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2015 Nissan 370Z: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo November 2016

The 2015 Nissan 370Z coupe and roadster retain their purist philosophy, shunning such popular enhancements as all-wheel drive and turbocharging in favor of the rear-drive, V6-powered setup that has been the hallmark of Z cars for decades. While the 370Z may lack the deep, throaty growl of V8-powered muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro, it more than makes up for it with its sophisticated suspension and lightweight body, both of which make it more manageable on sprawling back roads or at track events.

The 370Z combines powerful acceleration, impressive grip and stop-on-a-dime braking with a stylish interior filled with creature comforts that make life with the Z all the sweeter. A used 370Z is affordable on most budgets, and the car's racing-inspired engine won't punish you at the gas pump the way some V8s do, although we can't say the same about the Z's rather stiff ride. Nissan's reputation for good resale value and reliability comes in full force with the 370Z, making it one of the few sports cars that won't cost you an arm and a leg as it ages.

The 2015 370Z gained three new trims: Sport, Sport Tech and NISMO Tech. Bluetooth was added to base car and navigation was made standard on Touring trims. The 370Z NISMO was also offered for the first time with an automatic transmission.

What We Like

Powerful V6 engine; rev-matching manual transmission; good resale and reliability; outstanding handling; costs thousands of dollars less than a Porsche Cayman or BMW Z4

What We Don't

Stiff ride; stability control system is sometimes too eager to intervene; excessive road noise inside cabin

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine rated at 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The standard transmission is a slick-shifting 6-speed manual with available electronic SynchroRev Match. A 7-speed automatic with downshift rev-matching and manual shift control is optional. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 370Z earns an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when equipped with the automatic and 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the 6-speed manual. The Roadster attains 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the automatic and 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the manual.

The NISMO 370Z uses the same engine and manual transmission but is tuned for more power, producing 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the manual and 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the automatic.

Standard Features & Options

The 370Z is offered in six trims: base, Touring, Sport, Sport Tech, NISMO and NISMO Tech. The 370Z Roadster comes in base, Touring and Touring Sport trims.

The base 370Z includes a 6-speed manual transmission, cloth sport seats, automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, Intelligent Key keyless entry and push-button start, an AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a rear-window defroster, 18-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags (front, head-curtain and side-impact), electronic traction and stability control, an anti-lock braking system and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

The base 370Z Roadster adds a folding power top with a glass rear window and power latching, a rear-window defroster and a locking trunk.

Moving up to the Touring trim brings heated leather and faux suede seats, a power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, heated side mirrors, an 8-speaker Bose audio system that includes dual-powered subwoofers and a 6-disc CD changer, navigation and SiriusXM radio capability.

The Sport trim adds a limited-slip rear differential, upgraded brakes, 19-in RAYS wheels, a rear spoiler, a front air-dam spoiler and SynchroRev Match on cars equipped with the manual transmission.

The Sport Tech trim adds the Sport trim's equipment plus Bose Audio, navigation and a rearview monitor.

The Touring Roadster adds unique leather-appointed net seats with a heating and a cooling feature.

The Touring Sport Roadster combines most of the equipment found in the Touring and Sport models.

The NISMO trim distinguishes itself with numerous exterior and interior styling upgrades, 19-in forged alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an enhanced exhaust system, larger brakes, a revised steering ratio and a 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The NISMO Tech adds the same equipment as the Sport Tech coupe.


The 2015 Nissan 370Z holds its value better than most sports cars, including those of pricier European manufacturers. We think you should be able to negotiate a pretty good price, however, because there are plenty of these cars on the market and not overwhelming demand.

To get a good idea of the 370Z's price range, we suggest checking the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are currently for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued no recalls for the 2015 370Z.

In the event that a recall is issued, repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

Although it carries a full array of airbags, side-protection beams and numerous electronic systems to help keep everyone safe, it's still unknown how occupants would fare in an accident because there's no crash-test data on the 370Z yet.

The 2015 370Z entered service backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you purchase your 370Z through Nissan's certified pre-owned (CPO) program, the vehicle not only goes through an extensive 167-point check but comes with an extended factory warranty of 7 years/100,000 miles from the original date the vehicle entered service. Other advantages of the program include a free Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, rental-car reimbursement and towing benefits and a free 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM radio. To qualify for the Nissan CPO program, vehicles are typically no older than 6 years and must have fewer than 80,000 miles.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 BMW Z4 -- The Z4 is a worthy rival to the 370Z, offering excellent performance in a premium-grade hardtop roadster. The Z4 costs more than the 370Z to purchase and maintain, however.

2015 Audi TT -- The TT can also be had as a coupe or roadster, and it offers the option of all-wheel drive. The TT costs a bit more than the 370Z, is not as powerful in base form and has a less-than-stellar repair and reliability history.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro -- The V8-powered Camaro SS offers more horsepower than the 370Z, while the V6 model costs less and has a stronger muscle-car appeal. The Camaro's handling, on the other hand, isn't as precise, and its interior bits feel rather cheap and hard.

Autotrader's Advice

We think the obvious choice is the 370Z Touring. We like the idea of being able to have navigation to guide us, a Bose stereo to rock us and heated seats to keep us toasty during winter. Although we know many people prefer an automatic, the 370Z's 6-speed manual with synchronous rev-matching is worth consideration, which would mean moving up to the Sport or Sport Tech trim. The system is basically an electronic heel/toe setup, matching revs when downshifting. If you prefer to utilize your own skills, rev-matching can be switched off.

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