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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Around town, rearward visibility is poor
Five stars for passenger side impact; four stars on all other tests
The 2009 Nissan 350Z offers a variety of standard safety features while earning good crash-test scores.
The 2009 Nissan 350Z earned a five-star rating for passenger side impact, and mostly four stars for front and side impacts in crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Standard across the 2009 Nissan 350Z lineup are anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitors, with front-side and side-curtain airbags also standard on the coupe. Side airbags are standard on the roadster.
Stability control is standard on only the Grand Touring model with a standard transmission, Cars.com reports. The 2009 Nissan 350Z’s shape does cause some problems with visibility. “Around town, rearward visibility is poor,” according to Edmunds—an observation that TheCarConnection.com confirms is a frustration with the convertible top up during parallel parking or gridlocked city driving.
No standard stability control and difficult visibility hampers an otherwise positive safety impression for the 2009 Nissan 350Z.