Clearly, the same superstructure sits underneath the new Z's revamped cabin, and while the console, center stack, and the general styling of the dashboard are new, some other items, such as the outer vents and door releases, look like they've been carried over as is, but in a different color. The quality of the materials used inside the Z has improved massively, though, and there are now many pleasing soft-touch surfaces, while the ambiance has been lifted and the rest of the interior dragged into the 21st century thanks to a modern infotainment system and a digital gauge cluster.
The seats of the new Nissan Z seem to have changed only slightly over those of the 370Z, but seating comfort is good, and they hold you securely around corners. Interior space is not ample, and tall passengers might feel hemmed in. Tellingly, all the interior dimensions are virtually identical to those of the 370Z, and while accommodations are fine for average-sized adults, with legroom of 42.9 inches and headroom of 38.2 inches, there isn't a lot of room to spare for tall people.
|Nissan Z Trims||Sport||Performance||Proto Spec|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.9 in.||42.9 in.||42.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||54.2 in.||54.2 in.||54.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.|
The interior colors of the Nissan Z Sport trim are limited to one - Graphite cloth, but at least the steering wheel, shifter knob, and parking-brake lever are leather-trimmed. The Performance gets leather upholstery with seat inserts in faux suede and three color schemes, namely Graphite, Graphite with red accents and stitching, and blue. The Graphite/red option paints the seat bolsters, lower dash, and sides of the center console red too, with some red used on the door panels. The blue is applied to the lower dashboard, center console, the lower door panels, and the seating surfaces. The Proto Spec comes only in Graphite with yellow accents and stitching. Where used, the contrasting stitching extends to the seats, door panels, dashboard, center console, and gearshift gaiter. The top two trims get aluminum-trimmed pedals.
As you can tell by now, the trunk space of the Nissan Z is again identical to that of the erstwhile 370Z at a small 6.9 cubic feet - a lot worse than the trunk volume offered by a Supra, TT, or Mustang. The luggage area is shallow, and it's open to the passenger compartment, so unless you order one of the cargo-management solutions off the options sheet to keep your groceries at bay, they're liable to fly into the cabin when you hit the anchors.
General oddments space follows in the footsteps of the old car once again. There are two cupholders in the center console and a small tray ahead of them. There is a glovebox too, but it's rather cheekily only lockable on the two higher trims, which reeks a bit of cost-cutting. Storage for bigger items is available behind the seats, but it's difficult to get to because the seats don't just flip forward easily to grant access, and you can only really get in there while seated in the car and not from the outside. The same goes for the center-console storage box that sits well back between the seats. There are small door bins as well.
All Z trims are comprehensively decked out with driver assists, and the range gets adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and pedestrian detection, as well as blind-spot and lane-departure systems as standard. The base car makes do with cloth upholstery, manual seats, and lower-spec infotainment, but at least a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control, leather trim on the steering wheel, shifter knob, a parking brake lever, and push-button start are standard. To get access to features such as leather upholstery, heated power seats, more interior colors, active noise-cancellation, and better audio, you'll have to opt for a higher trim, as none of these are available as options at the base level.
The Sport gets the base infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition (which doesn't work as well as we'd hoped), Bluetooth audio streaming, SiriusXM, USB-A and USB-C ports, and a six-speaker audio system. The Performance and Proto Spec get the same upgraded infotainment setup with a larger nine-inch screen, navigation, extended SiriusXM and NissanConnect services, wireless smartphone mirroring, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with dual subwoofers that doesn't sound as great as its specs suggest.
The Z has only 6.9 cubic feet of luggage space behind the front seats and it's open to the cabin.
The Z is a two-seater sports car with no second row.