Should I buy an automatic or manual 2023 Nissan Z?
Are there spec differences between the Nissan Z automatic and manual?
We're fortunate that there are no significant differences between the two versions, aside from automatic models receiving an extra auxiliary transmission oil cooler.
Standard exterior features include 19-inch lightweight forged-aluminium wheels made by RAYS Engineering, the same four-piston front, two-piston rear Akebono brake package as the Nissan 370Z, and the same limited-slip differential albeit now with a taller final drive ratio (was 3.69, now 3.53).
The heated and electrically adjustable 370Z sports seats from the previous model continue to be used, while other interior features are new and inspired by history.
Call it the Datsun 240Z's dash pod modded for great looks and turbocharged features. The three gauges add even more interest to this already fantastic piece, with a standard battery voltage meter, a turbo boost gauge, and an unusual wheel speed impeller meter.
Unlike other vehicles, this one does not have adaptive suspension or user-configurable 'drive mode.' In fact, there is no way to set up the controls in this car like you can with most modern hot hatches or European two-door coupes.
Does the Nissan Z have Apple CarPlay?
The 2023 Nissan Z includes both wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity that is accessed through an 8.0-inch touchscreen display. However, the system does not have wireless connectivity capabilities.
The screen, though small, has graphics that are basic. It also features radio stations AM/FM/DAB+, Bluetooth connectivity, and inputs for USB-C and USB-A type in order to charge your phone or use smartphone mirroring.
The eight-speaker Bose premium audio system produces rich and vibrant sound, making music more enjoyable. It's a great value for the price.
Is the Nissan Z a safe car?
Like most low-volume and expensive sports cars, the 2023 Nissan Z remains untested by Australian crash-test authority ANCAP.
Safety gear isn't left out despite this car's theme, however, with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking coming on both manual and auto transmission cars. Compared to similarly priced SUVs, it has a satisfactory amount of advanced driver assist systems.
How much does the Nissan Z cost to run?
Service costs are in line with cars of this nature and cost; however, the intervals are short at 10,000km.
Capped-price servicing for the first three years in a manual Nissan Z costs $340, $467 and $456 respectively, or $1263 for three years and 30,000km.
Years four and five are worth $718 and $368, meaning five years and 60,000km in a manual Nissan Z costs $2349.
The auto goes as follows: $340, $482, $443, or $1265 for the first three years. Years four and five are $734 and $368 totalling $2367. The intervals are the same.
A full comprehensive insurance policy came back at $2267 per year, based on a comparative quote for a 35 year old male driver, living in Chatswood, NSW. Insurance estimates may vary based on your location, driving history, and personal circumstances.
Is the Nissan Z fuel efficient?
The official claimed fuel consumption figure for the Nissan Z for the manual is 10.8L/100km while the auto wears a fuel consumption rating of 9.8L/100km respectively. Both vehicles saw similar fuel usage of around 11.0L/100km during a week of back-to-back testing.