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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 100 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

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."

36 people out of 65 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."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever had

By on Tuesday, May 05, 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 ."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Touring

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I do enjoy driving this car every day to work."

Cons: "Very bad blind spots."

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

"I have had my car for 4 month and drive 120 miles round trip to work. Average gas mileage, have not made more than 24 mpg for city (Houston). There are major blind spots. I wish the speedometer was in the middle instead of the RPM gage. Part of the speedometer is blocked by the hand gear shift on steering wheel. I am 5'11" and there is plenty of room. You passenger will not have a drink holder unless you trust the small one on the door."

23 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Best bang for the buck

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

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: "Don't see one at every light."

Cons: "None."

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

"At the price there's nothing close. This is my 4th Z. Says it all. I have the Roadster but both models are awesome."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

More pros than cons

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gorgeous and powerful"

Cons: "Interior lacking"

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

"Love the look, power and handling! I'm very disappointed with the interior for the cost. No bluetooth and only two speakers."

37 people out of 79 found this review helpful

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