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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.

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
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.

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 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

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)

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2013 Nissan 370Z Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 103 Ratings for the 2009 - 2017 models.

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  • 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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