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2011 Nissan 370Z

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2011 Nissan 370Z Review

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The 2011 Nissan 370Z retains the same basic principle that spawned the original 240Z; namely, to offer world-class design and performance at a reasonable price. The 370Z's seductive exterior, potent engine and dynamic driving characteristics easily qualify it as a competitor to the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. But, many Z-car owners also consider their little 2-door terror the equal of such high-end names as the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Cayman. No matter what you compare it to, the 2011 Nissan 370Z is one serious driving machine that is sure to please even the most hard-core driving enthusiasts.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking a fast coupe with BMW-like performance at a very un-BMW like price, take a spin the 2011 Nissan 370Z.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The definition of affordable is open to interpretation. While the 370Z's $30,000 starting price might seem a bargain to some, remember that the V6 powered Mustang and Camaro both offer more than 300-horsepower and start well under $25,000.

What's New for 2011

Changes for 2011 are limited to the addition of a rearview camera to the available navigation and a new color, Gun Metallic.

Driving the 370Z

Driving Impressions Unlike previous Z cars of late, the 2011 Nissan 370Z strikes an acceptable balance between razor-sharp handling and a comfortable ride. The Z's short wheelbase, lightweight chassis and wide...

track help the suspension to deliver praise worthy performance handling, with almost no perceptible lean or roll. The power-assisted steering is accurate and well-modulated. On an enclosed race track, we were able to push the Z hard, which caused its stability control system to intervene a bit too quickly. Switch the stability control off, and the 370Z remains balanced and forgiving. We never felt as if the Z was lacking for anything, delivering plenty of power when exiting corners, ample grip in the turns and brakes that never seemed to fade even after repeated hard stops. Nissan'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 our transmission of choice. Away from the race track, in everyday driving, we found the 370Z's ride never feels overly harsh and the cabin remains impressively quiet.

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.

7-Speed Automatic Transmission
Delivering the direct feel and fuel economy of a manual transmission along with quick, smooth shifts, the paddle shifter-equipped 7-speed automatic found in the Nissan 370Z is a winner.

2011 Nissan 370Z Details
2011 Nissan 370Z photo Interior

When it debuted the 350Z some years back, Nissan got an earful regarding the car's cheap interior plastics and hard surfaces. Determined not to repeat their mistake, the 2011 Nissan 370Z has been blessed with a detailed interior full of high-quality materials, soft-touch surfaces and rich, vivid color choices. An efficient use of the available space has resulted in a surprisingly accommodating cabin, especially in the areas of head, hip and legroom. The 370Z's interior is visually stimulating, with unique features such as an instrument cluster that moves with the tilt steering column and three individual gauges for oil temperature, volts and clock mounted atop the center dash pad. The 370Z's cargo area is free of the former car's obtrusive strut tower brace, creating a usable cargo hold for luggage with additional cargo nooks located behind the front seats.

Exterior
2011 Nissan 370Z photo

While many performance coupes are growing larger (mostly to accommodate a rear seat), the 370Z's dimensions remain compact and lightweight. The 370Z sits low to the ground and when equipped with the Sport package includes ground effects and a low front spoiler designed to reduce lift while improving the car's aerodynamics. The 370Z's styling shares some common themes with Nissan's other performance legend, the Maxima Sedan, including its "boomerang" inspired headlamps and taillights. The Z car's large flared fenders and cantilevered roof are vaguely GT-R like, but aggressive 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are unlike anything in the Nissan lineup.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Nissan 370Z comes in two trims, base and Touring, and one special edition trim: NISMO. 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 4-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 2011 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 2011 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 robust performance and impressive fuel economy. Stealing some of the focus away from the Z's excellent engine are its advanced transmission options: a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 7-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 @ 7,000 rpm
350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm (NISMO)
270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (NISMO)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (manual), 19/26 (automatic)

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2011 Nissan 370Z Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 94 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Lots of fun to drive!

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of fun to drive"

Cons: "has some blind spots"

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

"I purchased this car and absolutely love it. Lots of fun to drive especially in the mountains and an places where you can open it up. Excellent gas mileage considering what it is. On 2 trips of approx 1000 miles each averaged 27-29 miles per gallon and that was not being a conservative driver (doing speed limit)."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

In my mind this is the perfect sports car!!

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,400

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
10/10

Pros: "Great looks, great ride for a great price!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've owned several sports cars in my life but this one out did all of them. For the price, there is no sports car on the market that performs and looks as great as this one."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Sexy, Stylish and fun

By on Friday, August 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, performance, price, fun"

Cons: "Poor rearward visibility, road noise, storage room"

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

"Remember that this is a pure sports car, so lets not knock off points for passenger room, MPG and such. The good: 1. The styling, engineering and design are top notch. Quality, finish and fit are also excellent. 2. Performance is great...handling, acceleration, stopping power and top end. 3. Very reliable and maintenance costs are reasonable. 4. A good value for what you get. The bad: 1. Rear visibility is poor. 2. Hatch area is too small. 3. Road noise from tires. 4. Clutch is a little noisy when releasing in 1st and 2nd gear. 5. No interior hatch release. Overall a great sports car. There are lots of aftermarket upgrades if you want more performance or for appearance. Really most complaints are nitpicking. If you want a high performance Japanese sports car for a reasonable price it cannot be beat."

26 people out of 52 found this review helpful

Can't go wrong with a Nissan Z

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Quick, Responsive handling and good looking"

Cons: "Limited trunks space."

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

"Driving a Z370 is fun and it turns heads. It is quick and responsive. I owned Tiburons, Excort GTs and a Camaro SS and my Z is by far my favorite car. I owned a Z350 and never hesitated to buy another Z when the time came for a new car. And, I plan to buy another when I'm ready for my next new car. I like the two seater configuration and the limited trunk space is a fair trade off for the Z's looks and handling. Afterall, you don't buy a performance car to haul groceries! I think the Z meets the needs of owning a performance car, whether it's your first performance car or you've driven and owned performanace cars in the past. And, I think it's a good value for price."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fun car

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my 4th nissan z car I have owned a 260zx turbo, 350z convertable, a 2009 370z convertable and now this 2012 370z convertable roadster and is a very exciting & fun car to drive. This car handles well with the top up or down. Love this car!"

18 people out of 36 found this review helpful

one of my best cars in about 10 I've owned

By on Monday, June 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great styling, really powerful."

Cons: "Just the balky synchro in first to second."

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

"Very reliable and fun to drive. Great build quality. Unbelievable value for the money. Resale holds up well too. Takes a while to master a somewhat notchy clutch/transmission combo; but not a deal breaker by any means. Would buy another if they ever change the style. Great Japanese engineering and quality. Except for a somewhat imperfect first to second synchromesh connection. Otherwise, would recommend to anyone."

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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