Used 2009 Nissan 350Z

Pros & Cons

  • Strong and sweet-sounding V6 engine, capable handling and braking, excellent value, enduring styling.
  • Some low-grade interior materials, steering wheel does not telescope, poor rearward visibility with top up, heavy clutch can be a pain around town.
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List Price Estimate
$10,734 - $18,436

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Nissan 350Z roadster still presents one of the best performance values in the sports car segment.

Vehicle overview

With all the gee-whiz technology available in today's cars, it's easy to forget the joy that an elemental sports car like a 2009 Nissan 350Z provides. Nope, this car won't give you the weather in Cincinnati or make you a cup of coffee as you drive into work. But the Z has everything you'll need to get a rush no caffeinated beverage could hope to match.

With its compact dimensions, spirited V6 engine, sharp handling, rear-wheel drive and well-balanced chassis, the 350Z roadster continues to be a sports car in the truest sense. And even though this generation of Z is in its last year, the styling still turns heads. Nissan will be selling the all-new 370Z coupe for 2009 and is keeping the 350Z roadster only until it has the roadster version of the 370Z readied.

Compared to pricier rivals, such as the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster, the 2009 Nissan 350Z lacks polish, both in terms of handling finesse and interior design and materials. It's also not as nimble handling as Honda's S2000. But this is still an affordable and reasonably comfortable sports car that delivers plenty of grins per mile. For its final year, the 2009 Nissan 350Z rides into the sunset with its head held high.

Nissan 350Z models

The 2009 Nissan 350Z roadster is available in three trim levels: Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring. The Enthusiast comes with 18-inch wheels, a power soft top, a wind blocker, a limited-slip rear differential, bi-xenon headlights, automatic climate control, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full power accessories, power seats and a CD/MP3 audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls. The Touring model adds leather upholstery, heated seats, an upgraded Bose audio system, satellite radio and Bluetooth. The Grand Touring comes with more powerful Brembo brakes and stability control. There are but two options available for the 350Z roadster: a navigation system and a gray (versus black) soft top.

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2009 Highlights

The Nissan 350Z coupe has been dropped -- it's being replaced by the new 2009 370Z. However, the 350Z roadster rolls into 2009 unchanged.

Performance & mpg

The rear-drive Nissan 350Z roadster is armed with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 306 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Putting the power to the ground is either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy estimates are about average for a six-cylinder sports car; with the automatic transmission, the 350Z checks in at 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction control and side-impact airbags are standard across the board. Stability control comes standard on the Grand Touring trim but is unavailable on the others.

In government frontal-impact crash tests, the 2009 Nissan 350Z roadster received five stars (the highest possible score) for the driver side and four stars for the passenger side. In that agency's side-impact testing, the Nissan received a full five stars.

Driving

The 2009 Nissan 350Z offers performance equal to that of some of the best sports cars available. On a curvy road, the 350Z rewards its driver with a high level of outright grip and balance. The steering is a bit coarse in feel, but otherwise, it's quick and well-weighted. Around town, the V6 is quite docile. Find some open road where you can let it out, and the engine produces an enjoyable and throaty growl. Power delivery is robust and particularly entertaining at higher revs. Although the automatic transmission matches revs on downshifts, a manual transmission brings out the most in the car. The six-speed's shifter feels heavy through the gates, but it's fairly precise and clutch take-up is smooth, though a bit stiff.

Interior

The Z's instrument panel features three gauge pods that move with the tilt steering wheel. Unfortunately, the wheel doesn't have a telescoping adjustment. All of the controls a driver might need are close at hand, but some of the materials used in the cockpit seem low-grade for this price range. The roadster's trunk offers just 4.1 cubic feet of capacity. On the upside, the soft top is easy to operate and can be dropped in about 20 seconds. Around town, rearward visibility is poor, as you might expect. Of course, that's a non-issue when the top is dropped.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Nissan 350Z.

Average user rating: 3.0 stars
1 total reviews
5 star reviews: 0%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 100%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • seats
  • doors
  • maintenance & parts
  • comfort
  • steering wheel
  • interior
  • wheels & tires

Most helpful consumer reviews

3.25/5 stars, Fun car at first, But Z ya later!
bryanbrock,
Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
car is impossible to get comfortable in after about 30 minutes of driving. The designer should be shot, The center console and door mounted arm rest are "for looks" and are located way down ware your hip bones are. Its either both arms stretched out clinging to the wheel or nothing. You will feel every bump in the road terribly!! ..this is the year 2010, if others can be sporty and not buck you out of the car doing so than so should the z! You know what.. Ill just come out and say It, Buy a ford Mustang GT and save your self a lot of grief! mustang has 300hp, Mustang has more room, you dont feel every bump, interior is great! convertible tob works better! ..WE do not miss our Z at all.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$37,870
MPG & Fuel
17 City / 23 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.0 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 306 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 169.8 in. / Height: 52.5 in. / Width: 71.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3596 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 4.1 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated


FAQ

Is the Nissan 350Z a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 350Z both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Nissan 350Z fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 350Z gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 350Z has 4.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan 350Z. Learn more

Is the Nissan 350Z reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan 350Z is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 350Z. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 350Z's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2009 Nissan 350Z a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Nissan 350Z is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 350Z is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2009 Nissan 350Z?

The least-expensive 2009 Nissan 350Z is the 2009 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,870.

Other versions include:

  • Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $40,220
  • Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $37,870
  • Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $39,220
  • Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $36,870
  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $42,570
  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $41,570
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What are the different models of Nissan 350Z?

If you're interested in the Nissan 350Z, the next question is, which 350Z model is right for you? 350Z variants include Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M), and Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M). For a full list of 350Z models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2009 Nissan 350Z

Used 2009 Nissan 350Z Overview

The Used 2009 Nissan 350Z is offered in the following submodels: 350Z Convertible. Available styles include Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M), Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A), and Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2009 Nissan 350Z?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Nissan 350Z and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 350Z 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 350Z.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2009 Nissan 350Z and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2009 350Z featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New 2009 Nissan 350Z?

2009 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,590. The average price paid for a new 2009 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is trending $27,587 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $27,587 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $11,003.

The average savings for the 2009 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is 71.5% below the MSRP.

2009 Nissan 350Z Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,940. The average price paid for a new 2009 Nissan 350Z Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is trending $29,855 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $29,855 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $11,085.

The average savings for the 2009 Nissan 350Z Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is 72.9% below the MSRP.

2009 Nissan 350Z Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,290. The average price paid for a new 2009 Nissan 350Z Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is trending $32,093 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $32,093 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $11,197.

The average savings for the 2009 Nissan 350Z Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 5A) is 74.1% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Nissan 350Z?

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