in 2013 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $25,764 - $32,995
Original MSRP: $33,120 - $45,470
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy

2013 Nissan 370Z Performance

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With agile handling, a powerful V6 and slick rev-matching transmissions, reviewers say that the 2013 Nissan 370Z offers balanced performance that makes it stand out in the class.

  • "Though it's not as quick off the line as some rivals, the 370Z's acceleration is linear and powerful as the rpms climb. Passing and merging maneuvers are no sweat." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Z's 332-horsepower V6 produces straight-line performance on par with V8-powered American muscle coupes like the Ford Mustang, while its smaller dimensions and superior handling help deliver an altogether more dynamic and involving driving experience." -- Edmunds 
  • "Nissan's automatic transmission works quite well, but call us old-fashioned: A 2-seater really needs a manual gearbox. The easy-to-modulate clutch, short-throw shifter and SynchroRev Match option of the 370Z's 6-speed seals the deal." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Graced by a short-throw stick shift and Nissan's SyncroRev Match option, which blips the throttle automatically to rev-match downshifts, the Z encourages you to dart between traffic gaps and generally haul ass whenever possible. No teenager belongs within reach of the keys." -- Cars.com (2011 Roadster)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Nissan 370Z comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that generates 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission, or an optional seven-speed automatic, routes power to the rear wheels. NISMO 370Z models are slightly more powerful, producing 350 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 276 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The EPA reports that the 2013 370Z coupe gets 19/26 and 18/26 mpg city/highway with the automatic and manual transmissions, respectively.

The Nissan 370Z wows reviewers with its slick transmissions and powerful V6 engine. Automatic models come with Nissan’s Downshift Rev system, while the optional Sport package adds the SynchroRev Match system to models with the six-speed manual. During gear changes, these systems adjust the engine speed to match the new gear, which maximizes power and facilitates smooth shifts. Reviewers love the SynchroRev Match system, saying that it adds a great deal of fun to the driving experience.

  • "The automatic shifts crisply, and the steering-wheel paddles deliver quick, on-demand gear changes." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Both transmissions are equally likable, and the SynchroRev Match's blip of the throttle on downshifts is bound to make you feel like a driving champion." -- Edmunds 
  • "As for power, the 3.7-liter V6 always feels eager and responsive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Mash the floor-mounted accelerator, and prepare for a stupid grin to be plastered on your face." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Handling and Braking

The 370Z’s athletic handling and strong brakes continue to earn high marks from reviewers. They often say that the Z’s impressive driving dynamics and responsive steering are matched by few other affordable sports cars. Still, one test driver counters that the 370Z Roadster isn’t as refined as the similarly priced BMW 1-Series convertible over rough pavement.

  • "All 370Zs feel exceptionally nimble, balanced, and athletic. Steering feel is direct and responsive." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In Edmunds brake testing, a coupe with the Sport package's upgraded brakes stopped from 60 mph in an outstanding 101 feet -- about the same as the Nissan GT-R." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 2013 Nissan 370Z's sport-tuned chassis gets its sharp cornering ability from the car's light weight, short wheelbase and wide track, and doesn't have to resort to brutally stiff spring rates." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Things get squirrely if you nail the gas coming out of a turn, and mid-corner bumps perturb the chassis more than I'd like. As $40,000 droptops go, the BMW 1 Series convertible stays more planted." -- Cars.com (2011 Roadster)