2024 Nissan Z Reviews, Prices and Specs

Calista Alma
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March 19, 2024

Nissan brought back the Z in 2023 after a brief break, and we’re thrilled they did. While we hesitate to label it as a “throwback” or “nostalgic,” the Z undeniably channels a classic vibe amidst today’s modern vehicles. It’s a turbocharged, two-seater thrill machine in a landscape dominated by large, practical SUVs. And if its sleek design and compact size don’t sway you, consider this: Nissan offers a 6-speed manual transmission at no extra charge. We had the chance to take a new Z with the manual transmission for a spin along Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon. With 400 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and remarkable agility, the Z delivers an exhilarating driving experience that’s simply unmatched.

The major update for the 2024 Nissan Z is the introduction of the Z Nismo trim. This variant receives a power boost to 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Exclusively equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission optimized for track performance, it shifts twice as fast as the Z Performance model. Track-focused upgrades include enhancements to the oil cooler, brakes, suspension, tires, and body rigidity. The exterior gets a Nismo-specific front fascia, while the interior boasts leather and Alcantara Recaro seats with red inserts, along with a new steering wheel. Additionally, Amazon Alexa is now standard on both the Z Performance and Z Nismo for 2024.

The 2024 Nissan Z kicks off at $42,210, a price that may seem steep for a compact sports coupe. However, considering the excitement it delivers, it’s a steal. Comparable models like the Toyota GR Supra start closer to $45K, while smaller options like the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR 86, and Mazda MX-5 Miata begin around $30K. Surrounded by such distinguished company, the Z stands out as a unique offering. For those craving even more adrenaline from Nissan, there’s the $120,990 GT-R.

Available in three trim levels—Z Sport, Z Performance, and Z Nismo—the Performance model, priced at $10,000 more than the base, offers upgrades like a limited-slip differential, larger wheels, enhanced brakes, and a performance-tuned exhaust. Stepping up to the Nismo model at $64,990 cranks up the intensity further, delivering a track-focused experience with corresponding aesthetics.

2024 Nissan ZMSRP
Z Sport$42,210
Z Performance$52,210
Z Nismo$64,990

The moment we settled into the driver’s seat, we felt a sense of command reminiscent of a fighter pilot’s cockpit.

While the cabin is snug in width, it offers ample legroom for six-footers, boasting 42.9 inches, slightly more than the Toyota GR Supra’s 42.2 inches.

Headroom is comparable, with the Supra edging out a mere 0.1-inch advantage.

In contrast, the Subaru BRZ falls short by approximately 1.2 inches.

Surprisingly, the Z boasts a generous trunk space of 6.9 cubic feet, outshining both the Mazda MX-Miata and BRZ, though the Supra offers more.

Nissan stayed close to the original styling cues of the iconic 1969 240Z.

While the latest version features a rounder design, it still retains the overall shape of its predecessor.

Nissan is so confident in the Z’s twin-turbo V6 engine that it’s the sole engine option available. While it might not boast the fastest acceleration or the most fuel-efficient performance in its class, it delivers ample power for most drivers. However, it’s worth noting that there’s no all-wheel-drive (AWD) option available to fully utilize the engine’s power. Yet, this omission helps keep the vehicle’s weight down, contributing to its agility and performance.

Specifications:

  • Twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine
  • 400 horsepower
  • 350 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA combined fuel economy: 22 mpg with the 9-speed automatic transmission (19 city, 28 highway), 20 mpg with the 6-speed manual transmission (18 city, 24 highway)

Dimensions

Wheelbase100.4 in
Length173.2 in
Width73.6 in
Height51.8 in
Passenger Volume52 ft3
Cargo Volume7 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est)3700 lb

Performance

60 mph4.1 sec
100 mph9.6 sec
1/4-Mile12.6 sec
Top Speed155 mph
Review : 4.7/321
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