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in 2011 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $21,494 - $26,355
Original MSRP: $31,450 - $43,500
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy

2011 Nissan 370Z Interior

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While some reviewers complain about interior noise, good cabin design and quality materials earn high marks for the Nissan 370Z. If you opt for the Touring trim, the Z comes standard with features such as Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum -trimmed pedals and heated seats.

  • "It has the same amount of road noise as the regular Z, which, when cruising along the highway is enough to make you turn up the stereo or speak a little louder to the person sitting next to you.” -- The Detroit News
  • "The coupe is also remarkably noisy, especially when fitted with the larger, optional wheels and tires.” -- Edmunds
  • "The 370Z is both lighter than the 350Z and a couple inches shorter. The wheelbase came down almost 4 inches to 100.4 inches. Even so, the 370Z has slightly more passenger and cargo space, with all seating dimensions equal or increased.” -- Cars.com

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Seating

Reviews are mixed on the seats in the 370Z, with some saying that taller and more heavyset drivers and passengers may have trouble finding a comfortable seating position. The Z doesn’t have a backseat, so if additional passenger space is something you need, be sure to check out competitors such as the Ford Mustang or Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

  • "Both coupes and convertibles are among the more spacious 2 seaters, but tall drivers will wish for more headroom. Some testers find the side bolsters of the seats uncomfortably confining.” --  Consumer Guide
  • "The Z doesn't have a telescoping steering wheel, but most drivers will find the driving position comfortable and sporty.” -- Edmunds
  • "It is also low to the ground, which requires a little leg bending to get behind the wheel, but we didn't find it tortuous.” -- CNET
  • "This writer's six-foot two-inch frame fit comfortably into the supportive and nicely bolstered cloth seats. The cabin accommodates two with abundant legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. "-- Autoblog 

Interior Features 

The Nissan 370Z earns high marks for its high quality materials, driver-friendly layout and available tech features. However, to take advantage of all the tech options, you need to upgrade to the Touring model, as base 370Zs are not available with Bluetooth, navigation or USB connections.

If you do opt for a 370Z Touring, new for 2011 is a RearView Monitor, which is included with the optional Navigation system. An enhanced backup camera, the RearView Monitor displays on-screen guidelines which move with steering input. This makes parking and backup maneuvers much easier, as the guidlines display the vehicle’s intended path. Checking the box for Navigation also adds XM Radio, a 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and USB/iPod connectivity.

  • "Though mounted low on the center dashboard stack, the audio and climate controls fall easily to hand. Some of the climate system's markings are tough to decipher at a glance, and the audio display is on the small side. The optional navigation system is standard Nissan fare. It's simple to use and absorbs few audio or climate functions.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "High-quality materials and solid construction are prominent throughout the 370Z's cabin.” -- Edmunds
  • "The 370Z's driver-oriented cabin sports big gauges, a race-style oval steering wheel, a convenient glovebox, and a useable cargo area. For a grander environment, the upscale Touring adds leather, Bluetooth phone, and Bose audio, and aluminum pedals.” -- Motor Trend
  • "At the base of the tachometer, which dominates the instrument panel, an indicator shows what gear the stick is in, by numeral, or displays an "N" when it's in Neutral. It's a very simple, very useful feature that seems long overdue. "-- Cars.com
  • "Although Nissan didn't equip our review car with its available cabin tech, we have tested the company's navigation and entertainment systems in other 370Zs and can attest to their usefulness. Based on our experiences, we give the 370Z an above average score for its cabin electronics.” -- CNET
  • "The steering wheel is meaty, and all controls fall readily to hand without a hint awkwardness. “ -- Autoblog

 

Cargo

Reviewer opinion varies on the cargo bay of the 2011 Nissan 370Z. While the coupe features 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, room is diminished in 370Z Roadsters, which offer 4.2 cubic feet. Competitors such as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Mitsubishi Eclipse lead the affordable sports car class in terms of cargo, with 10 and 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. 

  • "The trunk doesn't seem that large on either body style, but the space provided is quite useful. The cargo hold is shallow with a high liftover, and the wheel wells intrude. There are some hidden bins behind the seats, but interior storage is otherwise meager, with a small glovebox and center console. Models without the navigation system include a covered cubby above the audio system.” --Consumer Guide
  • "While Nissan moved the rear cargo brace forward, the trunk is still extremely shallow. You may get a framed carry-on bag in there, but everything else will have to be soft if it's going to fit.” --Autoblog 
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