in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $23,622 - $28,564
Original MSRP: $32,280 - $44,500
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy

2012 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 2012 Nissan 370Z.

  • "Padded surfaces, textured dashboard plastics, and visible contrast piping are used to good effect." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "It's handsome, though, with padded surfaces down to thigh level and convenient knee pads flanking the center controls. I wish Nissan had swapped out the cabin's silver plastic accents for chrome or metal - as it does in the Murano crossover - but all told, this is one of the brand's better interiors." -- Cars.com 
  • "The road noise on coarse pavement raises a question about the Z's desirability as an everyday car." -- MarketWatch 
  • "The coupe is also remarkably noisy, especially when fitted with the larger, optional wheels and tires.” -- Edmunds 


The 370Z’s seats get mixed reviews. Some say that the Z’s cockpit is rather snug, which may make it uncomfortable for taller drivers, while others counter that there’s ample space for a 6-foot tall driver. The Z doesn’t have a back seat, 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's cockpit is snug, with stiff cushions, limited seat travel and no telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel." -- Cars.com 
  • "Head and leg room were more than ample for a 6-foot driver." -- MarketWatch 
  • "The Z doesn't have a telescoping steering wheel, but most drivers will find the driving position comfortable and sporty.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features 

The Nissan 370Z earns reviewer praise for its high-quality materials and driver-friendly layout. However, many reviews note that this two-seat sports car has secondary gauges and controls that aren’t the easiest to read. While test drivers like the available navigation system, one critic notes that call quality wasn’t the greatest using the Z’s Bluetooth connection.

Additionally, you’ll have to upgrade to the Touring model to take advantage of all the tech options, as base 370Zs are not available with Bluetooth, navigation or a USB port.

  • "Though mounted low on the central control panel, 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 
  • "Of course, you can connect your mobile phone via Bluetooth, too, though the sound quality and connection strength was patchy." -- Motor Trend 
  • "If you must ask, the Z roadster has all the utility of a decorative fireplace - you'll want to annex the center console's single cupholder before your passenger beats you to it." -- Cars.com 
  • "The main instruments, speed and tach, are smack-dab in front of the driver, with white numbers on a black background making them very readable day or night. To the left were the fuel and coolant readouts, in form of tiny dots that move across a scale. There was ample room for an old-fashioned gauge that would have been so much better." -- MarketWatch 
  • "High-quality materials and solid construction are prominent throughout the 370Z's cabin.” -- Edmunds


The Nissan 370Z coupe features 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, while the roadster offers 4.2 cubic feet. Reviewer opinion varies on the cargo bay of the Nissan 370Z. Although it’s small, some say the space is useful, while others note that cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro offer considerably more trunk space. 

  • "Nissan claims 370Z coupes have 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space, while Roadsters have 4.2. The trunk doesn't seem that large on either body style, but the space provided is quite useful." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Behind the front seats is a miniscule cargo ledge and storage cubby. The cloth top doesn't intrude on trunk space, but all you get is a precious 4.2 cubic feet, top up or down. That's about half the space of a Mustang, Camaro, 1 Series or Audi TT convertible." -- Cars.com (370Z Roadster)