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2020 Nissan 370Z Review

The Nissan 370Z is a sports car powered by a hearty 3.7-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 332 horsepower. Nissan’s sporty Z line, including a roadster, not reviewed here, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but the 370Z model hasn’t seen much change since the latest generation was released in 2009. As such, its interior and technology features appear dated when compared with competitors.

2020 Nissan 307Z pricing and trims

The Nissan 370Z starts at $30,090 and is offered in several trims all the way to the range-topping Nismo delivering 350 horsepower.

Lower trims come with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can upgrade to a seven-speed automatic transmission for certain trims, but rear-wheel drive is standard across all types.

Here are the top features for each trim level:

Trim Base Sport 50th Anniversary Sport Touring Nismo
MSRP $30,090 $33,820 $36,420 $39,490 $45,790
Standard Features 18-inch Wheels, Push-Button Start, 8-way Manual Adjustable Driver’s Seat, 4-way Manual Adjustable Passenger Seat, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel 19-inch Wheels, Nissan Sport Brakes, Rear Spoiler, Illuminated Z Side Emblems, Body-Colored Heated Outside Mirrors 19-inch 50th Anniversary Edition Wheels, 4-way Power-Adjustable Front Seats, Leather Seating, Heated Seats, 50th Edition Badging 7-speed Automatic Transmission,Rear Cargo Cover, Leather Seats with Suede Inserts, 7-inch Display Screen, Navigation, Voice Recognition Nismo-Tuned Engine, High-Performance Tires, Nismo Leather Seats with Alcantara Leather Inserts, Red Stitching

How much is manual drive? An automatic transmission is available on the 50th Anniversary trim for an extra $1,250, but not on base 370Z or Sport trims. It’s your only option on the Sport Touring and NISMO trims.

What about seating? All trims seat two. Note that the coupe’s cabin and cargo area can feel cramped, especially when compared with rivals such as the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro which seat four.

What’s next? Shoppers who are in the market for a new car should take the time to shop around for a good deal. Consider visiting different dealerships to find the best price out there.  You can also refer to online industry guides like Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, which can help you find the car you are looking for at a good price.

If you are considering financing your new car, be sure to shop around for a car loan the same way you shopped for a car. Check out your loan options through Nissan financing. Your local bank or credit union may offer favorable financing for you as well. Depending upon your creditworthiness, you could get up to five potential loan offers from lenders when you fill out an online form at LendingTree. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2020 Nissan 370Z safety

The 2020 Nissan 370Z has not been rated by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 370Z comes with the following safety equipment:

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control automatically reduces power and applies braking to help the driver gain control over the car
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution helps the driver maintain control by detecting extra weight and adjusting braking power

2019 Nissan 370Z competitor comparison

The Nissan 370Z features a higher starting price but falls short of rivals’ performance and features.

Base models for the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro deliver 310 horsepower and 275 horsepower, respectively. That’s less than the 370Z’s 332 horsepower, but both American muscle cars offer significant performance upgrades in higher trims, higher than the 370Z’s top NISMO trim.

The Mazda Miata delivers superior fuel economy and offers a host of standard tech features that aren’t available in the base Nissan 370Z, such as a 7-inch touch screen, speed-sensing automatic volume control and HD radio.

2020 Nissan 370Z 2020 Ford Mustang 2019 Mazda Miata MX5 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Base MSRP $30,090 $26,670 $25,730 $25,000
Expert Scores 3.5 4.3 4.3 4
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 20/17/26 MPG 24/21/31 MPG 29/26/35 MPG 23/20/30 MPG
Standard Technology Push-Button Start, USB Port, Bluetooth, Six-Speaker Stereo SYNC System, Two Smart-Charging USB Ports, Six-Speaker Sound System, Voice Recognition Bluetooth,

Six-Speaker Sound System, HD Radio, Mazda CONNECT Infotainment System, 7-inch Touch Screen

Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hotspot Capable, Six-Speaker Audio System, 7-inch Touch Screen

The bottom line on the 2020 Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is an iconic sports car celebrating its golden anniversary. Though fast and sporty, the coupe struggles against competitors.

The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are capable of delivering more power and quicker acceleration than the 370Z. The Mazda Miata delivers a sportier ride with superior fuel economy and technology and safety features.

Buyers still hunting for a high-speed ride could check out these best sports cars.

 

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