2013 Nissan 370Z Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
July 23, 2012

While the performance-per-dollar value of the 2013 Nissan 370Z remains largely intact, enabling it to play with more expensive sports cars for less money, rising prices narrow that advantage.

Following a familiar trajectory, the latest iteration of the Nissan Z has continually added more technology, more features, and more performance since its re-introduction in 2003 as the 350Z. The current 2013 Nissan 370Z continues the trend, adding a handful of new features to each model variant, while maintaining the core segment-straddling sports car/grand tourer essence.

As a rear-drive, front-mid-engine, 332-horsepower, two-seater, the 370Z seems to fit the sports car mold perfectly, and, behind the wheel, it mostly feels like it, too. But at 3,200-pounds-plus curb weight, and with its potent 3.7-liter V-6, the 370Z blurs the dividing line between sports car and grand tourer, especially with its more luxurious interior and enhanced range of gadgets, features, and options.

Updates for 2013 include a revised front end that incorporates LED daytime running lights, new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, a revised selection of exterior colors, and more. The higher-performance, more track-focused NISMO 370Z also adds an available Bose six-speaker, six-CD changer audio system; Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity; an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink transceiver; upgraded brake lines and fluid; a new exterior color, and more. The 370Z Roadster gets the new front end with LED daytime running lights like the Coupe, plus a new 19-inch wheel design for Sport Package-equipped cars, and a few tweaks to the Sport Package's contents.

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Features that carry forward from the 2012 Nissan 370Z include a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual transmission with Nissan's unique SynchroRev feature, which automatically rev-matches downshifts by computer-controlled throttle blips. While either transmission mates well with the rorty V-6, the manual is the best choice for the enthusiast.

The 370Z is, in general, a car for the enthusiast, however, as its base suspension tune is aggressive--some might call it a touch harsh--and the upgrade Sport and NISMO models sharpen that edge even further. Steering feel is perhaps the main drawback from this enthusiast package, as it's a bit vague, with a tendency to tramline along minor grooves in the road. That said, it's still a fun, competent overall package.

Inside the cabin, the 370Z is far more refined than the 350Z that preceded it, with supportive, comfortable adjustable seats, available leather upholstery, power acecssories, keyless entry/start, and cruise control. Optional extras for even more convenience include navigation, satellite radio with real-time traffic, HID headlights, and more.

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2013 Nissan 370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring

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It's a hot looking, and driving car! It dose take some time to get use to the steering. As other reviewers point out the bumps and grooves in the road can pull the wheel ont way or the other, which I think... + More »
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