Last fall, we drove a now-Nissan 370Z coupe to the Newport Concours. It was a terrific drive, one that sold me on the new Z's viability as a daily driver, making it a wonderful performance car with a starting price (barely) under $30,000.
Naturally, the present 370Z is larger and handles better than its immediate predecessor, the 350Z. But even in base form with the six-speed manual (and neat rev-matching technology on downshifts), it's configured for daily use with keyless entry, cruise control and auto climate control.
The 3.7-liter V6 puts out a manageable 332 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. That manages to be plenty for fun on open roads and in stop-and-go traffic, even for those of us using the clutch with slightly balky knees.