Car Review: Thrilling performance on the 2013 Nissan 370Z

It’s an affordable sports car that oozes sex appeal, and once you’re behind the wheel you will be oozing it too. Photo: 2013 Nissan 3702 coming on fast Photo: Nissan

DALLAS, December 10, 2012 — It’s an affordable sports car that oozes sex appeal and for good reason, and once you’re behind the wheel you will ooze it too. Who can pass up the 2013 Nissan 370Z with great handling, great braking and a great look in one package. It’s a bit of a different look for the New Year too, adding a new front end design with LED running lights and a few trim tweaks.

Competition for this hot little sports car includes the 2013 Scion FR-S and the 2013 Subaru BR-Z, but when it come to pricing and taking the challenge, the Z takes the corners while also being user-friendly all the way.

Trims on the 2013 Nissan 370Z come either in a hatchback coupe or soft-top convertible. For the coupe you can opt for the base, Touring and Nismo trim levels and on the convertible, or as they say in some circles the “Roadster,” it’s the base and Touring trim only.

Base features are 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, eight-way manual driver seat, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, and a nice sound system package. The Roadster adds to the base trim a power-operated soft top.

Side view Photo: Nissan

The Touring trim will give you the additional heated power seats, leather/faux-suede upholstery, a rear cargo cover for the coupe, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Bluetooth phone connectivity while the convertible also has heated and ventilated seats.

To add more navigation options to the Touring, the Navigation package comes with a navigation system, touchscreen interface, real-time traffic and weather, and a rearview camera.

For both the base and Touring trims you are also offered the Sport package with limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, upgraded brakes and suspension, a rear spoiler, and the popular SynchroRev Match manual transmission.

The Nismo 370Z coupe is a powerful option with Sport package coming standard. On the exterior there are also front and rear fascias, a larger rear wing and unique interior trim.

Under the hood, the 2013 Nissan 370Z base and Touring trims have a 3.7-liter V6 engine that cranks out 332 horsepower along with 270 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed manual transmission. There is also a seven-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and the SynchroRev Match manual transmission available.

On the 2013 370Z Nismo, you get a special version of the V6 engine with 350 horsepower and 276 pound feet of torque combined with a six-speed manual SynchroRev Match, but no automatic is offered.

For safety, every Nissan 370Z comes equipped with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and side airbags. On the coupe, additional side curtain airbags come standard and on the Roadster side airbags extend up for head protection too.

Dashboard Photo: Nissan

A real standout on the Nissan 370Z is the good-looking design and the quality grade material. On the Touring models the leather and faux suede upholstery are also a standouts. The seats are comfortable other than being a bit tight for the taller driver.

The Convertible option is easy to manipulate with the fully lined soft top that folds neatly away on demand and quickly too, say within about 25 seconds.

The trunk is small at 6.9 cubic feet, but you have to make a few exceptions when choosing a sports car anyway; on the Convertible, it is even tighter at 4.2 cubic feet.

If you like to drive, you will love to drive this Nissan since it offers all that a sports car can offer, but with a smooth ride. Like all sports cars in this class, the road noise was more pronounced than on other cars.

Some are also comparing the ride in the Touring to the 2013 Infiniti G coupe as well, but with a higher price tag for the latter, you can’t go wrong with this Nissan sports car.

Should You Need to Know: The 2013 Nissan 370Z coupe with the Sport package added can get you zero to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds and the Roadster in just five seconds more.

Miles Per Gallon: The Nissan 2013 370Z Touring that I drove got  18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: With a price tag of $43,905, the 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring is a good choice for the price.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.

She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at www.unregularradio.com.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from www.historypress.net. Her third book in the Haunted Series was released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.”  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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