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STYLING | 8 out of 10
A couple of awkward styling cues
Car and Driver
A much more aggressive look to the 370Z
Z offers an arresting shape
The next-generation 2009 Nissan 370Z coupe (the convertible debuts next year) retains the same basic styling cues as the outgoing 350Z but trims some of the excess fat off last year's model. New design elements tend to score well in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, but not everyone is impressed with all of the latest exterior bits.
The new Nissan 370Z coupe comes in just two variations, according to Car and Driver, which it lists as "the base car, starting at $30,625, and a Touring version, which leans towards luxury." Exterior differences are virtually nonexistent, and both cars share styling that Car and Driver calls "largely successful." However, Jalopnik points out that the latest 370Z Nissan features "a set of controversial 'boomerang' headlights mimicking the design language set forth by the new 2009 Maxima." Motor Trend reviewers find the Nissan 370Z to be "better looking" than its predecessor, although they lament the "overstyled headlights and 'fangs' in the grille." The LA Times observes that the 2009 Nissan 370Z is both "slightly wider and shorter than its predecessor," which they appreciate because "it will enhance the car's stance, making it even more fun to drive." Automobile Magazine sums up the 370Z Nissan, saying that the Nissan designers "exercised restraint in the basic surfaces, saving the drama for the boomerang-shaped head and taillamp assemblies, some of the most interesting styling touches ... seen in ages."
The interior of the Nissan 370Z earns a complete redesign as well, although this one isn't without controversy either. Reviewers generally like the layout, where Consumer Guide finds that "the audio and climate controls fall easily to hand," and Jalopnik says that "the new interior looks to be a vast improvement over the 350Z." However, a new LCD readout inside the Nissan 370Z draws lots of criticism—Motor Trend claims that "besides looking contrived and asymmetrical, these gauges are hard to read. It's like the whole thing was done for styling sake, with no real benefit." On the positive side, Car and Driver notes that the 2009 Nissan 370Z's "steering wheel is asymmetrical, neither circular nor oval, but its size and grip are perfect."
The 2009 Nissan 370Z hits most of the right marks for those wanting a racy sportscar, but its styling isn't loved by all.