|Sporty/performance car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $12,500 – $37,300*|
2009 Nissan 370Z Front
2009 Nissan 370Z Rear
2009 Nissan 370Z Interior
2009 Nissan 370Z Front-2
2009 Nissan 370Z Rear-2
Though smaller on the outside than the 350Z it replaced, the latest generation of Nissan’s iconic “Z car” feels more grown-up. While it’s on the noisy side, its strong acceleration, potent handling, and refined interior more than make up for that deficit. Prices might seem high, new or used; but for all of its performance potential, base 370Z models are actually something of a bargain. They also best represent the car’s attributes. Roadsters are not refined enough to justify their high prices. Only serious driving enthusiasts need apply for the NISMO. Though its handling is a notch above the standard car, noise and a stiff ride are too overwhelming to make it useful as a daily driver. Strong resale value keeps used coupe prices particularly high.
For 2009, a new 370Z model debuted to replace the 350Z coupe as Nissan’s two-seat performance-oriented sports car. Along with a new engine, the 370Z coupe got freshened styling and several new features. This next generation of Nissan’s signature sports car was about 4 inches shorter in wheelbase and almost 3 inches shorter overall than the 350Z that was sold in 2003-2008 The new 370Z coupe came in Base, Touring, and high-performance NISMO trim levels, each retaining the rear-wheel-drive hatchback layout of the 350Z. A 3.7-liter V6 engine replaced the outgoing model’s 3.5-liter V6. Base and Touring engines made 332 horsepower, while the NISMO’s variant developed 350 hp. A six-speed manual transmission was standard on all. Base and Touring models could have an optional seven-speed automatic.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Base and Touring 370Z models had standard 18-inch wheels. An optional Sport Package included 19-inch tires. NISMO versions had 19-inch wheels and a sport suspension, as well as specific trim. A Navigation Package for Touring versions included a navigation system with real-time traffic information and a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital-music files. Nissan continued to sell the 350Z, but solely in convertible form. That model used the same basic design and powertrain as the 2003-2008 350Z. A 370Z convertible went on sale in calendar 2009, but as a 2010 model. Nissan’s 370Z coupe competed against such performance-oriented models as the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Mitsubishi Eclipse, plus the new-for-2010 Chevrolet Camaro-though each of those had a back seat. Chevrolet’s more costly, V8-powered Corvette was a two-passenger model.
A convertible body style, dubbed the 370Z Roadster, went on sale to join the 370Z coupe, which was largely unchanged for 2010. Roadsters had a power soft top and a heated glass rear window. Equipped with an automatic latch system, the convertible top needed 20 seconds to raise or lower beneath a hard tonneau cover. Roadsters came in Base and Touring trim levels. Coupes in 2010 also were offered as limited-production 40th Anniversary Editions, and in high-performance NISMO form. The 40th Anniversary Edition was a 370Z Touring coupe with the Sport Package and specific interior/exterior trim, including a red leather-appointed interior and a commemorative plaque. Only 1,000 were to be built. All 370Z coupes got an enhanced available navigation system, plus newly standard heated mirrors and an in-cabin microfilter.
The 2011 Nissan 370Z was largely unchanged.
The base convertible was now only available with the automatic transmission, but otherwise, there were no changes of note to the 2012 Nissan 370Z.
For 2013, the 370Z coupe and convertible both wore styling updates that included new wheel designs and LED daytime running lights. The high-performance NISMO coupe was available with a new audio option package.
The only 370Z variant to be revised for 2014 was the NISMO coupe. The exterior color scheme was updated with dark gray accents and red pinstripes. The interior received a new steering wheel with red and alcantara accents and a red-faced NISMO tachometer. Finally, Solid Red replaced Magma Red on the NISMO’s limited color palette.