No US authority has yet performed a crash test on a Nissan Z, and with it being a relatively low-volume sports car, it will probably remain untested. The old 370Z was never tested, either. Being based on an old design, it is impossible to determine the Nissan Z's true safety ratings, but it does pass all crash-safety legislation, and one would assume Nissan would have made the necessary modifications to ensure that it offers safety that is comparable to its other models. Judging by the generous level of standard safety features and driver assists, there should be no reason for undue concern.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The safety features of the Nissan Z start with six standard airbags, ABS, stability control, tire-pressure monitoring, and a backup camera. The driver-assistance suite is comprehensive, and even the base Sport comes with automatic LED headlights with auto high beams, hill-start assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and driver-alertness monitoring. The Performance and Proto Spec add more powerful Akebono brakes.
|Nissan Z Trims||Sport||Performance||Proto Spec|
|Rear Parking Aid||S||S||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S|
We don't know anything about the Nissan Z's reliability because it's just been launched, so there is no JD Power reliability rating for it yet. There have been no recalls so far at the time of writing. Nissan has a good reputation for reliability and in its entire, protracted career on the market spanning more than a decade, the old 370Z was recalled a mere three times, which must surely be some kind of record. We're hoping the new Z can emulate that success. It had better, because the Nissan Z's warranty cover is average at best, with the standard limited warranty valid for three years/36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty for five years/60,000 miles.
The Z should be perfectly safe, as it passes all current safety legislation and is fitted with many safety features, including six airbags and a comprehensive suite of driver assists.
The Z has six airbags - two front, tow side, and two curtain airbags.