Can you catch some z’s on it?

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The 2023 Nissan Z comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This tester comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a price tag in the $50,000 range. It’s amazing to drive and looks like it was worth the wait. But can you sleep in it?

The obvious answer is no. There is no reason to choose to take this vehicle camping or on a long road trip with the intention of sleeping in it. But what if you thought it would be a short 5 hour drive back home from vacation when suddenly your eyes feel heavy and the need to take a nap hits you? Do I get to catch some z’s comfortably? Let’s find out.

Space

Nobody looked at a two-seater sports car and immediately thought, wow, that’s a lot of cargo space. At least not right away. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The C7 Corvette is one such car. I drove this car to my wedding, which was 5 hours away, and loaded it with golf clubs, a tuxedo rental, and luggage for a week’s vacation. On the way home, my wife and I carried both sets of luggage, a wedding dress and various wedding gifts without feeling too cramped.

The C7, while surprisingly roomy, may be the exception that proves the rule. With only 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2023 Nissan Z has less than half the space of the Corvette. That said, when I picked up this car from the airport, my wife and I were both able to easily fit our luggage in the back. Two personal items and two carry-ons shouldn’t be a problem, but a large, hard duffel bag will leave you wondering how you’re going to get home.

When it comes to passenger space, the Z is a similar challenge. At 5’7″ and 145 pounds on a good day, even I felt big in the driver’s seat. The seat reclines quite a bit, though it’s not at all flat, and if I put my feet behind the clutch pedal and brake, I could muster what some might refer to as comfort. The heavy bolstering of the seats, which I thought might make the seat uncomfortable, actually helped me here. They were just the right size to squeeze me in. relaxed in my seat, similar to the feeling of a heavy blanket, although if you’re older than me it might feel different. Could I sleep here? I think so. Then again I fell asleep on the ground under a bench at the Little Rock airport. It doesn’t mean that I felt comfortable or that I would want to repeat this performance.

Save

When it comes to internal storage, the Z once again ranks below average. Do you sense a theme here? There are two cupholders in the center of the car, one of which requires the armrest to be moved back to access. There are two more in the doors, one in each, that hold a 12oz can and maybe a smaller water bottle. Want to fit a Nalgene or a 30oz Yeti? Not here my friend. The center console is big enough for a 12oz can or two phones and a few cables, although depending on the model they may or may not fit. However, these two phones can both be charged thanks to two USB ports, one regular USB and the other USB-C. The only other storage up front is a tiny glovebox. As I said before, it is not road trip friendly.

Greenhouse

The tiny windows and dark interior somehow make the Z feel more cramped than it already is. I will say this though: For a two-seater sports car, I like the rear view. If all you do is look out the rear window, the Z is airy.

Verdict

It looks great, sounds good and is a lot of fun to drive, especially with the manual transmission, but the Nissan Z is a horrible car to sleep on. I don’t think any of this comes as a surprise to anyone. The Nissan Z gets less z’s from me than it has in its name. 0.4 out of 5. Want to go on a road trip and all you have is this car? Borrow someone else’s SUV or check out Turo. Your back will thank me later.

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