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2012 Nissan 370Z

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$13,921 — $24,201 USED
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Coupe
2 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Steering
  • Well-mannered chassis
  • Strong brakes
  • Value for the money
  • Turning circle

The Bad

  • Road noise
  • Cramped interior
  • No backseat
  • Limited cargo space
  • Hard-to-read gauges
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope

What to Know

about the 2012 Nissan 370Z
  • Standard 332-hp V-6
  • Six-speed manual with optional rev-matching
  • Optional seven-speed paddle-shift automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Convertible and high-performance NISMO versions available

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Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z competes with cars ranging from the Mazda RX-8 to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Trim levels include the 370Z and uplevel 370Z Touring. There is also a convertible 370Z roadster, as well as a high-performance NISMO 370Z.

(Skip to details on the: NISMO 370Z, roadster)


New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
The Z features a roofline with a low-cut slant and boomerang-shaped headlights that look a bit like the ones on Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan. Vertical pillars split the front air dam, while the taillights have a similar boomerang shape. Exterior features include:

  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard dual exhaust pipes


Interior
The Z's interior has a minimalist look, with a sculpted dash wrapping around the gauges and passenger confines. A three-spoke steering wheel carries a simple "Z" logo, while the center control panel has leather-stitched accents. Interior features include:

  • Standard keyless entry with push-button start
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard CD stereo with steering-wheel controls and auxiliary input
  • Eight-way driver's-seat adjustment, four-way passenger seat
  • Optional power-adjustable seats
  • Optional heated leather and faux suede seats
  • Optional navigation system and backup camera with six-CD, USB/iPod-compatible Bose stereo


Under the Hood
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Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z competes with cars ranging from the Mazda RX-8 to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Trim levels include the 370Z and uplevel 370Z Touring. There is also a convertible 370Z roadster, as well as a high-performance NISMO 370Z.

(Skip to details on the: NISMO 370Z, roadster)


New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
The Z features a roofline with a low-cut slant and boomerang-shaped headlights that look a bit like the ones on Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan. Vertical pillars split the front air dam, while the taillights have a similar boomerang shape. Exterior features include:

  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard dual exhaust pipes


Interior
The Z's interior has a minimalist look, with a sculpted dash wrapping around the gauges and passenger confines. A three-spoke steering wheel carries a simple "Z" logo, while the center control panel has leather-stitched accents. Interior features include:

  • Standard keyless entry with push-button start
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard CD stereo with steering-wheel controls and auxiliary input
  • Eight-way driver's-seat adjustment, four-way passenger seat
  • Optional power-adjustable seats
  • Optional heated leather and faux suede seats
  • Optional navigation system and backup camera with six-CD, USB/iPod-compatible Bose stereo


Under the Hood
There's only one engine available for the coupe. The Z's 3.7-liter V-6 uses Nissan's high-tech VVEL valve-lift system — not unlike BMW's Valvetronic — to achieve 332 horsepower at a zingy 7,000 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and it can come with Nissan's downshift rev-match feature, which matches downshifts like a good heel-and-toe driver might do on a racetrack. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 332-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional seven-speed automatic with steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • Standard four-wheel vented disc brakes


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control and electronic stability system
  • Optional upgraded 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear brake discs, versus 12.6-inch standard discs


NISMO 370Z
The NISMO 370Z is built for the racing enthusiast. The exterior is marked by an extended nose, side sills and a different rear from the coupe. The interior sports a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, as well as black and red fabric with red stitching. The NISMO has a more powerful engine than the coupe or roadster. It uses a 350-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 276 pounds-feet of torque. It's paired with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that also features Nissan's downshift rev-match feature. Other features include:

  • Standard five-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard limited-slip differential
  • Standard sport brakes with 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear discs
  • NISMO-tuned suspension
  • Standard functional rear spoiler (Back to top)


Roadster
The 370Z roadster shares many characteristics with the coupe, including engine, transmission, suspension and exterior design. The most obvious departure is its power convertible top, which requires no latches to release before operating. Other features include:

  • Added body reinforcements
  • Optional heated and cooled seats
  • Optional Bluetooth cell phone connectivity
  • Optional satellite radio and navigation system (Back to top)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

This is my first car

by Kemz from Sunrise, FL on October 14, 2018

A little noisy some of the parts, over very fun to drive . Down side to the car I would say is gas but I enjoy it. It’s a car for enthusiasts ! Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for speed and control.

by Xersus from Herndon, VA on July 24, 2018

The car is perfect. Drives smooth, pick up is great, speed is amazing and it hold the ground at high speeds. My wife and I love driving it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan 370Z currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Nissan 370Z has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 370Z received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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