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2013 Nissan 370Z

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2013 Nissan 370Z Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

There is much to like about the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster. From the point of view of a committed driving enthusiast, the 370Z is near perfection, with a sweet-singing V6 engine teamed to a slick-shifting manual transmission, glued-to-the-road handling and a functional, great-looking cockpit. Priced in line with the V8-powered Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang GT, the Nissan 370Z offers powerful value. While others, such as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, may consider themselves alternatives, many 370Z owners feel their cars line up with such titans as the Audi TT, Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4. In the end, comparisons seem irrelevant, since there really is only one Z-car.

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 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe. Open-air fans will love the 370Z Roadster.

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.6
  • 8.1
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.7
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#5

out of 10

Fuel Economy

#7

out of 10

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.4 out of 10
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2013 Nissan 370Z Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

A minor facelift gives the Nissan 370Z a slightly softer-looking front end and incorporates distinctive vertical LED running lights. The Sport Package gets new shock tuning and red-finished brake calipers. The Nismo edition gets more rigid brake lines and now offers some of the available features from the Touring package.

Driving the 370Z
2013 Nissan 370Z Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2013 Nissan 370Z's sport-tuned chassis gets its sharp cornering ability from the car's light weight, short wheelbase and wide track, and doesn't have to resort to brutally stiff spring...

rates. The performance-biased 18-inch (standard) and 19-inch (Sport Package) tires on light alloy wheels do their part too. In the curves, the 370Z Coupe displays almost no lean or roll, the well-modulated power steering is spot-on, and if you want to press the car right up to its cornering limits, you can shut off the otherwise invasive electronic stability-control system. The 370Z remains balanced and forgiving, with or without the electronic nanny on duty. As for power, the 3.7-liter V6 always feels eager and responsive. Nissan's automatic transmission works quite well, but call us old-fashioned: A 2-seater really needs a manual gearbox. The easy-to-modulate clutch, short-throw shifter and SynchroRev Match option of the 370Z's 6-speed seals the deal.
Favorite Features

SYNCHROREV MATCH
Heel-toe downshifting, which requires using the right foot to both brake and blip the throttle to match revs, is a tricky skill to master. The 2013 Nissan 370Z's SynchroRev Match system blips the throttle for you, automatically providing butter-smooth downshifts. (Purists can turn the feature 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 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe is a winner.

2013 Nissan 370Z Details
2013 Nissan 370Z Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Drawing heavily from the Infiniti line, the interior of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster looks lush and upscale. More important, it blends some very strong styling elements, especially around the instruments, with complete functionality. Rich color choices for the seats and door panels complement a cockpit filled with soft-touch surfaces and tasteful metallic-looking trim. The main gauge cluster that moves with the tilt steering column is a nice touch. The snug cockpit easily accommodates two big adults in excellent sport seats. Cargo space isn't outstanding but it's usable and accessible.

Exterior
2013 Nissan 370Z photo

Bucking the trend to grow larger and longer, the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe retains its taut dimensions and lightweight chassis. Sitting low to the ground aids both handling and appearance, and the look becomes even more dramatic with the available Sport Package, which includes front and rear spoilers and bigger tires and wheels. There's a hint of GT-R in the 370Z's large flared fenders and cantilevered roof. The Nismo edition shows its performance intent with aero-influenced styling, including an integrated front spoiler and big rear wing. Roadster versions feature a power-operated soft-top that stows beneath a color-keyed hard cover.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster each come in two trims, base and Touring (plus the special-edition Nismo, as a coupe only). 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 power-adjustable heated seats, Bluetooth, leather and suede inside, aluminum pedals and a Bose audio system with eight speakers including two subwoofers. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, active head restraints, tire-pressure-monitoring system and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

There are only two options available on the 2013 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, upgraded brakes, front and rear spoilers and downshift rev matching (when equipped with the manual transmission). Available only for the Touring trim is a Navigation Package that features a navigation system, real-time traffic and weather information, iPod connectivity and a 9.3GB hard drive for music storage. A new Bose audio package – six speakers, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, Bluetooth – is available in the Nismo for 2013.

Under the Hood
2013 Nissan 370Z Engine photo

Power for the 2013 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 mpg (manual), 19/26 mpg (automatic)

Pricing Notes

Pricing for the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $33,900 for the base coupe and moves up to $38,600 for the Touring trim. The Roadster runs $42,250 (base) and $44,950 (Touring). The Sport Package adds about $3,000 to any of these figures. The up-power Nismo edition is priced at $43,800. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with a 7-speed automatic available for an additional $1,300 (except for the Nismo, which is manual only). The Navigation System adds an extra $2,150 to the bottom line. To compare actual transaction prices for the Nissan 370Z, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. Like the 350Z before it, the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe is expected to hold its value well over time, far better than the Mazda RX-8, Ford Mustang V6 and Chevrolet Camaro LT, and about as well as the BMW Z4, Audi TT and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

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2013 Nissan 370Z Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 85 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Continuous Problems

By on Friday, April 18, 2014

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

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "nice looking car, fun to drive"

Cons: "continuous problems with manual transmissions"

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

"Purchased new. Excessive oil consumption=engine replacement while under warranty (not uncommon), routine Concentric Slave Cylinder failure (will leave you stranded with no previous warning)causes clutch pedal to remain stuck on the floor and the car left immobile. Repair to this product is in excess of $1000.00, and may fail again within low mileage. Steering Wheel locking mechanism replaced while under warranty (vehicle recall). On a good note, the car starts without interruptions but is unreliable because of routine problems with the concentric slave cylinder. If buying a Z, buy the automatic transmission, as you will definitely have problems with the standard transmission."

Absolutely love this car

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, Looks, Handling, Driveability"

Cons: "Road noise (it IS a sports car)"

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

"Waited almost a year for my dealer to find me exactly what I wanted, and couldn't be happier with it. So much fun to drive, Tons of power for a small car and handles incredibly. I get alot of comments on its appearance, because you don't see them everyday, and its such a sexy car in Black cherry."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Outstanding value

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "No heated steering wheel."

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

"Bought my car new in 2009 and I still own it. I've been impressed by every aspect of the car. I purchased the sports package and all Canadian models have the LSD, etc so the only upgrades are the sports and navigation packages. I daily drive this car during the spring/summer/fall and put her away during the winter months. I've taken it to the track and auto X and everyone ridding shot gun was blown away by how it handles. For some reason the 2009 model didn't come with heated side mirrors. I'd also like the option of a heated steering wheel but other than that there isn't anything else I don't like about the car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love the way my Z handles.

By on Friday, February 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty looks, handling"

Cons: "Limited trunk space, but enough for a suitcase."

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

Love the look!

"I have owned this car for two years and love it. I especially like the ride and handling. The suspension is tight and for a convertible, is very quiet. I wanted one with a stow away top, an this one is great. I do not drive it during the winter, but love it all other times of year. I receive compliments on the car every time I take it out. I drove it from Virginia to Florida this past summer, and then my wife and I drove it from Central Florida to Key West and back, and we both loved it, especially when we could put the top down. Was fun cruising around Key West. If not for this trip, it would have only 5,000 miles on it. Great acceleration for the highway. Comfortable ride."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love the look!

Car looks sporty but not reliable

By on Friday, December 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks good, has power no soul"

Cons: "Oil consumtion, lots of mechanical failures $$"

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

"I thought I found my dream sporty car to find out it had no soul. It looks good, very sporty but boy have I been in for a big disappointment. Going on 12K had to change the engine because it was consuming oil. Then came the clutch sticking down, then the heater core replacement and little things that matter, like the cruise light sticks. I think I got a bad batch on this model or Nissan has no concern for quality and reliability. The service department is terrible in customer service and quality control-you have to follow-up on the repairs or can get killed-ex missing the link screw for the gear removal. Overall total disappointment for a good looking car."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

a driver's car

By on Friday, November 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "race car performance but very streetible"

Cons: "none"

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

"Previously, I had a 2003 350z for eight years and bought the 370z without hesitation. If you are a 'driver' this car is the best bang for your buck. Plenty of power (330 Hp) and handles like its on rails. Its quick as a cat and looks great sitting still. I don't think you can beat it at this price for performance, styling, handling and smiles per mile."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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