2023 Nissan Z

Pros: Gutsy twin-turbo V6 engine; tenacious handling; classic styling elements with modern refinement and technology features

Cons: Limited passenger and cargo space; somewhat noisy at highway speeds

CG Says: Nissan’s iconic two-seat sports car returns after a two-year absence. The 2023 Nissan Z shares its basic underpinnings with the previous-generation Z car, but it’s completely restyled, with significant powertrain and technology upgrades. It also gets a shorter name, without a numeric prefix—it’s just “Z,” not 370Z or 400Z. The sole engine is a 400-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 borrowed from Infiniti’s Q50 and Q60 Red Sport 400 models. A 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission are available, with no price difference between the two. The manual transmission includes a rev-matching system that automatically blips the throttle for smoother downshifts; it can be switched off. The new instrument panel features a 12.3-inch gauge cluster with three selectable display modes; a trio of analog gauges atop the dash recall the look of vintage Z models.

The entry-level Sport model comes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, cloth seats with manual adjustment, and 18-inch wheels. Stepping up to the Performance trim gets you a sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, and 19-inch wheels, along with front and rear spoilers and heated rearview mirrors. The Performance’s interior enhancements include heated power seats with leather/synthetic-suede upholstery, aluminum-trimmed pedals, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, and a 9-inch infotainment screen with navigation and connectivity features. A specially trimmed Proto Spec Special Edition is limited to 240 units; it gets unique bronze and yellow trim elements inside and out. Safety features on all Zs include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The increased power and all-around refinement are clearly evident in the 2023 Nissan Z; it offers sporty performance without sacrificing a lot in terms of cruising comfort. With few direct competitors, Nissan’s contemporary update on a revered formula is a welcome choice for the driving enthusiast.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback coupe
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Sport: $41,015
Performance: $51,015
Proto Spec: $54,015

Base Engine
3.0-liter turbo V6
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-28