October 26, 2009
Is it just me or is this a weird feature for our 2009 Nissan 370Z, a sport coupe with 332 horsepower and a 3.7-liter V6, to have?
I don't think anyone on our staff pays attention to it. When I drove our Z this weekend, all I noticed about this mpg bar is that when I took my foot off the throttle, the bar went up to 60. Ooh. But when I'm passing cars or zooming up a freeway on-ramp, fuel economy is not really a concern. Then again, it's not my car. Is it different for you owners out there?
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 14,108 miles
August 10, 2009
Like our Nissan GT-R, our 2009 Nissan 370Z is a liar.
Friday morning I skipped work and headed out of town in our 2009 Nissan 370Z. More specifically, I headed to Death Valley (more on that later) to soak up some sun and sand without any of that pesky water that's always mucking up my beach visits. I also wanted to check out Devil's Hole and try to see one of the rarest fish in the world, The Devil's Hole Pupfish. (I know, I'm an exciting guy. But if you're looking for pupfish pictures look elsewhere, I got distracted by vehicular exploration and never made it to the Hole.) But before any of this could happen, I had to get some gas.
When I filled up at 10,143 miles, the distance to empty meter struck me as striking: 380 miles to empty? The record in the fuel log stood at 355 miles on a single tank and that was a triumph I had heard about for days afterwards. But 380, with me behind the wheel...that, friends, would be a story for the ages.
Of course, 15 minutes after filling up, I'd changed the screen to distance traveled and time elapsed and forgot about the whole "Prince of Miles" title that I would claim upon my return. Cest la vie.
Death Valley came and passed. So did Las Vegas. And then, in Jean, Nevada a mysterious light appeared. Turns out cars need gas pretty frequently. Especially when you're doing hundreds of miles. How many hundreds of miles?
May 13, 2009
There are different ways to do things, then there are incorrect ways to do things.
Today, I ink up my WRONG stamp for the 370Z's fuel gauge, which consists of 16 little lights that go out to indicate its running low on dino swill. I don't like digital fuel gauges and this is one of the worst, since it becomes difficult to read when directly in the sun. This entire digital unit looks like what the 80s thought the future would look like. Or a Borg eye implant. Or that Simpsons episode when Lisa gets married in England and Big Ben's face has been replaced in the future with a digital clock blinking 12.
Sorry Nissan, you are incorrect, and with apologies to Depeche Mode, WRONG.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,111 miles