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2013 Infiniti M Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid was new.


Interior: 8.1

Auto writers agree that the 2013 Infiniti M35h features a lavish cabin that’s built with premium materials. They note that soft leather and Japanese Ash wood trim gives the cabin a luxurious feel, and many also write that the M35h’s tech features are intuitive and easy to use.

  • "Outfitted in rich, warm leather and high-quality soft-touch materials, the 2013 Infiniti M delivers an inviting in-cabin experience." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The real story with the M's interior is one of feeling draped in luxury. The leather seats, door panels, suede-like ceiling liner and Japanese ash wood accents throughout made me feel like I should be riding to the Oscars rather than hauling the crew to another Thursday night ballet class." -- Cars.com 
  • "Almost every surface is covered with padding, leather, wood, or metal that looks rich and tasteful. Only the standard fabric headliner falls a bit short of expectations, and that can be cured with the suede-like headliner found in the Deluxe Touring Package." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Climb inside, and plush leather awaits, covering nearly all visible panels as it does in other M iterations." -- Motor Trend (2012)


Test drivers say that the M35h provides comfortable front seats with plenty of headroom, though one reviewer writes that especially tall occupants may want a bit more legroom. The back seat, however, earns praise for having more than enough legroom. The 2013 M35h comes with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable, heated front seats. A heated steering wheel and climate-controlled front seats are optional.

  • "The M's spacious greenhouse comfortably accommodates its occupants, who enjoy 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces and generous rear-seat legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "While the five-seat M sedan is designed more for hauling an occasional adult or two in the backseat (dinner out with friends or a real-estate agent chauffeuring high-end clients to house viewings), it functions surprisingly well for families, too. The 36.2 inches of backseat legroom feels expansive for little ones' legs." -- Cars.com 
  • "There's good legroom and ample headroom for even taller drivers, but those long of leg may find their right knee hitting the center console." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Infiniti M35h comes with a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, a backup camera and a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Options and features available in packages include a Bose stereo, navigation and rear parking sensors, as well as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

Reviewers say that the M35h’s tech features are among the most user-friendly in the class. They note that its audio and climate controls are easy to use, and that the stereo offers exceptional sound quality. Still, one critic says that the control knob to access these functions isn’t ideally placed, while another writes that the M35h’s phone system couldn’t download his entire list of contacts.

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  • "The only sour note is the all-in-one control knob's inconvenient placement high on the center stack where you can't rest your arm while operating it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The M shines here, at least when compared to most other cars in this class. The audio and climate controls consist primarily of buttons that are mounted high within easy reach, and though numerous, they're fairly easy to decipher and use." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "A revised blue-hued instrument cluster shows battery charging levels, while the center LCD clearly indicates which systems are driving the wheels." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The stereo system is the most advanced feature, offering many audio sources and well-balanced sound. Navigation works well, but only integrates traffic and weather for external data sources. The phone system is the weakest feature of the M35h, as its ability to download a paired phone's contact list is limited." -- CNET (2012)


Like many hybrid cars that are based on gas models, the M35h loses some trunk space to make room for its batteries. At 11.3 cubic feet, the M35h has 3.6 fewer cubic feet of space than the non-hybrid Infiniti M. One reviewer notes that the M35h lacks split-folding rear seats or a trunk pass-through to increase utility. Another says that small-item storage is adequate in the M35h’s cabin.

  • "The front seats aren't exactly awash in storage areas, either, but there's enough to get by. A hinged lid in the uncluttered center console opens to reveal two cupholders. The front door pockets are just deep and wide enough to stash the day's mail to sort through while waiting in the carpool lane." -- Cars.com
  • "The battery pack eats into the car's practicality, as it takes up considerable trunk space." -- CNET (2012)
  • "The trunk is -- as you'd expect -- compromised as the batteries are stored in the wall behind the rear seats. There is no longer a fold-down seat option, or a pass-through, meaning long items must go directly into the cabin." -- Autoblog (2012)

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