2014 Nissan 370Z Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is a two-seater with a mix of sports car and grand touring characteristics, meaning it's less about practicality than a typical sedan, but with more nods toward creature comfort than a minimalist go-fast machine.

Low-slung and snug, the seating is comfortable for most body types. Power-adjust seats with ventilation are available on upper-tier trims. Despite the comfortable seats, however, the 370Z's ride is fairly stiff--drivers will seek out the smoothest pavement out of pure self-interest.

Wide tires and the stiff suspension also contribute greatly to cabin noise. The noise issue with the 370Z doesn't all come down to the sporting side of the car, though; there's a wind noise issue, and the engine itself is intrusive when pushed hard. Some engines you want to hear at full song. Here, the 3.7-liter V-6 is less mellifluous than it is mechanical.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z is well-built and well-finished, but it can be noisy and harsh.

On the materials front, the 2014 Nissan 370Z manages to make a convincing case for near-premium positioning, especially on higher-trim models. The switches and plastics feel solid, the leathers and upholstery feel durable yet supple. The 370Z's interior quality won't sway any buyers from German or American luxury coupe marques, but it won't send them running, either.

Roadster models get a power-retractable soft top that is quick to open and close. Unfortunately, the soft top lets in even more noise, and takes up some of the available trunk space when down. Many alternatives in the segment have a more secure, quiet-enhancing folding hard top roof.

Despite the 370Z's noise and ride harshness, it's not all that unusual for its performance class; these traits go hand in hand.

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