Too Small Inside. Or Is It? - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Too Small Inside. Or Is It?

June 04, 2009


Before this week I've only driven our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z (or any 370Z) for short bursts. One night at the most. No drive longer than 30 or 40 minutes.

And my impression has been; great car but too cramped inside. Reminded me of the third generation Mazda RX-7. Loved driving it, but the feeling of claustrophobia was just too much.

Now I know better. I just spent the bulk of this week in our Z, three days, three nights and several hundred miles of driving. And my impression has changed.

The 370Z isn't too small inside. After a couple of days I acclimated to the Z's interior dimensions and sight lines. The feeling of being stuck in an elevator with a dozen folks washed away and I really began to enjoy the car.

Don't misunderstand, it still doesn't feel as large inside as the bigger 350Z, but it is not longer a deal breaker for me.

I also realized that the black interior of our test car must contribute to that cave feeling. I'll bet a 370Z with a lighter interior feels right from day one.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 7,306 miles

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