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2010 Nissan 370Z

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2010 Nissan 370Z Review

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Much like the original Datsun 240Z, Nissan's intention for the 2010 370Z is to offer world-class design and performance at an enticing value. Competitors for the Nissan 370Z include affordable coupes like the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Honda Accord Coupe all the way up to premium competitors like the Porsche Cayman, Audi TT Coupe and BMW Z4 Coupe. Compared to the 350Z that preceded it, the 370Z's exterior and interior have been thoroughly redesigned along with significant improvements in quality, performance and technology that should help it remain a strong performer in the sports coupe category.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Nissan 370Z if you want a fast, fun and approachably priced sports coupe. Buyers eyeing the offerings from Porsche and BMW will find the 370Z offers similar thrills at a much lower price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The original 240Z won fans by delivering great style and performance at an impressively low price. While still a good value, the 370Z's starting price around $30,000 may no longer fit everyone's definition of affordable.

What's New for 2010

Changes for 2010 include enhancements to the available navigation system, the addition of heated side mirrors and an in-cabin microfilter. A commemorative 40th Anniversary model is due out this spring, featuring unique paint, interior color, red brake calipers and a high-luster smoke wheel finish.

Driving the 370Z
Driving Impressions

In motion, the Nissan 370Z's lighter chassis, shorter wheel base and wider track work together to provide immediate, sporty handling. Yet, on long stretches of highway, the ride never feels...

... overly harsh and the cabin remains impressively quiet. When pushed hard, at the racetrack perhaps, the stability control system can feel overly eager to intervene. Turn stability control off, and the 370Z remains balanced and forgiving. There is plenty of power coming out of the corners, lots of grip when turning, and the brakes are strong and easy to modulate. The 370Z's automatic transmission works quite well, but the easy-to-modulate clutch, short throw shifter and SynchroRev Match option of the manual transmission make it hard to pass up. Forward visibility is good thanks to thin A-pillars, but rear visibility is limited to a narrow slit of glass by the stylishly raked rear hatch.

SynchroRev Match
Heel-toe down shifting, which requires using the right foot to both brake and blip the throttle, is one of the most difficult skills for any driver to learn. The 370Z's SynchroRev Match system blips the throttle, automatically providing butter-smooth downshifts every time. Driving purists who would rather match revs the old fashioned way are given the option to shut the system off.

Seven-Speed Automatic Transmission
Delivering the direct feel and fuel economy of a manual transmission along with quick, smooth shifts, the paddle shifter-equipped seven-speed automatic found in the Nissan 370Z is a winner.

2010 Nissan 370Z Details
2010 Nissan 370Z photo Interior

Some of the biggest improvements made to the 2010 Nissan 370Z are found inside. The newest Z-car does away with the hard plastic that graced the old model, opting instead for soft-touch surfaces covering the dash, door trim and almost anywhere an occupant's hand might rest. Overall interior volume has shrunk slightly, but efficient use of the available space resulted in identical head room and improved leg, hip and shoulder room. The large structural element that bisected the previous model's trunk has also been removed, which, along with storage nooks behind the seats, greatly improves the 370Z's cargo-carrying abilities.

Exterior
2010 Nissan 370Z photo

Unlike most new cars, the 2010 Nissan 370Z is actually smaller in length, height, and wheel base than the car it replaced, its tidier dimensions contributing to the new model's reduced weight and solid, planted stance. In shaping the 370Z's exterior Nissan's design team retained enough of the 350Z's essence to make the new model immediately recognizable as a member of the Z family. However, the 370Z has a distinct persona of its own thanks to unique details including "boomerang" head and tail lights, big flared fenders and a cantilevered roof reminiscent of the Nissan GT-R's.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Nissan 370Z comes in two trims, base and Touring, and two special edition trims: NISMO and 40th Anniversary. Even in base form, the 370Z is well equipped with automatic climate control, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, keyless entry and start, xenon headlights and a four-speaker audio system with auxiliary input. Moving up to the Touring trim adds niceties like power-adjustable heated seats, Bluetooth, leather and suede interior, aluminum pedals and a Bose audio system with eight speakers including two subwoofers. Adding to the safety of both trims are standard stability control, traction control, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

There are only two options available for the Nissan 370Z. A Sport Package is available for both base and Touring trims and includes a Viscous limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged wheels, sport brakes and downshift rev matching on cars equipped with the manual transmission. The Sport Package also includes a rear spoiler and front chin spoiler that eliminate aerodynamic lift at higher speeds. Available only for the Touring trim is a Navigation Package that includes a navigation system, real-time traffic and weather information, iPod connectivity and 9.3 gigabytes of on-board music storage.

Under the Hood

Power for the 2010 370Z comes from the latest generation of Nissan's venerated VQ series V6 engine. Producing 332-horsepower (350-hp in the NISMO), the 370Z's engine delivers more power than the previous 350Z while moving less mass thanks to a chassis that is 95 pounds lighter. Stealing some of the focus away from the Z's excellent engine are its advanced transmission options: a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic. Manual-equipped cars with the optional Sport Package also feature SynchroRev Match, a system that automatically blips the throttle for seamless downshifts.

3.7-liter V6
332 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
350 horsepower @ 7400 rpm (NISMO)
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
276 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm (NISMO)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (manual), 18/25 (automatic)

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2010 Nissan 370Z Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 103 Ratings for the 2009 - 2017 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Learning experience

By on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Pros: great looking car, heavy transmission feel, quick, crisp handling Cons: Expensive running cost, Slave cylinder really should be a recall (not covered in power train warranty, $850 fix), paint is below average."

Rag top recall

By on Saturday, January 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful car"

Cons: "thin paint and recall on top"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car in August and absolutely love the way it drives and looks. Every time I am out I get compliments and people giving it the thumbs up. However, there are 2 problems that I have. 1. The paint is very thin. I don't drive it on the highway because I found that just about anything will cause a ding that can't be buffed out. Why Nissan decided to go cheap on the paint job after putting so much into everything else is a mystery. 2. A tree branch made a puncture hole in my rag top and when I took it to a body shop to be replaced they said that they can't do it right now because the top is under recall and the replacement top is not yet available."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great sports car for the money.

By on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive good mileage fair price."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had the car about 3 months and 7000 miles as more highway than city.The car is what i expected from Nissan as owned a 280 back in the day.The fuel mileage is good at 28 to 29 highway and 24 to 25 city.If you want to get on it the car is ready and handles great.The comfort level is pretty good if you are 6 foot for a 2 door car if taller take it for a long ride the convertible is good for about 3 hours then a little short,the coupe has more Room and storage with the hatchback.I have driven some sports cars and rate the 2016 at the top for over all sports cars."

19 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Best. Sports Car Pound for Pound Under $50K

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "power styling finish price smooth responsive 6sp"

Cons: "blind spots."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"love this ride. had an 09 and bought an updated 12 with the latest toys and fully loaded. leather nav. bluetooth. power everything. stylin and finish inside and out a great. a real head turner and you dont see these all over the place. lots of power and great handling. cant find a better sports car for under $50K. the Z wont disappoint! dusted off the line mustangs. camaros. challengers, 911s and the occasional pre stingray vette. get the 6 speed to really enjoy this ride. leave the auto trans for the grandpas and their vettes. only cons are the. blind spots. but unless youre looking for po po who cares. also cabin is truly sports car size 5-11 and i just fit. nissn needs to add a sunroof too."

50 people out of 88 found this review helpful

Fast-Noisy-Raw Race Car

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"If you want a true sports car youll like it. If you are need a quiet ride and a back seat dont buy. Accelerates and corners like a beast. Tromp on it at 60mph and the trip to 100 mph is a rush. oh yea buy a radar detector first."

19 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever had

By on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "very fast, looks amazing, comfortable inside"

Cons: "22 mpg, no storage, weak stereo, blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car handles and drives great and it's very fast for the price and amount of HP it has. It's a lot faster than most other cars in the same general class, outperforming the v6 mustang or camaro, FR-S, genesis turbo/v6, cayman, etc. The throttle is very responsive and the 6 speed transmission is smooth. The traction control is always kicking in. The seats are comfortable but it is tight inside. I'm 6'4" and I fit, but if I was even an inch taller it'd probably not have worked. You have to learn to trust the mirrors because you simply cannot see the rear quarter without them. There's also no room to store anything at all. I've had a passenger and 2 laptop bags in there and it was pretty cramped. The stereo is very lame and you'll need to replace the door speakers with something better immediately. I get a lot of compliments though and everybody who's been inside has been very impressed ."

19 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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