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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
a helluva car
Car and Driver
Cramped interior for tall people
space does not shrink with the top down
Reviewers from around the Web found reasonable comfort for two people inside the 2008 Nissan 350Z, but less for their stuff.
As MyRide.com says, "In relation to other high-performance coupes, the 350Z…is actually quite inviting." It provides quite a bit of headroom and legroom even for tall passengers. Most of the interior is padded, including the armrests, which is helpful for those passengers riding with a driver looking to get the most out of the performance of this little sportscar. Even the center console is padded to protect the knees during sharp turns.
The gauges and controls are clearly marked and typically easily accessible, although ConsumerGuide believes that in the 350Z, Nissan’s “audio buttons are a bit undersized to operate easily while driving."
The 2008 Nissan 350Z’s driving position is excellent, according to a wide range of reviews. “Excellent seats” are “supportive and well shaped, with plenty of lateral support,” Car and Driver says. They’re complemented by an “instrument cluster that moves up and down with the steering wheel when you adjust its height.” Automedia adds that “all switches, dials and buttons are within easy reach and illuminated for safe nighttime driving.”
Storage is where the 2008 Nissan 350Z cuts corners. “Interior space is plentiful for humans but less so for their trinkets and belongings,” Car and Driver says. A rear suspension brace “compromises valuable luggage space,” Edmunds finds. Cars.com finds the opposite; the “cargo area is surprisingly large, though, fitting suitcases and a fair amount of grocery bags easily,” but “the large strut-tower brace that runs across the back makes it hard to fit things like golf clubs back there.” Although there isn't a glove box in the 350Z Nissan, there is a lockable floor box for storing valuables, as well as a lockable box on the dashboard and a partial overhead console with storage space.
“All of the controls a driver might need are close at hand,” Edmunds says. “But some of the materials used in the cockpit seem low-grade for this price range.” Automedia agrees that inside the 350Z, Nissan’s “sparse styling” comprises some less inviting plastics, while Car and Driver believes it’s “not fabricated from lavish materials.” Cars.com, on the other hand, thinks “all the tactile areas…were nicely finished for the price.”
With the 350Z's powerful engine, there is quite a bit of noise on the highway, which will please performance enthusiasts and annoy road-trippers. This noise increases in the convertible edition. As ConsumerGuide notes, "The engine and exhaust note are fitting of the 350Z's sporty intentions, but some of our testers find them tiresome after long drives."
The 2008 Nissan 350Z carries two comfortably—as long as they don’t have too much baggage.