Reviews the 2011 Infiniti M Series

2011 Infiniti M37The Infiniti M was redesigned for this model year, now featuring curvaceous lines not only on the outside, but also in the cabin. The new V-6 is so robust that you don’t need to opt for the available V-8, says senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder, but the indecisive transmission doesn’t deliver seamless power. Also, the Infiniti’s price tag has slowly crept up, nearing the price of the BMW 5 Series. Is it worth the Benjamins?

2011 Infiniti M37 Reivew

By Colin Bird | September 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 Infiniti M56x Video

The Infiniti M is a perfectly acceptable luxury sedan for families, with a roomy backseat and adequate trunk, senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder says. Overall, the V-8 powered M56x feels more punchy compared with the V-6 powered M37, and the engine sounds terrific when revved. Still, the M56 is expensive and might not be worth the extra cost compared with the more down-to-earth M37, Wiesenfelder says.
By Colin Bird | August 23, 2011 | Comments (2) Podcast: 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door, 2012 Infiniti M56X, 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster

There’s a little bit of everything in this week’s podcast. Kia has been on a roll lately with its Optima sedan and Sorento SUV, but they’ve got compacts, too, and unlike Hyundai, they have a hatchback version of the Forte compact sedan. Does it make the Forte platform more versatile? And how do editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley feel about the new Infiniti M56X and Nissan 370Z Roadster?

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By David Thomas | August 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

2012 Infiniti Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Infiniti M37The big change for Infiniti’s 2012 lineup is a new hybrid variant of the M sedan and a minor refresh for the FX crossover. The Infiniti M35h went on sale in March, and the FX goes on sale in the October.

You can learn more about the Infiniti M35h here:

The 2012 FX receives a revised front grille and front end design, a new instrument cluster and standard heated front seats on all models. There’s also a new Limited Edition trim for the FX35 AWD, which includes 21-inch wheels, navigation and an exclusive Iridium Blue exterior color option, among other trim changes.

The rest of Infiniti’s lineup received updated packaging for 2012.

By Colin Bird | June 28, 2011 | Comments (1)

Hybrids, Luxury Cars Top Search for April

2012 Infiniti M

Fuel-efficient cars and some luxury models topped our 15 biggest gainers in search traffic for April. After analyzing the last 30 days of search data, the recently launched Infiniti M35h, Fiat 500, Ford Focus and the Lexus CT 200h saw significant gains on our site.

Increased search demand for more fuel-efficient options lead to a surge in compact and hybrid car traffic on when gas surpassed the $4 a gallon mark for the first time in 2008. As we near $4 a gallon once again, it looks like the same trend is shaping up this time around; the only difference is this time more automakers are prepared with fuel-efficient options, including luxury players.

By Colin Bird | April 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Rated at 32 MPG Highway

Infiniti M35h

Infiniti announced official EPA fuel-efficiency ratings today for its first hybrid model, the 2012 M35h. The hybrid sedan has a 27/32 mpg city/highway rating, with a combined composite rating of 29 mpg.

That’s better than the 25/30 mpg rating Infiniti estimated earlier this fall, and it’s more fuel efficient than BMW ActiveHybrid models, the Mercedes S400 Hybrid and the BMW 335d diesel.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is more fuel efficient, at 41/36 mpg, but that model features a less powerful four-cylinder compared with the Infiniti’s V-6 power. It is also a smaller sedan.

Speaking of the powertrain, this is the first hybrid system for this Japanese luxury carmaker. Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid system is powered by a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 plus a 50-kilowatt electric motor for 360 net hp, which should be pretty punchy.

The best comparison is this will be a more fuel-efficient player to the sporty-minded Lexus GS 450h, which only nets a 23 mpg combined EPA rating and has been a poor seller since being introduced. In fact, not many luxury hybrids have sold well.

The M35h is scheduled for a spring rollout. Do you think it will fare better than past competitors?

By Colin Bird | February 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid Sedan: First Look

2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid Sedan

  • Competes with: Lexus GS 450h, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Looks like: An Infiniti M sedan with a couple of extra gauges
  • Drivetrain: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 plus 50-kW electric motor for 360 net horsepower; 376-volt lithium-ion battery; seven-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2011

Due at dealerships in spring 2011, the 2012 M35h is Infiniti's first hybrid and parent company Nissan's first homegrown hybrid technology after many years of selling a Toyota-derived system in the Nissan Altima Hybrid, which is available in limited markets. According to Infiniti, the as-yet-unpriced sedan will achieve 25/30 mpg city/highway, though official EPA ratings aren't available yet.

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Using a single electric motor and two clutches, the Direct Response Hybrid system's mileage characteristics are closer to those of Honda and Hyundai. Their hybrids' higher mileage comes in highway driving. Competitor Lexus' hybrids get better city mileage. Infiniti points out that the combination of 360 net horsepower and 30 mpg is unmatched in the market.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

What Does This Button Do?

This one is almost too easy. It’s a picture of pine trees and sits right in the middle of other climate controls in the redesigned 2011 Infiniti M37. That means it clearly kicks on the automated air freshener that the Infiniti engineers ingeniously invented. It maintains the perfect level of pine tree aroma in the cabin. It even senses when the winter holidays are approaching and dials the fragrance up to 11.

OK, that’s not what this button does. What do you think the pine trees bring about inside the cabin?

By David Thomas | October 28, 2010 | Comments (11)

Infiniti Lowers FX Price, Raises M a Tad for 2011

Infiniti announced pricing for its 2011 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 SUV and interim price bumps on the redesigned 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56 sedan, which went on sale last March. While the modest increase on the M likely won't make much of an impact on its sales, we wonder if a lower price on the controversially styled FX will help remind people that it's still a terrific SUV to drive.

The Infiniti FX35 gets a price cut of $1,250, and the FX50 gets a $2,600 reduction from the 2010 model year. In addition to the lowered pricing, the power liftgate will now be standard on all models starting later in the model year.

The 2011 Infiniti M sedan sees an interim price jump of $250 for the M37 and $350 for the M56 effective immediately, according to the automaker. Besides that, nothing has changed on the model.

For detailed pricing, continue reading after the jump.

By Colin Bird | September 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid: First Look


Infiniti has confirmed – and provided a few photos (above and below) — that it will debut the company’s first hybrid model at this fall’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much information on the new M35's hybrid powertrain, but Infiniti does say the hybrid “promises V-8 performance with four-cylinder fuel economy — without compromising driving excitement or trunk space.”

Just looking at the images, there don’t appear to be any cosmetic changes for improved aerodynamics such as different wheels or a redesigned front bumper and grille.

The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid goes on sale this spring. For now, check out the pictures below and click on them for larger versions.

By David Thomas | August 31, 2010 | Comments (7)

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