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2012 Nissan 370Z

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2012 Nissan 370Z Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

There is so much to like about the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster that you could almost justify owning one no matter what the circumstances. From a performance point of view, the 370Z is pure perfection, with a sweet-singing V6 engine teamed to a slick-shifting manual transmission, glued-to-the-road handling, and an interior that is visually one of our favorite places to sit. Priced in line with the V8-powered Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang GT, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is easily affordable, providing you need only one car. While others, such as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, fancy themselves real competition, many 370Z owners feel their cars are more in league with such titans as the Audi TT, Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4. Regardless of what you're comparing it to, there really is only one Nissan 370Z, a car that will keep a smile on your face long after you've shut off the engine and locked the doors.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for seat-of-your-pants performance in a sexy coupe that won't break the bank, take a spin in a 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe. Open-air fans will love the 370Z Roadster version.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the best value-to-horsepower ratio, you can climb behind the wheel of a V6-powered Mustang or Camaro, both of which have more than 300 horsepower and a starting price well below $25,000.

What's New for 2012

There are no major changes for 2012.

Driving the 370Z
Driving Impressions

Unlike its 350Z predecessor, the 2012 Nissan 370Z doesn't force a trade-off between razor-sharp handling and a comfortable ride. The 370Z's sport-tuned suspension is able to perform its magic thanks...

... to the car's lightweight body, short wheelbase and wide track; 19-inch performance tires don't hurt either. In the curves, the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe displays almost no lean or roll, cornering flat as though it were a roller-coaster cart on rails. The well-modulated power steering is spot-on, although just as we were pushing it to its limits, the annoying stability-control systems intervened to spoil the fun. Luckily, Nissan allows the system to shut off, leaving the driver free to test his or her skills the old-fashioned way. As we suspected, with the VDC switched off, the 370Z remains balanced and forgiving. As for power, we never felt let down by the 3.7-liter V6, nor were we disappointed by the grip from the summer tires or the excellent brakes. 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.

SynchroRev Match
Heel-toe downshifting, 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 2012 Nissan 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 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe is a winner.

2012 Nissan 370Z Details
Interior

Choosing to draw heavily from its Infiniti line rather than the more pedestrian Nissan sedans has endowed the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe with a gorgeous interior that no one will ever criticize as being too plastic or hard-surfaced. Rich color choices for the seats and door cards complement a cockpit filled with soft-touch surfaces and tasteful metallic-looking trim. Nissan maximized the Z's interior space creating a roadster-sized car that can comfortably fit two 6-foot adults. Excellent sport seats hold their occupants firmly in place without the feeling of being shoehorned, and an IP cluster than moves in conjunction with the tilt steering wheel assures drivers of all sizes will find a comfortable position without sacrificing a clear view of the 370Z's impressive instruments. A nice tribute to the original Z car are the three individual gauges for oil, temperature and volts (there's a clock in there, too) mounted atop the center dash and angled toward the driver. While cargo space isn't usually a big priority among this car's owners, it's nice to know there is a usable area behind the seats easily accessible via the large hatch opening (or smallish trunk on the Roadster).

Exterior
2012 Nissan 370Z photo

Bucking the trend to grow larger and longer, the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe retains its taut dimensions and lightweight chassis. Sitting low to the ground is one of the keys to the 370Z's impressive handling, but the look becomes more dramatic when equipped with the available Sport Package, which adds side ground effects and a low front spoiler (designed to reduce lift). One look at the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe reveals its strong family heritage with Nissan's other performance legend, the Maxima Sedan. Shared styling cues include boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights, as well as a rich color palate. There's a bit of GT-R in the 370Z's large flared fenders and cantilevered roof, while its radically styled 19-inch 5-spoke wheels are unlike anything offered by Nissan. The 370Z Roadster features a power-operated soft top that stows beneath a color-keyed hard cover.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe comes in two trims, base and Touring, and one special edition trim: Nismo. Even in base form, the 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe 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 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe. 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 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe comes from the latest generation of Nissan's venerated VQ series V6 engine. Producing 332 horsepower (350 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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2012 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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