2009 Nissan 370Z: Also a Liar
August 10, 2009
Like our Nissan GT-R, our 2009 Nissan 370Z is a liar.
Friday morning I skipped work and headed out of town in our 2009 Nissan 370Z. More specifically, I headed to Death Valley (more on that later) to soak up some sun and sand without any of that pesky water that's always mucking up my beach visits. I also wanted to check out Devil's Hole and try to see one of the rarest fish in the world, The Devil's Hole Pupfish. (I know, I'm an exciting guy. But if you're looking for pupfish pictures look elsewhere, I got distracted by vehicular exploration and never made it to the Hole.) But before any of this could happen, I had to get some gas.
When I filled up at 10,143 miles, the distance to empty meter struck me as striking: 380 miles to empty? The record in the fuel log stood at 355 miles on a single tank and that was a triumph I had heard about for days afterwards. But 380, with me behind the wheel...that, friends, would be a story for the ages.
Of course, 15 minutes after filling up, I'd changed the screen to distance traveled and time elapsed and forgot about the whole "Prince of Miles" title that I would claim upon my return. Cest la vie.
Death Valley came and passed. So did Las Vegas. And then, in Jean, Nevada a mysterious light appeared. Turns out cars need gas pretty frequently. Especially when you're doing hundreds of miles. How many hundreds of miles?
417. I believe a hearty 'BAM!' is in order here. And let's also consider: This was in Death Valley-- it's hot. I was in a 370Z-- it's fast. I interpret passing zones as mandatory. I took about a 5-mile detour on a gravel road where I realized that the 370's damping is much better when going very fast in second gear. Las Vegas traffic sucks.
So while 417 is good, I don't think the record will stand forever, considering: I averaged 22.9 mpg. Our record MPG for the 370z is 24mpg. I put 18.224 gallons in the tank, the 370 can hold 19-- there was a solid 3/4 gallon left to burn. But until that day comes, I win!
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 10,560 miles