The 2013 Nissan 370Z is a beautiful and powerful two-seater coupe. Available as a convertible or hardtop, the 370Z fills in the gaps between function and fun. Only on the road for a few years, the 370Z boasts extremely responsive and excellent handling, braking power, and interior comforts. Other than a little road noise, it is difficult to find anything unpleasant about the 370Z. While it is definitely not for family use, it is a high-quality car with a relatively affordable price tag.
New For 2013
Other than a small handful of cosmetic changes, the 2013 Nissan 370Z receives few revisions for this year's model:
- Revised front fascia for the base and Touring models, but not the NISMO
- New vertical LED lights on the base and Touring models
The 2013 Nissan 370Z is a two-seater, so it is an extremely compact car. Available as a convertible or coupe, the 370Z features a sleek and polished design. Convertible models come with easy-to-handle, powered convertible roofs, which only require the touch of a button to open or close. The base and Touring models feature 18-inch alloy wheels. The Touring model also comes with a spare wheel, tire repair kit, and higher performance tires. Optional on the Touring and NISMO models is a Bordeaux deluxe convertible top to replace the standard black convertible top. The NISMO model comes with 19-inch painted alloy wheels, an alloy spare wheel, and specialty performance tires.
There are eight standard exterior paint jobs, which include Black Cherry, Pearl White, Magma Red, and Magnetic Black. Optionally, painted splashguards are available as a four-piece body-colored set.
Interior & Cargo
Inside the 2013 Nissan 370Z, the seats are upholstered with cloth and designed with an exceptionally sporty look. Windows, doors, and mirrors are all powered, and the windows and locks can be controlled by remote. Mirrors are also heated to reduce increase visibility normally hindered by foggy mirrors. The steering wheel and shift knob have leather trim. The steering wheel also has easy-to-use tilt adjustment to help reduce strain on the driver's arms. Convenience and comfort features include cruise control, cup holders, door pockets, and a front console with additional storage. Cruise control and audio system controls are also located on the steering wheel for easy and quick adjustments. Air conditioning is matched with automatic climate control. Additionally, an interior air filtration system helps to reduce allergens, dusts, and other unpleasant air from reaching the interior. The audio system is powerful, but pretty standard with four speakers, an AM/FM radio CD player, and an auxiliary jack to plug in an MP3 player or other devices.
Interior options include carpeted floor and trunk mats and an illuminated kick plate. Also optional is a rear view mirror back-up camera that allows the driver to see what is behind the care while in reverse. This back-up camera is useful, since rear visibility is a bit lacking. Also optional is a navigational system and a trip computer.
Front legroom measures 42.9 inches. Hip and shoulder room each measure around 54 inches. Cargo space is limited to 6.9 cubic feet due to the small size of the Nissan 370Z. Overall, the interior is sporty but a little cramped for taller drivers and passengers.
The 2013 Nissan 370Z is loaded with safety features, which include several high-end technologies for advanced protection. The powerful four-wheel anti-lock brake system works alongside electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist technology, and ventilated disc brakes to ensure stopping ability that reduces the risk of accidents, even in inclement weather. Dual front head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags deploy during the event of a collision. The passenger airbag includes a sensor that only utilizes the airbag if the passenger is present. Driver and passenger headrests have a whiplash prevention system to reduce injuries in the event of a collision or accident. Sensors in the headlights determine when it is dusk and automatically turn on to ensure visibility on the road. Automatic delay headlights also leave your path lighted up for a short duration after turning the engine off. Tire pressure monitoring, stability control, and traction control are also standard fare on the 370Z. Additionally, the Nissan 370Z comes with a remote anti-theft alarm system to help deter any criminal activity.
The 2013 Nissan 370Z's base model comes standard with a 332-hp, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine. Double overhead cams and rear wheel drive are packaged with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The standard engine size produces 270 lb-ft of torque. The NISMO model produces slightly higher horsepower and torque. Gas mileage is typically 18/26 mpg city/highway. The six-speed manual transmission can be optionally replaced with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Despite powerful acceleration, tons of creature comforts, and a decent engine, the road noise at high RPMs is a little bit disappointing. The sports package comes with upgraded shock absorbers to make the ride a little smoother.
Power steering and other advanced technology make handling extremely responsive. The 370Z has a turning radius of 32.8 feet, and it hugs corners very well. The suspension, traction control, and optional limited slip differential help keep the 370Z easy to control.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan 370Z
- Volkswagen Eos
- Infiniti G Convertible
- Lotus Elise
- Mercedes-Benz SLK
- Mitsubishi Eclipse