It's Not The Ride - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: It's Not The Ride

June 30, 2009


So we've been trying to figure out recently why our 2009 Nissan 370Z doesn't get more editorial love, and I keep hearing negative comments about the ride. "Rough." "Hard." "[Insert lewd comment here]." With due respect to my perhaps prematurely geriatric colleagues, I beg to differ. This Z has got one of the most supple sports-car rides I've ever experienced.

I aimed the Z at every rut and pothole in sight on my way to work this morning, and I failed to elicit anything I'd call "impact harshness." The Z's ride is firm, taut, controlled...but rough? Hard? No way. There's a BMW-like refinement in the way this car traverses broken pavement. In fact, I'd say it's more BMW-like in this respect than our 135i -- a car that no one (well, other than me) has ever spurned on account of its harsh ride. As for the Evo MR, which has no shortage of suitors in these parts, the Z rides like a Lexus by comparison.

The Z's got issues, yes. The ride isn't one of them.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, @ 8,344 miles

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