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Editor's Overview

The Nissan Z is one of the longest-running of any sports-car nameplates, and the current-generation 2016 Nissan 370Z stays true to the heritage of excellent performance at a fair price. Whether you want it in Coupe, Roadster or highest-performing Nismo trim, this 2-seat rear-drive sports car also boasts a reputation for reliability and strong resale value.

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A powerful V6 engine, sharply tuned suspension and head-turning style mean the 2-seat 2016 Nissan 370Z virtually stands alone at its price point. Not only that, it has a reputation for reliability that’s as strong as its performance.

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The Nissan 370Z’s emphasis on balance means it’s out-muscled by V8-powered coupes like the Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Additionally, all three of those American muscle cars offer 300-plus horsepower and a lower price tag.

What's New

For 2016 both the Nissan 370 Coupe and Nismo model offer a new Bose audio system that includes active noise cancellation, designed to help quiet the on-road ride for a more refined driving experience.

Interior Features

The 2016 Nissan 370Z now has available active noise-cancellation technology, which helps quiet the interior without adding heavy sound-deadening materials. That fits in with the upscale materials and quality feel of the 370Z. The instruments and controls are easy to read and right where you’d expect them, and the three gauges in the center of the dash hearken back to the original Z from the 1970s. Comfortable seats and decent cargo space add to the everyday livability of the 370Z, as do clever details like a main gauge cluster that tilts with the steering wheel.

Exterior Features

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster is how small it is. Low-slung and wide, the big wheels, flared fenders and cantilevered roof give it a purposeful look, although its short overall length can make it look stubby from some angles. No matter, with the available Sport Package you get front and rear spoilers and bigger tires and wheels, while the higher-performance Nismo version includes aerodynamic aids like a larger front spoiler and rear wing. The Roadster’s power-operated top quickly stows underneath a hard cover for open-air motoring.

Driving Impressions

To drive the 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe or Roadster around town, you’d be hard pressed to believe it’s as capable as it is on a twisting road. Although road distortions and freeway expansion joints will quickly make their presence known, the ride isn’t overly harsh, especially for a 2-seat sports car. Get the Z out on one of those mountain passes, though, and you’ll discover a car with flat cornering, excellent steering and powerful brakes. The 370Z manual transmission’s SynchroRev Match matches revs on downshifts for you, making it easy to shift this sports car like a pro. The strong and smooth V6 offers excellent mid- and high-rev power, but it lacks the low-end grunt you get from a V8. Also, note that the 370Z Nismo versions are geared toward the hard-core enthusiast, and as such sacrifice quite a bit of on-road comfort for that last nth of handling.

Pricing Notes

Prices for the 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe start with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under the $31,000 mark when you include the $825 destination charge. The story’s a bit different for the Nismo coupe, which starts at just under $43,000. On the drop-top side, a 370Z Roadster starts quite a bit higher, at nearly the same $43,000 as the Nismo coupe. Loaded models get pricey fast, with a Roadster Touring Sport topping $50,000. At that price, V8 versions of the Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger are also available, and none of those are exactly slouches. However, if you avoid the higher trims you can get a very reasonably priced sports car. Just check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to make sure you’re getting the best deal in your area, and note that the Nissan 370Z should hold its value well over the long term.

Notable Equipment

The 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe comes in base, Sport, Sport Tech, Touring, Nismo and Nismo Tech trim levels; 370Z Roadster models offer only base, Touring and Touring Sport. The base 370Z models offer automatic climate control, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls, keyless entry and start, xenon headlights and a 4-speaker audio system with auxiliary input. Touring models feature luxuries like power-adjustable heated seats, navigation, leather and suede inside, while Sport models offer bigger wheels and a rear spoiler. Nismo models get more power and stiffer suspension. Safety features include stability control, active head restraints and six airbags.

Notable Options

Options are assigned rigidly to trim levels in the Nissan 370Z, with just the choice of a 7-speed automatic and various factory- and dealer-installed accessories available as stand-alone options. An Aerodynamic Package adds a front wind deflector and rear spoiler.

Favorite Features

SYNCHROREV MATCHThis rev-matching technology is becoming more commonplace now – the current-generation Corvette has it, for example – but it’s still a godsend for drivers who want to properly match revs on downshifts, eliminating the need for heel-toe downshifts. Don’t worry, old-schoolers: You can turn it off.CHASSIS TUNINGReally helping the Z stand out is its balance between comfort and handling. You’d expect the excellent handling you get with the Z, but the comfortable ride you get when cruising to the beach is unexpected, and welcome.

Under the Hood

Under the long nose of the 2016 370Z is Nissan’s excellent 3.7-liter V6 engine. Developing 332 horsepower in regular 370Z models, and 350 horsepower in the Nismo, it makes the Z a quick, powerful and responsive machine. Two transmissions are available to send the power to the rear wheels, either the standard 6-speed manual with its SynchroRev Match (available on Sport, Sport Tech and Nismo models), or a 7-speed automatic. Fuel economy is pretty good for a powerful sports car, but note that Nissan recommends premium gasoline in both versions of this engine.3.7-liter V6332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm (Nismo)270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (Nismo)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (Coupe, manual), 19/26 mpg (Coupe, automatic), 17/25 mpg (Roadster, manual), 18/25 mpg (Roadster, automatic)

Editors' Notes

Nissan’s 370Z for 2016 manages to strike a compelling balance between the sports-car driving experience its name and design suggest, but while simultaneously being a car you can live with every day. Available in Coupe, drop-top Roadster and Nismo versions, there’s a Nissan 370Z for just about anybody, as long as they don’t need more than two seats. Priced alongside cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, many owners compare their Z to cars like the Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4. It’s not just posturing, as the 370Z offers plenty of power, excellent handling and even track-ready driving in Nismo form. This year, standard and Nismo coupes benefit from a new audio system that includes active noise cancellation, further refining the driving experience.

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It is a nice car with a cool shape and the rusty orange color is awesome.

2016 Nissan 370Z

The main problem is the car not exactly being suitable for tall people. No matter which seat position or adjustment I make, my head still almost touches the ceiling. The dashboard is great and has an interface that tells you how to turn the car on. I love the lights that show your gas level and temperature. The trunk is very spacious and I love the button activation for the hatch. I am not sure what the space above the radio is for. It looks like extra storage or maybe its to put your GPS, but it doesn't seem very useful. I also like that you can plug your phone or iPod into the auxiliary port for music. The issue I have with it though is you have to turn the volume all the way up to hear your music. And when you switch back to the radio, it's still on full volume if you forget to turn it down and it blasts extremely loud in your ear.

- Anthony E

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2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO

In terms of the base of the car I like the sleek color base of cloud grey. The interior of the car is also nicely done, I like the leather of the car and overall is comfortable when sitting in it. In terms of performance there hasn't been issue with my car and I have had it for 3 years now, I find it to be quite reliable. It's just a great car overall and finally owning this car was a dream of mine and driving it everyday is one is something I truly enjoy doing.

- Cesar L

It is a high performing yet affordable sports car.

2016 Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370z has amazing performance. It accelerates very well and has lots of power. It is also a very reliable car. It is pretty comfortable as well. The suspension is a little stiff, so you will feel every bump on the road. There is also a lot of road noise while driving. I would say the worst part about this car is the visibility. There are blind spots. Some nice features include navigation, Bose Audio system, rearview camera and heated seats.

- Jenny K

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