2017 Nissan 370Z

Starting MSRP: $29,990 - $49,400

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 26 hwy

2017 Nissan 370Z Review

Nissan has been making the Z for almost 50 years, and it's benefited from decades of refinement. The 2017 Nissan 370Z is the product of all that fine-tuning, and it offers excellent performance, drivability and comfort at a very accessible price.

By Chris Brewer
Last Updated 05/18/2017

The 2017 Nissan 370Z is available as a two-passenger coupe or roadster. This rear-wheel-drive hardtop or convertible is powered by a V6 engine, and it's governed by a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Coupe buyers can choose from base, Sport, Sport Tech, Touring, Nismo and Nismo Tech trim levels. The 370Z Roadster is available in three trims: base, Touring and Touring Sport.

For the 2017 model year, the 370Z adds a new exterior paint color: Chicane Yellow.

Exterior

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With hints of the original first-generation Z throughout, the 2017 Nissan 370Z is a modern interpretation of the iconic Japanese sports car. The 370Z’s long hood, wide stance and short rear check all of the prerequisite sports-car boxes. The modern LED running lights and boomerang-style taillights give the Z a fresh look, although the current model is starting to show its age and is nearing the end of its life cycle.

The base 370Z features a lightweight aluminum hood, doors and hatchback. The Z’s front fascia includes HID xenon headlights, and all models come with signature vertical door handles, power-adjustable heated side mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Sport model includes 19-inch forged wheels. A front chin aero deflector and body-color rear spoiler add to the design.

The top-trim Nismo models add an aerodynamic package that features a unique front and rear spoiler. The Nismo models also sit lower for better performance and enhanced style. Staggered 19-inch wheels feature a two-tone finish, and red Nismo exterior accents help differentiate these models from the rest of the lineup.

The 370Z roadster features a power convertible soft top with a glass window that hides underneath a power tonneau cover when down.

 

Interior

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A true two-seater, the Z offers excellent legroom and headroom. While there are plenty of hard plastic surfaces in the cabin, Nissan has included soft-touch surfaces to the vehicle’s touchpoints. The standard eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and tilt steering column allow most individuals to find a comfortable driving position.

Cargo space in the coupe is decent at 6.9 cubic feet, but the convertible provides just 4.2 cubic feet, which is shy of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s 4.6 cubic feet. While the coupe’s hatch area is sufficient for a couple of overnight bags, those looking for a weekend getaway car will want to avoid the convertible.

Standard features include automatic climate control, manually adjustable cloth seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob, parking lever and steering wheel. The Touring model adds power-adjustable heated leather seats, synthetic suede door panels and aluminum pedals.

Nismo models include Recaro leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts, a Nismo Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a Nismo shift knob. Additionally, Nismo models receive red contrast stitching feature throughout the cabin.

 

Performance

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The rear-wheel-drive Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine. The base engine produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. In Nismo models, this V6 is tuned to yield 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. The 370Z is governed by a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan’s Z car has a long history of excellent driving dynamics, and the latest iteration does not disappoint. The 370Z is a highly capable street car that longs to be driven enthusiastically. Nismo models are further enhanced with a Nismo-tuned suspension that sharpens handling. Braking is above average and improves in the Nismo models, thanks to the larger calipers and discs.

Fuel economy is about average for a two-seat sports car. EPA ratings for the coupe are 18/26 mpg city/highway with the standard six-speed manual and 19/26 with the seven-speed automatic. The convertible achieves up to 18/25 mpg.

 

Technology

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The base Nissan 370Z arrives with a limited amount of standard technology equipment. Amenities include a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and keyless entry and ignition.

Moving to the Sport Tech model adds a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, streaming Bluetooth audio and a premium Bose eight-speaker audio system.

Most owners will want to opt for the Tech or Touring models, which include the navigation system and Bluetooth streaming audio. In a time when so much of our lives is centered on smartphone technology, it is helpful to have the Bluetooth connectivity that these trims provide.

 

Safety

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Moving to the Tech, Touring or Nismo models equips the 370Z with a rearview camera. Unfortunately, active safety systems found on similar vehicles, like blind spot monitoring, are not available on the Nissan 370Z.

The 370Z has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, that lack of crash test data is not unusual for a car in this class.

 

Cost-Effectiveness

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Nissan does not offer options on the 370Z. Buyers must select a trim level that most closely represents the configuration they desire.

Pricing for the base 2017 Nissan 370Z coupe starts at $29,990, not including an $865 destination fee. The Sport Tech model starts at $37,070. The Sport Tech model includes navigation and the eight-speaker premium audio system, as well as numerous exterior and interior enhancements.

The top-performance Nismo trim starts at $41,990 and features a more powerful engine and an enthusiast-pleasing sport-tuned chassis. The Nismo model also includes leather-appointed Recaro seating, and a unique exterior and interior.

Convertible 370Z models start at $41,820. The roadster forgoes the Tech trims, but includes a Touring version for $45,270 and a Touring Sport that costs $48,100.

While the top models are pricey, base models of the 370Z represent excellent value. The Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2017 Fiat 124 Spider are good alternatives for the roadster, but they provide less horsepower. The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro offer similar power but lack the Z’s pure two-seat sports-car configuration. Nothing quite matches the 370Z’s purity for the price.

 

Overall

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The 2017 Nissan 370Z provides attractive styling, excellent performance and a driver-oriented cabin at an affordable price, especially in the base configuration.

Those wanting to use the 2017 Nissan 370Z as a daily driver will want to consider the limited trunk space of the convertible models. The coupe provides a comfortable ride around town, decent room for cargo and an almost unbeatable dollar-to-thrills ratio.