2014 Nissan 370Z

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The 2014 Nissan 370Z reaps the benefits of its ancestors by improving on nearly everything. The biggest perk is the car’s performance, which allows the car to be quick, nimble and powerful. The 3.7-litre V6 is offer plenty of juice, especially if you get the Nismo model.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z is a feature-rich and powerful sports car that still resembles the older Z models, but without being as overly simplistic. With this new vehicle you get a powerful engine, solid exterior design and high-quality special features. When it comes to cars like that, there’s really not much else you can ask for.

The Nissan 370Z’s outer shell is as tidy as it’s been throughout the years, which is a bold move on the part of Nissan, given that the majority of cars are actually becoming bigger these days. Its low posture sticks close to the ground, with flared fenders and angular roof endowing with a sharp, almost arrow-like look. The Sport Package adds even more juice to the look, providing front and rear spoilers along with bigger tires and wheels. The more powerful Nismo variant comes with more aerodynamic features, which include a bigger front spoiler and a back wing. The Roadster also comes with a power-operated roof that hides beneath the metal.

Step inside and you’ll find a premium cabin that looks easy on the eyes, while offering enough space and comfort to satisfy any driver. All the instrument, controls and button sit exactly where they are supposed, which means that you don’t have to look for them as you speed down a highway. The main gauge cluster can be tilted with the steering wheel, but at no point do the tach and speedometer become obstructed. The cabin also features soft-touch materials and metallic-looking accents that give the overall space a touch of polish and class. Both seats offer a good amount of support and adjustability, being able to accommodate two full-grown adults.

The standard features include HIG headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry with pushbutton start and an AM/FM/CD stereo system. Nissan also offers the Sport and Touring packages, which add features like Bose audio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, 19-inch Rays forged alloy wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires with more grip and more. Then there are the Nismo models, which offer the Nismo-tuned suspension and Nismo-specific interior trim and badges.

When it comes to powertrain, the 2014 370Z offer only one: a 3.7-litre V6. This one can generate 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. However, if you get the Nismo model, you’ll have 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. You can choose one out of two transmissions – a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. You also get to enjoy SynchroRev Match, if you decide to go for the manual gearbox and Sport Package. Overall, this a powerful, responsive and fast car that will impress you even if you don’t care to be impressed.

Overall, the 2014 Nissan 370Z is one of the best cars you’ll find for this price, easily trumping cars like BMW Z4, Mazda RX-8 and others. So, if you’re in the mood to get a sports car, give this one a test drive.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
2dr Cpe Auto Touring$45,788 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2dr Cpe Man Touring$38,428 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2dr Roadster Auto Touring w/Black Top$55,008 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2dr Roadster Auto Touring w/Bordeaux Top$55,008 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2dr Roadster Man Touring w/Black Top$47,478 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Touring 6MT$38,428 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Touring 7AT$45,788 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Touring Roadster Black Top 6MT$47,478 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Touring Roadster Black Top 7AT$55,008 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Touring Roadster Bordeaux Top 7AT$55,008 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

EnginePremium Unleaded V-6
Horsepower @RPM332 @ 7000
Fuel TypeSequential MPI
Body type2dr Car
Drive TrainN/A
Transmission TypeN/A
Power and Performance:

Just one engine powers the three-model 370Z range, though the NISMO model gets unique upgrades that enhance its power output from the standard 332-horsepower rating to 350 hp. 

The shared engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 from the venerable VQ series of engines. While the 3.7-liter iteration of this series isn't as sonorous or as torque-biased as the previous 3.5-liter unit, its peak power and general reliability are strong points. 

Two transmissions can be had in the 370Z: a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The manual transmission is fairly slick, delivering shifts with short, stiff throws. A SynchroRev system negates the need for heel-toe skills, blipping the throttle automatically on downshifts. The automatic transmission does the same, though with less directness. 

Balancing between true sports car and grand touring categories, the 370Z is nimble and powerful, a deft combination of strengths, especially considering its price point. The dual nature of the 2014 370Z also brings some compromises, including slightly dull steering feel that doesn't communicate much of the car's road-level behavior to the driver. Still, on the whole, the 370Z is a rewarding and engaging car to drive hard. 

Roadster models feel a touch softer, but the open-top element is a big upside. NISMO models take the 370Z's basic mix in the other direction, adding firmness and power, but at the cost of some comfort and quietness.

Originally appeared on The Car Connection.

Interiors and Special Features:

For a sports car intended for serious driving, the 2014 Nissan 370Z interior is functional, upscale and artistic. The instruments and controls are exactly where you'd want them to be when the motoring becomes more enthusiastic. Other details include soft-touch surfaces, accents of metallic-looking trim and a main gauge cluster that tilts with the steering wheel, keeping the tach and speedometer clearly visible at all times. The seating is comfortable and supportive. The three smaller gauges top and center of the instrument panel are a nice touch and a remembrance of three similar gauges in the original Z-car, over 40 years ago.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

Every 2014 Nissan 370Z comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control and side airbags. The coupe gets side curtain airbags, while the Roadster's side airbags extend upward for head protection. A rearview camera is available via the Navigation package offered on Touring models.

In Edmunds brake testing, a coupe with the Sport package's upgraded brakes and 19-inch summer performance tires stopped from 60 mph in an outstanding 101 feet, while a Roadster with the Sport package took only 5 more feet to stop. In contrast, however, the most recent 370Z Nismo we tested posted a much longer distance of 126 feet: very poor for this class of car on summer tires.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

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