than the others.

Model

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

MPG (city)

18

21

20

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

28

30

MPG (combined)

21

24

23

23

Interior

6.7/10
“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.”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

One thing must be obvious by now, the car is a 2 seater, and four people can’t be housed in this small car. So Nissan 370Z get the seating for the two. It is a proper roadster. With just 2 seats to make space for, legroom, headroom and shoulder room is made spacious for the driver and a passenger. They got a plenty of room inside with cheap looking stuff.

Model

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

4

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

52.3

N/A

80.8

N/A

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.7/54.4/42.9

N/A

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/56.9/42.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

N/A

34.8/52.2/30.6

35.3/50.4/29.9

Interior Features

  • 8-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Driver’s manual lumbar support
  • Driver’s and Passenger’s side knee support
  • Power seats
  • Climate-controlled seats (heated and cooled)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Ventilated leather-appointed sport seats
  • Synthetic suede door panels inserts
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-Wrapped parking-brake lever
  • Aluminum-trimmed pedals
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfiber
  • 3-bay gauge cluster (oil temperature, voltmeter, and digital clock)
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with multi-function drive computer
  • Power windows with one-touch auto-up/down feature and auto-reverse
  • Partial-down window mechanism
  • Power door locks with auto-locking feature
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
  • Remote Front Windows Down
  • Key-Operated front windows up/down
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted cruise control
  • HomeLink Universal Transceiver
  • 12-volt DC power outlets (two)
  • Retained accessory power and battery saver
  • Map lights
  • Tilt steering column with integrated gauges
  • Variable intermittent flat-blade windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Sun visor with illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Cup Holders (Three)
  • Dash-Mounted storage (not available with navigation)
  • Lockable Glove compartment
  • Parcel Box (Behind passenger’s seat)
  • Parcel shelves (behind seats)

Infotainment

For the infotainment system, you get a 7.0” VGA touch panel with voice recognition system. There is the camera in the rear which displays on the infotainment screen. NavTraffic and NavWeather and satellite radio services are provided by SiriusXM with a 3-month trial service. There is Bluetooth to connect your smartphone with the infotainment for audio sync but no smart infotainment system is present.

Touring and Touring Sport trims get you the Bose Premium audio system, while the base trim gets a basic 6-speaker audio system. And all the little important feature that you might expect, are here in this car. But no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in 2018 might be a deal breaker for some.

Cargo

For the cargo, the small car gets a small space. For the fact that half of the boot space is taken by the convertible roof top. A cargo space of 4.2 cubic feet should be enough to fit your business luggage, like a suit and a few files. But fitting a large suit case is completely off the table. The Storage space in the Nissan is almost half or even less than what other offers. Blame the small size for that.

Model

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

Volume (ft cube)

4.2

9.7

11.4

7.3

Exterior

8.0/10
“Overall, the car is quite short and wide, but any stubbiness is offset by the low roof, sharp shapes, well-judged lines, and flared fenders. It all works in its own aggressive way. The Roadster's power-operated top stows quickly beneath a hard cover.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

As I said earlier the car is small with a rather heavy weight. The length of the car falls at 167 inches. That is 5 inches smaller than the 718 and whopping 21 inches smaller than the Mustang and Camaro. The width of the 370Z Roadster is at 72.6 inches, that is 1.7 inches wider than 718 Boxster and 2.5 inches thinner than the Camaro and Mustang. Also, the height is at 52.2 inches that comes as 1.3 inches taller than the 718 but 1 inch shorter than Camaro and 1.7 inches shorter than Mustang.

The car has a curb weight of 3494 lbs. which is way more than the Porsche but less than the other two. The car has just two seats so the wheelbase of 100.4 inches leaves a lot of room inside. With the ground clearance of 4.8 inches, the car stays low to the ground to provide better downforce. If all the technical stuff confuses you, Nissan 370Z Roadster is way smaller than the other cars.

Model

Nissan 370Z

Porsche 718 Boxster

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

curb weight(lbs)

3494

2943

3642

3647

Length(in)

167.2

172.4

188.3

188.3

Width(in)

72.6

70.9

75.4

74.7

Height(in)

52.2

50.9

54.9

53.1

Ground clearance(in)

4.8

4.3

5.1

N/A

Wheelbase(in)

100.4

97.4

107.1

110.7

Track width(in) F/R

61.0/62.8

59.6/60.3

62.3/64.9

62.5/62.7

Exterior Features

  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with smoked housing
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Smoked LED taillights
  • Z fender emblems
  • LED illuminated Z side marker Emblems
  • Smoked Chrome Door Handles
  • Aluminum Hood, doors and trunk
  • Body-color dual power heated outside mirrors
  • Dual exhaust finishers
  • One-touch trunk release
  • UV-Reducing solar glass
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Convertible Soft-Top with glass window
  • Rear Glass wind deflector
  • Power Moving tonneau cover

Safety

2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster is fitted with advance safety features to match this year’s standard. The car is equipped with Nissan's Advance Air Bag System to keep you unharmed in any accident. While there are few electronic features which make sure your car won’t slip in the first place. Traction Control, stability control, VDC and other electronic features make sure the car doesn’t loose control. For the interested peeps, the complete list of safety features is given below.

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with Dual-Stage Supplemental Front Air Bags with Seat Belt and Occupant-Classification Sensors
  • Driver and Passenger Seat Mounted Side-Impact Supplemental Air Bags
  • Door-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for occupants head protection
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) With Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • 3-Point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • Active Head Restraints
  • Energy-Absorbing Steering Column
  • Zone Body Construction with Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Hoot buckling creases
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Competition

Nissan 370Z Roadster VS Porsche 718 Boxster

Comparing the Nissan 370Z with the Porsche is not a fair game. While on the paper the Nissan 370Z Roadster seems to have an upper hand but the table turns when to take them to the road. Yes, the Nissan 370Z Roadster has got impressive power for the price you buy it. But the driving experience is nowhere as thrilling as that in the 718 Boxster.

The Porsches are the pure racing breed, and you can feel that when you are driving it around the track. When driving the 370Z, you always get the feeling of the not having the complete control on the car and that might stop the weak-hearted to make the car go sideways around the turns. But in Porsche, you get that extra confidence of driving. I’d suggest you to go with the 718 Boxster if you can afford one. But if budget is a concern, 370Z isn’t a bad option either.

Nissan 370Z Roadster VS Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Ford Mustang is a legend and to make that legend assessable to every American, the Ford has made the cheaper trim levels for the Mustang. But the lower trim levels are no closer to the fun as you get with the hardcore Mustang models. The lower trim levels do come at a steal price but that’s the cost of owning just the Mustang badge. It won’t get you the legendary driving experience. And you might become the next “Mustang Crashes into Crowd” meme.

Compared to the lower trim level of the Ford Mustang, the 370Z definitely offers the better driving experience and we suggest you to choose the JDM over the American Legend if you are really looking for a sports car.

Nissan 370Z Roadster VS Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Convertible

Another American Legend, the Chevy Camaro. Camaro and Mustang have been rivals to each other for over 50 years now and both are the muscle car. Comparing a muscle car to a sports car is a no-brainer. While the muscle car is made to give you the massive dose of power at the launch on a drag strip. The Sportscar is made to go fast around the track.

So it comes to the person, what kind of driving experience does he want. But I would suggest you go for the Nissan’s drift machine over the base level trim of the legendary Muscle Car.

Final Verdict

2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster, in a nutshell, is a great car but lack some confidence because of the absence of the proper feedback. No matter what trim level you go with, you’re going to get same performance output from the engine so that’s a plus point for them who are tight on budget.

Only thing varies with the trim levels is the slight visual exterior parts and the comfortable interior. This makes the perfect choice for the petrolheads as this leaves a lot of room for the later modifications. And not to remind you that the Nissan 370Z has plenty of aftermarket spares available to push the limits of the car even further. Make a choice between the true JDM and other cars.

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