The Nissan 370Z gets a mild facelift for 2018 that includes new optional 19-inch wheels. Otherwise, this car remains unchanged, which makes it a bit old in car years with its last redesign now five years back. Still, the 370Z is holding its own.
This category has some stiff competition like the recently redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata and the even newer Fiat 124 Spider. The difference between those cars and the 370Z is one part style and one part drive.
The Nissan 370Z isn’t cute. That’s not to say it’s ugly, far from it, but it looks like a fun sports car rather than a cute little convertible. It’s tougher and more aggressive. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about the 370Z and that’s perfect.
The exterior shows off new darker headlight and taillight treatments along with the option for new 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. These changes are so subtle, you’d be hard pressed to notice them on your own.
Under the hoods is the same 3.7-liter V6 engine with 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission and has smooth, well-timed shifts that deliver an aggressive drive.
This is a two-seater so if you’re looking for cargo room, then this is not your car. Break out the SUV when you want to be practical because the 370Z is all about having a little fun. It does have a 4.2 cubic foot trunk for a few groceries or packages, but don’t plan on picking up Thanksgiving dinner.
The automatic convertible top opens and closes in about 20 seconds at the touch of a button without any need for the driver to unlatch or latch to finish the job. In a soft-top convertible, sound can be an issue when the top is up, but the 370Z does a good job muting outside noises. The only time you’ll be bothered is when passing a large truck on the highway, but even then it’s only a mild annoyance.
Although the engine is a carryover, it did receive some attention for the 2018 model year. As with the design, changes are subtle, but they provide better acceleration making it more fun to drive. The manual transmission also has a new high-performance clutch to further enhance the drive.
The interior is snug, but again, this is a two-seater so you shouldn’t be looking at this car if you’re seeking a spacious ride. It is, however, not cramped with a design that provides enough leg and elbow room that you won’t feel squished. Seating is comfortable and supportive making the ride easy on you and your passenger.
The 2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster is a sporty and fun roadster that sheds the cute styling for something more aggressive and grown-up. Pricing starts at $41,820for the base model with the top Touring Sport coming in at $49,400.