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2020 Nissan 370Z Review

The 2020 Nissan 370Z is one of the oldest new vehicles you can buy today, having last been given a full redesign for the 2009 model year. Still, it offers heritage and performance, not to mention the no-frills, low-tech experience that many sports car buyers crave. Its naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V6 engine straddles the territory between the turbocharged 4-cylinders and strong V8s offered by many competitors. Factor in its stiff suspension, dialed-in handling, front engine-rear drive layout, and available 6-speed manual transmission, and this 2-seat coupe offers a fun and engaging driving experience. Factor in its starting price of around $31,000 and despite its dinosaur-status, the 370Z emerges as an affordable alternative for price-conscious sports car shoppers.

For buyers wanting optimal performance on the track, Nissan offers the 370Z NISMO, which comes with slightly more power under the hood, a much firmer suspension, upgraded brakes, aero body enhancements and larger wheels. While it isn’t as easy to live with day-to-day, the NISMO leverages the Z’s best attributes, making it great for track days.

What’s New for 2020?

The 2020 Nissan 370Z is only available as a coupe — the convertible has been discontinued for the coming model year. Not much else changes beyond a new 50th Anniversary options package that joins the lineup, available in either silver and black or white and red. See the 2020 Nissan 370Z models for sale

What We Like

  • Potent engine
  • Responsive handling
  • No-nonsense analog experience
  • Rev-matching tech for the manual
  • You should be able to get a good deal

What We Don’t

  • It’s ancient
  • No active safety features
  • Old infotainment tech
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Excessive tire and road noise
  • Limited cargo space.

How Much?

$30,985-$48,085

Fuel Economy

The 2020 Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque in standard guise, or 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque in NISMO-spec. This engine comes paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching tech, or a 7-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Fuel economy for the 370Z comes in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the manual, or 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the automatic.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 370Z is available in base, Sport, Sport Touring and NISMO trims.

The base 370Z ($30,985) includes Nissan’s Intelligent Key with push-button start, power side-view mirrors, windows and locks, a rear window defroster, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 18-in wheels, steering wheel audio controls, HID headlamps, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth and a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack.

The 370Z Sport ($34,715) is offered only with the 6-speed manual and adds larger front and rear ventilated rotors, red brake calipers, a sport-tuned suspension, higher-ratio power steering, RAYS 19-in alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, heated outside mirrors and aluminum trim pedals.

The 370Z Sport Touring ($40,385) comes exclusively with a 7-speed automatic transmission and adds a 240-watt 8-speaker Bose audio system, hard-drive navigation with a 7-in touchscreen, NavTraffic, NavWeather and streaming Bluetooth audio. Also standard are leather and synthetic suede seats, a power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, a 4-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, a rear cargo cover and aluminum-trimmed pedals.

A 50th Anniversary package comes with unique graphics, stripes, and badging, and is available on the Sport and Sport Touring trims.

The 370Z NISMO ($46,685) gains an additional 18 hp and 6 lb-ft of torque, for totals of 350 and 276, respectively. Also included are a NISMO-tuned suspension and exhaust, 19-in RAYS wheels, red-and-black leather-appointed Recaro sport seats with Alcantara faux suede inserts, exterior and interior cosmetic upgrades and an extended front nose with an integrated chin spoiler. Navigation and Bose audio also come standard.

An automatic transmission adds $1,400 to the 370Z’s bottom line. Options for the 370Z are limited to some dealer-installed accessories, including splash guards, carpeted floor mats and the Aerodynamic Kit (a rear spoiler and front wind deflector).

Safety

Safety features for the 370Z include your run-of-the-mill include anti-lock brakes, stability control, active head restraints and six airbags — front, side and head-curtain. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the third-party Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 370Z.

Active safety features are nonexistent on the Z, further evidence that while it can be a blast to drive, this thing is just about obsolete from a technological standpoint.

Behind the Wheel

Thanks to its strong engine and competent transmissions, the 2020 Nissan 370Z provides good power and strong acceleration. There’s no shortage of straight-line performance here. The Z will impress you both off the line and on the open road. Factor in its rev-matching feature, and the Z’s performance experience is deftly elevated.

The real magic happens when the Z’s sport-tuned suspension is put through its paces at high speeds through tight corners. Whether on sharp canyon switchbacks or an especially curvy racetrack, this car exhibits gobs of grip and very little body lean. Its blend of agility and balance inspires tremendous confidence. If you push the Z extra hard, the stability control will likely step in to spoil the fun, but this system can be shut off if you really want to test the limits. What you’ll learn, however, is that these limits are not easily reached.

The NISMO trim takes the performance factor up a notch. This model is arguably more appropriate for a track than for normal roads, as it’s a bit rigid for everyday driving. There’s not much sense in buying one unless you have the time and inclination for weekend trips to the track.

Aside from its commendable sporting performance, the regular Z is still a fine car for the daily commute. Its ride is compliant enough to comfortably get you where you’re going. That said, its advancing age becomes abundantly clear as soon as you sit down behind the wheel, as the Z’s interior is straight out of the late 2000s and lacks the modern technology and safety features offered by the competition.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Chevrolet Camaro — The Camaro in V6 form is not as nimble or track-capable as the 370Z, but it’s the more muscular straight-line performer.

2019 Audi TT — While both offer good handling, the TT is better balanced and offers a more sophisticated overall package, but the 370Z has more cornering prowess, power and grip.

2019 Ford Mustang — The Mustang is a worthy competitor to the 370Z, offering excellent track skills, power and performance at a much lower base price. The Mustang is the more modern of the two vehicles, offering more in the way of technology and safety features.

Used Porsche Cayman/Boxster — The midengine 2010-2016 Porsche Cayman and Boxster offer better handling, as well as the exclusivity that comes with the Porsche name. Used examples from these years can be found for about the same price as a new Z, and offer similar technology.

Autotrader’s Advice

The 2020 Nissan 370Z delivers good performance at a reasonable price, especially if you can get your dealer to knock a few thousand dollars off of the MSRP. That said, the Z is old, and competitors like the Ford Mustang offer a more modern, better equipped overall package at a similar price point. If you’re still set on a Z, consider the NISMO trim, as its specially-tuned suspension and exhaust leverage all of the Z’s best qualities. If you aren’t a Nissan fanboy though, there are better and more modern options out there, both new and used. Find a Nissan 370Z for sale

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