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in 2009 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,813 - $18,646
Original MSRP: $29,930 - $35,760
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy

2009 Nissan 370Z Interior

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The 370Z's quality materials, ergonomic layout and practical cargo hold are a welcome departure from its predecessor's flawed interior cabin. What's more, the new Z coupe can be outfitted with an impressive list of gadgetry - including a navigation system with XM NavTraffic.

  • "One aspect of the 370 we can't harp on is the interior, which Nissan has upgraded with finer materials (read: less hard plastic), bigger gauges, a race-style oval steering wheel, a convenient glovebox (the poorly placed one between the 350Z's seats has been laid to rest), and a useable cargo area (Nissan inverted the rear strut tower brace that denied access to large suitcases in the 350Z's hold)." -- Motor Trend
  • "The cabin makes logical progressions over the 350Z's, with better materials and a bit more room, but space is still tight." -- Cars.com
  • "The 350Z's interior was cheap and outdated looking when it came out in 2002. Thankfully, the new car addresses this with upgraded materials and components throughout." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The center dash no longer has the cheap plastic surface we've all come to hate. The entire section is now upholstered in faux leather called Sofilez that's more tasteful in look and feel." -- Road and Track
  • "Switchgear on the steering wheel spokes for audio and cruise control feels solid, reflecting the general quality of fit and finish in the cabin." -- CNET

Seating

Though the 370Z's seats are tailored for sporty driving, some critics complain that they weren't designed for heavyset passengers. The all-new Z coupe seats two.

  • "The driver's seat is more aggressively bolstered than the passenger's, and both are upholstered in nonslip fabric. It's a tight fit, with the more globularly hipped among us contemplating the possibility of embarrassing chafing." -- Car and Driver
  • -"The base model's cloth seats are laterally supportive but marginally cushioned; sit down hard and you'll feel the anchors for the active head restraints dig at your upper back. Base models lack lumbar support, and after a few hours behind the wheel my back was killing me." -- Cars.com

  • "The seats are low to the ground, and have knobs to manually raise or lower the front and back of the seat, optimizing driving position." -- CNET

Interior Features

Reviewers appreciate the 370's ergonomically correct layout and long list of modern tech gadgets -- though the most impressive equipment is optional. Available convenience features include a 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive that stores up to 2,900 songs, touch-screen, voice-activated navigation system with XM NavTraffic, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button ignition and Bluetooth connectivity.

  • "The steering wheel is asymmetrical, neither circular nor oval, but its size and grip are perfect. Although the wheel is adjustable for rake alone, the entire IP moves along for the ride, assuring a clear shot at the gauges.  ... The size of the shift knob, the pedal's placement, the three big HVAC controls-all represent an ergonomic hat trick." -- Car and Driver
  • "An impressive hard-drive-based navigation system with traffic and onboard music storage is available." -- CNET
  • "The bad: The design of the fuel level/engine temperature gauge. You look at it and ask yourself: What were Nissan designers thinking? Not only is it really odd looking - a small metal plate that's aesthetically inconsistent with the rest of the instrument cluster - but it's unreadable when driving in sunny conditions." -- Road and Track
  • "The only oversight we can see is Nissan's decision to make iPod compatibility only available in cars equipped with navigation, although all cars have an auxiliary input." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

Nissan has yet to provide cargo capacity figures for the 2009 370Z. However, critics find it more storage-friendly than the previous generation's coupe, which offered 6.8 cubic-feet of space.

  • "There's now even a glove box." -- Car and Driver
  • "Out back Nissan found some more trunk space by repositioning the rear stabilizer brace." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Despite the shrinkage, the 370Z remains adequate for two 6-ft.-plus individuals, and their luggage is easier to haul because Nissan relocated the rear strut brace forward and lower in the compartment. There's also a proper glovebox." -- Road and Track
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