2023 Nissan Z Review: Relatively Affordable, Lots of Fun | Expert advice


The front suspension uses a double wishbone design, while the rear has a multi-link setup. There are new monotube shocks, and the Performance trim cars we’ve taken on the street and track have larger 19-inch forged alloy wheels and offset tires instead of the 18-inch alloy wheels and square tires from the base Sport version.

The Z is a firm-riding car that lets you know when the pavement is less than perfect, but the mostly smooth roads of Southern Nevada prevented us from getting a clear picture of how that quality of tight driving will result in potholes and potholes. we regularly see near the Chicago headquarters of Cars.com. We’ll know more once we test one closer to home, but the firm tuning made for a fun car that felt completely at home on the twisty desert roads outside of Las Vegas. Even though the roads we drove were pothole-free, they weren’t perfectly smooth, and the result was considerable road noise in the cabin at moderate speeds.

Nissan provided a few laps on a road course at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex, and it was just as entertaining in that setting. There is noticeable but not excessive body roll when cornering quickly, and the car stays on the line you set. The ability of the Z automatic transmission is also evident here, as the car quickly adds speed. Besides the upgraded brake pads, Nissan said the cars on the road course are stock.

A revamped interior

The cabin benefits from an all-new design that incorporates more technological features. Sport trims come with an 8-inch in-dash touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, while the Performance variant has a larger 9-inch screen and adds navigation. Both versions have a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel that replaces the analog instruments of the previous car. Some design elements were retained, however, such as the three-gauge pod atop the instrument panel and the circular air vents in the doors.

Despite the new design, the Z’s interior looks familiar, with similar sightlines and driving position to the 370Z. I’m about 6ft tall and while there wasn’t a lot of extra space in the cabin, I didn’t feel cramped or claustrophobic either. The steering wheel now telescopes in addition to tilting, making it easy to tailor the driving position to your liking, and I had plenty of headroom and legroom.

I particularly like the sport seats in the Z. The seats in the Sport trim have cloth upholstery and manual adjustments, while the Performance model is trimmed in leather, heated seats, power adjustments and different side bolsters. The cloth and leather-trimmed seats have large suede-style inserts that grip your back firmly and do a good job of keeping you from sliding around in the seat, even on the trail.

Storage areas include pockets in the doors and nooks behind the seats. The revised center console also now includes a second cup holder. Lifting the rear hatch reveals a decently sized cargo area.

Safety and driving assistance functions

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lights automatic routes.

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Should you buy the Nissan Z?

With a starting price of around $41,000 (all prices including destination), the 2023 Z offers plenty of driving fun for its money, and the price is the same whether you get the six-speed manual or the nine-speed automatic transmission.

However, upgrading to the Performance version comes with a significant price increase of $10,000: this model costs $51,015. That’s still less than the base price of a six-cylinder Supra, but the extra $10,000 seems like a lot of money for the extra features of the Performance model. Along with the aforementioned upgrades, the Performance trim gets larger brake rotors, beefier brake calipers, a mechanical limited-slip differential, front and rear spoilers, and a premium Bose stereo.

For some buyers, the manual transmission available on the Z might have tipped the balance in its favor over the Supra, but Toyota’s high-performance sports car will also offer a manual from 2023 models.

Although both of these sports cars are powerful and have impressive performance-oriented automatic transmissions, I would take the Z because it felt more composed overall in a track environment, the interior suits me better and I prefer its styling . Overall, the Z is more fun to drive, and with these cars, that’s what matters most.

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