2018 Nissan 370Z Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The cabin of the 2018 Nissan 370Z keeps the emphasis on performance by minimizing distractions from extra frills. The infotainment technology is basic but straightforward, and advanced safety features are limited to the available rearview camera. Critic’s opinions are split on seat comfort.

  • The Z's cabin is dated. It's hard to see out of. The shape of the door release handle is awkward — that might be acceptable if it wasn't something you touched every time you drive the car." -- Edmunds
  • Even without accoutrements, the Z felt special to drive around town. Perhaps we just aren't used to fixed-roof two-seat cars anymore, but the Z's interior design felt cozier and more driver-focused than a Mustang or Camaro. Still, corporate Nissan rules the switchgear, including a steering wheel that appears ripped straight from a Sentra. In place of the usual infotainment screen, a leather-wrapped compartment filled the space, with a simple display strip underneath for the radio." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • The 2016 Nissan 370Z now has available active noise-cancellation technology, which helps quiet the interior without adding heavy sound-deadening materials. That fits in with the upscale materials and quality feel of the 370Z." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Seating

The two-person 370Z comes standard with cloth seats, an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Heated seats, power adjustments, leather upholstery, and Recaro sport seats (upholstered in leather and Alcantara) are available.

Some test drivers say the 370Z is comfortable enough to drive every day, while others caution that the cushions are overly firm, the adjustments are too limiting, and visibility is poor.

  • Lateral support is commendable, but the firm seats without a lot of adjustments grow uncomfortable in a short period of time. The steering wheel is also tilt-only. Hard plastic armrests on the doors with a softer center console." -- Edmunds
  • Comfortable seats and decent cargo space add to the everyday livability of the 370Z, as do clever details like a main gauge cluster that tilts with the steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Aside from its commendable sporting performance, the regular Z is still a fine car for the daily commute. Its ride is compliant enough to get you where you're going comfortably." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

The 370Z comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, iPod integration, automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button ignition. Options include a 7-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a rearview camera.

The list of standard and available features is pretty slim, though this is in line with Nissan's approach of the 370Z as a driver's car. The technology that is present is relatively easy to use.

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  • The base 370Z has a simple radio faceplate, which makes it easy to use when driving quickly is your top priority. But it's seriously lacking in modern functionality. The available touchscreen is dated but generally easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • The gem of the Tech trim level is the inclusion of a rearview monitor -- the sole driver aid feature you'll find in the Z's list of options. Thankfully, the camera's feed now outputs to the center display, rather than a tiny monitor set into the rearview mirror." -- CNET (2017)
  • The instruments and controls are easy to read and right where you'd expect them, and the three gauges in the center of the dash hearken back to the original Z from the 1970s." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Cargo

The 370Z coupe models have a 6.9-cubic-foot cargo area, while roadster models offer 4.2 cubic feet for your gear. These measurements are diminutive (even for a two-seat sports car), granting only enough room for a couple of overnight bags.

  • "The coupe has a meager 6.9 cubic feet of space, good compared to a Miata but much less useful than what a Camaro or Mustang offers (and they're hardly cargo-hauling champs). The convertible drops to a laughable 4.2 cubic feet, making it tough to pack much more than a couple soft-sided weekend bags." -- Edmunds
  • Inside, you'll find a tiny cabin with a mere 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space. It was enough for my small overnight bag with enough room left over for a medium-sized backpack, but you'll have to be judicious in what you pack on road trips." -- CNET 

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