Infiniti’s M sedan offers buyers of large, executive sedans a good alternative to the usual German suspects.
Going up against popular nameplates like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E Class, not to mention its Japanese rival, the Lexus GS, the 2012 Infiniti M manages to carve out its own niche in this crowded segment and is well worth the look.
The M comes in three different flavors, including the base M37 powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, the M56 range-topper, which comes with a 5.6-liter V-8, and an M35h hybrid model, which pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 with a hybrid drive system.
All three offer strong performance and decent economy for their class, including the M37, which despite being a base model still comes with a healthy 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission is a sweet seven-speed automatic with manual-shift mode, rev-matching, and available paddle shifters. We found the transmission quite happy to pound out quick in the manual mode,...