2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Seat controls-the Good, the Bad...

October 07, 2009

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And the Ugly? Not with our long-term 370Z. Almost everything's good-looking, inside and out.

But the seat controls are both good and bad.

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I love the power fore-aft and seatback rake controls on the bottom cushion right-side bolster (that are on most Nissans.)

Not only are they easy to access in the tight sportscar confines of our Z, but they also clean up the inner door panel (if instead Nissan decided to put them there due to the tight clearance between the door and seat.)

If you're not used to them, the seat bolster-mounted switches are slightly difficult to find at first, but after that they're quite convenient.

Why don't more carmakers copy that switch location?

And the bad?

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The two knobs on the side of the seat are used to manually raise and lower the front and rear parts of the bottom cushion.

Sometimes, you have to lift yourself out of the seat slightly to raise the back portion.

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I suppose because of no additional motor, those knobs may reduce this sportscar's mass...

Not a fan.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer
@ 13,046 miles

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