2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan 370Z: The Cheese Stands Alone

June 10, 2009

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Since I'm low man on the totem pole when it comes to the long-term car clipboard, chances are that I'll usually end up with the Smart or the Jetta TDI. Not complaining but it's just funny to see what consistently gets passed over by the editors.

But I've noticed that our 2009 Nissan 370Z has joined the other two at the bottom of the barrel more often. And last night, it was the only car left on the list. Meaning, someone actually picked the Smart Fortwo over the Z. Wuuut?

Curious why this happened, I first asked someone at the top of the list why he skipped over the Z. "I saw the GT-R and the Z and I took the GT-R," said Karl Brauer matter-of-factly. OK, well maybe a fellow low man would be the person to ask. So I asked Automotive Content Editor Warren Clarke who is two above me on the list and who actually picked the Smart.

"I don't like its visibility and it's hard to get out of," he said of the Z. "It's a good-looking car and if I was doing something tonight where I needed a good-looking car I would have picked it. But I'm just going to the grocery store. So I don't want to have to worry about backing out of a space and not being able to see [in a crowded parking lot]."

Other editors, most with longer commutes, have said that they don't like its harsh ride for their everyday needs.

As for me, I like fast cars so yay.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 7,480 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Nissan 370Z in VA is:

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