THE 2013 NISSAN 370Z TOURING CONVERTIBLE REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: High Performance, Roadster Style
The 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring convertible is a stylish sporty roadster that offers exceptional performance behind the wheel. A powerful V6 engine is capable of propelling this sleek two-seater from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds, an outstanding time for this automotive class. Although the 370Z Touring is a rather impractical choice for most drivers, it delivers a winning combination of curb appeal and performance for buyers in the market for a unique driving experience.
Under the hood
The Nissan 370Z Touring convertible is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that can deliver up to 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard. The standard six-speed manual transmission is recommended for drivers who want the full sports car experience, but the optional seven-speed shiftable automatic transmission is serviceable and provides somewhat better fuel economy. Buyers can expect to get 17 miles to the gallon in the city; highway fuel figures weigh in at 24 miles to the gallon. Safety features include active head restraints to prevent whiplash, air bags, antilock brakes, and stability and traction controls. A rearview camera is available as an option on the Nissan 370Z Touring roadster.
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Inside the cabin
The Touring trim level of the 2013 Nissan 370Z convertible provides a solid mix of standard features that include a power soft top, automatic climate control, power-adjustable seating, leather and suede upholstery, cruise control, keyless entry, a Bose sound system, and Bluetooth and auxiliary interfaces for added entertainment options. Options include the performance-oriented Sport package, an advanced navigation system complete with traffic and weather information, on-board digital storage for audio files, and iPod hookup.
On the road
The 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring roadster combines light weight and diminutive size with a powerful V6 engine to deliver unparalleled acceleration and handling. While the performance of the 370Z cannot be faulted, it does suffer from excessive engine noise at higher speeds and may limit its appeal among comfort-minded buyers.
The audience for the 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring convertible is limited due to its lack of passenger and cargo space and its relatively steep price tag. For buyers in the market for a true performance convertible, however, the 370Z Touring roadster is an exceptional choice that delivers on its sports car looks to create real excitement behind the wheel.
Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V-6
Horsepower & Torque: 332 hp/270 lb-ft
Transmission: RWD six-speed manual or seven-speed shiftable automatic
Fuel Economy: 17/24
0 to 60: 5.5 seconds
Base MSRP: $44,170
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