Fillet of Simulated Suede - 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Fillet of Simulated Suede

July 09, 2009


I like this padded, simulated suede insert that Nissan has applied to each door panel of our 2009 370Z Touring. I'll rest my elbow here at traffic lights or while cruising in 6th on the highway. It's the kind of thoughtful touch that was lacking in the 350Z cockpit. It's also the kind of subtle touch that makes the 370Z seem more plausible as a daily driver.

I would like this insert even more, though, if I was the only one who drove our 370Z. See, I'm neat and tidy. Other editors on our staff? Not so much. And already the suede is showing some light wear right around the door pull.

Perhaps it would have been better not to continue the simulated suede around the handle. But I suspect that might not sit well with the Nissan designer who envisioned this fillet of suede as much as an art form as it is an armrest... notice it has the same ovoid shape as the door release assembly in the upper right.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,228 miles

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