The Z32 was critically acclaimed by many magazines as being a complete turnaround from the Z31, which many critics felt was a sloppy-handling GT, far from the agile, sporty 240Z of years past.
Motor Trend named the 1990 300ZXtt "Import Car of the Year".
Motor Trend also named it One of the Top Ten Performance Cars.
Automobile Magazine honored the 300ZX as its Design of the Year and named the 300-ZX Turbo to its All Stars list.
Automobile Magazine also named the Z32 to its "25 Most Beautiful Cars" list in August 2006 and "20 Greatest Cars" in April 2006.
Road & Track named the 300ZXtt One of the Ten Best Cars in the World.
Car and Driver named the 300-ZX Turbo One of the Ten Best Cars for six straight years.
From the year it was introduced, it won many comparison tests against similar sports cars such as the Mitsubishi 3000GT/Dodge Stealth and the Mazda RX-7, as well as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Thunderbird, Toyota Supra and the Porsche 968.