The 2013 Infiniti M sedan, which includes the M37 and M56 models, has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This means that it received a score of “good” in side, rollover, rear and moderate front overlap tests.
In a press release, Infiniti says that in addition to being a Top Safety Pick, the Infiniti M is available with a number of crash avoidance technologies, including lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning and intervention, brake assist and forward collision warning. These optional features are not related to the M’s Top Safety Pick designation, nor to its five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The IIHS website details that the Top Safety Pick rating applies only to the M37 and M56, and does not include the M56x and M-Hybrid models.
Left Lane News points out “that the Infiniti M didn't receive the IIHS' highest “Top Safety Pick+” designation.” In order to earn the Top Safety Pick+ accolade, a car must also undergo a small front overlap test, receive ratings of “good” in four of the five tests conducted and no less than an “acceptable” rating in the fifth test. This is due to the M not being put through the test, rather than the car not passing the test.
Other luxury large cars that are Top Safety Picks include the Cadillac CTS and XTS sedans, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, Hyundai Equus and Genesis, Volvo S80 and Lincoln MKS.
For 2014, the Infiniti M will be renamed the Infiniti Q70 as part of Infiniti’s new naming strategy. The 2013 Infiniti M starts at $48,700.
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