2007 Nissan 350Z Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Nissan 350Z was new.
The 350Z's interior cabin is praised for its comfort, but criticized for what some reviewers believe are low-quality materials. While reviewers such as Forbes like the "stylish cockpit" that "welcomes two average-size adults," other reviewers, such as , complain that it "lacks the rich materials you expect in a premium sports car."
The two-passenger cabin is "snug, in a good way," says the Kelley Blue Book concurs, writing, "The 350Z provides an uncommon amount of passenger space for a sports coupe. We found that even our tallest driver felt comfortable in the 350Z and was able to reach the steering wheel and shift lever without having to lean forward.". "Both front seats are very comfortable and supportive, and all instruments and controls are easy to find and operate."
Detracting from the interior, however, is what the MSN likes the "nicely designed" dashboard, it says, "The interior has too many cut-rate materials."calls "really ugly rubberized plastic trim on the door panels and center stack that cheapens the car." reports, "Just about all of our drivers feel the interior, with its hard, cheap plastics ('worse than Fisher-Price, ' one says) and questionable build quality, requires improvement." While
The 350Z is a two-seater -- and, as Cars.com puts it, "a real one, so it has no backseat even to rest your briefcase on." The cockpit, says New Car Test Drive, "is designed for driving, helping the driver quickly become one with the car." The says, "Slide down into the seat and it feels as if you're putting the vehicle on." Consumer Guide finds that the "high doorsills" and "low seating position give a closed-in feel." But, writes , "although driver and passenger sit low, especially in relation to the high window ledges, the cockpit doesn't feel cramped."
The New Car Test Drive explains: "The driver's seat bottom features a mound in the center at the front to restrain the driver from sliding forward under deceleration, known as submarining. Aggressive side bolsters grip the waist to hold the driver in place."says, "Both front seats are very comfortable and supportive." The finds them to be "deeply contoured and quite comfortable." They're also designed to hold driver and passenger in place. The reports that the "driver's seat provides good support for aggressive motoring. Rises in the sides and bottom of the seat cushion are designed to provide thigh support while a notch in the side bolster allows for added arm movement when using the 6-speed lever."
For 2007, reports Automobile Magazine, "The interior gains a door panel designed with a water-bottle holder, an extra cupholder in the center console, a new navigation system, and an MP3-compatible audio package." MSN argues: "The base coupe is arguably the best buy. Besides being the lowest-cost version, it's pretty well equipped with everything from climate control and a good sound system to heated power mirrors, power windows and power door locks with remote keyless entry." Cars.com disagrees about the sound system, writing: "The stereo overall offered a muddy listening experience. Sound systems are hard to mess up in such small cars, but I found the music and its excessive amounts of treble hard to stomach. Punk rock especially sounded lifeless and tinny." New Car Test Drive likes the "two toggles to the right of the steering wheel" that "operate the trip computer, used to check outside air temperature, distance to empty, speed, average mileage, and average speed." Edmunds complains, "Unfortunately, the wheel doesn't have a telescoping adjustment."
The 350Z is not designed for hauling cargo. "There isn't much storage space inside the cabin," says the Consumer Guide finds that the "hatchback design maximizes utility compared with many sports cars," but complains about how "loading large items" into the trunk is "hindered by high liftover" and a cross-brace. The brace, which is designed to aid the suspension, "bisects the hatch," explains the , "forcing you to squeeze luggage around or under it. The hatch still swallowed plenty of luggage on an airport pick-up, but even one bulky item could prove impossible to stow.", "nor is the trunk all that roomy, which makes me wonder how useful the 350Z would be for road trips."
Inside, "there is no standard glovebox," reports The Auto Channel, "but several compartments in the half-height rear bulkhead take its place, including small ones for registration documents and other small items and a large locking space behind the passenger seat." New Car Test Drive likes the "thoughtfully designed system of storage compartments" that "provides handy places to stick stuff," writing: "From the driver's seat, you can access a large lockable box, bigger than a shoebox but smaller than a breadbox, built into the bulkhead behind the passenger seatback. When stopped, but without getting out of the car or opening a door, it's easy to flip the passenger seatback forward via a handle in the center of the seatback. Then, it's a simple matter to open a lid that reveals the storage bin." The isn't as impressed, saying, "There's no glovebox in the dash -- air bags take up that space -- and only one, awkwardly placed cup holder that slides out of the passenger-side dash fascia about where a tall rider's knee is guaranteed to snap it off."