Should you buy the 2009 Nissan 370Z? Well, it depends on what your idea of the perfect sports car is and how fast you want to drive.
Why You Should Buy the 2009 Nissan 370Z:
You have two hobbies: driving fast and catfish husbandry. You love sports cars and you're either single or have a significant other prepared to drive something much more practical. You want two things from your car: performance and handling. You like the idea of technology working for you, but you're convinced AWD is a conspiracy to up-sell Americans on something they don't need. You're prepared to keep a spare set of wheels with winter tires in the garage. You're confident in your driving abilities.
Why You Shouldn't Buy this car:
You enjoy driving but you're happy admitting you're not the best driver and want something you can fully exploit at sane speeds. You're a single parent with children. You don't enjoy driving but you like the image that comes with fast sports cars and need something to compensate for your lack of ability and willingness to learn. You're a middle manager from Scranton, PA and you just need reliable, respectable transportation. You still wish you could buy a Zenith television instead of that foreign crap.
Speed Merchants: Yes
Fashion Victims: Yes
Mack Daddies: Yes
Tuner Crowd: Yes
Penny Pinchers: No
Euro Trash: Yes
Working Stiffs: No
Soccer Moms: No
Nascar Dads: No
Golfing Grandparents: No
Very Serious Businessmen: Yes
• Manufacturer: Nissan
• Model: 370Z
• Model year: 2009
• Base Price: $29,930
• Price as Tested: $33,745
• Engine type: 3.7L DOHC 24-valve VVEL V6
• Horsepower: 332 HP @ 7,000 RPM
• Torque: 270 Lb-Ft @ 5,200 RPM
• Transmission: 6-speed manual w/SyncroRev Match
• Curb Weight: 3,232 Lbs
• LxWxH: 167.2" x 72.6" x 51.8"
• Wheelbase: 100.4"
• Tires: 245/40WR19 (front) 275/35WR19 (rear)
• 0 - 60 mph: 4.7 secs (manufacturer quoted)
• Top Speed: 155mph (limited)
• EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 18/26 MPG
• Jalopnik Fuel Economy: 11.9 MPG (hoon/non-hoon mix 80/20%)
NHTSA crash test ratings: N/A