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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2012 Infiniti M Review

The automotive press agreed that the 2012 Infiniti M's powerful available engines and sharp handling make it incredibly sporty, but said that it has a fairly firm ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Firm ride quality

2012 Infiniti M Overview

According to test drivers, the 2012 Infiniti M37's V6 engine offers an impressive amount of power. For more intense acceleration, they recommended stepping up to the V8-powered M56. The M comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the 2012 M37 gets up to 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Test drivers agreed that the Infiniti M is one of the most athletic cars in the class, with minimal body lean in corners, sharp steering and strong brakes. They said models with the available Sport package are even more nimble, though reviewers cautioned that the package makes the M’s already firm ride even stiffer.

Automotive journalists appreciated the 2012 Infiniti M’s handsome interior and first-class materials. Most reviewers found the front seats to be roomy and comfortable, but some noted that rear-seat headroom can be tight for tall passengers. The M has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is normal for the class. Some test drivers liked that the M has individual controls for the audio, climate and available navigation systems, which isn't always the case in this class. Standard features include a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a USB input, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, proximity key and push-button start. Adaptive cruise control, cooled front seats, navigation, a 10- or 16-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning are available.

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers reported that the 2012 BMW 5-Series has sporty handling and a comfortable ride. The 535i, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, gets better fuel economy than the M37, and reviewers said that it has excellent passing power on the highway.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis drew reviewer praise for its powerful V6 and V8 engines and its serene ride. The Genesis has more trunk space than the Infiniti M, and it gets slightly better fuel economy with its standard V6.

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