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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Review

The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid gets great fuel economy and automotive writers liked its strong powertrain and luxurious cabin, but it offers very little trunk space for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy for the class
  • Potent hybrid powertrain
  • Small trunk
  • Grabby regenerative brakes




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Overview

Test drivers wrote that the 2012 M35h's V6 engine and electric motor deliver quick acceleration. The M Hybrid has a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. They agreed that the M’s hybrid system has smooth transitions from electric to gas power and added that it can travel for short distances on electric power alone. According to the EPA, the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid gets 27/32 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Test drivers reported that the Infiniti M35h has a comfortable ride, and while not incredibly athletic, they wrote that it is fairly agile in turns and has precise, well-weighted steering. Some reviewers commented the M Hybrid’s regenerative brakes can feel a little grabby, which is a common complaint about regenerative braking systems.

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid’s interior has an attractive design and prime materials. They said the M Hybrid’s front seats are spacious and comfortable, but noted that tall rear-seat passengers might wish for more headroom. The M Hybrid has 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. Some test drivers liked that the M Hybrid’s audio and climate controls are separate from the available navigation system, making them easier to use, but critics said the navigation display isn't very crisp. Standard features include a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, proximity key and push-button start. Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, navigation and a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.

Other Cars to Consider

Automotive journalists said the 2012 BMW 5-Series Hybrid delivers a comfortable ride and poised handling. They wrote that the ActiveHybrid 5’s powertrain delivers strong acceleration and they praised its regenerative brakes for their linear pedal feel.

The base front-wheel drive 2012 Audi A6 gets an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Reviewers said the A6 offers a pleasant driving experience and feels light on its feet. The A6 also offers more trunk space than the M35h.

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