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2013 Nissan 370Z Review

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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.

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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