2014 Nissan 370Z Reviews and Ratings

Coupe 2D V6

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2014 Nissan 370Z
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Overall Score

57/70

Pros

Strong V6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match, track-worthy handling and braking, and attractive overall styling all combine to equal an entertaining and exciting driving experience.

Cons

The NISMO design elements may be a bit much for some, the ride can be harsh at times, and the $10,000+ premium over a (nearly as capable) sport package-equipped 370Z seems excessive.

What's new for 2014

The 370Z NISMO remains mostly unchanged for 2014, less a few interior and exterior styling enhancements. On the interior, these include a new Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel (with top-center marked by a red leather stripe), and a red-trimmed NISMO tachometer. The exterior enhancements consist of contrast being added to the front and rear spoilers, the rear diffuser, the rocker panels, and the side mirrors, all in the form of dark gray paint and red pinstripes.

Exterior Impressions

With its low-slung appearance, wide stance, aggressive wheel and tire package, and large rear spoiler (along with the other pieces of its color-contrasting body kit), for certain, the 2014 370Z NISMO has its styling dial turned to 11. For those who understand and appreciate the primary purpose of the 370Z NISMO, the overall package is an attractive one; but for those who do not, this vehicle's styling may be a bit too over the top. On a different note, in terms of the exterior fit and finish, and the quality of the materials used, both appear to be very good.

Exterior Features

The 2014 370Z NISMO is powered by a specially-tuned, 3.7 liter V6 engine, and its 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque are sent through a 6-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match, and a viscous limited-slip differential. SynchroRev Match automatically "blips" the 370Z's throttle to match engine revolutions to the vehicle speed and the selected gear during all downshifts; thus, eliminating the need for heel-toeing. This version of the 370Z rides on a NISMO-tuned, fully-independent suspension, which includes a 3-point strut tower brace, and NISMO-specific 19" aluminum alloy wheels. The wheels are fitted with 245/40 R19 tires up front, and 285/35 R19 tires at the rear. There are disc brakes (with high-performance brake hoses and fluid) at all four corners, with 14.0" rotors and 4-piston calipers stopping the front wheels, and 13.8" rotors and 2-piston calipers halting the rears. Another exterior feature that is exclusive to this version of the 370Z is the NISMO Aerodynamic Body Design, which, for purposes of performance, adds or enhances the design of the front fascia and chin spoiler, the rocker panels, and the rear fascia, diffuser, and spoiler. Headlights are bi-functional Xenon, with automatic on/off.

Exterior Summary
Fit&Finish
4/5
Styling
4/5
AttentionToDetail
4/5
Interior Impressions

The sport-oriented seats of the 2014 370Z NISMO are comfortable, and they provide good support; their cloth fabric is actually fairly attractive. Also good are the cockpit ergonomics, where controls and switchgear are within easy reach, and components are placed in a logical layout - the tachometer is front and center (as it should be in a car like this), the instrument binnacle that houses it tilts with the steering wheel, the dash-centered 3-bay cluster is canted to face the driver, etc. The audio and integrated phone systems were easy to learn and use, and the voice recognition worked well. The audio system's sound quality, however, was only average, and its lack of USB connectivity is disappointing. On the borderline dismal front are the rearward visibility (the large rear spoiler plays a significant role in this) and the rear cargo space, or lack thereof; but faults such as these are not uncommon with vehicles in this class.

Interior Features

Standard on the 2014 370Z NISMO are cloth-trimmed, power-adjustable seats (8-way driver/4-way passenger), an Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel (with integrated cruise/media/phone controls), a leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum-trimmed pedals, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, push button start, and power windows and door locks. The red stitching throughout the interior, and the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob are NISMO-specific. Also standard is a 3-bay cluster that has a digital clock, and gauges for oil temperature and voltage. Our test vehicle was optioned with NISMO carpeted floor mats, a carpeted trunk mat, illuminated "Z" kick plates, an upgraded auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a Bose audio system. The mirror features a compass, HomeLink, and an integrated display for the rearview backup camera. The audio system has 8 speakers, a subwoofer, AM/FM, SiriusXM and smartphone access, a 6-CD changer, and both Bluetooth and auxiliary input jack connectivity.

Interior Summary
Ergonomics
4/5
Technology Effectiveness
4/5
Audio/Entertainment
3/5
Materials
4/5
Comfort and Romminess
4/5
Driving Impressions

Where the 2014 370Z NISMO shines especially bright is in the performance-oriented categories, and this is consistent with the car's primary purpose. The acceleration delivered by its 350 horsepower V6 feels brisk and satisfying (not unlike that of a V8-powered pony car), and although the clutch and 6-speed transmission require heavier than average effort, the resulting shifts are positive and smooth. When it comes time to bring everything to a stop, the NISMO sport brakes provide excellent pedal feel, control, and stopping distances. Handling is also excellent, with very good steering feel and turn-in, high predictability, and abundant grip; however, on less than idea roads, both the ride quality and tire noise can approach punishing levels. But again, to that certain individual who understands and appreciates the primary purpose of the 370Z NISMO, these are a small price to pay for a blissful performance-oriented driving experience.

MPG Experienced

17.1 MPG (mostly city driving conditions)

Driving Impressions Summary
NVH
3/5
Steering
5/5
Braking
5/5
Power/Acceleration
4/5
Handling
5/5
Overall Score
4/5

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