2009 Nissan 370Z Review – Z be nimble, Z be quick…

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2009 Nissan 370Z

Accelerating onto the freeway? Bring it on! Passing a road boulder?  Bring it on! Going uphill, driving a curvy road, fitting into a tight parking spot, a Sunday drive up the coast, running to the grocery store, dropping some kid who’s trying to challenge you at a light, check, check, check, check, check and check. The ability to dodge a piece of lumber which suddenly appeared in your path on the freeway? Priceless. The nimble handing and fast response of the Z will not let you down in any of the situations above, or most any others that you could throw at it (notwithstanding outrunning the police. I make no warranties here…).

The tight turning radius, lowness to the ground, horsepower, curb weight, etc. all contribute to the fantastic handling ability of this car.

In a word: sexy (HOT also comes to mind…).

Nissan has really outdone themselves with the styling of this new generation of the Z. The exterior head and tail lights have a stylish (and hot) silver chrome trim, the Z emblem side-markers are a nice touch, the rear has a round and slightly up-curve to the hatch-back. The rear shock tower strut bar is a nice matte silver to match the rest of the trim on the interior. The wheels are really sharp. Every exterior and interior piece of this car just blends together seamlessly, and it looks like it should fit exactly where it is.

The Z looks like it’s screaming down the road, even when it’s standing still. It makes your heart race just walking up to it, as it’s so beautiful to look at, and at least for me – I simply couldn’t believe that I had the opportunity to drive one for a few days.

2009 Nissan 370Z

For around $30k, you get a real, 2-seater sports car. You don’t get a lot of bells and whistles however, as the Z is devoid of a lot of the features of the fancy luxury cars, or the luxury sports vehicles out there. But, it’s a true sports car, in every sense of the word. Basic. Fast. Fun to drive. Gorgeous to look at. Makes your heart race. Navigates a twisty road with ease. Snappy acceleration. Affordable. Which of those words don’t fit the typical sports car? In my opinion, it’s ALL of these things combined that makes the Z a really good value.

As for safety, the 370Z has Nissan’s Advanced Airbag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags for both the driver and passenger, roof-mounted side-impact air curtains, active head restraints, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters for both passengers, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Energy Absorbing Steering Column, Front and Rear Crumple Zones, and Traction Control System (TCS).

Additionally, the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer, and Vehicle Security System (VSS) are effective theft-deterrents.

Having been in an accident in a 300ZX, I can say that the Z was probably not truly designed for impact. The car was not seriously damaged when I was hit, but I was (probably through my own fault of not having my headrest at a reasonable height). However, Nissan does seem to go out of its way to make the new Z as safe as possible for the consumer. Given the safety record of the rest of the Nissan fleet (and a boatload of safety improvements since the early 90′s), I do have to say that I felt safe the entire time I was driving this car.

Nissan 370Z High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights

Who should buy it?

  • Ideally, the person who would want to buy this car has grown or no children (teenagers WILL want to borrow the car – think Ferris Bueller or Risky Business – you have been warned…).
  • If it’s your primary car, you don’t have a large family, lots of dogs, love to drive to the mountains in the snow, or haul around a lot of sporting equipment.
  • IF any of the above is you:  you can afford a 2nd car or you want a car solely for its driving pleasure, then this is your car!  I’ve said a zillion times that if I could ever afford a 2nd car (and I could learn some self-restraint behind the wheel), I’d get another Z in a heartbeat.

2009 Nissan 370Z

If you want a true sports car without breaking the bank, one that even gets good mileage, then this is your car!

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 5.0 4.75 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.95/A

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Nissan 370Z Specs

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