KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 8/23/2013
For all-around enthusiastic driving enjoyment and for its carefully-crafted balance, the 2014 Nissan 370Z strikes a chord that makes it just right. The V6 engine is smooth, quick, powerful and responsive as a cat after a bug. It's hooked to a precise-shifting manual transmission (with an automatic available). The 370Z's handling is more track-day ready than most of its owners will ever require, yet its ride is perfectly acceptable for daily errands. And it looks great, inside and out. Price-wise, the 370Z's competitors are among the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, but for many it's in the category of the Porsche Cayman or Audi TT. Either way, it offers lots of capability and at a price that doesn't require being a hedge-fund manager.
You'll Like This Car If...
Want a great sports car that offers terrific performance and handling, sharp looks inside and out, an impressive image and all at an affordable price? Few can match Nissan's 370Z.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're shopping for the absolute best combination of most horsepower for the least amount of money, the V6 versions of the Camaro and Mustang each deliver over 300 horsepower and cost a lot less than the Z-car.
What's New for 2014
For 2014 changes to the 370Z line are limited to the higher-performance Nismo version, with dark gray exterior accents highlighted by red pinstripes, a new steering wheel and a red Nismo tachometer.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is the product of a lot of very careful suspension tuning, and it carves corners and slices through twisty roads with the very best of them, yet without including the sorts of stiff springs that can be brutal on ride quality. The 370Z corners with very little body roll and the power steering delivers just the right blend of reduced effort with great on-center feel and predictable response. In sum, the Z-car takes on any pavement with balance and control that must be experienced to be appreciated. Keeping it going is the terrific 3.7-liter V6 that feels as crisp as a new potato chip and, maybe because we're from an earlier time, we like sports cars to have manual gearboxes and the Z's is one of the best. Add it all up, and this is a great car for taking the long, curving way home.
Heel-and-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 2014 Nissan 370Z's SynchroRev Match system blips the throttle for you, automatically providing butter-smooth downshifts. (Purists can turn the feature off.)
It's not easy to give a sports car first-class handling and a livable ride, but that's what Nissan engineers accomplished with the 370Z. You really can carve up canyon roads (and even race tracks, if that's your thing) and drive in comfort for a night at the movies.
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