Nissan 370Z Review
The 2014 Nissan 370Z ranks 5 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan 370Z, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although it has a higher base price than many cars in the class, critics say that the 2014 Nissan 370Z is a true driver’s car, with nimble handling and a responsive V6 engine.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that reviewers say provides plenty of power. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, which critics think makes the 370Z a lot of fun to drive, while an optional seven-speed automatic earns praise for its quick shifts. The 2014 Nissan 370Z coupe gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is typical for an affordable sports car with a six-cylinder engine. Reviewers love the 370Z’s athletic handling, and many note that it stays planted through turns with minimal body lean. Additionally, the 370Z earns praise for its quick, accurate steering.
Reviewers say the 2014 Nissan 370Z has a sporty and functional interior design. Still, a few auto writers say that its interior materials could be a bit nicer, and others write that the cabin lets in too much road noise. Test drivers like that the seats are comfortable and supportive, and that there’s plenty of room for a tall driver behind the wheel. However, many automotive journalists note that small windows and thick rear roof pillars limit rearward visibility. Reviewers agree that the 370Z features user-friendly audio and climate controls and easy-to-read gauges. The 2014 Nissan 370Z’s standard features include automatic climate control, push-button start and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack. A backup camera, navigation and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity are among the 370Z’s optional features.
- "Want a great sports car that offers terrific performance and handling, sharp looks inside and out, an impressive image and all at an affordable price? Few can match Nissan's 370Z." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2014 Nissan 370Z still holds some appeal as a dedicated sports car. But from the vantage point of practicality or performance, there are better choices available." -- Edmunds
- "Enthusiasts will consider the rear-wheel-drive 2014 Nissan 370Z a pure sports car, defined by a robust engine, laser-precise steering, track-caliber agility and a race-inspired 2-passenger cockpit. It's a formula shared by many world-class sports coupes, but the Z is available at a fraction of the price." -- AutoTrader
- "The 370Z finds itself in a sea of damn impressive competition, and hacking the roof off adds more compromise and expense to a vehicle that doesn't need any help convincing buyers to look elsewhere for their jollies." -- Road and Track
Other Sports Cars to Consider
Critics agree that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a blast to drive thanks to superb handling and a smooth manual transmission. Though it is less powerful than the 370Z, the Miata gets better fuel economy and has a lower base price.
Reviewers praise the Ford Mustang’s agile handling, and it’s available with a 420-horsepower V8 for about the same price as the base 370Z. The Mustang can also seat two more people than the 370Z, and it has a significantly larger trunk.
Details: 2014 Nissan 370Z
The 2014 Nissan 370Z comes in coupe or convertible (roadster) body styles, seats two and has rear-wheel drive. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard and a seven-speed automatic transmission is optional. The 370Z comes in base, Touring and NISMO (coupe only) trims. The Nissan 370Z hasn’t been fully redesigned since the 2009 model year. Since it carries over into 2014 mostly unchanged, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.