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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system
Like most new vehicles in their earliest days of production, the 2009 Nissan 370Z hasn't yet been crash tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS. However, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that that the latest Nissan 370Z is packed with cutting-edge active and passive safety features.
With the new 370Z, Nissan "engineers had to add nearly 200 pounds of safety and regulatory bric-a-brac," according to Car and Driver, resulting in a very safe sports coupe. Consumer Guide reports that the 2009 Nissan 370Z comes standard with "ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags," all of which help to keep drivers safely on the road and protected in the event of an accident. Autoblog reviewers are happy to report that "the variable ratio brake pedal, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist all work together with the ABS and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) to provide a suitable safety net for ham-fisted frat-boys." In addition to all of the 370Z Nissan's safety features, the Nissan 370Z comes from a strong safety pedigree—the outgoing 350Z earned a mix of four- and five-star safety ratings from NHTSA, including a perfect five-star score in rollover protection.
Another feature of the Nissan 370Z that contributes to the level of overall safety is the commendable driver visibility from within the car. Consumer Guide attests that "visibility straight forward and back, as well as to the front corners is good." The only criticism from Consumer Guide regards visibility to the rear corners, where they find that "thick rear roof pillars hurt the view...but large outside mirrors help compensate." Other reviewers aren't so nice, however, and Autoblog reports "massive blind-spots created by the C-pillars. A back-up camera isn't quite a necessity, but the side mirrors do little to alleviate the pain."
Crash tests are pending, but the 2009 Nissan 370Z offers the latest safety features and boasts good visibility for a sports coupe.