Such things are subjective, of course, but there is possibly no better sports car value available right now than the Nissan 370 Z, with its 332-hp V6 and sub-$30,000 starting price. Those things, along with the rest of the car, carry over for 2019.
Nissan may sell this car for what seems like an impossibly low price, but the 370Z nonetheless offers performance -- if not refinement -- to rival the likes of Porsche's Cayman, and that's pretty good company to find yourself in.
But while Porsche has regularly updated its entry-level sports car to the point of replacing six-cylinder engines with a more fuel-efficient turbo four-banger, Nissan has left the Z largely as it was at this generation's introduction a decade ago. It's still handsome and fun to drive, but it's a bit of a sports car dinosaur with a big, 3.7L V6 (332 hp/270 lb-ft) with fuel consumption estimates of 13.3/9.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with a six-speed manual transmission and 12.6/9.3 when optioned with the seven-speed automatic.
For that price, Nissan includes a decent list of standard kit that comprises automatic Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, passive keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, Bluetooth, manual eight-way driver and four-way passenger seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shifter and parking brake, and tire pressure monitoring.
Other stuff included with the base spec are dark head- and taillight treatments and blackout lower rear fascias, 19-inch wheels and an Exedy-branded high-performance clutch for manual transmission models.
Granted, if you want this car's slick-looking convertible version, you're on the hook for 50 percent more money, but that's the price to be paid for open-air motoring.
A Sport trim includes trim-specific 19-inch wheels, chin and rear spoilers, sport brakes, limited slip differential, Bose stereo and heated side mirrors.
That's followed by the Touring Sport trim (for both coupe and convertible models), which adds navigation, backup camera, active noise cancellation, garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated leather seating and an upgraded stereo with two subwoofers. This is also where you'll find the trick rev-matching manual transmission.
Finally, the coupe can be had in a peak-performance NISMO trim boasting Recaro leather-and-Alcantara seats on top of a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brake fluid and hoses, front strut tower brace and a trim-specific body kit. This car gets Dunlop tires modeled after those on the GT-R supercar that provide the same handling performance as last year's Bridgestones, but with less rolling resistance and road noise.
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