Nissan 370Z Review
The 2013 Nissan 370Z ranks 5 out of 9 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.
Test drivers say that a powerful engine and agile handling make the 2013 Nissan 370Z an exceptional sports car, though the 370Z’s two-seat cabin and high price may limit its appeal.
The 2013 Nissan 370Z comes with a V6 engine that auto reviewers say is responsive and powerful. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and most critics agree that its short throws and smooth clutch make the 2013 370Z fun to drive. With the six-speed manual, fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is decent for an affordable sports car. However, less powerful competitors like the Subaru BRZ and Mazda Miata use less fuel. Along with its powerful V6, critics love the 370Z’s strong brakes, athletic handling and responsive steering. As a result, many say that the 370Z is one of the most balanced, well-rounded sports cars in the class.
While a few reviewers say that the 370Z’s cabin would benefit from higher-quality materials, most agree that it’s an attractively-designed interior with a functional, driver-focused layout. Despite its small size and two-seat capacity, many reviewers say that people up to 6-feet tall will be comfortable in the 2013 Z. Still, a few reviewers counter that larger folks may find the seats confining. Some auto writers also cite poor rearward visibility, and note that the 370Z has less trunk space than most cars in the class, while others complain that road and engine noise can become intrusive at highway speeds. The base Nissan 370Z comes with push-button start, automatic climate control and a four-speaker stereo. Features like a backup camera, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port and heated seats are available on higher trims.
- "Now five years into in product cycle with only minor changes year to year, the Nissan 370Z is starting to feel a bit long in the tooth. Still, this exhilarating two-seater offers an undiluted sports-car driving experience, and it continues to occupy a ‘sweet spot’ niche in the enthusiast-car market." -- Consumer Guide
- "Sports cars usually come attached to scary, unreachable price tags. The 2013 Nissan 370Z is an exception, however. It offers thrilling performance, precision handling and muscular styling without causing heart palpitations when you read the price sticker." -- Edmunds
- "From the point of view of a committed driving enthusiast, the 370Z is near perfection, with a sweet-singing V6 engine teamed to a slick-shifting manual transmission, glued-to-the-road handling and a functional, great-looking cockpit." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “In an automotive world filled with expensive sports cars touting questionable bang-for-your-buck returns, the Z carries on as one of the best values around, especially in the dollar-per-grin category.” -- Motor Trend (2011)
Other Sports Cars to Consider
The Scion FR-S isn’t as powerful as the 370Z, but reviewers love the FR-S’ nimble handling and supportive front seats. The FR-S also costs significantly less than the 370Z, and is one of the few sports cars that’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
While reviewers aren’t as enthusiastic about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s performance, its additional cargo space and small back seat may come in handy if you want a car that offers a bit more utility. The Genesis Coupe also comes with more standard features and a longer powertrain warranty.
Details: 2013 Nissan 370Z
The 2013 Nissan 370Z seats two and comes with rear-wheel drive. A V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a seven-speed automatic transmission is optional. Coupe and roadster body styles are available, which come in three trims: 370Z (base), 370Z Touring and NISMO 370Z. The Touring trim adds a number of interior features and upgrades some interior materials, while the NISMO 370Z offers a more powerful engine, as well as other performance upgrades. Aside from some minor exterior updates, the 370Z sees no major changes for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.