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2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Test Drive Review

Competition in the sports car category has always been very tough, and Nissan’s 370Z stands out as one of the few vehicles that offers exciting performance and timeless beauty without breaking the bank.

The storied Z coupe continues its tradition of being a real driver’s car while adding more refinements and comfort for the new model year.

Get more familiar with this dynamic sports car with a closer look at our 2017 NIssan 370Z Coupe test model.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Exterior

Balanced proportions, attractive curves, and an athletic stance help the 370Z remain a popular vehicle among performance enthusiasts.

The car’s flowing profile makes it look fast even while sitting still, and boomerang-style headlights and taillights accentuate the ever-present feeling of motion. Aggressively flared front and rear fenders accommodate the 370Z’s wide track while a cantilevered roof design gives off a classic sports car feel.

When at speed, a contoured front fascia pierces the air and channels cooling airflow through a large grille opening, contributing to the vehicle’s 0.30 drag coefficient. LED daytime running lights on the front bumper enhance the look of the 370Z while 10 LED bulbs in each taillight make sure you’re seen by other drivers.

Our test model came in a vibrant Chicane Yellow — new for the 2017 model year — and sported 18-inch black-finish aluminum-alloy wheels along with standard high-intensity discharge xenon headlights.

Other exterior features include dual chrome exhaust tips, Z emblems on the front fenders, and the use of weight-saving aluminum for the doors, hood, and rear hatch.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Interior

Inside the 370Z, you’ll find a classic two-seater configuration with a strong focus on providing the driver with the best visibility and access.

The main instrument cluster is attached to the steering column so you don’t have to compromise gauge readability for comfort, and auxiliary gauges atop the center dash panel are angled for quick and easy glances.

A uniquely contoured driver’s seat features cushion cutouts to allow for easy operation of the pedals, and has 8-way manual adjustability to offer the perfect driving position. Thigh- and side-bolsters along with anti-slip seating material help keep everyone in place during hard cornering. Kneepads found on the center console and armrests also provide extra support.

The 370Z’s black cloth interior has been thoughtfully laid out with essential buttons in easy reach either on the steering wheel or center console, and features a multitude of storage nooks throughout the cabin and behind the seats.

Our test model also came standard with an AM/FM/CD audio system, bluetooth hands-free phone system, USB connectivity, auxiliary input jack, and automatic temperature control.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Performance

Under the 370Z’s all-aluminum hood lies a peppy 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Nissan’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology helps the engine achieve optimum performance by managing intake valve positioning during hard acceleration, and also improves fuel efficiency when cruising.

This storied powerplant paired with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission delivers an extremely rewarding driving experience.

A staggered tire setup — 225 mm front width, 245 mm rear width — along with a sport tuned suspension give the 370Z its signature cornering dynamics. Various structural enhancements, like an underbody “V-bar,” front & rear stabilizer bars, and a 3-point front strut tower brace contribute to the vehicle’s structural rigidity, which in turn improves overall grip levels.

Nissan has refined the 370Z’s ride quality with the use of “high response” shock absorbers to balance a sporty feel with comfort and daily-usability. You’ll still receive ample feedback from the road without excessive “highway hop” typically found on stiff suspension setups.

There’s a lot to love about driving the 2017 Nissan 370Z — a throaty exhaust note, nimble handling, quick acceleration. This is the quintessential sports car experience.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe is an EPA estimate 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway**.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Safety

Nissan’s advanced airbag system, active head restraints, seat belt pretensioners, and an energy absorbing steering column are just a few examples of the many standard and available safety features of the 2017 370Z.

Standard active driver aids include vehicle dynamic control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes, which work together to keep you on your intended path.

 

2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe Overall

The 2017 370Z punches well above its weight class with a balanced overall package that includes plenty of horsepower and seemingly endless amounts of grip. You’ll actually look forward to driving once you’ve experienced this value-packed sports car.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe is $29,990*, and since there are no available option packages, our test model came with floor mats for an additional $130.

Feel the performance of the 370Z by visiting your local AutoNation Nissan dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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