2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Noise

January 06, 2010


I've asked a few people on staff what they think about the noise levels in the Nissan 370Z. We all pretty much agree that there is entirely too much road noise.

There is also a lot of engine noise, but that is actually quite lovely. The road noise, however, is a bit much. (I'm not sure why I'm writing like a Brit today with the "lovely" "quite" and " a bit" but go with me.)

When you have such a stiff suspension on a car like the Z, there is bound to be some noise. The road, tires, chassis, all contribute to this cacophony. When you don't have music on to drown it out, it's really really loud. I thought my Acura Integra let the road bleed in, but this is much more.

With that said, this is an extremely fun car to drive. The price you pay is the noise. But this is also supposed to be a car you can drive on a daily basis. And let's face it, how many times during your commute do you get to kick it out? Maybe when you scoot up an on-ramp or find a short stretch of open road. We're usually stuck in traffic or driving surface streets. Unless you are on a perfectly paved surface, you're gonna get the noise.

How do you feel about a noisy car? Does the fun factor outweigh the annoyance?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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