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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Test Drive Review

When it comes to accessible sports cars, few can beat the value offered by the Nissan 370Z.

Offering track-ready performance along with a widely-appealing design language, this timeless sports coupe is often the first choice of many driving enthusiasts when looking for the best balance of price and usability.

Get a better feel for what makes Nissan’s Z-car so desirable with a closer look at our 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition test model.

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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Exterior

New for the 2018 model year, the 370Z Heritage Edition offers two exciting colorways — Chicane Yellow with gloss-black graphics (as seen on our test model), and Magnetic Black with gloss-silver graphics.

Black outside mirrors complement the 18-inch black-finish aluminum-alloy wheels and blackout rear lower fascia to give the 370Z an extra-sporty look, further emphasizing its low stance and aerodynamic curves.

We’ve always been a fan of the Z’s sweeping profile, and Nissan’s designers have creatively combined form and function to maintain a low 0.30 drag coefficient across the vehicle’s dramatic character lines. All-aluminum panels are also used for the hood, doors, and rear hatch to manage both weight and a low center of gravity.

Other exterior updates on our Heritage Edition test model include dark-tinted headlights and taillights, as well as matte-chrome finished door handles. These subtle styling cues accompany signature fender-mounted Z emblems and eye-catching decals on the hood, roof, rear hatch, and sides.

If you’re looking for a sports car that stands out from the crowd, this is it — during our time with the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition, it garnered compliments and double-takes from just about everyone!

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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Interior

The 370Z has always been about driving enjoyment, and the interior of the 2018 Heritage Edition makes sure that nothing gets in the way of that. Aside from the addition of two speakers and a center console-mounted hatch release, the cabin remains largely unchanged from the previous model year.

Two woven cloth sport seats comfortably keep occupants in place with anti-slip material, while the driver’s seat features special cutouts on the lower cushion to allow for freer leg movement when pressing the pedals. We found the seats to be very supportive, and with 8-way adjustment for the driver, were able to quickly find the best position for visibility and operation.

And since the design of the spacious interior is all about the driver, a “floating” instrument panel adjusts with the steering wheel so you don’t have to sacrifice your view of the gauges in exchange for comfort.

For those times when you’re leisurely cruising, infotainment is handled by a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/AUX audio system that offers both hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity and voice control.

Other notable interior features include Nissan Intelligent Key with push button start, power windows, automatic climate control, and steering wheel-mounted shortcut buttons.

With additional in-dash gauges pointed at the driver, yellow leather accents, and yellow contrast stitching throughout the cabin, there’s no question about the 370Z’s performance-focused demeanor.

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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Performance

Giving the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition its signature growl and exciting acceleration is a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

This peppy and technologically-advanced motor is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that features a new EXEDY high-performance clutch. Drawing from Nissan’s rich motorsports experience, this precision clutch delivers more control during engagement, smoother on- and off-throttle characteristics, and requires less pedal effort so the driver can focus on piloting the car.

The 370Z isn’t just about straight-line performance, though. A unique, lightweight suspension architecture coupled with “high response” shock absorbers skillfully manage weight transfer and maximize grip to deliver impressive cornering abilities.

And nothing is quite as satisfying as the sounds associated with the 370Z while the engine approaches its 7500 RPM redline.

Fuel economy for the 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition is an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway**.

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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Safety

Standard on the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition is a suite of advanced safety features, like front, side-impact, and curtain air bags, active head restraints, seat belt pre-tensioners, and more.

When driving conditions are less than ideal, vehicle dynamic control works in conjunction with the traction control system to help keep you on your intended path of travel. Anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an energy absorbing steering column round out the selection of standard safety equipment for the 2018 model year.

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2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition Overall

Whether you’re on a commute or at the race track, every moment behind the wheel of the 370Z Heritage Edition is exciting and rewarding thanks to its uncompromising quest to deliver the purest driving experience.

MSRP for the 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition starts at $29,990, and our test model came optioned with premium paint for $31,795*.

Feel the thrill of driving Nissan’s storied Z-car by visiting your local AutoNation Nissan dealership.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 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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