The Nissan 350Z is a two-seat sports car sold as a coupe or roadster. It features a front engine and front-wheel drive layout. With a 3.5-liter V6 and solid handling, the 350Z is an affordable sports car. However, the lack of seating and cargo space keeps the 350Z from being a daily driver. Although the sports car was highly popular, the 350Z was replaced by the 370Z for the 2009 model year.
A V6 engine with 306 horsepower and 268 foot-pounds of torque powers the 350Z. The EPA estimates that the 350Z should average 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The car has room for a driver and passenger. The 350Z was designed in Japan and assembled in Tochigi, Japan.
The 350Z was introduced in 2002 as the successor to the 300Z. Nissan changed the styling slightly before putting it into production. Reviews of the 350Z's performance and styling were highly positive. Several racing teams used a 350Z as their car. The 350Z was also popular among amateur car enthusiasts. Sales were highest from 2003 to 2006 before beginning to slow down. Nissan chose not to refine the often-criticized interior over the 350Z's lifespan. The company concentrated on promoting the car's performance instead. Nissan ended production after the 2009 model year. The 350Z was replaced by the 370Z.
Nissan sold the 350Z with Enthusiast, Touring, or Grand Touring trims. The Enthusiast has 18-inch wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, and powered accessories. The black soft top is completely automated. The Touring trim includes leather upholstery, a heating element in the seats, Bluetooth capabilities, a Bose audio system, and satellite radio. The Grand Touring trim upgrades the brakes and stability control system. A navigation unit and a gray soft top are the only two additional options for the 350Z. However, numerous aftermarket parts are available.
The 350Z was highly decorated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 350Z five stars for driver front safety in crash tests. TopSpeed Magazine named the 350Z as the Japanese Performance Car of the Year for 2007. Car and Driver Magazine placed the 350Z on its list of 2003 Ten Best Cars. Edmunds announced the 350Z was an Editors' Most Wanted choice for 2003. Top Gear Magazine gave the 350Z its Car of the Year 2004 award. Winding Road included the 350Z as one of its Ten Most Beautiful Cars of the Decade. MotorWeek named it a Driver's Choice Best Performance Car for 2003. Independent automotive reviews have praised the 350Z's outstanding performance for its relatively low price. Reviews have criticized the 350Z's focus on performance, noting the interior did not receive as much attention from the designers.
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