The infinity M37 may be the closest competition that BMW has to their classic 5 Series. The M Series from Infinity offers more sporty features and bigger engines than other competitors like Lexus and Acura, the M37 brings a big advantage to consumers looking to save some money and get a very comparable luxury vehicle. The vehicles in the M Series all start under $50,000 and there are many options available that can bring this sticker price up above $60,000 if you choose all the extras available.
The M37 comes standard with Bluetooth capability and a 330 HP V-6 engine. This alone makes it one of the more powerful and tech ready vehicles in its class. You can a larger engine offering up to 420 HP in the M56 and if you are looking for an all wheel drive option this can be added on to any model in the M Series from Infinity. There is even a lithium ion powered hybrid in the M series line up. The M37 offers plenty of wood grain and leather to give it a very luxurious interior finish that anybody would be proud to own.
Engines: 3.7L V-6, 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Models: M37, M37x AWD, M56, M56x AWD
Virtually every aspect of the 2011 Infiniti M is new, including fresh styling inside and out, more powerful engines, improved fuel efficiency, and more technologically advanced features. Resembling a plus-sized G sedan, the M is quicker, thanks to a 330-horsepower V-6 and 420-horse V-8, yet, with a standard seven-speed auto, more fuel miserly. Infiniti's Forest Air air-conditioning feature and blind-spot intervention raise the technology bar.
Up in length and width but down in height, Infiniti's fresh flagship wears curvaceous sheet metal draped over available 20-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard). The sculpted fenders and low-slung, upright grille come from the voluptuous Essence concept.
A new deluxe touring package adds super soft semi-aniline leather, suede-like headliner, and unique Ash trim hand-buffed with genuine silver powder. Available Forest Air provides humidity control, a breeze mode that alternates airflow, and auto recirculation.
Performance & Handling
The M37's 330-horsepower V-6 moves the sport sedan from 0-to-60 in 5.3 seconds and gets fuel economy of 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway to boot. For more go, there's the M56's 420-horsepower V-8 that drops 0-to-60 to 4.6 seconds (and fuel economy to 16 city/25 highway). Enthusiasts will appreciate the sport package's steering wheel-mounted magnesium shift paddles and larger Akebono brakes. A new four-mode (standard, eco, sport, snow) Infiniti Drive system comes standard.
Infiniti's Safety Shield adds the world's first blind-spot intervention system (selective braking intervenes to pull the car back into its lane) to lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, intelligent cruise control, and distance control assist safety systems.
EPA Fuel Economy
M37: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
M37x AWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
M56: 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway
M56x AWD: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Sensual styling
- Robust engines
- Seven-speed automatic
- Available paddle shifters
- Forest Air climate control
You Won't Like
- Firm ride with 20-inch wheels
- V-6 coarseness
- Mid-pack lateral acceleration
Japan's 5 Series gets even better
If You Like This Vehicle
- Audi A6
- BMW 5 Series
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