2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring (Review)
September 21, 2014
The 370Z is one of the sportiest vehicles Nissan has introduced and its reputation for being a powerful top performer on the road is well known. The vehicle is a great example of a stylish convertible two-seater sports car that has been around for many years, yet is still popular among car enthusiasts who are looking for a fast and fun to drive sports car that can compete with the majority of today’s top European rivals.
The Nissan Roadster has a beautiful exterior, a folding fabric top which can be retracted with the push of a button in only 20 seconds, and the Touring model is available in eight exterior colors’ Magnetic Black, Pearl White, Midnight Blue, Brilliant Silver, Magma Red, Gun Metallic, Black Cherry, and Solid Red.
For 2014, the 370Z comes equipped with a supercharged 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 332 horsepower, yields approximately 270 lb. ft. of torque, can go from 0-60 mph in less than 5.6 seconds, and offers good fuel economy for a sports vehicle, rated at an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. The vehicle can be fitted with either a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission.
Because the doors are made out of aluminum, they do feel a little flimsy, lacking a solid feel to them when being opened or closed.
The Roadster’s exterior is sleek and stylish with an aerodynamic design with sweeping rear windows, vertical silver door handles, bi-xenon headlights, big fender flares, and a uniquely shaped cloth top that easily folds down with no manual effort.
The interior of the 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster is impressive with available features such as, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, a 4-speaker sound system, power windows and door locks with auto-lock capability, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, 12-volt power outlets, push button start, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD, trip computer, three cup holders, cruise control, CD player, Bose Sound System with 8-speakers and subwoofer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, MP3/WMA playback, and HomeLink Connectivity. To add to the sporty look and feel of the Roadster, there are triple dial instrument pods that are strategically located directly above the center console. Controls are easy to reach and there is enough room to seat two passengers comfortably. In back of the driver and passenger seats, there is an area behind each seat to place small objects and hide them from prying eyes.
Due the vehicle’s sporty nature, there is not a lot of head/legroom in the front cabin for taller passengers, there are no backseats, and trunk space is limited, measuring only 4.2 cubic feet, so transporting bigger items in the 370Z is not possible. The seats are comfortable, supportive, and ergonomic with a firm, yet supple feel to them.
Standard safety features include- traction control system, brake assist, anti-lock braking system, driver and front passenger side impact and curtain air bags, seat belts with pretensions and load limiters, electronic brake force distribution, pressure monitoring, and a vehicle security system.
On the road, the 370Z Roadster is a strong performer with a planted feel, fast acceleration, accurate braking, great handling, and navigates tight corners and curvy roads with ease. The suspension is a little stiff, but the Roadster is quick with an effortless fluidity on the road that is unparalleled.
The new 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster is a real head turner, especially in the solid red color and embodies everything one would expect a high quality sports car to have- power, excellent handling, stylish exterior design, comfortable and well appointed interior, advanced technology, and smooth on the road performance that truly exemplifies everything that the Roadster is.