Nissan 350Z Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Nissan 350Z Review & Ratings

The Nissan 350Z is the fifth generation of the automaker’s Z line and was produced from 2002 to 2009. It is a two-passenger sports car that was mainly available in two variants: a coupe and a roadster. Nissan Motor Corporation is a Japan-based company that was founded under another name in 1911: the company didn’t produce its first car until 1914. The Nissan name was first incorporated in the 1930s.

The 350Z, like all Z models, has a long front hood with a short deck and a fastback design. There were various models available with Z variant, and the roadster came as a cloth-roof convertible. There have also been a number of Limited Edition designs, including the Fairlady Z Type E in 2004, the 350Z GT-S in 2006, and the 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition in 2005.

The car received its first makeover in 2006 and then again in 2007. The makeover was mostly to do with interior design and new added features, although the engines were also changed. The 350Z has sold well, particularly in the United States and was later inducted into the police force in Japan.

Winning many awards, the 350Z is noted for its excellent handling, braking, as well as overall performance. Unfortunately the car is not known for its safety and has topped the US list of Ten Deadliest Vehicles on the Road.


You can find a Nissan 350Z for anywhere from $9,995.00 to $25,600.00 US dollars, depending on model year, edition, mileage, and running condition.

Engine Options

The 350Z comes equipped with either a 3.5L VQ35DE V6, 3.5L VQ35DE RevUp V6, or 3.5L VQ35HR V6 engine.

Transmission Options

The car comes with either a five-speed RE5R05A automatic transmission or a six-speed FS6R31A manual transmission.

Size and Space Options

The 350Z is a two-passenger sports car with ample head and leg room. The trunk space is very limited, however.

Control Panel and Display

Instrumentation is set on the steering column as opposed to in the dashboard and includes a fuel gauge, speedometer, and tachometer. Newer models have a navigation screen and easily-reached controls for stereo. The steering wheel has controls for cruise control and climate control.


The sport seats offers good support and are comfortable with the option of adjustability also available. Climate control keeps the cabin optimal.


The 350Z is available pre-owned in all major markets and are quite reasonable in price.

Security Systems

Standard security offered by the car includes an anti-theft alarm device, engine immobilizer, and remote keyless entry.

Safety Options

Later models have been found to offer improved safety features including three-point seatbelts, front and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, central locking, and traction control.

Interior Options

Interior features that come pre-fitted in the car include power windows and locks, heated adjustable seats, cruise control, stereo with CD player and multi-changer, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, and navigation system.

Exterior Options

Exterior features sported by the car include xenon headlights, fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, power side mirrors, headlight washers, body color bumpers, and choice of colors.


The car comes with a host of accessories including floor mats, optional leather trim, bi-xenon headlights, and LED brake lights.


Nissan is known for manufacturing well-built vehicles with quality materials.


The 350Z is a sports car that seats two so it is not a family car. It is powerful, fast, and fun to drive.


You do get quite a bit for your money with this car. Fuel efficiency is not a priority with the 350Z with the car only getting about 24MPG.

Our Verdict

The Nissan 350Z is a fast and powerful sports car that looks great. The car is fairly reliable with no major mechanical problems reported to date. The car’s safety rating is poor, although it can be credited to driver error and excessive speeds.

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