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2010 Nissan 370Z Convertible

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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Nissan 370Z Convertible

Nearly everything about the 370Z models is tuned for performance, rather than fuel-efficiency or comfort or space, and shoppers should take that into account. If it is bragging rights and top-notch, satisfying performance you want, the new 370Z models won't disappoint. In testing, the 370Z has returned performance numbers that rival cars costing several times as much; its looks more expensive than it is, too. With its soft-top design and intimate cockpit-style interior, the new 370Z Roadster is a good choice for sports-car fans, not for those simply interested in an open-air cruiser.

What's new for 2010?

An all-new 370Z Roadster joins the 370Z Coupe for 2010. With a power-operated soft-top design and intimate cockpit-style interior, the Convertible gets all the performance revisions and upgrades that the 370Z Coupe got last year, when it was completely redesigned.

Model Strengths

  • Acceleration, braking, and handling
  • serious sports-car attitude
  • intimate cabin feel
  • transmission downshift rev-matching
  • performance value for the money

Model Review

The 370Z is now available in Coupe and Roadster body styles. Whether in Base or Touring trim, both come with the same 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 and a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions.

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2010 Nissan 370Z Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the 2010 Nissan 370Z/Roadster to bring you this hands-on road test of its styling, performance, comfort, safety, and features. TheCarConnection.com's experts also compared the new 370Z to other sports coupes and convertibles to bring you the best shopping advice and information possible. The companion 370Z review condenses viewpoints from other respected automotive sites to bring you a summary of opinions from around the Web.

High Gear Media accepted travel expenses to attend the first drive of the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster.

The 2010 Nissan 370Z is a straightforward sports car: one wedgelike body style, two front seats, modest cargo areas, and a 3.7-liter V-6 that pumps out 332 horsepower. It's offered in two models, coupe and Roadster convertible, with a single engine, with manual and automatic transmissions, and in base or Touring trim levels. A special NISMO tuner edition has 350 hp and tighter tuning. The base price of about $30,000 for the six-speed manual Coupe rises to more than $42,000 for the 370Z Touring Convertible.

While the Coupe version was new last year, the 370Z Roadster is the big arrival for 2010. The two versions share much of their styling, which Nissan revamped last year. The current car is trimmed down, nearly four inches shorter than the last edition, with all the length taken from the back. The chopped-down shape looks more handsome than the slightly tubby 350Z of yore, more authentic and sports car-like. It shares some dramatic cues with the earthshaking Nissan GT-R, especially at the union of the roof and windshield, but the arrow-shaped tail lamps are a novel, inventive touch. In all, it's a stubby, purposeful look not unlike that of the new BMW Z4. Roadsters have a double-humped hard cover for the folded fabric top. As with the sheetmetal, the interior improved a lot for 2009, with gauges that move with the tilt steering wheel and a much nicer selection of materials-and a nifty trio of metallic rings on gauges, climate controls, and ancillary meters stacked atop the center console.

Drivetrains are carried over from the 2009 370Z Coupe, which is a good thing. The engine's a 3.7-liter V-6 that turns out 332 horsepower and hits a high 7,500-rpm redline, but offers plenty of torque at lower revs. Nissan says 0-60-mph times of less than 5 seconds are possible. A tuned version offered in a race-trimmed NISMO Coupe gets a 350-hp model of the same engine. With either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed paddle-shifted automatic, the 370Z rarely misses a shift. Most enthusiasts will prefer the smooth-shifting six-speed manual with the rear-drive Z, for the sake of fetish. It feels sweet and has rev-matching, which blips the throttle during downshifts for smoother downshifting. The paddle-shifted automatic clicks off gears with videogame precision. Fuel economy on the Roadster shouldn't be much less than the automatic Coupe's 18/26 mpg.

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the 370Z Roadster and Coupe on the road and on the track, and in general, the shorter wheelbase and wider track improve the Z's dynamics. It's big fun to toss around, and on most road surfaces, it rides much more calmly than in the last edition. At very high speeds (go-directly-to-jail velocities) the tires tend to hunt the subtle grooves of the road, requiring plenty of attention to keep the 370Z on course. Absent those conditions, the Z's steering takes a perfect set, flexes the right kind of driving muscles, and is not so far from the Porsche Boxster mindset as you might think. The NISMO version and its truly stiff ride are best left to weekend racers.

A two-seater on paper, the 2010 Nissan 370Z really does make do with less in terms of cargo room and storage. There's just enough space for adults to be comfortable in the multi-adjustable standard seats; power seats on Touring models add leather and ventilation, and they feel quite good. Trunk room is small and interior storage minimal, however. Compared to the $60,000 BMW Z4, which is no faster, the 370Z finds its way to a lower price point with less distinguished materials. It's put together solidly and a grade above the Mustang in terms of interior finishes, but just about equal with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe-maybe a notch below in soft-touch surfaces and low-gloss good looks, even. Then there's the noise; on some road surfaces, the combination of tire and drivetrain noise is far too loud, even for a sports car. Almost unacceptable for a modern car, it could-and should-be muted fairly easily.

For safe driving, the 2010 Nissan 370Z includes every dynamic and static safety feature you'd expect, including anti-lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. Side airbags are standard, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags are standard on Coupes. Neither NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has crash-tested it yet, but the prior versions of the Z coupe and roadster earned mostly four-star ratings.

The 2010 Nissan 370Z is available in either body style in base or Touring trim. Cruise control, power windows, and Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry/start are all standard. Coupes offer a Sport package with great-looking 19-inch wheels and a Navigation package that adds a 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive with an iPod interface. Nissan 370Z Roadsters have a fast-folding fabric roof that takes about 20 seconds to stow or raise, via a power button on the console or on the doors. Standard features on the Roadster include Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic, power leather seats with ventilation, and high-intensity discharge headlamps. Roadster Touring models can be equipped with the snazzy 19-inch wheels; sport brakes; a limited-slip differential; and a navigation system with the Music Box hard drive and USB connectivity. The Z's audio interface and navigation systems are favorites at TheCarConnection.com, and in the Roadster, they're tuned to shift audio subtly to accommodate for wind noise; the climate control has a sunny mode, too.


The Bottom Line:

A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2010 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles Vehicles equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) also include 10 Years/120,000 Miles CVT Limited Warranty Extension
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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