2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: What's the problem?
June 25, 2009
It's true -- our long term Nissan 370Z sits near the bottom of the pile in terms of desirabilty here. It is frequently one of the last test cars chosen and more than once sat unloved at night 'til the next morning. It occupies the same metaphorical space as... the Smart?! What's the problem? These items, I believe:
1. The ride is hard
2. The interior is small
3. The clutch and shifter aren't the greatest
4. It seats only 2
I refute these issues with:
1. It's a sports car
2. It's a sports car
3. True (but both aren't as bad as our LT Audi S5)
4. It's a sports car
One must make certain sacrifices when owning a sports car, but the benefits outweigh these.
The 370Z possesses great, quick handling, excellent steering feel, and a decent powertrain. And although I'm not in love with the exhaust note, it's OK.
It's the only true sports car in our long term fleet. (I consider the GT-R a GT; the name is GT-R.)
The big problem for the most of the people here is the seating capacity. Most of our staffers have friends or family to accommodate, and a 2-seater won't cut it for them.
For me, it's really fun to drive, and becomes even more enjoyable when you push it hard. It's in the top 5 in fun-to-drive for our long term fleet. The sedans, even the Evos, don't compare.
I was even going to sign it out for this weekend. But I may have to cart some people around...
Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 8200 miles