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Our team of sports car experts has researched road tests of the 2009 Nissan 370Z to develop this review. In addition, editors at TheCarConnection.com have already driven the new 370Z and bring their firsthand observations to help you develop your own impressions.

The 2009 Nissan 370Z is a straightforward sports car; one wedge-like body style, two front seats, modest cargo area, and a 3.7-liter V-6 that pumps out 332 horsepower. Some at TheCarConnection.com would opine that if you need more information than this, you're probably not really shopping for a sports car.

The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.

What ends up being especially confusing for ‘09 is that the old body style 350Z is still being sold but only as a convertible.This review covers the all-new coupe; for those looking at the ‘09 convertible, please refer to our 2008 Nissan 350Z review.

The 370Z coupe is all-new for 2009. Unlike so many recent introductions, the exterior dimensions for the 2009 Nissan 370Z are trimmed down from 2008. Measurements show that the wheelbase is almost four inches shorter and overall length is down almost three inches. When looking at the new Z, it's clear that Nissan took nearly all of the length from behind the door, a move that enhances the coupe's long-hood look. Where the windshield meets the roof is especially dramatic, providing a styling link from 370Z to the mighty Nissan GT-R (the GT-R is to the 370Z as the Corvette is to the Camaro).

Like the exterior, the interior is all-new and a significant upgrade. Competently placed controls make work behind the wheel a pleasure, and little cues like the fact that the main gauges move with the tilt steering column help ensure solid ergonimics. However the 2009 Nissan 370Z doesn't stand out inside; materials feel solid but not particularly appealing, and the three gauges nestled into the center of the dash (water temp, voltage, clock) look to be wearing cheap vinyl toupees.

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