Cement Truck Hell - 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Cement Truck Hell

December 11, 2009

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This is how it goes.

Was thinking about what to choose for a dash to San Francisco this weekend. And I like the Z-car. Seating position, ride quality, good navigation, satellite radio. And there'd be a good trip across the Coast Range at Coalinga and then a drive in the Santa Cruz mountains on Skyline and then down Page Mill when I get there, which is the whole reason for taking the Z-car in the first place.

Then I thought about the sound of those tires filling the cabin on the trip up Interstate 5. Like being 50 feet from a cement truck for five hours. So decided not to go at all.

As much as we all like to pound our chest about sporting automobiles and posture about purity, even a sports car has to also be a car. It has to be able to take you where the roads are good, anyway. And in times where financial resources are spread thin, we're all going to find ourselves forced into appreciating cars with multi-dimensional personalities.

Ironically the 370Z has been designed to be a better car, not just a better sports car. But it shows you just how crucial even the small things can be, as who would expect that an oversight in the acoustic properties of the interior would play such an important role in this car's personality?

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 16,951 miles

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