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2018 Nissan 370Z KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 8.6 / 10
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By Colin Ryan -- Contributing Editor

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a tricky proposition. On the one hand, here is a 2-seat sports car that can be used every day, with the reliability and tolerability that implies. Try looking elsewhere for those qualities and the alternatives offer less power, like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, or cost much more, like the Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster. On the other hand, the 370Z is almost past its sell-by date (despite sports cars having longer shelf lives than regular vehicles), with a new model rumored to be in the pipeline. In the meantime, the Nissan 370Z comes in coupe and Roadster (convertible) forms, with the coupe also available as a high-performance Nismo version.

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Old-school driving thrills are the order of the day. This is a well-balanced rear-drive machine with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The V6 engine is punchy, the suspension is precise. And admittedly this is subjective, but the 370Z looks as sharp as it drives.

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Technology is important. Sadly, the 2018 370Z is a bit behind the times in this respect. It’s not until the higher trims that a USB port and a rearview camera become available. The controls aren’t so well calibrated, either, with grabby brake pedal action and a notchy manual gear shift.

What's New for 2018

The 370’s looks are updated, with dark treatments of the headlights and taillights. A darker rear lower fascia joins a fresh design of 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Engine management has been tweaked for better throttle response. And versions with the manual transmission receive a high-performance clutch.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Despite a few faults, the 2018 Nissan 370Z has an engaging character that demands a certain level of involvement. And the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. The driver feels (and hears) what’s happening with the tires, learns the ideal engine notes signaling when to change up or down a gear, and applying the right amount of brake pressure soon becomes second nature. Get it on a mountain road and the Z is in its element. Yet it’s also comfortable enough to handle the weekday commute, at least in its regular form. The Nismo (short for Nissan Motorsport) version is far more hardcore, but the 2018 model has new Dunlop high-performance tires that Nissan claims are quieter than the previous Bridgestones by one decibel. That’s not a lot, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Favorite Features

The Nissan 370Z was one of the first cars to match engine speed with road speed on the downshift. While this feature is more commonplace now, it's still a boon for drivers who haven't mastered the heel-toe technique. Don't worry, old-schoolers, it can be turned off.

The 370Z uses a double wishbone suspension setup at the front, just like Mercedes-Benz cars, for example. This means a fine combination of suppleness and precision. So while it repays an attentive driver with fun, it doesn’t force itself on someone who wants to have a more relaxed journey.

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